That is the best way to begin, and since your doctor is referring you...you have a better chance of getting an appointment sooner.
I'm so glad there has been some good news! Not a fun time for any of us as we grow older and "things" begin to wear out! I'm hold good thoughts for you, Linda! With your mind set, you'll whip this one, I have no doubt!!
Linda, you are a mess, but I think you know that. All this is lousy news for someone who loves exercise & the outdoors as much as you do. I'm thrilled you've been referred to a rheumatologist. They are the people in the know for rheumatoid arthritis. No doubt this is the problem with your hands.It's good I haven't had such a diagnosis. As much as I hate exercise I'd be in real trouble. I also do not like pain. You surely must be experiencing pain. I can't imagine how you can enjoy a 4 mile walk. It's good you lost weight. That should be in your favor.The best thing you have going for you is your determination to keep moving. Therapists & doctors are going to like you a lot. Too many patients don't have that.I hope you will keep us posted.
We're all holding you in our thoughts, Linda. I know what a fighter you are, so you'll find the best way to compensate and improve this situation no matter what.
I traveled back home without incident and am glad to be in my beloved Washington again. I am so glad to hear that you will be seeing a specialist who should be able to get you going again. I've got some friends who were crippled by arthritis who are now back on the trails again. You will be, too, giving your determination. Sending you lots of virtual hugs. :-)
growing older isn't for sissies...good luck with doctors!
I am so glad you will be seeing a reumatologist, who can assess you better. Good luck and best wishes to you, Linda!
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