Hi I have been attending rhematology clinic for 4 years now. I am being treated for rhematoid arthritis affecting both hands, elbows, forearms, shoulder and cervical spondolysis of neck. My RF factor is normal. |I see a different consultant every 6 months I attend. I had an appointment today and came back in tears. The consultant looked at my hands and said - good no sign of infllamation - the medication is controlling it! My hands at this present moment when I am home are very swollen - pity the consultant cant see me now. My elbows were particularly sore today so i mentioned this - he looked at them and said i should refer myself to a physiotherapist at my local health centre. On the whole he was very unsympathetic and really made me feel that I was wasting his time. The pain I suffer is real and affects my ability to function in a normal way. I am also suffering from depression at the moment and am on medication for this. I am not minimising the pain and discomfort I am in but am being made to feel a time waster. I am unable to express myself clearly at appointments as I get worked up so cannot defend myself. Any advice on how to deal with this would be greatly appreciated.