Hi, my husband has had RA for around 10 years. After a few years of severe symptoms, it's now generally under control with Sulfasalazine, with occassional flare ups every year/two years. His rheumatologist is in London where we used to live, 2 hours away. The care is excellent and he's happy to travel there every 6 months for check-ups. He is currently suffering badly with a severe flare up, and his specialist has previously confirmed with his GP he should have a steroid injection in this circumstance (as long as they don't become more regular). He has had 2 previously from GP (in 4 yrs), and both times it was made difficult for him and GP wasn't keen/said the drug wasn't in stock etc). He phoned last week asking if he could arrange this, and got a message back via a receptionist that they GP won't give this, despite his specialist advising this treatment. He was in severe pain and couldn't drive or get to work, so he phoned the GP to see if he could get more info about this decision. Instead of calling back, the GP again sent a message via the receptionist saying he can't help...see the specialist. We're wondering if it has a connection to the GP being a homeopath as well as regular GP....an objection to steroids perhaps?
Just wondered if this is a common response by a GP. He's slightly better now but feels a bit helpless, given appointments with his specialist aren't available until April 18 and he would struggle to travel that far when at his worst. Would appreciate to hear of any similar experiences /solutions. Sorry for the long post!! Thanks.