Hello everyone, my first post since discovering this fantastic and informative site. I was diagnosed with RA 18 months ago together with OA in the left hip and right knee. In addition, I have a totally inactive thyroid for the last 30 years and been treated for depression for the last 12 years, oh and my stress incontinence has worsened and get recurrent UTI's.
I remember in the early days prior to the RA diagnosis, how 'ill' I felt and not understanding why and worrying constantly. I really struggled at work managing a team as well as meeting objectives, but I pushed through without taking a day off sick, as I had a manager who totally dismissed me and likened my symptoms to a twinge he had in his leg or some other part of his body.
Fortunately, I was offered redundancy after 31 years which I readily accepted before I was a complete wreck. So glad I did, as instead of expecting to feel better, the condition was still obviously still sorting itself out with the medications and I had really dark days. My RA consultant told me it would take 2 years to feel as I did before the symptoms started and at the time it seemed an eternity. My hip joint with OA has now rapidly deteriorated and am down for a hip replacement sometime, hopefully sooner now as I have bursitis in the right leg now due to over compensating when walking!
I fell down some stone stairs whilst in holiday last year, due to my hip and broke my wrist, this has now left me with OA in both wrists as well.
My current medications are:
Etodolac 600mg daily, Folic acid 5mg weekly, Hydrochloroquine 200mg x 2 daily, Levothyroxine 100mcg daily, Methotrexate 2.5mg x 5 weekly, Omeprazole 20mg daily, Reletrans patches 10mcg/hour weekly, Vensir XL 225mg daily.
So do I feel any better with these medicines? The main problem is deciding what is RA pain as opposed to OA. I still feel exhausted all the time, ache all the time. Chronic at night usually in my legs which is difficult to describe.
So fellow sufferers, can you tell me if these are normal feelings, whatever normal is? I am hoping that once the hip is replaced then I will be able to decipher a 'flare' from an OA pain.
Thanks for a great site, and thanks for reading. I will continue to read with interest.