I have had RA 10 years now, and until just over a year ago have been pretty much Okay. I should mention that during that time I have been on Sulfasalazine.
But since March last year it all started flaring up again and has now spread to my wrist and ankle, both of which are sore and painful, my hands are very painful and swollen, and being a self employed Electrician in my late 50's it is becoming near impossible to carry on working full-time.
I am seeing the Rheumatologist next week and I pretty much know that all he will offer is steroid injections, I am not keen on this simply because of the number of joints affected across both hands, not to mention the other joints.
My GP however, suggested going on a short course of steroid medication. He assured me it would improve things, all be it temporarily. What concerns me is the side affects! Does anyone here have personal experience of taking steroids for RA? and if so what was the effect?
I really don't know what do to, or what to ask for, when I see him next week, it is really starting to get me down.