I went to see a Rheumatologist, (he is the head of the department) a couple of days ago.
I am not sure what to think, other than he seemed to have made his mind up about me before even meeting me.
I have suffered from back problems and stomach problems for most of my life, but until an accident nearly 4 years ago, managed to live a normal life, including running my own businesses, and having 3 children, albeit in a degree of pain most of the time, occasionally very bad.
I have Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, inflamed Facet Joints, torn and bulging discs, and sciatica.
The Gastro intestinalI Specialist I saw believes I have a form of inflammatory bowel disease, although since I have not lost weight, he gave me dietary advice, which has helped enormously, with strict instructions to come back if things deteriorate.
The Doctor I saw this week, asked a couple of questions glanced at my hands, gave me no time to ask questions, and said all my symptoms are to do with my back problems. He prescribed me Celecoxib to be taken for 2 weeks if I have a flare up, and said I probably would not have one anyway.
The reason I saw my GP is because of bilateral pain and swelling in my fingers, shoulders, knees and toes, accompanied by feeling very poorly, that had been going on for a couple of months, I could barely use my hands, and walking was also very painful because of my toes. The Pain was no better at rest.
I have also developed Restless legs syndrome very severely this year, overnight, now controlled to a good degree, with Pramipexole, and also recently very dry eyes, mouth skin and nails, for which I am using eye ointment every day, for the eyes.
I have also severe palpitations with chest pain, and am going to cardiology in January.
Is this what one would usually expect from one of these appointments, he took no history, and I was only there for about 10 mins. When he shook my hand as I left, I winced from the pain, and he just shrugged and turned away.
I really do not know what to think, I was not expecting an instant diagnosis, or cure, but at least some sort of interest in how I am.
I forgot to say my bloods are normal, and he did say that if things got very bad, to go back to my GP, he also said I am one of those people whose body is ultra sensitive and go into spasm easily.
I do not even know if I am on the right site to be writing this, and am still feeling very weak and in pain with my joints, but I do not at present have deformities, which he said I would have if there was a serious problem.
I also have widespread muscle pain and tender points, with dizziness when I turn my head.
I really do not know where to turn next, and feel like just giving up.
Sorry to offload like this, but I so needed to talk about this.
Thanks for listening,