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Arthritis. Why dont doctors believe me?

(6 Posts)
Heatherjayne1972 Sun 13-Nov-16 16:20:32

Been having pain in my fingers and toes for years Swollen joints and pain
So I see GP who said it was the weather! A different GP said it was my thyroid ( I have been on thyroid tablets for years) third GP sent me for X-rays /blood test- all clear so didn't want to take it further changed practice now GP no4 has said is just 'wear and tear ' not one of them has offered pain relief My finger is bent out of shape and another is swollen
Not sure where I go from here feel so fobbed off and in pain
Anyway Moan over- where next. New GP ? Go back and complain ?

Lovelyideas Sun 13-Nov-16 21:52:42

Bumping for you

tuliparcher Sun 13-Nov-16 22:18:29

Can you get a referral or self refer to a hand therapist? Physio & Occupational Therapy have them.

Heatherjayne1972 Mon 14-Nov-16 11:15:46

Didn't know you could self refer
Is that a thing? What do they do?

FancyPuffin Mon 14-Nov-16 18:05:42

You need a referral to Rheumatology.

I would make another appointment with the GP and insist ask to be referred.

It really is worth pushing for the referral, I have permanant damage in my right hand and wrist due to delays in getting medication for rheumatoid Arthritis.

Pandsbear Tue 15-Nov-16 15:50:21

Try presenting the NICE guidelines to the GP here
Ask to be referred as it is the small joints in your hands. You can have RA with negative bloods (sero-negative RA). Even if it is osteoarthritis then there are anti-inflamms and painkillers and physio etc.

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