Hi. I thought that as I read all your blogs daily and have had a couple of my questions answered, I ought to tell you about myself. I live on my own, have done for the last twenty years. On the whole I love it, but you can get used to keeping your disease to yourself.I was working until the end of 2010 when I took early retirement. I worked as a room steward and guide at Hever Castle in Kent, but after trying for so many years to try and hide my afflictions it becme too much, especially the stairs and in particular the spiral stairs!!
I tried to do the best I could but it was all too much. I loved the job and if it weren't for the damn knees I could probably have carried on a few more years. Although my colleagues were always sympathetic I could tell they all thought it was just arthritis that they probably had. You do get fed up with explaining that RA is not the same thing and that it will never be cured (until that blessed time when it comes along).
When I first had the symptons of RA I too thought ,"Oh I'm getting old, all these aches and pains". I dosed myself up with Ibuprofen and managed to carry on somehow for some years, taking days off sick and holidays when I couldn't get up or carry on. My family were not very sympathetic either, probably because they didn't live with me thay never saw the worst effects, and usually got comments "come on old girl". They didn't see me crying my eyes out every day when the pain was so great I couldn't do a thing!
At the end of November 2010 I just had had enough I couldn,t take the pain anymore so saw my GP. He immediately told me it seemed to be RA and put me on Naproxen which was wonderful for the pain. Really worked well. Saw a consultant later who diagnosed it officially and gave me a steroid shot which once it worked was wonderful for about 6 weeks. Now on Methotrexate 15mgs which I've been taking for 5 weeks now, alongside the Naproxen twice daily.
Don't think I'm feeling the benefits yet but certainly don't feel any worse.
I have to say that all through my doctors and consultants have been marvellous and very speedy, so nothing to complain about really.
Thank you for letting me tell my story.