I've been diagnosed with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. I'm going to summarize everything here and then I will complain of it no more. I've only had the rheumatoid for a few months but the Dr. said it seems especially aggressive as the swelling and pain have been extreme. In spite of that I have very little damage to my joints in my fingers and I hope to keep it that way.
The swelling and pain in my hands started just as the tendinitis went away so I thought it was connected and didn't go to the Dr when I should have but I'm going now and am waiting to get in to a Rheumatologist.
I was put on four days of Prednisone (steroid) and that helped a LOT. I can use my hands again, for example. My knuckles looked like there were huge marbles embedded in the joints. I just have swelling in my middle and baby fingers now. It was only four days and since I finished the prescription the pain has returned slightly. Whatever, I can deal with it.
Arthritis often affects older people, women more than men, but it isn't an old person's disease. It affects all ages indiscriminately. Even so, I feel a little old now. That will pass, I'm sure.
|Hard to see the globular effect of the swelling but |
the bulge on and below the knuckle is clear
|See how the knuckles are all blue and purple? My ring finger was slightly swollen but my baby finger is bigger than my ring finger.|
Man that was painful.
On the day I got the diagnosis, I also got my administration position confirmed with the Tims I work at (recruiting and not soon enough) AND got the job I've been trying to get for several months at the bank. Manager Customer Service Trainee for a Canadian bank. I started beating the pavement for this job when I realized I could no longer do my Tims job (back in December) and as a result of reaching my limit of tolerance for workplace harassment. That's another story and it's been resolved. Sorta. The osteoarthritis will calm down with the job change.
I haven't been updating here because it hurt to type. It was painfully difficult to do anything, actually. Open doors. Get dressed. It still is but it's bearable now, I can tolerate pain pretty well and I have strength in my hands again. It's mainly in my left hand because apparently I'm left handed even though I write right.
So, new job starts July 8. Dr gave me two weeks leave for my arthritis to get under control and here I am living the tediously boring life until the new job starts.
And there you have it.