I have had very bad experiences with doctors in the past so I get very nervous when I have to go for an appointment. I went today armed with my postcard (thanks for the tip) with my questions on it as I've now been discharged from rheumatology at the hospital. I had to see a different doctor to the one I have seen before but she was amazing!
We caught up on the rheumatology appointment and before I could start asking her my questions she said that we need a plan to aid my recovery. She has now referred me for Physio, hydrotherapy and ultrasound treatment to reduce the swelling directly. She has prescribed a topical anti-inflammatory as I've tried Naproxen and Diclofenac but neither ease the pain when it is bad. She arranged for some blood tests as she still wants to monitor my inflammation levels as they've been erratic. Basically, she's done everything she can to help. She says its reactive arthritis (as first thought) and I should largely recover within another 6-8 weeks and for the first time I think I'm starting to believe her!
Oh and I asked her if my joint pain and swelling could be due to a tick I had 18 months ago and she took me seriously and said they'd check for Lyme disease when doing the blood tests.
It was such a relief to be taken seriously and not have to fight my corner!