I wrote on here a week ago about been diagnosed with RA. What a week it has been thank you all so much for this website. I feel so much better about what is to come.
In an attempt at complete denial I was looking up CCP levels and RF levels to see what they should be for "normal" people. Then rang doctors for my result: Feb 3rd blood test My RF is 36 and my CCP 271. As your RF factor should be under 14 and CCP under 20, i could deny it no more. I have symmetrical swelling and pain (sooo much Pain) in fingers knees and toes to... i still had to try and convince myself naaa they have it wrong i'm only 42 :)...... were they sure???? it seems they are!
So research i have done. All of your stories have been fantastic.
I am actually looking forward forward to getting some meds, whipping this things ass and getting back on with as normal a life as i can have. I feel better about the medication i may be given and have took really hope in that they will get it right and this pain will ease and i may be able to use my fingers again.
One question I will ask though, when i go to see consultant do they start me on drugs straight away or do I have to have more test and wait more weeks for some kind of relief from this pain?
Thank you again, ill let you know how I get on tomorrow.