I’m new here! I have just started investigations for inflammatory arthritis - highly likely RA - symptoms since Xmas & it feels as if it’s getting worse every day. Initial bloods came back this week with elevated RF and very slightly elevated CRP. Had a first meeting with consultant on Thursday who has asked for more bloods & once diagnosis confirmed would like to start me on hydroxychloroquine.
I have really busy life. 3 teenage kids to look after, I run a business, have builders in the house - I am the house taxi driver, cook, cleaner etc. By the end of this week though my pain/discomfort was horrendous. Worse areas are arms - biceps in particular (referred pain from joint I guess), top of feet, wrists & lots of swollen fingers - lots of muscle pain. Initial x rays have been done for hands and feet showing no damage or erosions. Am taking ibuprofen but it only really takes the edge off it. I am struggling to sleep properly.
My question is - should I really try to be minimising any activity which makes my symptoms worse until this disease is under control? How much should I just stop. I really don’t want to risk causing any damage to the joints but equally I can’t see how I can stop doing most ADL’s as my life is so busy. I am usually very active - I walk our dogs daily, do gym exercise a couple of times a week, go skiing, cycling etc but even walking around town picking up shopping yesterday resulted in foot and leg pain. I need a plan as the thought of feeling like this every day for ever more is really stressful. I understand that even if the first choice of meds (hydro....) is effective it will take several months to take effect.
Any advice would be very welcome as this all feels very overwhelming.