It’s been a little while since I last wrote on here. Everyone was so supportive then and I’m in some need of support again. In October my GP referred me to the Rheumatologist because of severe pain and swelling in all of my joints. Blood tests suggested RA. Since then It has been an uphill slog. Initially my GP put me on anti-inflammatory medication to give me some relief while I waited to see the specialist, but It had a bad reaction with my asthma and I’m no longer able to have anti-inflammatories. I work full time, (although the bad reaction kept me off and on steroids for a week) The steroids gave me some relief in my joints. But now they have finished and all I’m on is paracetamol, I’m in agony again. I’ve been given co codamol too but I’m reluctant to take them when I need to drive and work. My appointment isn’t until March, 5 months from referral 😩 initially it was May but the asthma reaction brought it forward.....
Can anyone suggest anything that might help me until March?
I’ve also convinced myself I’m going to have a heart attack or stroke before I even get seen, which means I’m pretty anxious too.
I’ve also developed swollen glands in my neck, which are also associated with RA apparently and really uncomfortable, can I do anything about that?
Despite telling myself I was going to stay positive, I’m really struggling and all in all, I feel rotten, frustrated and scared.