Four words that changed me…

“You have Rhumatoid Arthritis”…I was 17 working in a dog groomers when I first started noticing the pain and stiffness in all my body, I thought it was due to lifting dogs all day and being on my feet and didn’t think anything else of it. In April last year I moved out with my partner and was studying my Level 3 Animal Management until I could hardly move on a morning, it would take me around 30 minutes to an hour to get out of bed and then my partner would have to help me get dressed. I was diagnosed with Sero-negative Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 18 and my life has come to a halt. I was given different pain killers such as Naproxen and Cocodamol (Which I found out I was allergic too, yet another hospital trip). I was then given Methotrexate 6 tablets once a week and Hydroxychloroquine 2 times a day, this wasn’t doing anything so my methotrexate was changed from 6 tablets to 8 tablets once a week and I was also diagnosed with a Lupus crossover but again the tablets weren’t doing anything so I’m currently on Metoject pens, I’ve been on the pens for 2weeks now (so two injections) and both times I’ve been extremely poorly around 4-5hours later…It feels like it’s never going to end, I’m not in a stable position where I can work, I don’t know anyone my age that is also suffering with RA/lupus so I’m feeling very Isolated, it would be nice to speak to someone that was once in this position or someone that is my age and still is.

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