Hello everyone, just joined today and as a newbie, I'm finding just starting to write this a little strange. I don't talk much about my condition to anyone outside of family but for some reason I was drawn to come here and get involved in your home on the web. I was diagnosed with RA in 2012 after suffering for around a year and a half before then, thinking it was just my age that was my problem. Your getting on a bit at 56 so its expected to feel a bit of joint pain. That was what I told myself and my GP never agreed with me but never disagreed either as he prescribed me pain killers and sent me on my way. It wasn't until I said enough was enough and politely asked for a second opinion. He made an appointment for me to be assessed at my local hospital and apologised by saying that he was just a GP.
I went along to my Rheumatology department and after all the you know what, they told me it was Rheumatoid Arthritis and that was when my journey began.