I have only just been diagnosed with an inflammatory arthritis (not really sure which type as yet). I have had three intramuscular shots of steroid, shots into the shoulders, and have just had my sulfasalazine increased to two tablets three times a day. Started meds in May this year.
I have felt totally exhausted, and my Achilles tendons are very swollen and extremely painful. I became really unwell after having bilateral partial knee replacements June of last year. This was for osteoarthritis. My inflammation markers became extremely high, and I was eventually seen by a rheumatologist. I had been complaining for some time that I was feeling unwell, but I think having no markers for the illness complicated things as far as a diagnosis was concerned. Plus I think much of my symptoms were put down to my mental health problem.
I don't think I have ever felt quite so exhausted! The illness causes serious mood problems too. I am also diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which somewhat complicates the issue.
Question 1. Does anyone else feel that the illness has changed their personality? I think being in chronic pain has changed the way I think and feel.
Question 2. Does anyone else have problems with Achilles tendonitis?
Question 3. And Bakers cysts? I have had two, one on each knee. Both burst and caused spectacular haematoma's!