It has been 4 months since I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis that occurs in my hands, jaws, arms, knees and feet joints. I thought I had all the information I needed from my GP and Rheumatologist. However, every week I am learning new information from various source.
During my own online research I discovered that Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. My GP and Rheumatologist failed to mentioned this to me.
For the last 4 months I was under the impression that RA isn't as bad as other symptoms or diseases. That it can be manageable and that people can still live a long fulfilled life. However, now I've been learning that autoimmune disease can lead to other serious complications such as the Lungs, Liver, Heart.
For a person, like myself, who suffers from Health Anxiety, this has utterly depressed me.
I wish the medical team would be more forthright with me. Learning about this on my own was devastating.
After 6 weeks of MTX - it seems my symptoms haven't improved.
I know that there is no cure, and that my life will never be like before. I have been dealt this card and slowly I am trying to accept this - despite being scared of it worsening. RA sucks.