I started having severe pain in my arms, shoulders and fingers in May. Saw GP after 4 weeks as the pain began to spread. She immediately said Polymyalgia, which I had never heard of. Had two negative blood tests, she then decided it was Osteoarthritis and prescribed Naproxen, which didn't touch the pain at all. Began to research both, and made sympton comparisons which come out as 80% polymyalgia 20% osteoarthritis. have been reading the book by Kate Gilbert, and reading posts in your forum, I have never been on a forum before. I am a 65 year old female. Am taking 400mg doses of Ibuprofen through the day and Co Codamol at bedtime which I take for a long term back problem. They don't really help, just take the edge off. I wake between 3 and 4 every morning needing more painkillers. Can't move in the morning, my husband has to get me out of bed, my Arms are stuck rigid with pain. Shoulders in agony, collar bone, shoulder bones, lower back, outer sides of both legs, buttocks, can't sit without pain after 5 minutes, carry a cushion around. I also sweat profusely out of my head, and have had a hoarse voice for the past 2 months. I keep losing my concentration. Last saw GP 4 weeks ago, broke down in surgery, she decided to refer me to a Rheumy. So far heard nothing, I managed to get through to secretary after hours waiting in queues on phone line, she said there was a six week backlog and as my GP had only referred me as routine I could be waiting longer. Have made another appointment to see GP on Wednesday, facing a long car journey in 3 weeks, dreading it, need proper pain relief, I have the impression she is not taking me seriously, doesn't quite believe me, thinks I am exaggerating the symptons, possibly an 'hysterical elderly woman' which I am definitely Not, I am usually quite laid back! I feel helpless and at the mercy of the medical profession and their lack of understanding. Thank you for listening.
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