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Date: 28.02.2012
From: Maria

Subject: Don't know what to do

I am 41 year old very cheerful and active {used to be} woman working as a staff nurse.I am diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 6 years before, Since then I am on treatment, but unfortunately my condition is not getting any better. Having terrible pain on my all joints {pain moves from one joint to other} makes it swollen and stiff.Ifind it very difficult to move sometimes. I have a lovely family and I am blessed with 2 kids, they are 14 & 8 year old. I am the main bread winner of my family.my husband works as a carer. I love my job and want to continue in my profession as long as I can.But I feel so sad & depressed because of my pain. I am not satisfied with my consultant and my treatment as well. Wanted to change my consultant but I am bit worried and not confident too. Don't know what to do?
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Date: 28.02.2012
From: bsk

Subject: Re: Don't know what to do

If you are not happy with your consultant, what have you got to lose? It's your life so make sure you get the best treatment you can. You owe it to yourself and your family. xx
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Date: 28.02.2012
From: Paula

Subject: Re: Don't know what to do

Hi Maria,
A couple of things, have you asked the GP wether they have a counsellor at the surgery you can see for a bit to deal with the feelings of how depressed you are feeling? Someone to talk to is better than bottling it up, and post here as well, everyone here understands what you are going through. If you are not happy with the treatment you are getting change, Bsk is right on that, what have you got to lose? You can always contact PALS if you are not happy with your treatment and not satisfied with it, if your GP is any good ask for his/her opinion, and if you are worried about what they will say, take someone with you who can speak for you, or help get your point accross. Hope it works out for you and hang in there. xx
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Date: 29.02.2012
From: davina

Subject: Re: Don't know what to do

hi maria i spoke to my gp and he was unhappy to regarding my inprovement and asked if i would like a refural to another rheumy which i aggreed to as i wanted to get better, still i am the same (worse as i'm not on the anti-ntf asi should be)

i really hope you get another rheumy which will help x
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