Rheumy Referral

annebr
annebr Member Posts: 730
edited 30. Mar 2010, 15:18 in Living with Arthritis archive
Well I went back to the docs again today & went through the results. AnA was positive but the more specific antibody tests were normal. He said that he would be inclined to leave it for now and do nothing. I then went through my list of symptoms which I had typed up at the weekend, all things that I had been to see him about, he looked at it and agreed. So he is going to do a referral, although he thinks that it may stem from my hop and stomach problems.

It's the waiting game now for the appointment and hopefully a diagnosis, not that I want anything wrong with me. But, I do want to know why I am feeling like this.

Anne x

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  • valval
    valval Member Posts: 15,897
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    annebr wrote:
    Well I went back to the docs again today & went through the results. AnA was positive but the more specific antibody tests were normal. He said that he would be inclined to leave it for now and do nothing. I then went through my list of symptoms which I had typed up at the weekend, all things that I had been to see him about, he looked at it and agreed. So he is going to do a referral, although he thinks that it may stem from my hop and stomach problems.

    It's the waiting game now for the appointment and hopefully a diagnosis, not that I want anything wrong with me. But, I do want to know why I am feeling like this.

    Anne x

    do not worry we understand and have all been there. i kept expecting them all to say it all in your mind felt sure was loosing my marbles
  • dorcas
    dorcas Member Posts: 3,538
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Anne,

    what a good idea that was writing down the symptoms you've had over past few months to discuss with the doc :wink:
    we often say to others to write down what you want to say...but I wonder how many of us do so ourselves. :roll:

    Great lesson for all how effective it can be being prepared. :!:

    Glad your appointment had the right outcome and that now you don't have to wait too long before being seen....also that there's nothing too serious going on. :wink:

    Iris x
  • steph120786
    steph120786 Member Posts: 66
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Anne

    We shouldn't have to justify ourselves to anyone we know our bodies better than anyone and if we say that something is not right surly its just there job to find out what... hope you get the answers you need xxx
  • ironic
    ironic Member Posts: 2,386
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Glad you have got things moving. You have waited long enough and need answers. Hope work going ok. Ix
  • elnafinn
    elnafinn Member Posts: 8,043
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I agree with Iris, what a good job you did write a list of all your symptoms, Anne. That swayed your gp to do a referral. We know our own bodies the best but we have to convey the symptoms we are getting to the medics, which is exactly what you did in the form of a list. Let's hope you soon get an appointment and find out why you are feeling like you do.

    I wish you well

    Luv
    Elna x()
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 12,150
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Anne,

    I also agree with the others and well personally I think gp's are jack of all trades masters of none so to speak so its really good he is sending you to a specialist now. I really hope they don't keep you waiting too long though.

    hey how are you getting on apart from the problems? Sending you a ((( ))) and a hope you will soon find out what's going n and get some overdue help. Luv Cris x
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 27,376
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi ann
    Heaven help us eh?
    Well i think you have done well and hopefully this will have been the first step in getting you sorted.
    Shame you had to work so hard to get there.
    Let us knwo when you hear
    Love
    toni xx
  • annebr
    annebr Member Posts: 730
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks for all your messages.

    My GP is very good and has fought my corner more than once. The problem I think is that he sees so many other patients that all my issues aren't at the forefront of his mind all of the time. Although, everything on the list I had been to see him about I think seeing it all in bullet points got the response I wanted. He is the one that said alarm bells were being triggered and has said that he thinks it could be (another) auto immune or inflammatory arthritis. But, only the ANA is showing positive at the moment.

    Funny I don't know what made me sit & type the list on Saturday but, I am so glad I did.

    Anne

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