Greetings RA community, I am new here. I am in such a dilemma with my health. I have seronegative RA and am not doing well. I was treated with plaquenil but it quit working for me. I was given some prednisone and tapered down after which I had a great remission for several months. During this time, I convinced myself the problems I had was due to my thyroid and accepted a new job in a neighboring state which will involve a move for my family. I am in my late 50's. Well, last week, I relapsed something awful. No amount of rest will help, my joints are killing me and I got an appt with my rheumy next week thank goodness.
My dilemma is: Do I stay with my old job (which is rough, btw, with a lot of traveling, but excellent benefits) or take this new job? I am fearful that I will not have the energy to keep up and start a new job. I hate the thought of keeping a job that I don't like b/c of an illness but I am too fatigued to even get out of bed. What would you do???View Thread
Thank you all so much for your thoughtful replies!!!!! I enjoyed reading each of your feelings. As it turns out, things progressed and I am starting the new job in about another week. I do not regret the decision. I told my hubby that I could do some light packing but not to expect too much from me and he doesn't anyway. LOL... He knows. I'll have to find a new rheumatologist in my new town. I think some of my flares right now have to do with this weather. It's rain, rain, rain down here in the south. I wish we could save it and give it to the midwest somehow. More may be on the way with Isaac. I am taking today, tomorrow and the weekend off along with 3 days next week. This job has been tough for me and I'll be glad to move. Thanks again!!!!!View Thread
JerzeeOT, it sounds like a lot of people could relate to your post! I could as well b/c I am also a health care provider/educator. I have seronegative RA and autoimmune hashimoto's thyroid dz.I started having bad joint pain and fatigue a few years ago. My ANA is positive along with a high sed rate. I've been really upset about this diagnosis as well. I've had a tough time with the meds either not working or me being allergic to them. I think it is hard for a health care worker to get sick b/c we have high expectations and we are used to offering solutions for patients. We are not good at being patients ourselves! LOL....I think when you and your doctor get your symptoms under control, you'll feel better mentally. They have really good meds for this disease anymore. Sorry your hubby isn't supportive. He'll probably get used to this and become supportive over time. I am lucky in that respect to have a wonderful husband, but I am quite a bit older than you. People usually mellow out by my age! Take care and good luck.View Thread