When I was first diagnosed with RA on August 11, I had no other symptoms apart from my wrist and thumb being very sore. I thought I had torn the ligaments or sprained them and after a few scratched heads and visits to A&E for X-rays, only then did my doctor do a blood test. I was then told I had rheumatoid arthritis.
About 2 weeks into diagnosis and after starting the steroids, hydroxychloroquine and sulphasalazine, I began to experience the chronic fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and feeling very very low indeed. It was all part of the RA I was told.
But 10 weeks later, the only change has been an improvement with the chronic fatigue, nausea and dizziness. Things I never had at the beginning.
The pain has never gone away. Only when I was on the higher dose of steroids did the pain improve. Now the steroids are back down to 5mg a day and the pain is still exactly the same as it was 10 weeks ago.
So what on earth are the pills actually doing? The steroids mask the pain but they don't stop it.
I'm starting to wonder if I really do have RA after all?
What if they're wrong, and it's the DMARDS themselves that have caused such awful side-effects and not the RA? I've just more sick since starting the pills. Have been off work for 6 weeks.
I'm starting to doubt every single thing.