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Posted by Dave on July 09, 2000 at 14:40:30:

In Reply to: Re: Advice needed please! posted by Kevin B. on November 22, 1999 at 21:31:11:

Something severe is happening to me. For 46 years I was an extremely active outdoorsy person. I go to the wilds of Alaska every year and usually spend several weeks there. I own a small construction company and did all my own drafting and usually worked along side of my employees building whatever we contracted to build. About six months ago my hands and feet swelled up and the pain got so severe I couldn't walk or hold a pen and draw. After several visits to doctors they finally narrowed it down to rhumatiod arthritus. I am not so sure. Steroids,
celebrex, and painkillers only provided temporary solution. Now it is back with a vengence! I can hardly hold a toothbrush. It is a painful experience to write a check. I can no longer expect to be able to have my company provide a future for my employees. They have been great but they have to be wondering what is happening to me. A year ago at 45 I could run circles around 25 year olds. Now at 46 I can hardly stand to make it out to my truck to visit a jobsite. My right hand is always numb and I can no longer close it. My neck is locking up. My knees are next because the swelling has gotten so I cannot wear jeans. I feel like my world is on the brink of disaster. My company will fold if I am not able to keep bidding jobs and I am at that point. How can this happen so quickly? Is this normal? My blood work is consistantly normal and I do not test positive for arthritus! I have had five blood works done in the past six months. I test healthy!! What is going on? Anybody ever hear of this happening before!?

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