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thank u carolan, its great 2 get advice from people who have ben there. i am stil waiin on seein a rheumatologist so i dont actually no if i have RA or not. i was told i have arthritis on the spine by letter from my neuro cons after being told 4 years there was nothing wrong wi me and i should see someone as it must b in my head. im 25 this year, and symptoms started 5 years ago with back, but over past 3 years i have had terrible knee and foot pain,my hands r very stiff esp in a cold morning, elbow pain - but thats only happened twice in 2years and aching shoulders (if im brushing and tieing my hair up or arms r above me for any reason). i jus feel like so many parts of me feel "weak", and no strength. when i was 9/10 gp thot ihad arthritis in hips but it was never taken further. actually looking at this i can c why they mite o thot i was makin it up.
anyway, i changed gp practice as i moved 2 another area, 1 gp told me 2 buy a book and it would help my pain (????) needless 2 say it didnt i went 2 a chiropractor and she told me there was most defo somehin wrong and wrote a referal 2 gp 2 say i needed 2 c a consultant. i then managed 2 hit it lucky and get the only worth while gp there and he told me that he would get to the bottom o it as i had suffered far too long an was too young 2 cope wi the pain i was in. sent me for xrays as i had never had any taken, and told me he thot it was RA. unfortunatly as he is the best doc i cant ever manage 2 get another appoint wi him, but he handed the case 2 other gp who has followed his instruction. so i got bloods taken, so far my kidney func is fine and my white cells and platelets r raised. other bloods not back yet,waitin (un)patiently 4 rheummy apt. painkiller not really doin much 2 kill pain,i work as a nurse in a care home and love it, luckily my boss is bein good 2 me an i only do wat i feel i am able to (she even gave me a lift home yest!!) but i jus dont no if i am coming or goin so much i still dont no about arthritis, my head is spinnin, i also feel that i cant b sure of this diagnosis as every other time ive been tested for things they were neg (ok so they were a bit extreme - blood clot,MS cancer etc) im jus scared i will b told it is my head again. what will the rheummy do in my 1st apt? will i b put on meds right away?? im just at a loss 4 everythin so anythin u could tell me would b fantastic. sorry for rantin on an on but but it feels good 2 get it off my chest :oops: