I have been having joint pain for the last 5 years. Started after a very stressful period in my life. I was pregnant with my third baby and found out 4 weeks before he was due that I had a small skin cancer. We were also getting a new kitchen and our only running water was the upstairs bath, so I was pregnant and doing the dishes in the bath and working and looking after two young children.
My wrist and ankle pain started after he was born. Hand pain too. It was very on and off at first. I had long term back pain for many years. ( which weirdly went away when I was pregnant)
I had several episodes where I could not turn my neck for days.
The things that seemed to bring the pain on was stress, viruses and my period.
All my blood tests were negative so I ignored.
Last year I was taking painkillers most days and found I was unable to work without ibuprofen. I am a Physio ( the irony is not lost on me) my left shoulder was horribly sore and I had to go around with a T. rex arm, not lifting it, then one morning my right joined in too and I could not ignore the pattern of symptoms.
Again with a period of recent increased stress things have gone pear shaped. Now there is not many joints that haven't been sore at some point and I am so painful I am stopping work until I feel better. I have recently had swelling and intense burning. This is the first time there has been swelling.
I still have no official diagnosis,, they are querying sero negative rheumatoid. I have been started on sulphasalazine, and had two steroid injections.
I wanted to ask if this sounds like other people's experiences, and if they have had side effects. I am having hair loss. 😬
How long did a diagnosis take?
Do you find the sulphasalazine good?? I really hope it works as I feel this has really effected my life now, we are super skint as I can't bear working on my sore wrists. Children have such a tired mum and they often have to chop veg for me, drain pans etc. Exercise seems out of the question at the moment.
All in all one pretty darn depressed mum. Advise welcome🤞