hello everyone. I only found this forum about 5 days ago and have spent quite a time since then reading over some of the posts and it has been wonderful to see that there are others in similar state to me - not wonderful that you are in the state of course but that I know now that there are others who share my problems and difficulties. So thank you to you all for the words I've read.
I was diagnosed with RA at end of 2007 after 12 months of pain and problems. I had seen several GPs but then in oct I saw a new one at the practice and he said straight away he thought it was RA and got me referred. I can't praise my GP enough - he has seen me so many times and been such a wonderful source of help and encouragement. In 2008 when there were problems getting mediction sorted and i was in terrible state - physically and mentally - just couldn't accept what was happening to me that at one point he was seeing me every week. I am more settled now - pain is generally liveable with although my right wrist is my worst and of course I'm right handed which affects everything I do. I've had to go part time at work - my boss has been great and he's employed another part timer to take the stress off me.
My biggest problem is the fatigue - I just cannot understand why I always feel so absolutely shattered I don't sleep well but it's more than just a tiredness as result of poor sleep - it's a complete body fatigue. But having read comments on here - I do feel a little less alone.
Anyway it's a Saturday and ths sun is starting to break through so let's hope there is bit of sunshine for all of us.