I wouldn't mind if i were suffering from a boil on the bum, but like many others on here i have serious health issues.
I am suffering a chronic sjogrens / lupus attack & suspect possible pancreatitis.
I was unable to do anything for a few days due to the pain, nausea & my nervous system being affected. After a couple of days i managed to get myself together enough to get to my Gps.
Excuse the pun but the dappy mare of a Dr totally ignored the fact that i have serious auto immune illness, sjogrens / lupus, hughes syndrome, hypothyroidism together with hypoparathyroidism so i'm rather a complicated case.
The Dr went straight for the easy option & assumed it was my condition of diverticulitis causing my problem.........take in mind i have suffered with this for years & if i dont recognise a bout of the old bowel trouble by now then i never will.
I told her it certainly was nothing to do with the diverticular problem, she then came out with it's a blockage !
I was now sitting in the consulting room complete with the lupus rash over my nose & cheeks feeling very unwell thinking to myself what the hell am i doing here because it was now becoming hard work.
I went on to explain it is not a blockage in my bowel because my bowels are opened every day due to the fact i have to take laxatives.............i shouldn't have told her that because the dappy bat pipped up my bowel had gone into spasm due to taking the laxatives. I have been prescribed laxatives for years & have never had a spasm yet.
My lymph glands have been raised for months, my nervous system is shot & i'm suspecting pancreatitis so now i'm desperately trying to get her to recognise my auto immune issues........It was like flogging a dead horse.
She takes my blood pressure its sky high, she mutters it must be because your very poorly, yes i am i whimper in reply.
At last she agrees to do an amylase blood test, it was hardly the investigation or scan i was hoping for but better than nothing so off i went to make an appointment for the nurse. The nurse was fully booked & i couldn't get an appointment until Monday which was more than a week away...........an amylase test should be carried out at the onset of the crises or a couple of days into it !
It is 2016, we have all the information at our fingertips via the net so why is it that our Dr's & consultants do not recognise the importance of getting enlarged lymph nodes checked 'ASP' or the connection between auto immune disease & chronic health issues that very often run along side of them ?
The worry thing is i am awaiting to have a very nasty thing removed from my back
because it could be a cancer, the pain i am suffering in my stomach is on the same side as the nasty thing being removed from my back ! So I think you can all understand my concern although i must admit they did act quick on that one.........or so i thought.
I was seen with in a few days of being sent to the hospital, the wretched thing was examined, prodded, poked & photographed & told it would be removed ASP.
It was the christmas period so i was fitted in for the first of Feb...............the appointment was cancelled two weeks later because the consultant is on vacation, it has been rescheduled for the first of March.............thats some vacation, lucky consultant.
Still feeling very unwell i tried to get another appointment to see the Gp this morning, they only had two doctors in today so i had no chance.
I thought i would bypass the Drs & try getting hold of the specialist nurse at the mineral hospital in Bath, i found the number rang & asked for nurse brown...........
They hadn't heard of nurse brown ! The rudy idiots have put the wrong number on the hospital letter & i'm ringing another hospital that the one i am trying to get hold off will be merging with, politely i ask would you please put me through to the mineral hospital please............no sorry was the reply you will have to ring them direct.
Eventually i got through to an answerphone to find nurse brown has moved on & another nurse has taken her place but there was no option to leave a message.
I rang the switchboard number again to explain my plight & was put through to my consultants secretary guess what............not in office until next week.
What a mess our health service is in, i wonder why they call it health 'service' it has taken me best part of my day to achieve absolutely nothing.
I feel a letter to my MP is needed.