Hi, I am having trouble getting anyone to acknowledge my problems. I have had some problems my whole life with reoccuring 'viruses,' impetigo, fatigue, migraines, joint and muscle pain etc and the past few months it has got to the point where I cant ignore it anymore. it began with my legs giving way, night sweats, heart palpitations and exhaustion. Usually I am an active person. I work hard, go to the gym, swimming and usually have a busy social life. For a few months all i did was work and sleep and the sleep was never enough... now i have been off work 7 weeks. If I am on my feet longer than half hour my legs become really painful and heavy and I have to rest, sometimes for days. My chest is in constant pain and i have shortness of breath and wheezing. I have coughed up a bloody mucus a couple times in the last 3 weeks and i have found it hard sleeping at night. I also had some bad abdomen pains around my belly button and then below my ribs on my right side. My doctor referred me to an infectious diseases clinic who have given me indigestion medicine and implied its all in my head. I have decided to go private and booked to see a rhuematologist tomorrow, however being off work money is an issue. Any advice on what I can do at the appointment to make this person listen to me and not think i am crazy?? Or other departments that may be of help? And any advice on how I can get the nhs to help me?
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