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Posted by Mendy McDaniel on December 01, 2000 at 23:27:29:

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

: Hi Kelly, I have severe rheumatoid arthritus that has been with me for about 16-17 years. I just recently had my left foot operated on since the pain became so bad I could hardly walk. It's mainly in both feet and both hands. My fingers on my right hand are angled over to the right almost at 45 degrees, but I can still bend my fingers although some of the fingers are really shot. Kelly are you seeing an arthritus Doctor or a PCP. You need professional advice concerning your condition. That must be really scary to think your neck could possibly fuse together, but don't let me raise any fears in you because I really can't say and have never heard of anything like that happening. It must be unsettling to you for your thumb to do that. Kelly sometimes my neck will flair up fairly bad that it feels like I need a Chiropractor to put it back in its place. These flair ups can cause me to lose motion in my neck to some extent. Feels like bone against bone. The weather can have an affect on it too, causing inflammation and swelling. Maybe you can try taking a hot bath and a soak. Or you can wrap hot towels around your neck. Maybe it can help. Keep me posted Kelly about your condition, for I am kind of curious as to what it may be. Take care. Kevin B.

Hello-- I eed some advice and some help. I am45 and have just had my first ACUTE attack of poly arthritus. I woke up a week ago and could not walk. My feet were hurting and swollen. My hands were swollen and felt as if they had been stomped. My right knee swelled 3 times the normal size. I was scared and shocked.Am trying to copewith not much success. I was put on a high powered antibiotic and an anti=inflammatory. Neither has helped. Was given a steroid shot yesterday and feel much better but for how long? Please someone email me and help me to understand what t expect. Thanks.

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