Well I thought I would share my recent experience with you all. Few days ago I was sitting at my desk working away and all of a sudden I felt a slight pain in my ankly bone. Mmm I thought but carried on working. This was about 1.30pm. As the afternoon progressed every time i got up the pain was beginning to increase and i could actually feel my foot swelling up. By 3.30 I was struggling to walk and thought this is going to be a bad one. 4.00pm I could not put my foot down properly and the pain was really bad. Decided to drive home at that point (thank god for my automatic as it was my left foot so didn't have to use it to drive. By the time i got to my house at 5pm I was in agony and had to hop to my front door. I had to give in a was crying my eyes out as didn't know what to do. My oh panicked as my foot was pretty bad at this point and toes were going numb. I decided to go to A n E and what a mistake that was. I was there for 11 hours and it was a complete fiasco. Saw two doctors, one a orthopedic specialist who said she wanted to inject needles into my foot to suck out the fluid that had built up but decided to admit me after speaking to her colleagues. i just wanted them to ease the pain and reduce the swelling but that never happened. I finally got some pain killers from them about 1.30am which did give me some comfort. there were no wheelchairs to sit in when i got there so had to hop to a chair, then my husband actually went searching for one and managed to find one which i was left in for the 11 hours i was there. Another cock up was they did not try to find me a bed in rheumy ward as the nurses said i need to see the medics and ignored me when i said i had already seen a orthopedic doctor. Anyway to cut out some of the crap i was dealt, by 5.15am i decided to sign myself out of the A n E as it was a joke and went home. The swelling did start to go down the next day but it took 3 days to get my foot back to some normality. i don't know why I decided to go to A n E but the pain was so bad I thought they may be able to do something for me.
The sad thing is i had gone to my rheumy clinic 3 days before this flare and had a steriod injection as i am struggling with the flares and they have increased my MTX to 20mg which i can't do for 4 weeks due to injections being delivered to my house. I know i need more medication now as it is obviously progressing more. (had it just over 1 year)
Anyway i was disgusted with myself for crying and being unable to cope but the pain was agonising
Picked myself back up now and looking forward to the next flare (ha ha!!!)