I was diagnosed with RA 8 weeks ago. I'm a self-employed graphic designer and the RA has gone straight into my hands, fingers and wrists first. So work has been almost impossible.
For 6 weeks I have been on steroids, hydrochloroquine and sulphasalazine. They have increased the dosage each week but I've had awful side effects. When I reached 2 hydrochloroquine and 4 sulphasalazine a day, I could hardly walk I was so dizzy. I had terrible nausea and fatigue, headaches and blocked ears. Just couldn't function. My specialist reduced it back down to 1 hydro and 3 sulpha a day, and I don't feel as bad.
But but but, after 6 weeks the RA has not improved at all, in fact, I feel worse. The utter exhaustion and fatigue is crippling and I have only managed to work 2 days in 2 weeks. What makes everything doubly hard is that I am single with no kids and I live alone. I feel incredibly isolated and depressed having to deal with this on my own.
I eat healthy, meditate, but nothing seems to be working. Just finding it hard to keep going.