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Date: 25.09.2008
From: Sandra

Subject: First Appointment

I have a first appointment coming in October with a rheumatologist and don't know what to expect. I think it might be RA but obviously 'till it's diagnosed - who knows!! How long does it take to be diagnosed and do they start treatment immediately. I have been suffering terrible pain in both feet, ankles, hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders for a long time. Some days I just want to stay in bed!! Reading some of the personal stories is quite scary. I would just like to know the procedures although I guess they are individual. Thanks to anyone who replies.
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Date: 28.09.2008
From: debl

Subject: Re: First Appointment

hi i had my 1st app. at rhymatolist in aug.it took him half an hour to diagnose me with oa,spondylitis & costochondritis. he put me straight onto buprenorphine patches, gave me prescrition there & then.follow up app. april 09.have also had bone scan which was normal.hope this helps & good luck. deb
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Date: 01.10.2008
From: Sandra

Subject: Re: First Appointment

Hi Deb,
Thanks for replying. Hope the patches are working for you. Glad bone scan was normal
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