Hello! Waiting times for first hospital appt?
Hi everyone. After sudden onset of foot and toe pain, I've just had a call from my GP saying I'm positive for rheumatic factors & am being referred to hospital for diagnosis and treatment.
All came on very suddenly, just before Christmas, and shows no sign of letting up. Am usually extremely active with lots of walking, cycling, jogging, yoga and weight-training. Am just about managing to get around but it's a real struggle with being unable to bear weight on the forefoot. Luckily the middle of my foot is OK so I'm able to use that to pedal the bike.
I keep reading how important it is that hospital referral happens as quickly as possible, so as to avoid permanent joint damage, but does anyone know how Covid is affecting waiting times for first appointments?
Also, please reassure me I'll be able to do lovely country walks again one day...😪