First post nerves... Hi, diagnosed a couple of weeks ago with RA, having a flare, been having a similar story to quite a few Ive read here, misdiagnosies etc for about a year, hobbling around and then a juicy big flare up with a swollen knee and multiple joint stiffness brought it to a head. Went to Dr's, NHS appointment was months away so had to find the money to see a consultant at BUPA, he sorted me out with a jab in rear and a jab in the knee ("Oh My" I said as he did it lol!). He prescribed me hydroxychloroquine and I take naproxen (with the tummy pill too). I was on all sorts of painkillers from the drs, but Ive reduced and now stopped them for the moment. I thought in the first week I was going to go off my head with worry, a couple of calls and chats with NRAS helpline was very soothing and eased me away from a nervous breakdown, (I have pills for it which I decided not to take). I'm normally very calm, level headed and happy go lucky, but as I am sure most people here will understand, "My bubble burst" and I became a bit frantic!
I am working my way thru what seem a monumental amount of information, its difficult to absorb it all but slowly and surely I'm getting there.
I work as a hospital porter in Leicester, I'm married to Rach, have been for 20+ years. Got a little dog called Doris. I love to swim, had to knock the weight training on the head for now, not sure if Ill be able to do that again. Im on the sick till Monday, hopefully Ill get a phased return to work then, I really love going to work.
Ive so much to learn and I look forward to learning from your experiences.