Pain Reeks!

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PamieAFC1903
PamieAFC1903 Member Posts: 899
edited 17. Jan 2011, 22:42 in Living with Arthritis archive
Well after about 3 days of non-suffering the pain has returned. I'm blimmin going through paracetamol, diclofenic, and deep heat like a don't know what of late, But I am having trouble getting a doctors appointment.

What is my best course of action for this? I won't be at home for the next week so cant see GP then.


Heeeeeeeeeeeelp!
I ♥ Runrig.

I live, sleep, eat and breathe Runrig!!!!!.

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  • ironic
    ironic Member Posts: 2,361
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Pamie,
    Not sure what to advice with you not being at home. May be ring NHS direct or call the help team in the morning.
    Is there any way you could get an emergency appointment with your doctor before you go? They may give you an appointment if you stress to them that you are in so much pain.

    Try and keep warm and use padding around the affected joints. I do hope you manage to get some sleep tonight.

    Sorry not much help.
    Sending gentle hugs anyway,
    Lv, Ix
  • PamieAFC1903
    PamieAFC1903 Member Posts: 899
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    It's enough thank you. I will get my mum to call them I think as I may not be awake at 8am :\
    I ♥ Runrig.

    I live, sleep, eat and breathe Runrig!!!!!.
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Pamie,

    Oh flower pain is never good....

    It is really a gp thing or consultant thing BUT have you got a walk in center near where your are going? They can be very helpful and I also wonder if miner injuries could help? MI would refer you back to your g but might give you something to help if you explained you can;t get to a doctor till next week?

    In the old days they would help but not sure if that still holds but its an idea.....

    Try and get some rest and I so hope the pain backs off cus there is nothing worse especially at night. A cyber ((( ))) and a hope. Cris x
  • PamieAFC1903
    PamieAFC1903 Member Posts: 899
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    skezier wrote:
    Hi Pamie,

    Oh flower pain is never good....

    It is really a gp thing or consultant thing BUT have you got a walk in center near where your are going? They can be very helpful and I also wonder if miner injuries could help? MI would refer you back to your g but might give you something to help if you explained you can;t get to a doctor till next week?

    In the old days they would help but not sure if that still holds but its an idea.....

    Try and get some rest and I so hope the pain backs off cus there is nothing worse especially at night. A cyber ((( ))) and a hope. Cris x


    Well Cris, you got all day for this one lol.

    I have only seen my GP as I am waiting to be seen by Rhuematology. It's been nearly a year since I went to moan about it and well, nothings come through, I have tried and tried to get an appointment to see my GP, but I haven't either been able to leave my house due to the snaw or rain (my fear of water) or there has been no appointments. With my odd sleep pattern it doesnt help as I am too late to get an emergency appointment. AND my surgery has a very idiotic appointment system. You have to phone at 4.30pm to get a next day appointment, but the line is always busy and when you get through there is no appointments, next day ring up to see if there is any, and there isn't and because there isn't appointments the emergency ones are filled. I'm going to phone up today and tell them that I am going away for a week and need to see my GP before I go, mainly to get more inhalers but I will mention my other bits and bobs when I'm there.

    So yeh, thats the gist of it all, sucks to be me just now :(
    I ♥ Runrig.

    I live, sleep, eat and breathe Runrig!!!!!.
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Pain 'killers' don't kill pain, they dull it sufficiently so that one can carry on. If you cannot manage with the paracetamol (but pain free days are not to be sniffed at) then ask your GP (when you can eventaully get to see him) for something a little stronger, say for example Co-codamol 8/500, I think that's the next step up in pain relief. They are 8mg of codeine and 500 of paracetamol: constipation can be a side effect with them, and if it is he can also give you something to help with that. I don't know your medical history and I am not a doc, so I cannot tell you what will work - you have to ask him! DD
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Pammie
    You get someone to ring your GPs for an emergency appointment....it is not good keep taking pain meds and they are not working....gps do have slots for people that need them, and you must ask about your rheumy appointment, if you dont speak up then you get forgotten.
    Good Luck
    Barbara x
    Love
    Barbara
  • PamieAFC1903
    PamieAFC1903 Member Posts: 899
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    I had Co-Dydramol, but ran out. well didnt get one today, even when my mum went crazy at them.
    I ♥ Runrig.

    I live, sleep, eat and breathe Runrig!!!!!.
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
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    What a signature, would it were so. Mine would read thus:

    All pain, no gain.
    Stand propped up.
    Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben
  • PamieAFC1903
    PamieAFC1903 Member Posts: 899
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    dreamdaisy wrote:
    What a signature, would it were so. Mine would read thus:

    All pain, no gain.
    Stand propped up.


    Lol, well Stand Free is Aberdeen FC's motto and also my own for my fight against the Anxiety & Pain :). Ive got it Tattooed on my back aswell.
    I ♥ Runrig.

    I live, sleep, eat and breathe Runrig!!!!!.
  • skezier
    skezier Member Posts: 11,333
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Pamie,

    You got all day for this one as well...... :lol::lol:

    Right over a year to wait isn't acceptable.... even down here and believe me we are used to substandard waiting times! :roll:

    You need to get a double appointment with a decent gp when you come back.

    You have to get some decent /better/ effective pain control even though you haven't seen a rumo... the gp can give you some pain control to tied you to a rumo either agreeing it or changing it.

    You also have to get that appointment chased up and keep on at them. If that doesn't work in England (though we are not used to saying that here :wink: ) they have Pals. Do they have them in Scotland as well? They might be able to help if the gp can't get it pushed up quicker.

    Hey hope you got some inhalers and a bit of pain control today by the way?

    Pamie its wrong but sometimes you have to really fight your corner.

    Enjoy your time away and please get the gp's appointment for when you come back cus a year is too long. A ((( ))) and a hope its eased up for you. Cris x
  • minky67
    minky67 Member Posts: 2,328
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi pamie, Im sorry to see your suffering.
    I have appointment system at my gps were you can register then log on to there site to see what appointments are available with each gp. that why i dont have to be up at a crack of the sparrows watsit & also can choose a day/time/gp that suits me.
    Not sure if you have this option but well worth looking into if you have.
    Cocodomols are the next step 8/500 or higher dose 30/500 & tramadols if these dont work. they are the main meds that are prescribed before you rhymy changes them.
    I also have my meds on repeat prescription & my chemist collects the prescription for me & processes it each month ready for collection,saves my legs & a lot of trips to gp for collecting it.
    I hope that helps some.
    debs
  • PamieAFC1903
    PamieAFC1903 Member Posts: 899
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Debs I'm totaly unsure what my Surgery does these days as they keep changing everything.

    I am unable to take Tramadol being on Escitalopram (used to take it before I went on it) So we tried C-dYdramol and it worked to an extent. But ran out and like i say seeing someone is like pulling teeth. My surgery wont put pain killers or any kind (not even my anti-depressant) on a repeat for me as I was addicted to Valium for a while, and they just being cautious.

    Tell me about it Cris. The limit here is 18 weeks or something like that for referrals.

    I'm going to try and get one with my proper GP tomorrow and tell him how unhappy I am, I feel the pain is making a mark on my depression/anxiety.
    I ♥ Runrig.

    I live, sleep, eat and breathe Runrig!!!!!.