How the goddam are you all? I have slightly trawled through some of the posts. What a "whatsithingy" this blooming RA is.
I can only comment for myself. It is hard to believe what I was like 12 months ago. All doom, gloom and "my life is over" type depression. I can honestly say that I have gone from strength to strength. I still have RA (according to my blood test results and the rheummy nurse and conson) but physically and mentally I left RA behind a long long time ago.
I no longer work on the farm (much to my disappointment to a certain degree) but what happened to me has opened so many other doors. I remain very positive and completely free of pain killers and anti-depressants. I even managed to reduce to the Methotrexate by 5 mg (was taking 25mg for a little while) but now only take 15mg.
I had a bit of an upset recently, I was called back to the doctors following a routine blood test, because my CRP level was twice what it should be and this was affecting the result o something to do with my kidneys - can't remember what. Anyway it turns out that I was due to a virus, (they always say that when they don't what else it is). I had had a yukky cold and they thought it must have been that, because the next blood test a few days later showed I was back to normal - Ha! as normal as I can be!!! I had had a bit more pain in my knees but thought that was due to the extra amount of swimming - yes swimming- I was doing. I regularly do 20-30 lengths early mornings, 2/3 times per week! Hard to believe that 12 months ago, it took me 2 hours to get up and out of bed and unstiffened - only to have to rest again early afternoon....... thank good those days are behind me.
So ok I am not cured - apparently - but my quality of life is 200% better than it was.
The thing is, the very thing that has helped me feel this way came about from the thing which made to close my account on here - where some people did not want to hear about any alternatives - let alone try them! Lots of things in there but if you keep reading it, it makes sense... honest!
I am off to get married next week - ahem - going to Southampton Registry Office on Saturday 12th May, then jumping aboard Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship, to sail around the mediterranean. I have not been put off by the costa concordia, which we will sail passed on this trip. So I shall pay my respects to all those poor people who were so frightened and of course those who lost their lives.
Take care everyone. Blog soonererer xxxxxxx