Almost 3 years ago, when I was 30, I started having mysterious fleeting joint pains. 6 months on from there in the middle of a fitness stint I was struck down and roughly (and I mean roughly) diagnosed with gout. I was treated for this for the following 2.5 years until I finally managed to get a rheumatology referral last week after things progressed significantly more recently.
I explained my history and how I never thought I had gout as my symptoms didn't align with my reality, but GPs didn't listen. They just saw me as being overweight and assumed gout.
I was given the full range of blood tests and xrays and put straight on sulfasalazine and told I have inflammatory arthritis, probably RA but have another appointment in a few weeks to go over the results. I think what threw GPs off early on was that I didn't have raised Rheumatoid Factor, so I may be seronegative, or I guess now, even positive.
I've had a terrible few months in particular with ankles, knees and hands (particularly difficult in the mornings) and I'm now settled into my dream job which requires the use of my hands so it has been concerning, especially right at the beginning of my career. Oh, and I've also just found out I'm going to be a dad for the first time, so excited but also very worried about my ability to physically do the dad thing and support my wife properly.
Just saying hello really and mildly ranting - desperate for some relief but also relieved that finally someone is listening to me properly.
So.. Hi, I guess!