Subject: made to feel bad by GP
I finally decided to go to the doc today about the pains caused by my Athritis.
I will admit I have been in the surgery a few times over the last month or 2 but that was due to my panic attacks and change of meds which are now all under control but I really don't go unless I have to.
So, anyway the last few weeksI have been having real issues with pain in my back and hips.
bit of history, I have severe Osteoarthritis, to the point that I have holes in my bones, a twisted spine and Degenerative Disc Disease and part of my coxcyx (sp) has worn away.
I mentioned this to my GP last time I was in and he told me to go back and see him once my FM pain had settled down and I knew it was deffo the OA and he would refer me to the Orthopedic team at the hospital.
I have been taking some serious pain relief for the last 2 weeks just to be able to get up. I've needed my walking sticks and my wheelchair.
So was in with him today and he renewed all my medication for me and then proceeded to tell me that all my pain was in my head. I kind of looked at him and asked what he meant. He said that I should be responding to the pain killers, he didn't really think I was being honest about the severity of the damage despite my having seen the images and being told exactly what each mark was on the x-rays. He said I needed physio and the back clinic..NOPE. My Rheumi consultant wouldn't send me as I am unable to even lift a full carrier bag without it hurting and am unable to lay on a floor without pain. I went to back clinic once and ended up an in-patient.
He started going on about how there was no point in refering me as they wouldn't do any surgery and they should be able to control the pain without refering me. I tried to explain that I saw the Ortho team when I was pregnant with Grace and he said he could feel the damage and would prob see me as soon as 6 months after having her. 3 years on and I am only just asking to go now. I think I have done well.
So now he has me doubting my pain. I am without a doubt in stupid amounts. I can't get to my own feet to put my socks and shoes on, I limp all the time and now need my stick indoors.
He has upped my meds as well.
I am now on
Oramorph 10mg 4 times daily
10mg Zomorph 2 times daily
75 mg Pregablin 3 times daily
and and anti-inflamatory..(can't recall name but it isn't Diclofenic)
I rattle I swear.
He has just made me feel so much like I am wasting their time but I can't deal with the pain for much longer...grrr