I found this forum via the NHS website and am looking for some advice. I have had pain off and on in the lower part of my right thumb joint for some years and there is a hard swelling there. If I don’t overdo things, I can usually manage the discomfort but in recent weeks, the pain has become more severe, more frequent and travels down my thumb. I’m now experiencing pins and needles in the hand and some weakness. In addition, I’ve started experiencing a nagging ache in my upper arm, shoulder joint and across the back of my shoulder.
I had a GP appointment today (over the phone - heaven forbid he actually sees patients in his surgery!) and he was very dismissive saying it sounds like osteoarthritis and mentioned carpal tunnel and said he would prescribe ibuprofen gel! How can he tell that’s what it is without seeing me and running tests?
Has anyone else experienced this dismissive attitude and been diagnosed over the phone without having any tests done? Are there tests which can confirm that it is osteoarthritis and is there an alternative treatment rather than just taking pain killers?
It’s left me feeling very frustrated and emotional and I would really appreciate some advice. Thanks.
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