Hi to everyone here. I have been lurking for a while and finally took the plunge and joined.
I too have R A and was diagnosed thirty yrs ago when it reared its head after the birth of my son.
I bimbled along for years being cared for by my gp who gave me occasional naproxen. Funnily enough i asked for help with my painful feet and he just looked at them and said "were you born like that?"!!
Now.. a few years on and following surgery for diverticulitis and being very ill it has returned with avengance i have been on methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine for nine months now and whilst the hand and joint pain is much improved my feet are wrecked and i am tired all the time.
I am determined not to let this get the better of me and try to carry on as normal but its tough. I have a passion for gardening and work in a garden centre part time .....on my feet from 9 to 5.30. Sometimes i take painkillers to get me through the day!
I did see a podiatrist who made me some shoes for work but to be honest they are useless despite returning to have them "tweaked" and i have given up on them now.
Anyway. Thats me and my story.
One question to those on methotrexate.... do you feel exhausted for a few days after taking them?