Hi my name is Tracy, im 27. I was diagnosed with RA 2 years ago. It all started with swollen knuckles, then pain in my feet and shoulders. The pain was unbearable at times, some days i couldn't even get out of bed.
My GP was treating this with a new anti inflammitory after another. 6 months down the line I was referred on to the Rheumatology dept at the hospital. At last I was being treated properly. I started on Methotrexate, I had been on this for 2 weeks when my blood tests came back it wasnt good news, it had been affecting my liver. I had to stop immediately and I was at a real low point. I thought this was going to take all the pain away. I had a few steriod injections along the way which were great.I am now on sulfasalazine and have been in remission for the last 10 months or so.
I work in insurance and my employers have been fantastic. Appointments and days off have not been an issue. My hospital had been running a case study which I signed up for. They were testing ultrasound and the importance of aggressive treatment early on. I attended the hospital once a month for 18 months. Its now every 3/4 months I go.
What concerns me is being on this medication for the rest of my life? is that going to be the case? I wonder has anyone tried any other methods of treatment? I am feeling good and dont necessarily want to start messing with that at the moment. Don't think I could go back to that.
I'd be grateful for any advice anyone has to offer!!