Hi I live in a tiny village in lovely Pembrokeshire in the Preselis. We have a small small holding or a large garden - depending on your point of view- and four cats. Not sure which is more work.... I work three full days a week in the ticket office of a local attraction and love my job though am b eginning to worry how long I am going to be able to manage it. I am also an artist who has had several sucessful exhibitions. I am pretty busy so am very not happy to have suddenly aged around 10 years overnight.
Around 18 months ago I had a problem with a swollen and painful knee and stiff painful fingers,. GP did xray of knee but dismissed fingers. Said knee has osteo arthritis. Sentme away to rest it. Went back three months later with stiff joints in fingers, toes and both knees. Was advised either the menopause ( I was then 58) or a virus. Give it time and it would settle down.
A routine appointment with my optician highlighted very dry eyes and she suggested it might be Sjogrens syndrome so wrote to my GP who finally referred me to a Rheumatologist at my local hospital.
The pain, stiffness, tiredness and complete lack of appetite, etc. etc continued and I have beententatively diagnosed with Sjogrens, Psoritic, Osteo or now RA. Currently the emphasis seems to be onRA.
There is nothing showing in my bloodwork and nothing on xray or my scan so although the symptoms continue to worsen and all joints exce pt my ribs and spine are painful and stiff now, I feel like a fraud and that i am imagining it all. I am very confused.
I am now injecting methotrexate and be ginning to build up my dose after trying sulphasalazine for 4 months with no effect and of course I am taking pain killers.
Can anyone advise on if you can still have RA with nothing tangible to show other than pain and stiffness??