Sharon's Story

I was 24 years old when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

It took the doctors quite a long time to diagnose and I remember one of the doctors personally came to my flat at the time to see how I was coping. I think she must have felt pretty bad for taking so long to diagnose, and for leaving me in constant pain for so long.

 

My ankle had swollen up and they kept asking me if I had fallen over on it, of course I hadn't as I would have remembered doing that.

 
I started getting acute pain after giving birth to my first child. By the time he was five months old, the doctors had finally taken three tubes of blood and the tests came back saying I had inflammation. I was then referred to the Rheumatology department, but at least now I know what was wrong with me.