It's been over 3 years since I first went to my GP with symptoms and my RA pain is still not being managed. Delays seeing RA consultant, then wrong diagnosis (PMR) despite clearly not fitting typical PMR symptoms. Eventually everything ruled out so diagnosed with seronegative RA. Tried the usual hydroxychloriquine, methotrexate (max injectable dose), been on steroids for 2+ years, on Benepali since October 2017, but nothing has helped. I've been waiting 3+ months for an 'urgent' appointment with TNF clinic (finally coming up in a couple of weeks) to try a different biologic. I'm feeling really worn down and hope the next drug might finally be the right one for me, but expect it'll be another 3 months of trying it before knowing if it's working or not. I'm frustrated that initially I was told that if the Benepali was going to work I'd know within 3 months... yet consultant decided to keep me on it for much longer before agreeing to try something different. It's soul-destroying. Sorry... having a bad day today.
So I'm curious, how long has it taken other people to get on the right meds for them? Am I just unlucky, or is 3 year nothing extraordinary?