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Date: 02.05.2013
From: Theresa33

Subject: I have my appointment

I have my first rheumatologist appointment on 7th May. My gp has already done bloods and an xray. What can i expect from this appointment? I am taking some photos of my feet and knee when they were really bad so that he can see how bad it gets. Hopefully this will be helpful.
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Date: 02.05.2013
From: Colin W

Subject: Re: I have my appointment

hi Theresa , you should not need them realy as he/she can look at them , they should check all your joints , they tend to know where to press & find places hurting that we dont know are playing up

main thing for them is to sort out treatment & maybe few more test so hope it goes well for you
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Date: 02.05.2013
From: Theresa33

Subject: Re: I have my appointment

My xrays were clear, so i must be in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis. I want him to see what swelling i do get, because i dont have them everyday.
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Date: 02.05.2013
From: kazz

Subject: Re: I have my appointment

i do that too always take pictures my rhuemy finds it helpful
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Date: 02.05.2013
From: Theresa33

Subject: Re: I have my appointment

I thought it would be helpful, because what i describe could differ to how he hears it if you know what i mean. I also had neg RA bloods but i did have high white blood cell count which i was told could be inflammation, although that was dying down by time bloods done.
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Date: 02.05.2013
From: bsk

Subject: Re: I have my appointment

I wouldn't bother taking photos Theresa as they can tell from examination and take into account what you say. Also, blood results tell them a lot too. They know exactly what to look for.

Also, swelling that has gone down is not indicative of active disease so they may well ignore them if your inflammation markers are down and some rheumy's take a 'wait and see' attitude if you are RF -ve . Mine did. If your inflammation markers are up you don't need to take photos to prove you are having problems.

Clear x-rays don't necessarily mean you are in the early stage of RA. It's really not that clear cut if you are sero -ve. Some people only ever have a one off episode of inflammation. I had a friend who had it for a year and then it disappeared. Try not to second guess what they will say and good luck :)
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Date: 03.05.2013
From: kazz

Subject: Re: I have my appointment

my bloods never up i am seronegative imfammatory arthritis i show pictures because it moves around my body like a alien etc one day its my fingers few days later under my feet or knees or wrists has took them a year to say what it is yet at rheumy yesterday she told me not sure what arthritis it is has it flares up and moves so more tests .. wish you luck hun as we all different not all people get same txt like syptoms
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Date: 03.05.2013
From: Patsy

Subject: Re: I have my appointment

Good luck with it Theresa. Xxx
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Date: 09.05.2013
From: kazz

Subject: Re: I have my appointment

you have excatly what i have theresa its like a alien in yr body isnt it ? so painful too my hands and under my feet are worst xxx
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