I haven't posted on here for some time so hello again all.
A heck of a long story so will try to keep it short as poss, won't be easy though.
Anyway, not been in a good place since I had sepsis back in march. Have since stopped all my RA meds, except for hydroxy, which ain't helping much, because of the risk of getting sepsis again. My RA has run riot - enough to say that I'm in constant pain in many joints with frequent flares and am more less housebound due to serious pain in knees
As if that isn't enough to put up with I've had a skin infection for approx 4 months - some nasty form of foliculitis apparently. I've had to pay several visits to my GP and out of hours who, especially my GP, persist in prescribing flucloxacillin (6 courses to date) despite it just subduing the infection whilst I'm taking it, the infection then returns a few days after I've finished the course. I saw my GP yesterday who prescribed a second course of flucloxacillin to try and clear a recent rather nasty stubborn infection on my nose. When I politely asked him about trying a different antibiotic he said nothing and gave me a black look - think he thought I was trying to tell him how to do his job, which I definitely wasn't. I asked him if this infection could turn into something more serious and he said yes, if not treated. I was also going to mention about taking a swab of the infection to ID the bug so it could treated with an antibiotic best suited to kill it, if that's possible with the resistant bugs that appear to be on the increase, but his attitude put me off asking. When I went to out of hours a few months back they did take a swab and managed to ID the bug... I was later told that flucloxacillin was nigh on useless for the type of bug I had/have? and I should be treated with another antibiotic which I can't remember the name of.
Goes without saying that I'm not at all happy with the treatment I'm getting, especially as I'm at risk of getting sepsis again due to my compromised immune system caused by my RA and really don't know which way to turn. My GP wants to see me again soon as I've finished my current course of antibiotics, or to phone him if the infection should get worse in the meantime. The thing is I'm losing confidence with him and am at the stage where I would rather see someone else, preferably no other doctor in the same practice. Wondering if a visit to out of hours to explain my concerns there if that's preferable, or even possible?... I just don't know?
Hope I've explained things clearly as I'm not the best at putting pen to paper so to speak...wayward schooldays are to blame! I welcome any thoughts on my situation - maybe I'm out of line, unduly stressed and should trust my GP's judgement?... I really don't know??