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I started experiencing stiffness and pain in my leg muscles about a month ago, and thought I just had some sort of flu bug. I went to the GP who took some bloods. She thought to start off with it could be PMRA and put me on prednisolone. A week later, she had changed her mind as my bloods were also showing a positive RA factor. She took me off the steroids and referred me to see a rheumatologist. 2 weeks on, I can hardly walk or stand. Going up or down stairs is agonising. I feel exhausted and fevery most of the time. Normal life has been put on hold, and my existence is now confined to lying on the settee. On Friday I rang the local hospital to ask how long the waiting lists were, and they told me about 14 weeks, or 6 for urgent cases. I just can't go on for that long. Pain is something that's new for me and I'm not handling it awfully well. It's put me in quite a dark place. Anyway, I ended up throwing my principles out of the window and today I've made an appointment to see a rheumatologist privately. I have an appointment for 9 days time. The thing that's concerning me is that everything I've read to do with RA mentions joints. I've had no pains in joints, just muscles. Could it still be RA if I'm not experiencing joint problems? I know that things will be clearer once I see the specialist, but I so need to start making some sense of what is happening to me.
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