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Carly

I was diagnosed at the age of 8 with juvenile Arthritis. Now I'm 29 and was diagnosed at the age of 13 with RA. It was only 18 months ago i start to accept my condition. I was given in the enbarled injection, it has helped so much; for now anyway.

20 December

Sharon

I'm learning to pace myself, reluctantly. It's Christmas, I'm a choral singer. It's a lovely but frenetic time of the year. I'm determined to enjoy it. I love to throw myself into things but I'm learning to say no.

17 December

  • Fatigue
  • Limits

Jack

I have had pa arthritis for 15 year's I am now 39 I have 2 kids and partner. I never thought I would be so lonely and depressed like I am now but never mind me; hope you all are coping better then me.

17 December

  • Emotional impact

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Lynda

I have had RA since childhood. As founder member of Chester Phab Club, I was presented with The Order of the British Empire Medal, BEM during November 2016 granted to me in the Birthday 2016 Honours List. chesteradult.phab.org.uk

16 December

  • Limits
  • Pushing back
  • Emotional impact

Jenny

Try visiting a blog entitled arthritiswisdom.com/- it is maintained by a pharmacist. It is a reassuring blog with helpful information from a gal managing her RA. Well thought out with beautiful photography.

15 December

S

Dealing with the pain of inflammation, caring for a young child as well as working is excruciating at times and overwhelming. I've been forced to downsize my career in order to help cope but feel very deflated and too young!

14 December

  • Pain
  • Work
  • Emotional impact

Keith

Hi S, pain is usually best sorted at your local hospital pain clinic. Ask for ref' I think we all get down about our restrictions. Try speaking with a grief counsellor or similar. It is very much the same feelings. It can get easier, I know.

Sandra

Biological treatment has changed my life. I'm no longer in pain and can easily exercise 5 times a week. I am 52 years old and was diagnosed with RA when I was 35. I had 10 years of pain and swollen joints on and off and frequent flare ups.

14 December

  • Pain
  • Limits
  • Treatments
  • Exercise

Bob

Hey Sandra, what was the biological treatment? Thanks.

Edwina

I have been putting bone broth (made from boiling up organic chicken bones) and turmeric in my food and, since October, I can walk round the supermarkets without my crutch. Still got a certain amount of pain in the hip but it's much improved.

14 December

  • Pain
  • Getting around
  • Treatments

Frances

Wrap a few presents at a time at a time when you feel least stiff. Keep your hands warm and take a rest in between. If you do a few a day - they will all get done. Honest!

12 December

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