Newly diagnosed...and about time too!!
I had my appointment today with the rheumatologist and have come away with a positive diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. It's not come as a shock as you probably all diagnosed me long ago lol, I know I did. I already knew I had positive rheumatoid factor and raised esr however today I found out my anti ccp is 160 which I'm informed is a considerably high figure. All in all with pain in my feet, knees, hips and puffy sausage fingers I can safely say this rheumatologist has hit the nail on the head. I've come away armed with an abundance of booklets and information sheets. I was given an immediate steroid jab in the bum..not too bad and suppose I'll have to get used to it anyway. I'm starting Methotrexate at 7.5mg moving onto 15mg in 3 weeks and folic acid 5mg once a week. I'll be getting an appointment to see the rheumy again in 6 weeks time. I'm to have weekly blood tests for now but can't remember what he said after that as my brain is mashed! I suppose now I'm a fully fledged booklet holding member of the club. Still taking it all in but then I've had almost a year to start coming to terms with this day.