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Hello, I'm Linda and I live in the Azores
My RA started on 26th February this year, out of the blue and with no warning. I was in South Africa at the time, saw a doctor there briefly who did a blood test and confirmed that his initial diagnosis was correct.
However, by the time I got home the lockdown had started as as we were moving both house and island I did not get to see a doctor again until last week. More blood tests and X-rays. The doctor in South Africa prescribed Celebrex which I am able to get here too, but I am scheduled to see a rheumatologist next week.
I'm finding it difficult because my main hobbies were sailing, walking, embroidery and quilting which have all come to an abrupt halt. I'm trying to keep cheerful and positive, but I can see my way of life being diminished while at the same time being thankful that I was 69 before I got RA. C'est la vie!