Living with rheumatoid arthritis.


I was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1999 when I was 27 years of age. I was lucky in some ways - my diagnosis took place in the emergency department of my local hospital. I had presented there with intense pain, swelling and tenderness in my left hand; less so in my right hand. I saw a rheumatologist immediately, without the usual waiting period for an appointment with a specialist. The rheumatologist who diagnosed me that day has subsequently been my doctor for almost 12 years.

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@article{Johns2010LivingWR, title={Living with rheumatoid arthritis.}, author={Melissa Johns}, journal={Australian family physician}, year={2010}, volume={39 9}, pages={617} }