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Date: 26.12.2008
From: phil

Subject: just saying hi

im a 38 year old man and have had RA since i was 25.pain has been ok untill about 1 year ago then its started to affect my life.daft things get me frustrated like picking the kettle up and putting my socks on as my hands are worst
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Date: 30.12.2008
From: Jonathan

Subject: Re: just saying hi

Hi Phil

I'm 40 and I've had RA for 6 years. Symptoms were pretty much under control until the last year. Am about to try methotrexate as I think sulfasalazine has stopped doing any good. I know what you mean about the kettle and the socks. I find it difficult to tip the water out of pans when cooking veg and I also have a lot of trouble getting the tops off jars and bottles. I sometimes have to grip the top with a rubber glove to get enough purchase to turn it. I also have pains in wrists and shoulders which makes it hard to do anything which requires physical strength. Anyway, I just thought I'd say hello.
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Date: 30.12.2008
From: Jackie D

Subject: Re: just saying hi

Hi,

There are quite a few inexpensive gadgets around to help unscrew jars etc. that may be of help. I have also purchased some 'chip pan' baskets that I use inside my saucepans, much easier way to lift veg out leaving the water behind.
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Date: 31.12.2008
From: phil

Subject: Re: just saying hi

its nice to share with people with the same condition.i stared on methatrexate but it kept upsetting my belly so im on arava and sulfasazine.i still do an active job so need plenty of pain killers to keep me going
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