This is my first entry. I recently found I have RA, typically intersitial lung disease. I was a bit shell-shocked when my GP first told me and the blood tests and chest x-ray confirmed it. I am now awaiting my first appointment with the rheumatologist at my local hospital.
I havent had any real symptoms...I get a bit of pain and stiffness in my hands from time to time, nothing (touch wood) very painful or serious for too long. I would otherwise describe myself as a fit and healthy 37 year old. I have noticed that I can't do as much exercise in the gym recently and sometimes I have to stop and get a breath when I'm out walking, but other than that I feel fine.
I have noticed a slightly annoying cough and I feel as if there is something in my throat permanently, which my GP explained could be due to inflammation.
I have read a LOT of information on the internet ... not all of it good, so when I found this website I was relieved because it seems to be practical and informative. I am keen to make changes to my diet because if I am honest, I have let myself go the past couple of years....a LOT of sugar, sweets and chocolate has crept in. This has been kicked back out again, with the exception of a couple of squares of dark chocolate every now and then ;0P
I've also found swapping milk to soya has helped, and kicking out potatoes and reducing bread have also helped. I don't really drink and I don't smoke anyway. I do take supplements including good old cod liver oil....I am really hoping and praying that the rheumatologist gives me a positive diagnosis that I can do something about. I am generally a positive person and I don't shirk from a challenge.
I will update this blog regularly as it may help others understand their condition too.