Hi, I have been reading flowerpot's introduction, and I am a newcomer too. I am 46, and diagnosed under two months ago. I am seronegative, and while I had the first flare up in 2010, it didn't last long and by the time I saw the consultant, it was over, so I didn't get a diagnosis. Now in hindsight, I have not been 100% "normal" since then, but without a diagnosis, I was very stupidly assuming that all my frequent aches and pains were just the normal part and parcel of getting old, and also perhaps due to my rather sedentary job and lifestyle. Then in March, I woke up one day that I could not move at all, and after that thanks to my husband's private insurance I was diagnosed in just two weeks. I was given a depo injection of steroids and put on MTX and Prednisolone, and my CRP levels started to come down. I was on sick leave for 8 weeks, but when I started back at work, I only lasted 4 days and I relapsed quite badly, so I am on sick leave again and worrying quite a lot about the future.
I don't want to write too much and bore everyone, but I will be coming here again, as I am also experiencing this illness as a game of snakes and ladders (great metaphor, by the way), and I have been extremely grateful for the excellent support from the NRAS helpline, and I know how important it is to have a support group to let steam off a bit and not ending in tears everyday you try to explain how you feel to your nearest and dearest.
Thanks for reading