Changed my GP because previous one was not helping me at all. They had decided I had chronic fatigue and after a lot of pressure (several years worth) sent me to see a rheumy who xrayed only my hip and said its OA. Got new GP who reviewed my painkillers and put me on co-codomol and tramadol, saw the OT and got some physio. Things have got steadily worse, hands, feet, both hips, shoulder and both knees have now joined the arther club. Everytime I spoke to GP about any of these joints he would say its your arthritis. Im eventually sick fed up of being palmed off with this so saw GP on Monday. I basically stated that I felt I wasnt getting any help at all. GP says its only painkillers for OA or replacement surgery. I said if I chopped my hand off and came to see you I would be told "its your arthritis" so I want the other joints looked at. Seemed to do the trick, because I had xrays on both my knees yesterday (which have been very painfull and causing me to fall) and had blood taken to check the inflamatory factors. They said I was very pale, and this could be caused by pain. Really, I would never have thought that!! So feeling very smug with myself that I have finally stood up to the GP and getting these other joints checked. Ideally I would rather not have joint replacement but if that is what it takes, so be it. Cold damp and not stopped raining today so feeling very sore and stiff but mentally Im on cloud nine.