Unsure how to proceed
I guess my story started some years ago when I noticed that my wedding ring would not come off. That's become my indicator for when I'm having an inflammatory flare up.
I become concerned around the start of the pandemic when I started to avoid shaking hands, not because of the virus, but because it hurt. First the hands and then the feet, and then every joint.
I eventually went to the doctor when I started having trouble getting out of bed in the morning, lifting my leg to step into the bath or experiencing strong pain after doing odd jobs in the garden.
Doctor wanted to focus on my hands, they took bloods and tested for RA marker among many other things but all the results were OK. This went on for quite some time and the only suggestion I got from the doctor was to take Paracetemol. The only thing I find that takes the edge of the pain is a combination of Tramadol, paracetamol and ibuprofen. Anyway in my last visit I was told there was nothing to be done and I should learn to live with it, lovely doctor.
They did agree to x-ray my hands and the surgery receptionist was good enough to tell me the results, signs of joint wear and tear and arthritis. Well I knew this myself given I can feel the misshapen and painful joints, shame the doctors never once physically examined my hands.
So here I am now, 30kg overweight, as no more gym for quite a long time. Finding it much more difficult doing my job and not knowing where to go from here.
Is there any way to see a specialist without a referral from a doctor? Somehow I doubt it but have to ask.
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