I just wanted to share with you all (and to give those just starting treatment a bit of hope) that 8 months since starting my medication (for poss RA or poss Psoriatic A) I am starting to feel better.
I took sulfasalazine for 4 months which had a small effect - I then had methotrexate added by the consultant and have now been taking the 2 drugs combined for 4 months and am feeling very different.
I also attend a special gym class at the RNHRD in Bath for those with inflammatory arthritis. This class works on strengthening the muscles around the joints so that there is less stress on the joint itself. Initially I was very scared at the thought of using machines with weights after virtually sitting in a chair for 2 years. Anyway the effect is amazing. I had previously had operations on both knees to remove cartilage damaged by the RA so couldn't walk very far and found stairs difficult. Since attending the gym class I can now sit on the top deck of the bus, walk further and feel much stronger.
My first posting on this site was about how much pain I was feeling and how little I felt I could do - everyone on this site told me it would get better and now I know it does...eventually - so hang in there if you have just started on your medication and put yourself forward for everything the physios and rheumatology nurses suggest.