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Sorry me again! Just a bit of a rant - felt "unwell" for years now and constant blood tests always coming back with same results and a 18 month waiting list to see rheumatologist fed up of just feeling Crap and not having the energy to do things with my little boy! I know a lot of people are worse off in life and I generally don't whinge - Just the last few days Anyone any ideas to what's causing this?
My bad erm I've seen so many different GPs (they keep leaving) and first I was told pregnancy (3years ago) then told it was because my gallbladder was removed, then recently been diagnosed with PA and endometriosis so was told could be that raising it. But now they've mentioned rheumatoid arthritis or another auto immune disease
Because of waiting lists where I am, I eventually paid to go private. The guy took pity on this obviously poor person turning up without any insurance and dodgy blood test results in hand and charged me £150 instead of £250. A week later I got a letter from his secretary for an appointment on the NHS. Timing was perfect as I took a really bad flare and needed immediate treatment. I went against my principles by doing this but it was a necessary evil & really kick started proper treatment and support which was very much needed
update Booked an appt today for painkillers as my current ones aren't keeping pain under control. Not much the nurse could do but my bloods from yesterday have come back and she said they are getting worse so have been booked in with regular Gp in the morning instead of waiting until my appt next week. Fingers crossed something finally gets sorted!
Were you told the wait would be 18 months or are you basing this on previous experience? If the latter, call the hospital you are being referred to and they should be able to tell you the current wait time, it probably will be much less.