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Date: 08.04.2013
From: Patsy

Subject: Newly diagnosed with R.A - going insane.

Hi,after a year of chronic back pain i tested positive for RA about two months ago. I've cancelled app with rheumi twice as its three hour car journey. Seeing him this week now. Had stiffness for few years but thought lack exercise. Since diagnosis things got worse, knees giving me most bother this week. Past few days just been in floods tears.im 31 with two young kids and feeling in such a slump.
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Date: 08.04.2013
From: willis

Subject: Re: Newly diagnosed with R.A - going insane.

HI Patsy
Sorry to hear you feel so bad. The sooner you get to the doctor the quicker he can start you on medication to help you. It must be so difficult with 2 kids as well. There are other mums on here that will give you advice. Never feel bad about how you feel it's all part and parcel of the RA. We are have floods of tears at some point so you are not alone, you just feel like you are.
Are you on any painkillers or medication so far? Please make sure you keep that appointment even though it is so far away, they should beable to help you.
Do let us know how you get on.
sending lots of love and 'gentle' hugs to you
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Date: 08.04.2013
From: Tara

Subject: Re: Newly diagnosed with R.A - going insane.

Hi patsy
My heart goes out to u hun
Like you I have ra but my meds are really starting to kick in now I had a very difficult winter but 8 weeks ago consultant upped my meds so feeling so much better
Ra is a very frustrating illness and its hard on the days you have a lot to do but just can't get to it never mind the sleepless nights and chronic pain its hard to deal with
Saying all that there is light at the end of the tunnel you just really need to keep your appointment and get started on treatments
Oh and I have 6 kids just to throw that in there so I know how you feel its hard trying to juggle it all
Any way I m rambling now lol
Keep posting hun
Let us know how you get on
Hugs
Tara
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Date: 08.04.2013
From: Patsy

Subject: Re: Newly diagnosed with R.A - going insane.

Thanks for support. App this Thur and im def going. Past year i've been on solpadol,zydol and valium. Been hard getting painkillers frm doc though,made me feel like im druggie. Having to get them sent frm pain consultant in hosp. Im recovering alcoholic (6years sober) so gp wary bout pills. Im going in though to say that jus cuz past issues it doesnt mean im not entitled to pain relief same as next person. Ive battled my drink demons and last thing i want is to have to take pills but dependant on them to reduce pain.
Tara six kids? Wow, respect to you. Mus be tough.
Been off full timr job since last year and officially left now this week which is upsetting cuz loved it. On the upside though they've given me years free health insurance hence three hour drive to rheumy. Live in Ireland and our public healthcare is joke.
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Date: 08.04.2013
From: dianne

Subject: Re: Newly diagnosed with R.A - going insane.

Hi patsy just want to say I feel your pain, I also have suffered chronic back pain for several years and in the last six months have been experiencing stiffness off my fingers and unable to move them and pain in my knee. I am 32 with 3 children and find it very hard. I have been referred to the rheumy and my app is tomoz I'm very nervous!! I have found this forum a great help and the people are lovely to chat to as I have only recently joined. Hope you get some help on thurs and keep posting. Everyone deserves the help they need x
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Date: 08.04.2013
From: Tara

Subject: Re: Newly diagnosed with R.A - going insane.

Patsy I live in the west of Ireland I haven't come across any one Irish here your the first lol
Tara :-)
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Date: 08.04.2013
From: Patsy

Subject: Re: Newly diagnosed with R.A - going insane.

We get every where Tara lol. Where in west? Im Donegal. I travel Galway Clinic for treatment, initially orthopaedic, then pain consultant and now Thur to rheumey.
Thanks Dianne for support. Its great knowing theres people to talk to. Xxx
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Date: 09.04.2013
From: Tara

Subject: Re: Newly diagnosed with R.A - going insane.

I live in Co Clare 20 mins from the coast
I go to limerick for my treatment I find Dr Frazer and his team there great
Hugs Tara
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Date: 09.04.2013
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Newly diagnosed with R.A - going insane.

Hi Patsy, firstly welcome to the forum secondly well done you!!!!. Sober 6yrs what a mountain you have climbed. Wish you luck with your appoinment at the Rhumy on Thursday.
Take care x
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Date: 09.04.2013
From: Patsy

Subject: Re: Newly diagnosed with R.A - going insane.

Thanks for the warm welcome everybody. Nice have support andto give it.xxx
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