Hi, I would like your advice on how to get my GP to take me seriously.
I have arthritis in my big toe joints and lumps at the base of both my little toes. My GP says that I have osteoarthritis in the big toes but I'm unsure as to whether the trouble with my little toes is due to walking on the sides of my feet or more arthritis. My big toes have been affected for about 5 years now but have worsened considerably over the last year. I have had no blood tests to confirm osteoarthritis. My GP says that she knows this is what it is even though I am young to have it. I am 51.
I work as a researcher and so spend all day on my feet. I used to use piroxicam gel or ibuprofen to ease the pain and swelling in my feet. However, I recently had a severe allergic reaction to diclofenac which was prescribed for surgery. Consequently, I cannot use my arthritis meds and the doctor prescribed Co-dydramol but it is not as effective as the piroxicam for me.
I don't know if there is something more effective that I can take and I would also like tests to discover if my pain is due to osteoarthritis. I don't know why my GP is unwilling to allow me to have these. It is coming to the point where I'm thinking that I cannot continue with my job as I was in agony today. Plus the pain makes me so tired.
Any advice on this would be very much appreciated.