Hello, newbie here...I'll try keep it brief....started with multiple joint pain last Oct, diagnosed 12th March 2021 with RA.
Started on Sulfasalazine and Naproxen back then along with a steroid depo, continued to up the dose till max, another depo, put on oral Methotrexate, again upping the dose then to injections.
Now I am on 6 Sulfasalazine a day, 2 Naproxen, 25mg Methotrexate weekly, co-codamol every 4 hours again now, had 4 depo injections since March, last one 18th Oct, which feels like it's wearing off again. Seems like it doesn't work as well on each one and no longer lasts as well as it did.
I was an artist for a living pre Covid, and now the RA prevents me painting, as it is rampant in my hands, right especially, my fingers don't really bend anymore and pain constantly, I think this is permanent now, as it doesn't change.
My mood is very low, ended up crying to my Rheumy nurse on the phone appointment 10 days ago. The pain, the stiffness, (hands, neck, shoulders, jaw, knees, ankles...which does vary, spin the wheel of doom) the constraints every minute...I am REALLY losing the will to live, my nurse has RA and says not to give up hope.
Shes 99% certain I'll be put on self injection biologics, my next appointment was cancelled from 21st Dec and moved to 13th Jan.
So basically does anyone have a similar experience with meds and a good outcome in the end please? I would appreciate some realistic expectations to hang onto, that I may get some quality of life back? Or not? I am so tired of hoping the meds are going to work to find they are not working as well as they hoped.
I have tried all sorts to help, gluten free, fasting, yadda, yadda...which am sure many of you have too.
Any honest realistic hope would greatly appreciated.
I hope you all have a pain free day, and things to smile about....thank you in advance.