I want to say thank you everyone for support.
I recently visited an allergy consultant. He was more interested in diagnosing symptoms as, 'all in my head', than discussing autoimmune diseases. He stopped me discussing my point of view.
After venting on this site, and getting fantastic support here, I telephoned PALS at the hospital to discuss my experience at the appointment.
PALS staff were very interested and launched an investigation.
Today, I received a letter following my dissatisfaction.
I am pleased to share with you that, the consultant in question, sends apologies for his less than sensitive approach.
Furthermore, he accepted that he has limited knowledge of sjogrens disease (I am hypothyroid, sjogrens syndrome, connective tissue disease diagnosed. Query lupus), and says he is sorry, that he may have belittled the symptoms and impact of the disease.
I am happy to have received this letter, as I see it as one small victory, for all (of us), who suffer with autoimmune disease.
Please, please, let us each consider complaining about such medics.
Surely, they need reminding that we are partners in our care plan.
It is not acceptable that they make improper diagnosis, especially given, they are not knowledgeable on autoimmune disease.
We have more than enough to contend with, without being made to feel 'symptoms are all in our head'.