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Personal story: rheumatoid arthritis

Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you, your loved ones or when preparing questions for your doctor or a specialist.

The male patient, aged 70 was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica in 2000 and had been taking various doses of oral steroids for two years. A swollen hand prompted a visit to a rheumatologist in December 2003, where rheumatoid arthritis was diagnosed. He was given a steroid injection at the time, and an additional injection since.

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Learn more about this condition in our rheumatoid arthritis section.

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This interview has been sourced from, award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at Oxford University, UK.

healthdirect doesn't endorse any personal opinions expressed in the video, and we recommend you discuss any questions you have regarding unfamiliar terms or descriptions, as well as how this experience compares to the Australian health care system, with a health professional.

Source: (Rheumatoid arthritis, disease duration 0-5 years, interview 35)

Copyright: ©2013 University of Oxford. Used under licence from DIPEx. All rights reserved.

Last reviewed: 
February, 2013
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