Hi everyone, Im new here and also new to RA im 51 and i was diagnosed in April, for me it came on very suddenly almost over night but i think i have been lucky to be diagnosed and to have started treatment so quickly. I am a self employed builder and during March i started to notice that my knees were getting tender and stiff, it was getting worse for a couple of weeks then one night i went to bed and the next day i couldnt get up, my knees were locked and my ankles and the balls of my feet were so tender i couldnt bare to touch them on the floor, i spoke to my GP she gave me some Naproxen and some codine which made me feel really sick. I got some blood tests done the GP said she suspected a virus of some sort!, while i was waiting for the results i was stuck in bed for 2 weeks and by now my shoulders, wrists and fingers were as bad as my feet, i was now taking Tramadol and paracetamol but i just couldnt get into any position anywhere that was pain free, I hadnt even considered RA as an option at this point but i knew something was very wrong. The Gp called and said my tests showed my anti-CCp as way high and she had refered me to the rhumatologist, I got seen on a cancellation on 18th April where he confirmed that i had got seropositive RA . He gave me Depo-Medrone and prescribed prednisolone and Methotrexate, Im just starting into my 3rd week of treatment, took the 3rd dose of MTX 6 tablets yesterday working up to 8 and im now reducing the steroids to 3 a day for two weeks after taking 4 a day for the last 2 weeks, Since receiving the depo i have had almost complete relief from the pain and restricted movement although it seems that achy bits are starting to come back slowly now each day, im not sure if this will get better as the MTX increases or get worse as the steroid decreases. I have been helped very quickly and im grateful for that but i havent been able to work for the last 6 weeks and while im waiting to see what i end up with in terms of pain and ability the days are passing sooo slowly.
Its a lot to take on, ive read lots on here i know it could be worse, but it certainly is going to change the way we live from now on !