Interview 16 – Rheumatoid Arthritis

Diagnosed 1977 after shoulder pains. Diclofenac retard 100mg/day, Methotrexate 15mg/week & 5mg/day folic acid. Partial wrist & 2 finger joints replaced, thumb tendon repairs, 6 toe joint operations, ankle fusion & a back operation (not due to RA).

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Has complete faith in her doctors and has never felt a need to get involved in treatment decisions.

Age at interview 63

Gender Female

Age at diagnosis 36