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My name is Susan and I'm in Australia.
I'm newly diag with RA although I suspect it's been active over a year. I already have joint damage in the middle fingers of both hands. Pain is predominantly hands, feet, hips and knees. Due to also being type II diabetic plus depression (who wouldn't be depressed!!) my GP has referred me to a Prof of Rheumatology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital- I can't afford to go the private route. In the interim he's just given me Mobic for pain combined with paracetamol which isn't helping and my tummy is very sensitive to anti inflammatories. I've been crying a lot- I'm divorced so have no partner to support me. I have a high pain tolerance but the fatigue!!!! Is there anything they'll offer that will help with this? I used to read 5 books per week and currently can't get through a page without crashing into restless un refreshing sleep for around 2 hours and wake with brain fog. I also have a bone dry mouth and lips all the time. Worst still- I house share with my brother who keeps telling me it's "in my head" and "STOP wandering around in your dressing gown".
I'm doing this currently as the fatigue is so bad I'm in and out of bed. I need some hope desperately. Thanks in advance. Hugs from down under. Susan
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