Sooo, this is my first blog...I suppose spurred on by feeling a bit sorry for myself. I'm 23 years old and had just started my first 'proper' job in Sep after graduating from my masters when in October I started getting all the symptoms of RA...I'm sure I don't need to list them to anyone reading this!
Since then I've been started on Hydroxychloroquine, Prednisolone and Meloxicam (after trying various other NSAIDs e.g. Naproxyn etc).
I've now been taking the Prednisolone for nearly 2 months and after it seeming like a miracle cure for a couple of weeks things have got a whole lot worse again.
My knees are like melons and stairs have become my worst enemy.
I haven't had that much faith in the consultant I've been seeing after being told I'd only be on the steroids for 2 weeks (now 2 months and not set to stop any time soon) and being promised steroid injections which never manifested. Also after reading the NICE guidelines for the disease modifying drugs it seems best practice is to start patients on two types.
Sooo long and short is I'm now transferring hospitals and seeing a different consultant a week on Wed which with my knees how they are seems like a long time away!
Hoping to attend the NRAS Solihull group meeting on Thursday this week....is anyone else going? Would be nice to talk to someone who's been through a similar thing.
Wow this was only supposed to be short!! Just finding that the whole thing is taking so long and is very frustrating. Everything I read stresses the importance of getting on top of inflammation quickly but the medics don't seem to be in that much of a rush.
Anyway rant over, any comments, tips, thoughts welcome!