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I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease back in 2007 and had a disc replacement in the neck a year later. I have three affected discs in the lumbar spine. For the past three years, I have had major joint pain and inflammation in hands, feet, ankles, knees and hips. For the past four months, I have only made it upstairs to bed on six occasions. I have not been able to sit, stand, or walk. It’s not rheumatoid arthritis or sero-negative, but my rheumatologist said it is an inflammatory arthritis. I had a steroid injection on Thursday, it was painful on Friday, but has been absolutely fantastic ever since. I can now get into a car, I went shopping yesterday for the first time in six months, I even went for a meal last night. I feel normal! I am being positive for the first time in years!
Andrea Galloway, Stockton on Tees

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