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Posted by JANET on December 26, 1999 at 16:23:36:

In Reply to: What were your RA symptoms at the beginning? posted by LynnB on December 21, 1999 at 11:52:29:

: Hello: This is LynnB. I've just found this message board. This Fall I began having some pain in both my
: hands (almost all the knuckles except the end ones), wrists, and elbows, also my feet joints. The muscles
: around the joints were particularly achy. I went to the doc and he suspected that it was arthritis caused
: by some kind of viral infection. He gave me some NSAIDS to take for a week and said it would go away in
: a few weeks. The whole thing just seems so weird to me! My hands looked perfectly normal, yet ached
: and throbbed. I've been doing fine for the past three weeks (ie; no symptoms to speak of), but now my
: finger joints are starting to act up again. Nothing severe...but I still worry. My whole family thinks I'm
: falling apart and I'm also going through a depression. Should I try to see a rheumatologist? Has anybody
: on this board ever had this type of arthritis?


I was diagnosed with RA about 8 months ago. It started with my hands swelling, pains in my fingers and I could not walk or use stairs like I used to. The doctor put me on gold injections and I feel almost back to normal. The swelling and pains are gone. I can also walk normally and use the stairs. The side effects from the injections have been miniumal.

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