I was diagnosed with RA 18 months ago - started properly one morning (after a really rubbish 2 years) after waking up and unable to walk due to hip pain. It was actually my blood pressure specialist who suggested I pressed for a rheumatology review - gp wrongly diagnosed plantar fascitis (in the balls of my feet!!), felt rubbish, widespread pain and hands with a life of their own. Now on MTX 20mg, steroids, co-codomal, amitryptyline etc etc. Have just had a 2 week break from MTX due to nausea - injections here we come! I feel lucky I have RA much milder than those of you who post here. With the help of my husband, my family, friends, a walking stick and mobility scooter, I do pretty well. I really appreciate reading about the problems you all have. My main diagnosis was made after high blood plasma viscosity reading - all other bloods OK even though washing my hands made me cry with pain! How embarrassing was that! I once said to my mother that every single joint in my body hurt. Have had chemo twice for non-hodgkins lymphoma and am now taking same drugs for RA, 20 years later. Have just started to feel like my knees are full of broken glass and the skin burns to the touch but am not sure if this is due to pressure of extra weight due to steroids, or RA - any thoughts?
Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and problems. As I say, I feel really lucky to not have any mega problems.