Hi all, I was diagnosed with RA 2 weeks ago after a very rapid onset of symptoms starting in January. I'm currently taking diclofenac to help with the inflammation ahead of seeing my nurse on the 17th May to start Methotrexate. The consultant has offered and written me up for steroids in the interim should I feel I want them, but I have been very reluctant to take steroids as I am concerned about the weight gain - I am currently at weight watchers, trying to lose 2 stone to take the pressure off my knee joints!
Anyway! - As each day passes it is becoming more difficult to manage my symptoms, particularly in my hands and feet. Yesterday for the first time I had to go back and get my car to go out, as walking was soooooo painful, I was totally gutted! But the worst thing I am finding is the difficulty in using my hands. My wrists and thumbs on both hands and index finger on right hand and middle finger on left hand have all but given up, it is so painful to try and do anything! I am so frustrated. I am an active 47 year old who is looking for some to tips to help with the pain! Was really concerned and worried about taking the Methotrexate, but now I'm feeling - "bring it on, baby!!!"
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!