Hi Everyone I am new to this group and I live in NZ. There are no support groups for inflammatory arthritis in NZ. I have ankylosing spondylitis (inflammatory arthritis). I have had it for a long time but diagnosis took a while. I have been on salazopyrin, methatrexate, and meloxicam. This caused me to pile on huge amount of weight and also BP went up to 230/190 causing a medical emergency. Currently I have cortison injections in my hip joints in the interim. I have now lost 15kg and my BP is now normal again. Have Rheumy appointment on Wednesday. Don't know what the next step is a little concerned...
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