Hi there - I was diagnosed with RA one year after my daughter was born, aged 33, after a year of doctors telling me I was just tired and sore because I was a new Mum. That was two and a half years ago. I am taking Sulphasalazine, which has been good for controlling my symptoms etc.
I have managed quite well since my diagnosis and although I have experienced some horrible infections (hand, foot and mouth being the worse by far!) it's all be very manageable and I have kept my spirits high.
My daughter is now three and a half and I have been blessed that she did not have to go to daycare before now, but in preparation for school, which she starts next year, she has commenced pre-kindy three days per week. As a result, I have been continuously sick with one infection after another (gastro, sinus, throat etc) for four months with only a couple of days break here and there between each infection.
I am at breaking point and feel very low and tearful most of the time, as I just can't seem to get well. It appears I have swapped one condition (RA) for another and I don't know which is worse!! My husband is a FIFO worker, so I am a single parent for half the year and when he's home I am tired of being sick each and every time.
I discussed it with my GP and told him of the measures I take to try and stay healthy (vitamins, healthy eating etc) and he told me to save my money and this is my foreseeable future until my daughter leaves school. This advice has just put me in a hole of distress which I can't seem to climb out of. I can't keep living like this.
I would appreciate any advice or assistance to get through this difficult time in my journey. Many thanks