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I was diagnosed with RA last year, I had the worst experience of a rheumatologist, he was furious because I did not want to take methotrexate, this was thrown up with no real discussion about me and my symptoms which are not exactly text book at all. I lost my son to aplastic anaemia years ago, and some of the drugs prescribed affect the bone marrow in a similar manner, he treated me like I was a mental case. Thankfully I have a new consultant, I take hydroxychlorquine but I am so fearful of the DAMARDS, don't really want them because I don't want to feel ill. Despite odd flares I have been active, swimming and walking , helped so much, the RA despite affecting a few joints does not clearly manifest itself, feels muscular sometimes, I feel alone, lost, depressed, because I don't know what I am looking for at all. The doctor pushing for extra meds is making me ill because I need to assess what is happening and where. I am more ill with the mental stress than the actual RA and I feel completely alone.
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