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Date: 17.05.2011
From: mads

Subject: drugs gps and consultants

hello all, seeking advice again. who do i use for what? Looking for more pain relief would that be the gp or consultant? Looking to get something to help me move around a bit more safely not sure if crutches would work? Who helps with that?
Off work this week - arranged last week with work to have a sick leave week - they are good, very good, compared to what some of you other people have to put up with.
How is everyone doing?
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Date: 17.05.2011
From: kirst

Subject: Re: drugs gps and consultants

hey, it will be the GP you see for pain relief, just go and have a word. My GP writes on my notes every time i try something differant and then when i see the consultant its all discussed. What arthritis do you have? ive for FMS and RA and know id find crutches painful as far as gripping them would go but if you feel its something which may help you, then also mention it to the GP and i think they then refer u to a physio or an occupational therapist. I know its the occi who can halp you with any difficulties you may have at home.
Its nice to hear someone on here who has an understanding employer :)
hope you get everything sorted at the docs x
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Date: 17.05.2011
From: mads

Subject: Re: drugs gps and consultants

Thanks Kirst
I have RA and also a few old injuries due to an accident which have been exacerbated. Like you i have my doubts as to whether or not i could use crutches but i need something.
Believe me i am grateful for my employers - this is my first stint off work - and i hope they continue to be supportive, I find it absolutely appalling how some people with this illness are treated despite legislation to help avoid that.
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