Just had another check at Treliske and really need some advice from anyone else local.
To say the appt didn't go well is an understatement, I haven't felt so stressed from seeing a consultant before, so hence the title of this post.
The one and only hospital down here in sleepy old Cornwall has lost its main consultant from the rheumy team and various other members of staff so, as a dept, they are obviously a little 'stretched'.
I work 5 days a week as I run my own business, therefore trying to get to any appt is always hard work, when I then wait for over an hour and half because they are running late, my frustration levels rise (patience not a strong suit lol), finally getting in to see a different consultant than before, to be told twice that because I am over 50 and therefore can expect 'aches and pains' and this is 'normal'.
The new consultant will not change my medication (MTX, hydrocloroquin) as I am 'moving well' (????) and have no obvious joint swelling (steroid injection less than a month ago when I was doing an impression of Frankenstein's monster/hunchback of Notre-dam), and she 'sees no benefit'.
Apart from offering me anti depressants (no thank you, been there, done that, didn't like the t shirt!) her advice was to 'see you at your next appt'.
I feel I wasn't listened too, patronised ....................these are 30mg tablets - if you need to, you can take 60mg - that's 2 tablets............... (although in retrospect my response at this point of 'No shit, Sherlock' probably wasn't helpful) and the whole couple of hours was a waste of time - mine and hers!
So really the whole point of this rant (and thank you for reading so far) is what do I do now? I have absolutely no faith in the rheumy dept as a whole, and my next nearest hospital is a good hour and half's drive away. Do I have any options or do I just have to continue banging my head against this particular wall?