Hi its me again.
Finally got in to see my GP today.
He was extremely shocked when he saw my hands, elbows, shoulders etc, etc..... I told him the pain was unbearable and he kept going back to my hands, looking shocked, and told me it was a long long time since he had seen such a bad flare up.
One of the other partners had 2 students with him and he asked if they wanted to come and have a look- which they did. They asked me lots of questions and listened to what I had to say. My GP has also taken some pictures of my hands.
He said that he felt rheumatology depts should be able to see people immediately when a person is in crisis - something like an immediate triage of symptoms. Not make people in pain wait 6-8 weeks, when the flare up may have abated somewhat. I am not sure if anyone has experience of thsi as it sounds a good idea. It doesnt work like this on my area at least.
The result of today have been that my GP is going to speak to rheumatology first thing tmw, and he has given me a massive injection of kenalog. He says that I should start to feel some relief over the next few days. Light at the end of the tunnel I hope.
I just want to say -thank you again to all you lovely people on here who took the time to reply, and have kept me going during a very difficult and extremely painful few weeks xx