Since my first post 4 days ago, the response on here has been very touching. Thank you for all your support and wise words. However, now I have read other people’s stories, I’m thinking it’s possible that I have something else. Admittedly my blood tests did indicate RA and my GP seems certain enough to refer me to a rheumatologist. But I’m reading about people having pain in their feet or hands, sometimes the odd finger or wrist, others it’s a knee. My problem is I have pain in every single joint in my body. Could that mean something else?
Some months ago I ended up in A&E with excruciating pain in my left shoulder. That day I was at work and within the course of the day went from having a little twinge in my shoulder to feeling like it was dislocated and every tiny movement sending me reeling. The Dr said I had tendinitis, gave me a rather nice cocktail of drugs and sent me on my way. A couple of days at home on Naproxen and painkillers and I felt much better. A couple of weeks later the exact same thing happened to my left wrist/hand with my hand swelling to almost twice the normal size. Again naproxen and painkillers and a few days later I was on the mend. From that day on though, I had pain in every single joint. Two weeks ago I had my right shoulder go through the same as I experienced in my left.
I have a fairly high pain threshold so the constant joint pain, while pretty awful, is bearable. I can’t say the same for each of the shoulder and wrist episodes. These were horrific and I’m assuming could be the “Flare ups” I’m hearing about?
Added to this, for sometime now I have struggled to find any motivation to do anything. Some days even the simplest task seems like I’m climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. I’ve lost count of the times I have come out of work and said to my partner “I’m exhausted” it’s almost become a joke. But secretly, I could cry.
I think what I’m asking is, do you, the ones that have it confirmed and live with it day in and day out think this sounds familiar? I suppose I’m holding onto the hope that I have something else, something curable.
I have no experience of anyone with RA, so I have nothing to compare what I’m going through to. Except you lovely people.
Any feedback gratefully received. Anything I hear has got to be better than wading through treacle in the dark xxx