First of all, just to say a proper hello.I've recently signed up here, and have been overwhelmed by the knowledge people have and the support they give.
How do we put it altogher? By this I mean, over the years, I've seen various people about various problems. Psoriatic arthritis diagnosed long time ago affecting mainly hands, but now I suspect its in the feet as well as they're always sore and I have the expected problems with pitted/fungal nails.
But, as a result of a work related accident a number of years ago, I had my spine x-rayed the outcome was that the radiologist said that the bone density of my spine is lower than they would expect for someone of my age.... I was 20 at the time.
Osteochondritis dissecans in right knee cap, which apparently is more unusual than having it elsewhere in the knee joint, and have had 3 ops to help with it.
I've had a lot of back problems potentially caused by fallen arches, though some recent visits to a chiropractor highlighted that my pelvis was out of alignment, confirmed by an x-ray. So chiropractor has helped 100% with back.
My question really is, how do we put all of this together, GPs dont seem to have the time nor the inclination to dive deeper other than what's currently the problem.
Partly my fault, as I don't take meds for PA and havent been near a rheumatologist in 5+ years. So when I do go in anything i say is in isolation. At this point in time the very centre of my hands and feet are sore. I will go to GP who might do a blood test which wont show anything. Wont look at nails on hands/ feet and give me something for the pain and off i'll go. If i need to go about my back, the fact that the bone density is what it should be won't be any concern...
Sorry I'm ranting here, and in comparison to how all of you cope with nasty uncle Arthur, I should shut up....