the other day i was talking to a friend and he got onto asking me how i was doing ,, when i told him id started this new medication and it was working fantastic ,, he said ,, wow thats great news ,, i should maybe get the wife on this ,, i said ,, why ?? does she suffer too .. he then when onto to tell me ,, that his wife has suffered for years ,, but wasnt sure what type of arthritis it was ,, but she mainly suffers with her hands feet and knees and even back at times .. he also said over the past few years ,, hes seen her slowly get worse , but still wont go to the docs about it , she says there is nothing there can do ,, her mum has osteo and she thinks its probably the same ,, also believes its just something youve got to live with .. " shes a tough cookie " ..
i did explain ,, that osteo is a totally different form of arthritis and i wasnt sure ,, what medication is available ,, but its very important she does seek medical attention ,, i know this isnt a RA question but does anyone know what treatment can be given and how do i try to explain that its important for her to visit a rheumatologist ..
i did feel abit hopeless really ,, i could see he wanted some help / advice and thought by asking me i would be able to give him some guidance ,, i guess this is just how people see arthritis its all the same .. but has we all know its not ..
can anyone help me with what i need to say ,, to try and help ..
thanks andy ..