I have been suffeing flare ups for last 2 months. I contacted my rheumatology team to ask for help as my knee had swollen up. Feet really aching. Chest heavy entire body just completely ached. Not sleeping as in pain. Tired so very tearful. Pain just got too much. I left numerous voicemails asking for help with this. But never had any reply. I contacted my general gp. Who answered but not knowing anything about rheumatoid arthritis he just asked what drugs do you need and I will give it to you. I have had steroids before which helped as a short term thing. But not long term. I was also prescribed tramodol for the pain which helps. Just makes me drowsy. But how can I prescribe my own drugs I am not a Dr. Can't take any more steroids took my full amount. But still not got an appointment with my rheumatology Dr. I had an appointment booked for the last 6 months. For Jan 13th. So was looking forward to finally seeing a Dr that knows what he is doing. Then I got a letter saying it's been cancelled. Tried ringing my team to rebook. But no luck as of yet. Even begged the nurse I spoke to today. I need help. I am at the end of my tether everything is inflammed and burns. Even feels like it's spreading from wrists to elbows know. Feeling completely ignored. All alone. Just need some advice. I need a good. Nights sleep. No pain. And to get on with day to day life without dragging my feet about and not being able to grab things properly. I M only 44. What's going on. Obviously my sulfasalazine and hydrochlorycoxquine ain't helping. Xx what's going on with the NHS.
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