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Posted by Rebecca on April 25, 2000 at 06:43:23:

Hi, im 18 and iv had arthritis since i was 4yrs old (14 years) I have polyarticular arthritis so i have it in all my joints. Over the years i have tryed dozens of medications, and suffered many side effects with no improvment.
At the momment my doctor has put me on methotrexate, but it is very strong and makes me very sick. Unfortunatly acording to my doctor i don't really have any other options, the arthritis dose not seem to respond to anything!
In the past i have had many flare ups and been given steroids, and had an operation on my finger ( unfortunatly unsucseful)My fingers and almost unusable because they are so bent, my neck is fused from c2- c6 and the doctors say there is nothing more they can do.
It is not a problem of chnaging doctors, i have seen alot, in fact an entire conference meeting of rumetoligists was held just for me.
But with no luck, i know it's a slim chance but i wanted to know if anybody had any ideas that could help,as it seems im out of options.
Thanyou.

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