The rheumatologists I have seen for the past few years & have confidence in, is currently on maternity leave. I have therefore been seen by 4 different rheumatologists this year, oh the joys of the NHS. The nicer ones of these verged on the incompetent, imagine Mr Bean meets Carry on Doctor & you'll get the picture. The one who seemed to make some sense with treatment planning was there temporarily. The final one was particularly unpleasant & got very defensive when I asked questions about my symptoms.
In addition to this, on 2 separate occasions, my symptoms have been recorded incorrectly in my notes. Which resulted in a referral being made to the wrong specialist, & a wasted appointment for them & me.
I have just spoken to the rheumatology nurse in the department & explained all this, but still don't feel any better about attending my next appointment in December. Shall I just cancel it & wait for the nice doctor to return in the spring? After all, I have struggled with my symptoms for years now & there doesn't seem to be much help on offer. But having a doctor you feel comfortable with makes such a difference. Your thoughts, comments & experiences would be gratefully received.
PS, I have SLE, Sjogren's & Fibromyalgia, but no organ involvement.