Hello everyone! I have been reading posts on this site for a while and have decided to take the plunge as I feel I need some advice. I was diagnosed with RA a few months ago and seemed to be doing ok on the methotrexate when I had a nasty chest infection and everything went downhill. All my joint pain symptoms came back with a few new ones, and now that the infection has cleared up I am left with rice crispies noises every time I move (from the joints I hasten to add!), daily fatigue which comes on after an hour or so of activity and stiffness in the ankles which never really goes away. The pain in my hands remains, although not as severe as it was. I have been off work with this for two weeks (first sickness absence in five years) and am worried about my ability to return to my job (which I love) next week as planned. I feel as if my body changes every day, and I find something new to prompt the question "is this part of the RA?". Like really dry skin and vertical ridges on my nails, the latest development. Or am I just a hypochondriac and turning very little thing into a disease?
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