Hello, I've been reading all of your posts for the last few months and find them a supportive way to start each day. I had Juvenile Arthritis that went into remission at 13. About 12 months ago,at age 34, I began to get hip pain that was generally 'ached' but would develop to crying point if I'd been very active. Then the stiffness started and the pain began spreading to my knees, feet, hands and elbows. I was referred to Rheumatology and my bloods have always been normal. However, my hip x-Ray showed damage had already started. I don't tend to have very much visual swelling. I have been treated with Naproxen, co-codamol and had a fab 6 weeks following a steroid jab. However, I am gradually getting worse. the rheumatologist has diagnosed Inflammatory Arthritis and I started Sulphasalazine last week. I'm not sure whether it's a coincidence but, I'm having the worst flare since starting the drug. I'm struggling to grip things, like pens or my toothbrush, I seem to have lost the ability to squeeze things (toothpaste, shower gel etc) . This in turn is making me very tearful. I'm on reduced hours at work, but don't feel like I can even cope with that as I'm a Teacher and its exam time and I can't seem to get my brain in the right gear, let alone find the energy to fill in forms and Mark work for hours. I didn't intend for this to turn into a moan....😂 could the Sulphasalazine be responsible for the flare or is it a coincidence? What are your thoughts about work? I'm forcing myself there as I don't want to let the Year 11 pupils down.
Thanking you in advance for any words of wisdom.