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Cleaner, married with one daughter and 2 step-children.
Brief outline:Diagnosed September 2002 after few months of joint swelling/pain which was quite debilitating. Steroid injections helped and now pain and stiffness under control with Sulphasalazine (6 x 500mg/day) and Meloxicam (7.5mg/day). Life returned to fairly normal.
They give you loads of information. But I think, I don't think you, you just don't take it in. You're so relieved that's it's not you, you know, you, you're relieved that they've diagnosed something, it's not in the head kind of thing. You know, you're not, you're not, you're not going loopy, there is something wrong with you. Well, he just you know told me what could hap, you know, not what could happen in, in a couple of years time. He just told me that, what's was gonna happen to me then, you know. And after being prodded and you know, various blood tests, you know, it came down to, I did have rheumatoid arthritis, so.
Yeah. It, yeah to be told that it's not me. It is me but its, you know, it's something that could be dealt with. I think it was just the fear of what's going to happen. Am I going to be like this, you know, forever? But, once they, that you know, once you're given the, the, the prescription and the drugs that they're gonna put you on and I did have steroids. They did give me two injections, two steroids injections. And I felt better straight away knowing that there, there was someone out there who's gonna help me, who's gonna, you know, who's tell me, you know, who can, who could, you can give, you know, you couldn't say to me, 'right you're gonna be fine tomorrow', you know. He, he actually said to me, you know, the consultant said to me, 'Right this is it you're, this could happen. This might happen.' So I think it's more, yeah I did, I just felt a lot better.
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