sometimes i just give up!!
when i was diagnosed with my arthritis, i let my employer know and they referred me to occupational health so that i can get systems in place to help my work life easier.
well what a complete nightmare!!!
the Dr was not at all interested in what my GP has told me and advised, he decided he would be the judge and decided to do some routine tests like how far i can bend, reflexes etc. all i was expecting was how could they help me, by putting in processes, to do my job and not let it impact my daily life.
he could not understand that i have been self managing this for the last 15 years and will continue to do, the only reason i was seeing him was because i have a name for what i have been feeling. he totally bilittled my condition saying that if everyone my age (31) was xrayed, they would also have arthritis and wasnt at all uncommon. he wouldnt listen to anything that i disccussed with my GP such as pain control, surgery and even decided to draw me a diagram to show me where my arthritis was and how big the area was - all without seeing any of my xrays/scans.
he questioned what i was doing to help myself so i told him i attend back care classes, have get a plan in place from the physio, do lots of gentle walks and even lost 2 stone to help so now a size 12 instead of 14/16, im 5'6 - the answer i got was " well youre not thin though are you!!!) there were also some other things he said but you get the idea, things werent good.
by this time i was balling my eyes out and said how could you say these things, just been diagnosed. Was he questioing my GP?, i am not asking for time off and have never taking a day off from work with my pain as just got on with it.
anyway to cut a long story short (even though it is long) the occy health manager found out about my experience and was very upset at my encounter with that nasty little man that she ended up re doing the assessment and was fantastic. she agreed with everything my GP advised and said that i was very posistive and was doing all i can to self manage. she has now referred me to a gait specialist as she thinks they may be able to help and am even going to a university on Thurs to have a full skeletal assesment, where students will write a dissertation on me and write a full plan to help me manage the condition.
what a difference two people can be!!
needless to say a full complaint will be submitted about him
has anyone ever had this happen to them????
x Anna x