I just want to say Hello as I haven't introduced myself yet, although I have commented on some posts. I was diagnosed with RA about 18mths and have been going through the usual drugs to find what I can tolerate and what might work. (That's a long story which I won't share just now).
I also wanted say thanks to you all for your honesty in sharing the bad times and the good and for all your encouragement of one another. I have been so blessed reading all of these posts.
But now i have to say goodbye! This morning when i thought i was seeing the nurse, i ended up talking to my rheumatologist (who i rate very highly) and the upshot of the conversation is that i probably don't have RA atall but Fibromyalgia (which is a very strange beast but seems to fit my symptoms better). There is still some possible inflammation in my wrists so that will be investigated with an MRI, so he hasn't discharged me all together. But he also didn't think he should give me steroids which i was expecting to have as a next step after having bad side effects from all the other drugs.
So i am in a state of shock, feeling that i have been sent away to manage the pain and fatigue i am experiencing on my own. ( referred me back to the GP with recomendation to refer me to the pain management clinic.
I do hope there is a forum like this one which gives me some hope and encouragement out there.