Don't know what to do and getting frustrated.
I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and put on Pregabalin with my amitryptilline-that's fine. I have severe OA in my jaw which thankfully a surgeon is now helping me with but that took 4yrs and I wonder if the length of time it's taken to get help has resulted in the OA becoming so severe. I've now got OA confirmed by x-ray in my neck but told also I've probably got it in every joint. I now have pain, stiffness, swelling etc.. in all my joints. The rhuematologist that I seen in March of this year didn't want me to return for a follow-up appointment.
I went to my drs last month and he said I have to just get on with it. Returned today to dr about increasing pain and swelling in my ankles, knees and hips. My left hip is becoming very stiff and I've got terrible pain when walking and travels into my buttock and groin area. He's basically told me there's nothing he can do. Told me to go private for hydrotherapy.
He also said I couldn't keep getting x-rays because of radiation poisoning.
I need help. I'm only 41 and when I suggested getting my hip looked at, dr said an x-ray would only be done if there was a decision made about me getting a new hip. He also said that at my age, if I got a new hip 'it would be bu**ered in 2yrs then I would be in a wheelchair'! He said it was possible in 10yrs or so I could get some bone replacements and when I said that would mean 10yrs of increasing and debilitating pain for me, he wasn't concerned. I want to scream at these people, people who should be helping me.
Do I phone the rhuemy back and ask to be seen again? Only problem is my dr is in a different health board so he can't refer me back to the same rhuemy. Is this what happens with OA?