North East UK news Woman, 25, tells of how arthritis leaves her struggling to walk or put on coat MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Elle Wilson, of Whitley Bay, finds daily tasks such as walking and putting on a jacket difficult
Breaking News ! A young woman has opened up about how arthritis causes her to struggle with routine daily tasks, like putting on her coat. Elle Wilson, 25, was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis - an autoimmune condition that causes the body’s immune system to attack the cells lining the joints by mistake. It causes the joints to become swollen, stiff and painful and can damage the joints, cartilage and bone. Elle, of Whitley Bay,North Tyneside, said: “It cannot be cured but it requires immediate and aggressive treatment to prevent severe to irreversible damage to the joints. “Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect anyone of any age, it can affect children or people all the way up to the elderly but it is mostly common in women. “My symptoms started in December 2019 and I had no injury or anything prior. “I just woke up one morning and had really bad pain in all of my fingers. “They were painful, they were red, they were swollen and really hot to touch. “It was really strange. It went on for a good couple of hours and then went away and then returned the following morning. "This went on, maybe for a couple of weeks but I just put it down to sleeping a little bit funny and then it went completely away so I just tried to forget about it." Elle Wilson, 25, was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis A few weeks later the symptoms returned, Elle said, but were more severe and in her hands, wrists, feet, while tasks such as taking caps off milk, opening jars, putting on coats and walking became difficult. Elle said the symptoms went away but returned again a few weeks later and she was having a lot of difficulty walking. The early years assistant required help doing everyday things such as taking the dog for a walk and lost the ability to drive. She said: “This was the light bulb moment where I said 'this cannot be because I’m sleeping a little bit funny' because things are getting worse, really, really quick and I need help.” Elle contacted her doctor and told him her symptoms and after having blood taken was told her rheumatoid was high. She was told to see a rheumatologist but while waiting for the appointment her condition deteriorated and was unable to go to work. She said: “The day I was seeing the rheumatologist I woke up and the upper left part of my body was completely paralysed. “I had no sensation and couldn’t move. It was really, really scary but luckily I was seeing him that day.” After seeing the rheumatologist Elle was given the definitive diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and told she would require a chemotherapy drug to fight the disease. “It was completely unbelievable,” she said. “I was completely speechless when he told me. Not only did I have Rheumatoid Arthritis but I was told I was going on chemotherapy.
.” Elle started on a chemotherapy drug that she needed to take once a week and has been receiving treatment for just over four months. She added: “Unfortunately I’ve not felt any benefit. I’m still struggling with my hands and feet. “I still have trouble walking, I am able to drive which is a great thing because I felt when I couldn't drive lost of my independence. “I struggle day to day with basic things, like opening things, putting on my coat and taking the dog for a walk. “But one of the biggest things that has been hard to come to terms with is just how weak my hands are.
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"I have trouble using a knife and fork in the morning which seems quite minor but it is soul destroying. Elle now wants to raise awareness of the condition to show it is ok to feel embarrassed and struggle. She said: “It is ok not to be ok. I just wanted people to know the pure reality of arthritis and it doesn’t discriminate. It can affect everybody at any age or anytime. She added: “I suppose I was in denial for a long time. I put all these things down to sleeping a bit funny but it came out to be a really serious disease. “I don’t think there is enough awareness of this condition. I think if I had left it it would have got really bad. “You know, not that long ago a couple of years ago I was living a really healthy life, I was going to the gym, I wasn't a big drinker, living my life now and I am really struggling." Anyone who would like to speak to Elle can visit @ellekatewilsonx on Instagram, or visit https://nras.org.uk/ for support.
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