I was recently diagnosed with RA and at the age of 31 feel as though my life is falling to bits. I have been having symptoms since I fell pregnant with my little boy in 2008 and soon after his birth in 2009, things went from bad to worse. I get dreadful swelling and pains in my hands and wrists and also in my feet. Working as a childminder this can make my day very difficult and sometimes near on impossible.
To be told I have RA was a complete shock as my own ignorance led me to believe that this horrible illness only affects older people. How wrong was I?
I was told to start an intense course of medication straight away and am now on my 7th week of Methotrexate, Hydroxychloroquine, and folic acid.
The side effects from the tablets seem to be causing me more problems than the RA itself. My hair is falling out and I am constantly feeling sick and beyond tired. As a result of all of the above I have become very depressed. So as well as taking all of the medication for the RA I am now on anti-depressants as well!? My husband had been amazing through this whole thing and has been incredibly supportive and reassuring; I'm not entirely sure how he has put up with me to be honest.
It seems really selfish to keep going on about how awful I feel when I know that there are people out there who are so much worse off than me, but I really can't seem to pull myself together?
I am glad I found this website. Having a group like this is a great idea, and it lets you see that you are not alone, I would be very grateful if anyone can share their experiences with me and perhaps give me a good kick up the backside and tell me to stop feeling so sorry for myself lol? It would be really helpfull to know how other people with this awful illness cope and any advice will be gratefully received.
Kind regards MrsMac07