I am just joining this blog and is not something I would normally do so here goes!
I have recently been going through tests at the early arthritis clinic and have been diagnosed so far with Palindromic Rheumatism. All symptoms and test results point to RA but as it is early days the doctor will not commit. I have been advised that they are pretty sure it will evolve into RA and i am currently taking Arcoxia, Hydroxchloriqide and recently had a steriod injection.
I thought this would have stopped the flare ups but they are still happening. Is this normal.
Most of the pain is in my feet and hands including fingers and wrists. Knees also affected but not as bad as hands and feet.
One of the worst things is the fatigue, as i currently work full time about 50 hours per week, the tiredness is quite bad on some days.
Weekends are difficult but not sure why i feel so bad, i am not sure if it is due to doing the normal chores, cleaning, ironing, shopping, cooking etc.
Sorry to go on a bit but I have only been suffering since February and feel like i have not been myself for long time. Can't believe how much it has slowed me down and i am struggling to accept the changes.
A question for the bloggers who have had this for some time, is this how it is from now on as even though i am on all meds, I have not had a pain free week yet. My biggest worry is struggling to work and drive, as when the swelling appears in my hands it is very difficult to drive and do the normal stuff like unscrewing tops, lifting pans getting dressed etc. Am I being a hypochondriac or is it as painful as I think it is..