Cordelia-MaryHey there sweetie, are you talking Reactive arthritis? I am so sorry to hear this and I think this early in your dx you have a right to feel anxious and I can understand why you feel panicky at night. It is hard to turn off our thoughts at bedtime and just go to sleep.
I agree with talking to your physician to see if you can get something for anxiety. Also whatever you are taking at bedtime.........can the medicine be increased a bit. Perhaps take your medicine earlier in the evening and not right before bed? You may be doing this already.
How about a local support group for arthritis, anything in your area that you could get to.
I know when you have a chronic illness life changes but I believe in you and know you will be OK. I do not mean to belittle your dx at all. I just feel like you will fight to stay as mobile as you can and if the wheel chair happens you will deal with it.
We are always here for you and you have my prayers.
Gentle Hugs to you Cordelia
Good Morning Cordelia-Mary
I am so glad to log on this morning and see you had a good night. I slept well until 0600 when the phone rang and someone hung up. Then 10 minutes later it rang again. I don't mind if I get some good rest but not being able to get to sleep or waking up with anxiety is my downfall.
I am so glad to hear you have a good support group with your church. That is awesome and there are so many wonderful people in the world wanting to help out and give to people in need. I have learned to accept help graciously when I am down and when I can I give back to someone else.
HW is a wonderful place to come to for support and caring from the great members. I have found the support, validation and encouragement that I receive here, to be so helpful and healing.
I am glad you have an appointment with your rheumy and I hope she does come up with a good plan for you.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Bless you.