Well I have been to see the rheumatologist, who prodded and poked, which nearly sent me through the roof at certain points! He asked lots of questions and listened to my replies! As I have swollen areas, especially around my hands, wrists and ankles, he is sending me for a nuclear medicine full body bone scan.
I saw my GP on Monday, as I was in a lot of pain and was experiencing blurred vision. My GP is amazing by the way, he’s also very easy on the eye! He checked the new meds the rheumatologist had put me on Etoricoxib 60mg, and blurred vision is a possible side effect.
My GP has received a letter from the rheumatologist informing him of the change in meds and the referral for the bone scan. He also states that he thinks I have reactive arthritis and fibromyalgia. My question is this......does this sound like a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to you? I am asking, as HR from the Local Authority where I work, are going to be looking at my capacity to return to work, (which is nil!!!!). I have recently had a meeting with my pensions advisor, who stated that I could request early retirement on ill health grounds, before they end my employment. I have made the assumption that the rheumatologist is unlikely to have “guessed” at fibromyalgia and that it is likely that I have this. What do you think? Would this letter be enough to apply for early retirement?
The reason I feel that I need to get the ball rolling, is that my boss, who has been extremely supportive, is leaving in the summer and I would like to think that I have his full support.
Any advise would be very welcome!