Over the last few weeks my left hand has become quite sore and feels bruised and tender at the bottom of my fingers. My ring finger had also started to lock in the bent position and this week has got much worse, locking many times throughout the day and waking me in the night. This morning I decided to ring the Rheumy advice line only to get a recorded message stating they are unable to return any calls or e-mails for the foreseeable future due to a shortage of staff, and to see your GP. I then rang the Doctors Surgery but couldn't get a reply. This was first thing this morning before I had even left home to go work. I tried again mid morning and at lunch but nobody answering. I finally got an answer after trying for nearly an hour when I got home from work this evening. When I requested an appointment with my Doctor, who specialises in Rheumatology, I was told he was booked up until 26th January. I said I would see another Doctor then and was told they had no appointments for the next two weeks. Well that was the last straw. I made it clear I was not angry with her and went on to explain that I had rang the Hospital and told her about the recorded message, she then started laughing, well that was it, I lost it. I told her it was no laughing matter and that I had spent all day trying to get some advice or an appointment, and was disgusted that I couldn't even get anyone to answer the phone. She then apologised and offered me one of three appointments on Monday, and guess who with - only the Doctor I had wanted to see in the first place! So I now have an appointment at 9am on Monday. I was tempted to say something else but managed to thank her politely (whilst biting my tongue). What is going on? it shouldn't be so hard to get an appointment. My patience was definitely tested today! I just hope the Doctor will give me a Cortisone injection into the finger to help release it, I know it will be painful whilst it is done as I had this in my right hand several times before eventually having it surgically released when I had Carpel Tunnel surgery a few years ago now, but it would be worth it to get some relief. Hope everyone else has had a better day. X
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