As the title says, I was diagnosed recently (about a month and a half ago). I am somewhat sceptical of the diagnosis because I have had chronic health issues for so long, and this is the first time I've had a real diagnosis where the doctor has said 'here is some medicine that will actually help'. Every other time I've thought I've finally found the 'answer', whatever treatment I tried just did literally nothing.
An overview of my symptoms:
- severe morning stiffness
- feeling delicate/easy to injure (e.g., if I put too much pressure on my hand the bones in my fingers start to hurt)
- severe plantar fasciitis like pain in both feet
- severe pain in the balls of the feet
- severe pain around the sit bones/upper hamstring
The doctor tested inflammatory markers and found that they were raised, so it does still seem likely autoimmune inflammation of some kind is my problem. I've had bad skin problems in the past as well, but they are now in remission as I live in Thailand - the 30-40 degree heat + humidity really helps. My Grandad had confirmed psoriasis itself, but my skin problems were diagnosed as sebhorric dermatitis - although that was a long time ago, when they were a much smaller problem.
I've been on methotrexate 5mg per week since the diagnosis, plus I started on Enbrel almost three weeks ago (had three doses). What's worrying me is I still don't really feel much better. I THINK my symptoms have improved a bit, but not a great deal. I still can't stand up for more than about five minutes, or sit down for more than about thirty. I spend most of the day rolling around in bed, trying to stay comfortable.
Anyone had similar experiences? Is it likely/possible the drugs will actually start working in the near future?
Thanks for any help you can offer 😀