Well had my last major RA flare back in 2006 I remember it took months and months to get me right had knees injected, prednisolone, mtx and was introduced to anti tnf injections (embrel) finally got my life back and have been ok for the last 5 years give or take the odd joint flaring, but started having trouble with my right knee June/July this year just started mild really would give way when walking along (i looked like I was part of the ministry for unusual walks!!!). Gradually knee started getting worse and really inflamed so thought right I need to take action as going to Spain in the August and didn't want to ruin the holiday, off I went to Rheumatology and consultant gave me an injection into the knee joint worked fine for about 2 weeks but by the time hols came I was back to square one and have progrssively gone down hill since, now have it in my ankles, feet, right shoulder, elbow and hands, neck, hips you get the gist. Back to consultant I asked for a course of steriods to get me going again but no she wasn't going to do that instead have been put back on sulfasalazine as not had them for a long time was told to increase dose gradually (apparently they can upset the system but never had any effect on me last time) so I've thought sod it I'll go straight onto 4 tablets a day am not prepared to get any worse, consultant also gave me a depo steriod injection which didn't work in 2006 and still hasn't worked in 2012 (big waste of time), that was 2 weeks ago and I had been continuing to go to work as an estate agent but have got so bad now can't grip anything or walk in the morning I finally gave in this morning and rang in sick, I think work have been expecting it at some point. I really had forgotten how bad things get when having a major flare but am also really angry as I felt this happening back in July and feel it should have been nipped in the bud then does anyone agree with me or also had an ongoing battle with the rheumatologists. RA isn't my only illness I also have Menieres disease and suffer with bad bouts of vertigo and sickness and have already had a lot of time off work at the beginning of the year with that, thankfully the Menieres seems to be a bay at the moment or god knows what mess I'd be in. Sorry for wingeing everyone but I just feel so crap at the moment.
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