My name is Maddie and this week I was diagnosed with RA, it' s taken nearly two years to get this diagnosis.
I was told at first that my blood tests were normal and it was'nt until my right hand swelled that I was sent for a scan which revealed inflammation.... I was also told by the consultant that my blood tests had revealed borderline positive for RA back in August 12 but I'd been told by my GP they would class the result as normal!!!???
Anyway... I had a chest X-ray, more blood tests( results not yet known) and put on 7.5mg of MTX which terrifies me I've been told that I will get a helpline number in the post and to ring my consultant's secretary if I have any problems.
I do not know anyone else with RA and nobody around me seems to understand my fears and confusion.
Any help, support and advice would be very much appreciated.