Diagnosed I think? No idea what now
I'm Kaz, new to the forum.
I've had thumb pain and knee and foot pain of and on for years and just put it down to RSI (except the knee which I was told 10 years ago was misaligned kneecaps). But they've become more constant and now have become wrist pain, finger joint pain, and hip pain as well.
Saw my GP this morning and she told me it sounds like osteoarthritis, take paracetamol and use voltarol. Told her I've been doing that all the past week as well as compression gloves, mentioned I am struggling to do things like hold my phone or other objects without pain, gripping hurts and that my job is all hands on (I work in an NHS lab, have to grip various items for a long time, use small technical tools, and use power saws at times too) so this will have an effect on work when I go back tomorrow (I've been off for half term while it's been at its worst) she nodded along and then went to send me on my way.
I asked in addition if I could have blood tests because I'm exhausted all the time and she agreed and said they'd only contact me if something was abnormal on the test (so I guess no help with fatigue or further research if not)
So I think I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis but who can say really, and now I have no idea what to do. I thought there may be further referrals or physio or guidance but nothing.
To be honest I'm feeling more hopeless since I had the appointment, I was pretty certain it was arthritis but I thought at least there would be some support or guidance or hope from the GP.
Is this all there is? "Sounds like osteoarthritis, bye 👋"
I've just no idea what to do now.
Thanks for reading x
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