Had my 4th appt yesterday and more blood tests etc. My doctor was discussing putting me on Mtx as i had been on Hydroxy but it did not suit me. I had more bloods taken and another steriod injection (in my rear!) which i have to say i am feeling a bit better already. Had a whizz around the kitchen later in the day as could not sit down and carried on cleaning even though wrists and fingers very sore. Anyway my doctor was explaining Mtx and when i go back in 2 weeks pending the output of the steriod and the blood test results, this is what she is going to put me on along with possible other meds to combat the side effects. I am only in early stages of RA which is why i am only now being introduced to the drugs. But when i am reading all the blogs, i am very nervous about going on this as the side effects seem pretty bad. She also told me that her objective is to avoid any joint damage and the earlier we catch it the better it is for me in the future. What did frighten me was that she told me 1/3rd of people with RA give up work within 2 years and this is what she wants to try to stop as that is my main worry. At present i don't have any joint damage but lots of pain and tiredness but looking at all the blogs and the problems everyone has with this illness, it looks like this is what i will be experiencing in the future.
I am still trying to carry on as normal and refuse to wear the wrist splints i was given yesterday and also still trying to wear heels which is proving impossible so have had to relent to some flat boots as a start for the winter anyway. I am gutted I feel so different to what i did 6 months ago and feel I cannot plan anything. Don't want to discuss it with other people as they think it is the same as Osteo and don't understand it at all as i am sure you all agree it is very different so i don't bother.