I went to the hospital today to see the rheumatologist, I was dreading going. I went in 2000, and basically told the main reason I was bad was because I'm overweight. I was well armed this time, I've lost about 2 stone in the last year, and now I would stand up for myself, and say I don't need to come her to find that out, I already know.
But to my relief I saw a lovely Dr! I've had arthritis for years, and fibro for probably 20 years ish. I saw my GP in April for a flare up in my ring finger, so bad I'd had to remove my wedding ring, I then had it sized up 2 sizes, and I still cannot get it past my last joint! Plus the base of my thumb, and little finger on right hand are both bad now as well. He listened to what I had to say, asked me lots of questions, I said about fibro as well, he asked how I sleep, (last time this came up was at the Pain clinic, then I was basically told my sleep problems, and pain were because I am a widow, and depressed, I did ask how come I was in pain before my husband died?
I had a thorough examination, he's putting me onto some different medication, had blood tests including for vitamin D, referred me to hydro-therapy, a 6 week course in the hydro pool, teaching relaxation, Tai Chi, (no idea of the benefits of that), and also to have a scan of my hands and wrist's to try to ascertain the reason for the inflammation there. Don't think it was a bad out come was it? He was going to give me info on fibro, but I think I can probably give him some, lol. Such a relief to get a Dr I could talk to, and I was ill yesterday with the worry of going.