i was diagnosed with RA Feb 2011 while working at a new job 24/7 house manager to young parents, very stressful. I had what i was told was a swan necking finger i had blood tests and was referred to a Rheumatologist my history of strange wandering pains that would take my knees or my shoulders out of action was discussed and further blood test taken. 2 weeks later i got a phone call from a nurse explaining that I was going to be put on Methotrexate and to attend a clinic; i was not happy that I had been told i was going on medication I was not keen on, so delayed the start of treatment 3 months later the nurse saw me again and this time told me that at the rates of my blood test my disease was progressive and I would be damaging myself if I didn't on it, after alot of thoughts I agreed. my RF 01/11 was 1580 in 04/11 was 1710 ESR 02/11 64 +04/11 33 + 06/11 was 31 without treatment my ANTI CCP was over 500. I had no clue what this meant saw Rhuematologist in May who gave a magic steriod injection which within 5 days left me painfree started methotrexate after this in june after 7 months I have not been painfree even though I have had strong painkillers that have raised my B/P I choose to stop Methotrexate in March as my pains were increasing and all the nurse or dr's could offer me were more painkillers, The Nurse in particular was unhelpful as she read my blood results and said these are all good you shouldn't be in pain, it's not RA not once did she say it could be anything else. My question which nobody wants to answer is can one be diagnosed as RA just on those blood tests? some have said i have fybromialgia? I feel so depressed and tired out all the time that I have had to give my job up.