I am struggling for answers and guidance with NHS healthcare.
If anyone has any advice or experience they could share, i would be truly grateful.
When i was 20, my middle left hand finger, became numb.
It felt like i had my finger in cold water constantly and my wrist had an aching pain.
The numbness lasted 2 months and then i went to see my doctor, he transferred me through to
an orthopaedic specialist. The specialist mentioned that i could have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, i had 2 injections of cortisone and that did help.
The pain in my wrist came back and i was sent for a EMG nerve test, the results were negative and the specialist advised that he was not sure what was wrong with me.
At that point, 2 years passed, with endless appointments of the doctor telling me nothing was wrong.
2014 my arm pain became worse, I had constant cramp feelings, my elbow would tingle and general dull achey pain that would come and go. I advised the specialist that the pain has moved further up my arm,
At the end of 2014 I had another EMG test, which again came back negative.
The specialist advised what i was experiencing was repetitive strain, which i can assure you is not true. I first thought the pain came from playing guitar, therefore i have stopped all together. I do not drive or do anything repetitively.
The specialist told me the pain would go away in a couple of years, when he told me that, I broke down in his office and told him that i have no belief time would work, the pain has increased in three years and is working it's face closer to my jaw.
He advised me i have to go back to my GP and arrange a blood test for rheumatoid arthritis.
And i am stuck now, i have no hope in a rheumatoid arthritis test.
The problem is i have no finances to afford private treatment and the pain is constant now. I have no choice but to go for blood tests and await the results.
*I no longer play guitar (this was my dream career years ago, playing hurts to much and my hand locks together)
*i've dropped plates and electronic items with no warning
*my aching has traveled from my wrist to my neck
*i have to keep my arm straight whilst i sleep, otherwise i wake up in pain
*i have no confidence to carry anything with my left hand
*the pain is constant, which moments of sharp pain, that seem to lessen if i shake my arm.
I'm stuck for what to do next, really i have no hope in my NHS health care.