"Now in system after 2 months of pain"

About: Telford referral and quality service (TRAQS)

(as a service user),

My RA flare up began at the beginning of October by feet/ankles/lower legs swelling, with some pain.

Several visits to GP did not result in a diagnoses. Early November I rang the GP, who prescribed pain killers. They’re not helping and pain is now intense, with stiffness and pain in the morning.

Eventually in November steroids were prescribed which helped pain. Saw Dr Singh (ex RA specialist) in late November, who immediately diagnoses RA and referred me to a specialist.

Appointment came through in December and a further clinic appointment was due later that month. X-rays taken.

Now in system after 2 months of pain.

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Response from Daniela Boyd-Waters, Media and Communications Officer, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS)

Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear about your experience and delay in being diagnosed.

NRAS (National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society) provides information and support to people living with the condition.

We have a helpline team who are excellent at providing support and information for people affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis. For more information, please go to www.nras.org.uk/help_for_you/ and the helpline number is: Freephone 0800 298 7650.

We hope things improve for you.

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