My name is Sarah, I'm a 33yr old mother of two and pretty new to this whirlwind of RA. I was confirmed seropositive in April after feeling for a long time that I was pretty much going crazy!! For months I was feeling very lethargic and achey, then I started to have trouble with my back which quickly moved to my shoulder. Docs diagnosed frozen shoulder and treated me for that. Then my foot began to hurt (a lot!!) so I ended up in a&e expecting a stress fracture, to be told that I didn't need X-rays, that I had gout! Within a few weeks my hands and knees were swelling, and extremely painful. Went to docs and he told me he didn't expect anything rheumatic but would do bloods anyway which obviously returned with high levels of anti ccp. Anyway, I'm now on 20mg oral methotrexate and 5mg folic acid once weekly. I work in a school as a teaching assistant so thankfully have been off for the summer which has gave me a lot more time to take it easy and rest when I need to, however I'm quite terrified of what I'll be like when I return to work! I'm pretty much on the go all day, there's not much sitting involved!!
I'm 5wks into mtx and I haven't really experienced any of the crippling tear inducing pain in the last couple of weeks, however the stiffness and tiredness never seems to let up and my left knee is just permanently full of fluid.
Does anyone else have quite an active job and do you cope ok? And how well does your work respond to your condition?
Can I also just say that this group is fab! I like to know as much as I can about things and do a lot of reading up but nothing compares to reading about people's first hand experiences, it can be very reassuring knowing you're not on your own!