I had my second Rheumatologist appointment today with a different consultant and it was not great, I've been totally dismissed again. The doctor I saw first time round has retired and all that we had spoken about before seems to have been forgotten.
She told me she thinks I need to see a physiotherapist and all my problems are down to having a baby and exercising too much or depression. I tried to tell her the pain started before I started running again and the only pain I had during pregnancy was hip pain and digestive issues and I'm not depressed at the moment but she wouldn't listen. She then said I have muscle pain, don't get me wrong I have some muscle pain but the pain is predominantly felt in my joints. She said because all the scans and tests are clear there's no way I can have anything wrong and sometimes people never find out.
She has booked me in for an MRI on my hands and feet only because I kept asking her questions that she just couldn't answer, she seemed a bit stuck and embarrased. She said it's doubtful the results will show anything though. She said I might have fibromyalgia but only have a few symptoms of it, I asked her what I do about this and she said take paracetamol. They took some more bloods to check vitamin D.
I just feel like every time I see a good consultant that actually wants to monitor me and takes me seriously, I then get seen by a different one that is awful.
I'm seeing my GP on Saturday and I wondered if it's possible to ask her if I can get a second opinion? There is a Rheumatologist in Bristol that deals with Lupus and early signs of connective tissue disease specifically and I would really like to see him. Can I request to see a specific doctor, even if I have to go on a waiting list?
I'm feeling a little sad and disheartened and really don't want to have to go through the whole process of explaining the situation again. I also feel really cross because it's taken me a long time to get better after feeling deeply depressed and anxious and I am the happiest I've been in a long time. To have a doctor tell you it's stress or depression is really insulting. I feel like I'm hitting a brick wall over and over again.
Anyway sorry for the rant and thanks for reading.