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Date: 08.10.2010
From: caroline

Subject: Do I ask for a second opinion?

I got diagnosed with rheamatiod artheritis two weeks ago but the last week was told i have sero-neg artheritis. I have no blood result given too me but have been put on 20mg of amitriptyline and started on 500mg of sulfasalazine on tuesday. I feel washed out really tired all the time i feel low my work collegues have shown concerns about me saying im not my self. Im so worried that im taking tablets for nothing Ive really not been given info just leaflets told to go away and read them Do I ask for a second opinion?
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Date: 08.10.2010
From: Angela

Subject: Re: Do I ask for a second opinion?

Hi Caroline, I have RA or sero negative arthritis as its called.
I understand how you feel being put on all this medication with little explanation. Through experience I have found that you have to research your disease yourself and definately ask questions....
I did not believe I had it either, until as I learned more.
The blood tests tell you loads.
I think if I was you, I would ask for another appointment asap, and write down as many questions you can think of, including an explanation of the blood results, this is your right.
I know how low you must feel,and I do feel for you.The beginning was horrendous for me to,so put your mind at rest and get back to the rhummy,
Hope this helps
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Date: 09.10.2010
From: caroline

Subject: Re: Do I ask for a second opinion?

Thank you angela its been a total nightmare since they diagnosed me i go back on tuesday for a check up see it tablets are effecting me or not I will ask the question as i cant wait 3 months to go back and see a consultant I dont take tablets at the best of times.
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Date: 09.10.2010
From: Angela

Subject: Re: Do I ask for a second opinion?

I was just like you to.
I actually live a very organic life, we grow our own veg and raise our meat, I avoided anything chemical like the plague,and I tried every single natural method that I could find before I went on the toxic stuff.The truth is nothing I did lowered my inflamation although it did improve my well being, and I dont suffer any side effects with the meds either.
I am hoping my bloods will stay okay now and after a year of stability I am going to wean off them and see what happens. That is what keeps me positive.
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