Subject: Newbie needing advice
I have been suffering from pain in my back, shoulder and neck for 5 years now which has recently gotten worse(spreading down my arms, back and sides) and more frequent/painful. The pain and stiffness have been making everyday things more difficult and so I visited my GP who diagnosed arthritis and prescribed anti inflams/paracetamol.
I have been swatting up on arthritis and have frequently come across the condition psoriatic arthritis. I also suffer from psoriasis and have noticed that my flair ups in that do coincide with my back, so i guess that must be the type i have?
I'm just looking to hear from ppl who are living with this condition, and looking for any advice or just your experiences. I guess I'm a bit scared at the prospect of having to live the rest of my life in pain and on medication. Does that sound dramatic. But also I have a 4 year old and 8 month old and am really struggling to find that energy.
Does anyone else find that during a flair up you feel ill, and then when it subsides you just feel absolutly rung out ???
Anyway, I'll stop rambling, but please feel free to ramble at me :o)