the best doctor in my practise

only49
only49 Member Posts: 1,207
edited 30. Jun 2010, 14:34 in Living with Arthritis archive
hello

On monday i braved another trip to the doctor's by that i mean last time i was treated very badly and told more or less to go away and get on with it, i was not happy :roll: :x anyway i went to see a good doctor and she answered my questions and now i know what i dealing with, she said they will not consider tkr until i am at least in my 60's because i am only young yet and would wear out a few knees before i die as my family live well into there 80's so i asked when should i come and see you about this again, and when it gets to a point you can no longer sleep of a night, and the painkillers dont work no more, so now i know.

i try to always see the funny side of things and monday was no different i kept out of the way and noticed that horrible doctor i had seen the week before, eating a apple and i hope this dont sound terrible but i was wishing all the bad luck on him and athur as well, even arthur stayed well away from him, :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

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  • patriciamary
    patriciamary Member Posts: 117
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi only 49. I know how you feel. I had the same situation in my last GP's practice. One really horrible doc and one who didnt care about anything and a really good one who allways seemed to help and was very nice to me. Then suddenly the nice doc was a bit sharp and was not nice at all. Told me to go home and not worry about anything after receiving the letter from the rheumatologist, would not tell me what the letter stated. Then low and behold the nice doc who is now as bad as the other two has his name on the letterhead as a partner. The partnership has had a severe impact on his "bedside manner". I wonder why? Changed my GP to another practice.
    Regards
    Trisha
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Sylvia,

    Glad you saw a decent one and she explained it to you as well. They do do replacement as lot younger than 60.... my brothers was first done at 21 and there are people here who had to have them done earlier than that so you could have it done if you needed to its just you have to push the quality of life issues.

    I hope with a bit of decent pain relief and maybe a bit of physio you will get a lot longer before you need a replacement. Sending some hopes Cris

    Hi Trisha,

    My old practice was like that... I think its cus they then run as a business and patients are not allowed to cost them money... My old ones really were bad and even told me I they had wasted enough money on me..... The new ones are much nicer.... so far.... Cris x
  • only49
    only49 Member Posts: 1,207
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    you know what i just staring to wonder if its all to do with money because as you pointed out there is younger ones than me that had my knees done, ohh maybe she not so good after all, still i can always change practise if i have too.
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Sylvia,

    My old practice was all about money..... It worth having changing practices in the back of your mind if you feel they are not treating you right. Have they referred you to an ortho can I ask? Cris
  • only49
    only49 Member Posts: 1,207
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    No they havent last person i saw was physio is 2008 and my OA was no where like it is now. now they just want me to make the best of it ( my words ) and give pain killers and thats all, i,m starting to get anoyed now, is it where we live or what, i hope this dont sound horrible but i thought they was supposed to be there to help us :shock: :?:
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Sylvia,

    Think your entitled to ask and they have to refer you? Mind my old shower wouldn't me... said I wasn't worth it.... It wasn't the bones, for them there really is nothing ,much they can do so I see the pain clinic every 8-10 weeks.

    Is there another practice there you could change to or would you have to go to the main land? Cris
  • only49
    only49 Member Posts: 1,207
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    skezier wrote:
    Hi Sylvia,

    Think your entitled to ask and they have to refer you? Mind my old shower wouldn't me... said I wasn't worth it.... It wasn't the bones, for them there really is nothing ,much they can do so I see the pain clinic every 8-10 weeks.

    Is there another practice there you could change to or would you have to go to the main land? Cris
    yes there is another practise but dont know if they would be any better or not, if you could see the way they do things here they dont belive in stright answers dont they just make you want to spit or worse.
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Sylvia,

    Sadly that's how a lot of doctors are now a days... sure its down to money.... Next time you see yours ask them outright to refer you to an ortho for an opinion.... I think its your right to ask? it did used to be but if they say no.... then maybe think about changing or finding out how you can get them to refer you.... Cris
  • only49
    only49 Member Posts: 1,207
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    skezier wrote:
    Hi Sylvia,

    Sadly that's how a lot of doctors are now a days... sure its down to money.... Next time you see yours ask them outright to refer you to an ortho for an opinion.... I think its your right to ask? it did used to be but if they say no.... then maybe think about changing or finding out how you can get them to refer you.... Cris
    they dont make life easy do they :x no wonder i never liked going to the doctors, its about time they started restoring my faith in them because hell i dont what they do all day and more to the point where thay paying attention when they did the training, makes you wonder :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Tis all about money I am sure Sylvia but next time just ask and see what they say. if they say no... I am sure you can demand a consultants opinion.... I am not certain though. Someone else might know or the helplines will know I think? Cris
  • dorcas
    dorcas Member Posts: 3,515
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Sylvia :D

    I really think you should insist on being referred to ortho. your docs are living in the dark ages and it is unacceptable to be left in pain just because you might live long enough to need more than one THR!

    in any case your doc is not a specialist so shouldn't be gate-keeping in this way. there are other procedures to be considered.... resurfacing for example that if you're found suitable could relieve your pain.

    don't accept this Sylvia...go back and tell them you want referred. you might find ortho are much more sympathetic. surgery (according to my ortho) is a treatment option not a ' last resort' and replacement used to relieve the pain of arther in joints and improve quality of life. much more humanitarian approach and not unique .

    good luck Sylvia...let us know what happens.

    Irisx
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    That is sound advice from dorcas, only49. Give it some serious thought, tho I do realise that geography may be against you. DD

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