Thank you to anyone who takes the time to read this and i apologise in advance for what i know already is going to be a long post. 7
My name is Tom and I am a 32 year old male.
I started having RA symptoms about 10 weeks ago following a strenuous walk. It started as pain in my feet which i put down to the walk but they just never seemed to get better. It seems to get slightly worse every day and is now in my toes, heel (this is particularly bad) hands and fingers, both knees and just recently can feel it on one of my elbows. I had an existing cartilage tear in my right knee that i suspect has to do with this.
I was muddling along fine but the last couple of weeks have been really bad and I'm even struggling to get down the stairs in a morning. I am a landscape gardener and unable to work currently which isn't helping with money etc either.
I saw a GP approx 6 weeks ago and bloods were done. Upon following up with this i was told by a different doctor that everything was ok, Another 2 weeks went past and i went back to see another GP only to be told that i had actually had a positive rheumatoid factor result on the previous test and referred to a rheumatologist.
This was 3 weeks ago and things seem to be getting worse and I'm starting to get a bit scared. Does anybody have any tips to help with this while I am in limbo land waiting. Also an approx wait time to see them from referral?? Not having any sort of treatment apart form Ibuprofen which helps a little but I'm pretty reluctant to take them 4 times a day for weeks on end.
Thanks for your time, I have 3 kids and a lovely partner who is being great but i feel like my constant whinging might be too much at times.
Many thanks for any replies.