Hi all,im new to all this. Im finding all the info v interesting and all the blogs and comments a great help too. Ive been having aches ,pains and stiffness for a couple of years now but have been dismissed by my gp and others in the practice and tbh at times felt like all the pain was in my head.Even though my mum was finally diagnosed last year with RA after 3 years of negative blood tests i still felt as if i was being fobbed off. Finally a locum doctor referred me to the rheumatologist at the local hospital and at last i dont feel like a nutter. I was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis just before christmas .I have exactly the same pattern of symptoms as my mum had. After trying a few different medications im currently on sulfasalazine but it doesnt seem to be doing anything,im having a really bad week pain wise and had to call my gp this morning for a prescription for stronger pain relief. Im still working full time and i can usually cope to a point but it all seems to be getting on top of me. Mind you its not all doom and gloom, one bit of light relief was when my mum and me went to Tesco this afternoon,we both were limping as we went in the entrance and just looked at each other and burst out laughing. We were like a couple of little old ladies! Ah well tomorrows another day,hope it brings less pain
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