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Date: 05.07.2009
From: vicky

Subject: new to artheritus does it get better?

hi there,

im a 24 yr old. I have Fallots (heart condition). In feb 2009 after 2 months of seeing mygp every day i was diagnoised with RA. I am in constant pain im swollen from my knucles, fingers, neck pain, knees, feet, wrists! I have been forced to leave my degree because i cudnt cope. I crnt do the normal things worst still ive lost my independance, i crnt open bottles, tur the tap on. I have a rhmertologist but we dont get on first meeting was not good, wen he found out i crnt swollow tablets n have a fear of needles! Im currently un-medicated because of this along with the complications of my heart n family history. Im currently suffering bad fatigue ive lost 2stone since december when the sympotms started!

Can anyone tell me if im likly to go back to normal? i want to finish my degree, regain independance. crnt even dress me my partner has had to become my f/t career at the moment.

thanks in advance
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: val h

Subject: Re: new to artheritus does it get better?

hi sorry u r so bad at the moment dont have ra my self so others will give u better advice but from what i have read from others that when meds kick in u will feel so much better and have more energy and feel so much better hope things improve for u soon keep in touch val
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: vicky

Subject: Re: new to artheritus does it get better?

Hiya,

Thank you :) i wish id found this site earlier my friends just dont get me they are normal health mid 20yr olds!
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: val h

Subject: Re: new to artheritus does it get better?

true the people on here r great u can scream or moan and no one minds we all have to let off steam from time to time. glad u have found us things will get better
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: Lynne A

Subject: Re: new to artheritus does it get better?

Sorry to hear that vicky.. we are all different.. there is no straight easy answer to that one.. some of us go into remission with varying lengths of time.. sometime months.. sometimes years.. no telling unfortunatly.. Meds are the best option if you could manage them,, I know you said you can't take tabs or injections.. I"m wondering if you could get a liquid anti inflamatory I believe they give something like that to kids.. have another chat with your GP
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Date: 05.07.2009
From: Jil

Subject: Re: new to artheritus does it get better?

Hi Vicky... r the docs going to fix your Fallots... my firends child had that, hes now perfick... I know there are 7 types of serious heart defects... You MUST re apply for DLA, U of all ppl deserve that, its unfair they r saying its becos of your heart that they wont allow u this.,..I wld have thought u had na better chance...Now that U have deleveloped R.A. the best treatments r the Meds your Rhummy decribed....becos they do help stop the degenration of joint breakdown...U really Must try and take them... they will support u and help u, this way U will almost certainily regain Independence... let us know how u ge on...come and scream if u wish

Love Jill x
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