Hi all, my name is Rosie. I will be 32 this month and was just diagnosed with RA about a month ago. I have two daughters, ages 7 and 4 and I am a single mom.
I have been dealing with the pain in my joints for years, was told I have gout at one point, tendonitits, bursitis... you name it... and then since nothing came up on blood tests, I was told some people's joints just hurt.... I spent five years believing that, even though I was in horrible pain every day. Recently I had an MRI done on my spine for a ruptured disc I have and the sciatica pain I also deal with. My doctor asked me if I had ever seen a rheumatologist and I told him no. He said I have damage all up and down my spine, so he gave me a referral. My rheumatologist did all the blood tests but also took xrays of my hands and feet. These showed joint damage as well.
This was kind of a vindication for me.... I had started to feel crazy almost!!! I thought, man I don't see anyone else my age going through the pain I go through.... except for my cousin that is, who has EVERY SINGLE symptom that I do... I mean I hurt somewhere ALL the time... I started to wonder if I just feel pain worse than other people... I even began to wonder if it was all in my head!! lol So when they finally put a name to it, it half way made me feel better, but the other half of me is horrified to think that this is never going away, and I could be deformed someday!!!!
The dr. put me on sulfasalazine, but I found out really quick I was allergic to that. Now she prescribed me something that starts with Meta or Metha. I haven't picked up the prescription yet cause I have had a cold and couldn't start it while sick.
My question to everyone is this. Do the meds help? I mean really help the pain? How long did it take to give some kind of relief? And has anyone progressed into visibly while on meds???
I am so glad there are other people out there that I can talk to and they know exactly what I am going through!