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Posted by SandyK on June 29, 2000 at 17:31:59:

In Reply to: Arthritis and work posted by Vera Mae Richards on April 24, 2000 at 15:19:25:

: Hello everyone. I am new to message-boarding and am in fact here on behalf of a friend who does not own a computor. She has developed, I believe, rheumatoid arthritis is both hands, along with carpal tunnel. Where she works, involves, in winter, especially, cold and wet hands for 10 hours a day. She has worked here for 9 years and at present is off because of her condition. The company does not want to take any responsibilty for her condition although she showed no signs of it when hired. Has anyone else had similar problems and how did you drive home the fact that the working conditions were a definate factor in the development of her condition? Thanks and hope to hear from people with similar situations.
: If her arthritis is rheumatoid, I've found out from my doctor that it is an inherited disease (my mother had it). The carpal may aggrevate the arthritic conditions. I find that my wrists and fingers don't like to work as well at work when they get cold in the winter also, but that's part of the disease. There are just certain times of the year when flare-ups are going to happen - mine happen usually around February and end of summer - weather changes. RA doesn't usually creep up on you - it just shows up one day with a vengeance out of nowhere. Since there are over 100 different kinds of arthritis, she may have one of the osteo types or she just may have carpal which sometimes has the same kinds of syptoms. I wish her luck.

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