After several years of getting nowhere with my GP and his referral to NHS Rheumie (who disagree with Dr David Gotlieb in Cape Town who diagnosed me with Sero-Negative RA 16 years ago) I have now made an appt with a private consultant at a Nuffield Hosp. £180 for first consult, £90 each following consult, plus cost of xrays, scans etc. I can't work so have no income so will have to borrow from my overdraft to pay it. I feel I have no other choice as NHS Rheumatologist will not see me again after saying he can find no markers, and that's all he can do. I have been in constant pain lately as DMARDS no longer working, and Meloxicam has caused erosion in my gullet. What scares me the most is the complete lack of monitoring of the drugs I continue to be prescribed (Salazopyrin and Meloxicam) after taking every day for16 years.
Resorting to private Rheumatologist: After several... - NRAS
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