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Date: 22.07.2013
From: Emma

Subject: Newbie here!

Hello all. I have only just come across this forum and just wanted to introduce myself. Hope I'm not posting in the wrong place. I have read through a few threads and will try to read through a lot more when I can. I'm a single mum to my gorgeous 9 year year old,Lewis, who is my world.

I've been suffering aches and pains since I was 12 and the doctors back then told me I had growing pains. 7 years ago I was diagnosed with thyroid disease and fibromyalgia. The last few years the pains in my knees, feet and hands have been getting worse and I find it a struggle to even get out of bed when the pains are really bad. Last week I was sent for X-rays and blood tests as I just know that this is more than fibromyalgia pains. I get my results back on the 6th August. Since having my tests two of my fingers have been excruciating and have obviously become a bit misshapen and swollen. So I'm almost certain that I have rheumatoid arthritis :( my poor nan was crippled with it for years and I've been told that raises my chances of having this awful condition.

Anyway, I hope to get to know some of you in the future and this seems like a great place to come for support and understanding. Thanks for reading!
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Date: 22.07.2013
From: rhona

Subject: Re: Newbie here!

Hi Emma,

Welcome to the forum, I am sure you will find it as helpful as I have. I hope you don't have RA but if you do then there is a lot more now to help than there would have been in your Nan's day. I was diagnosed with it over 12 years ago and I know it is an awful disease but the treatments are so much better now and stop a lot of the joint damage that people used to have.

Take care x
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Date: 22.07.2013
From: marlene

Subject: Re: Newbie here!

Hi Emma, welcome to the forum. Lets hope your results are good and if not as Rhona said there is help out there for you. Sounds like Lewis has a lovely mummy!!!! Your family will be of great help as will your friends never be too shy to ask for help if you need it. Moral to the story don't ask don't get!!!
Emma keep your chin up and take care we are all here if you need to chat XX
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Date: 24.07.2013
From: Emma

Subject: Re: Newbie here!

Thank you so much for your replies. Since I posted this my pains have got so much worse and I have bony lumps which have now appeared on a few of my fingers and my thumbs so I'm now wondering if its osteoarthritis, knowing me it will be both. Anyway thanks again and I will post my results when I get them xx
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