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I'm a 35 year old male, waiting to see the specialist, and it can't come soon enough.
For around 5 years I've had a number of problems, including tiredness, lack of energy, constant aches & pains in joints (shoulders, wrists, fingers, knees, ankles, tops of my feet), breathing problems etc. It's at the stage now where I feel I've regularly got the flu and the aches make everyday life difficult. I can't exercise, my weight is increasing (up around 3 stone in 4 years)
Blood tests RE energy in 2010 & 2012 apparently showed nothing, but this year the doc looked at them and said I was anaemic in both.
Blood tests this year tested positive for RA and gout.
I don't really have the symptoms of gout, things tie in more with RA, but while the level was above the norm, it wasn't through the roof.
I'm on diclofenac, which has helped with the worst of my pain, but I'm still struggling.
I really worry that the specialist will fob me off like my doctor has for the last few years.
It's quite depressing, and just want to feel more normal. Does anyone have any words of advice that could help me?
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