Hi Lovely People
I have seen my Rheumy today -and up to is usual standard he was uncommunicative and uninterested .... no eye contact etc.
I was the second appointment of the day, and he had not arrived when I got there. Finally turned up, spent half hour with the first appointment, so I thought, good he will still give me some time ........ I was in with him for 4 minutes!
I commented i was down to 8/8.5 mgs but still ached. He commented something else like OA going on. You are a bit of a mess. I will start you on Azathioprine, I queried helping it with my aches and pains and was told no it wouldn't. It was a steroid sparer, when I tried to question the side effects and how useful he said he was running behind and didn't have time to talk any further .... 4 minutes..... complete wast of time.
Has anyone found Azathioprine useful? I thought, as he said it would be a minimum of 3 years treatment, being at almost 8 mgs two years in with PRM&GCA wasn't too bad.
He had no interest in the fact that when diagnosed I had no arthritic changes apparent and now x-rays have confirmed both knees and shoulders , it the same pain in my neck, back, hips and ankles so I fear it maybe throughout - so I will see my GP once letter from Rheumy has arrived and hope he can help me with my situation. Oh he suggested anti-inflammatories for the pain even though I had just told him I stopped Arcoxia because I had a stomach ulcer.
I felt completely depressed and disheartened by his manner.
Anyway, in reality I am no worse of than I was yesterday, just a bit grumpier!!
Thanks as always