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rheumatologist from hell

I recently visited the world's worst rheumatologist. He ignored all my symptoms and simply waisted my time. He actually said "as you merely don't want painkillers then you obviously have a low to no pain threshold for any pain " WHAT AN #@$/^^'$. I am deadly allergic to any painkillers. Then not only said I had simply cold knees and need to just rub them. I now have to use an electric wheelchair to get about as my joints just give way and I'm in permanent agony. Then topped himself by giving me a prescription for meds that clearly say not to be taken by a female let alone one with heart problems. That man was deadly dangerous let alone the fact I was in agony after the so called appointment and have photos of the hand marks and finger prints on my knees and hands/wrists. Bruised badly and was in agony for days. That man should be struck off.

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Welcome to LUpus Patients Understanding & Support (LUPUS) at HealthUnlocked.

I am very sorry to read your post. Although you have every right to be upset, angry or any other emotion, I think you need to see your GP and explain what happened during this consultation.

I don't know where you live, but I am assuming the UK.

I recommend that you ask your GP for a referral to see Dr David D'Cruz, Director of the Lupus Clinic at St Thomas' Hospital, London. If you have private insurance, I would recommend, Professor Graham RV Hughes, who is at the London Bridge Hospital. Dr D'Cruz studied under Professor Hughes, as did most lupus specialists in the UK.

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With good wishes!


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Hi, I also had rheumy from hell. I traveled 2 hours for appointment after referral from my neurologist who suspected Lupus as I had several MRI detected brain lesions (I have Coeliac's disease and chronic severe neuropathy). The rheumatologist didn't examine me not look through my med file,merely looked at me and said "you don't have Lupus" .. I was charged $450 for that arrogance. 18 months later I'm about to go through it all again as I'm so much worse .. blood tests, MRI etc etc. I definitely won't be seeing the same rheumatologist. To wait so long for the appointment to have that happen, I was furious. 😡


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