Well I had my first appointment yesterday and it wasnt what i thought. I arrived on time but the nurse told me that the doctor had not yet arrived. After 45 minutes the nurse went to see the main consultant and was told that my original doctor was not supposed to be seeing patients as he was training. The consultant said he would squeeze me in.
As i walked in he said I can see by the way you are walking you have joint stiffness. He then asked me how it all started and i began to tell him. He then looked on the computer screen and said I see you have suffered from depression in the past so o think you have Fibromyalga as that is very common after depression.
I asked about my rheumatoid factor and he said that at 27.2 it was a low positive and that 10% of people have a positive without having RA. I tried to explain that my symptoms had got progressively worse since my initial gp visit and blood test which was several months ago.
He has prescribed me Gabapentin and ordered a load of blood tests.
The whole appointment took 10 minutes. To be honest I feel that my past depression has me labelled. He said the blood results would take 3 weeks and they would write to me. I felt rushed and did not have an opportunity for questions as the nurse came in and told him his next patient was here.