My aches and pains

I suddenly realized that there was something not right in the middle of July 2013. I was due to go and play a bowls league match and out of the blue I couldn’t move my right arm. My shoulder was as if it had frozen and had to play left handed.

Then a few days later my foot had swollen so bad I couldn’t get my shoe off I had to cut it off. And then I decided to go and see my gp he then took some blood test and the results came back that I had RA since then both my feet, knees, hips, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and even my groin don’t know if the groin is connected to it all but is sure does hurt still waiting to see a specialist.

I’m on steroids and each episode normally last about three days (is this normal?) And in two or three places at once. :((

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  • John probert author
    5 years ago

    Thanks I’ve had to stop the meds kept on vomiting plus there was no change so gp’s again on Monday x

  • Patricia Katz
    5 years ago

    I had the same thing. It was bizarre. I was starting to feel crazy. Then I got diagnosed and started on meds haven’t had for a while. Good luck

  • John probert author
    5 years ago

    I’ve just been prescribed salazopyrin EN 500mg does anyone have any feedback on these please x

  • Heidi
    5 years ago

    I am quit grateful to have come a crossed C.B.D. supplements. My experience with finding something that works and will not leave me destroyed has put me in a life alterating change. With the supplements I have yet to have to take any kind of medication from a Dr. or O.T.C.s for a whole month now! 😀

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  • Heidi
    5 years ago

    * Know

  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    5 years ago

    Hi John – For most alternative treatments (including diet) there isn’t much scientific proof that they work to control RA symptoms. That being said, A LOT of people find really good results from using alternative treatments to keep their RA under control. So, in my opinion, if it sounds like it has potential to you it is probably worth trying! I tried acupuncture and it didn’t help me – but everyone’s RA is different and it might just help you!

  • John probert author
    5 years ago

    Thank you will mention it when I see the specialist next month.

  • Andrew Lumpe, PhD moderator
    5 years ago

    John, thanks for sharing your story. RA does have a way of sneaking up on us and surprising us when we least expect it. It’s hard to tell how long a flare will last and everyone is different. I hope that you find a good rheumatologist and start an effective treatment plan. Thanks for finding this site!

  • John probert author
    5 years ago

    Is it worth giving acupuncture a go?

  • John probert author
    5 years ago

    Thanx

  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    5 years ago

    Hi John – Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story. Unfortunately, RA can affect every joint in your body, so it is very normal to be experiencing it in two or three places at once. As for your groin I would be willing to guess that you are experiencing muscle pain, which can also be related to RA since muscles attach to joints. When your joints are affected your muscles can also be affected. I hope that the prednisone helps and that hopefully the rheumatologist you see can get help you find a treatment that keeps these symptoms under control. Hang in there and remember that we are here to support you!

  • John probert author
    5 years ago

    Thank you very much it means a lot xxxx

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