That I live in an area where I see my rheumatologist on a regular basis I have had RA for about 14 years and did not get diagnosed for about 2 years because my GPs were treating me for Osteoarthritis (at the age of about 43) when I eventually got to the hospital I was in a terrible state and almost wished I could die. but My rheumy doctor was very positive he said that he could not cure me but could make me feel much better, I wasn't sure I beleived him but he did. Although I have had several setbacks since and have constant pain I don't feel so overwhelmed because when I am really bad I can just call the Nurse helpline number and they will see me within a couple of days , the rheumy Nurses are fantastic and seem to know exactly how you feel. It must be awful to live in an area where you have to wait ages for an appointment. I hope you all get the help you need soon it is such a horrible disease
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