referral denied by doctor
Hi, I have been suffering with back, hip & aches & pains for over 10 years and for most of them was told do some walking or swim, I do plenty of walking in my work but it has got worse and I now limp all the time and also have now got thickening of one of my Achilles tendons, physio seems to have no effect and I have had to be on tramadol for the last year as that is the only way I can do a days work if not I was getting too tired in the afteroon, after pushing my doctor he referred me to the hospital (pain clinic I think) the guy I saw did a blood test and said poss r/a as my grandmother had it or chronic pain, test came back neg for r/a but he said he would like me to see the arthritis team/people but would he to get referral from my gp, today my gp said its o/a and he wouldn't refer me saying the guy at the hospital was only a physio?? so why send me to him? Is there any other way to see them or tests I can have as I would like to get off the tramadol but if I did I would have to pack my business in and go sick. Sorry its a long tale.