Crushing Doctor Appointment

Hey, it's been a while since my last post.

I got a doctor recommended to me and i had my first and last appointment there today.

Basically he invalidated everything i'm feeling, didn't believe it was arthrosis at first until he saw the MRI scan results and then told me "it's part of the aging process, can't help you, deal with it" and that there's nothing that can be done. Funny enough he said my RSI issues were coming from the arthrosis as well which can't be the case cause i've had those for far longer.

I'm not sure how to deal with this ****, i feel left alone, all this talk about there being hope if it's found early means jack **** if the doctor's not doing anything.

I feel hopeless.


  • noddingtonpete
    noddingtonpete Moderator Posts: 826

    Hello @Dreamstate my first thought is can you go and see a different doctor and get a second opinion?

    It might also be worth talking to our Helpline on 0800 5200 520 Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm as they can direct you to more guided help. Is this in your hand or wrists - there are quite a few specialist hand clinics about. Don't give up on the medical profession, sometimes you just need to persevere.

    There is also some useful info on our website, have a look or let us know how arthritis is affecting you and we can try and guide you to it.

    With best wishes,

    Peter (moderator)

    Need more help? - call our Helpline on 0800 5200 520 Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,600

    Hello again☺ I'm sorry you had such a disappointing appt. The doc clearly didn't have a good bedside manner but there is truth in what he sa9d. With OA (and, I believe, arthrosis is another name for OA ie osteoarthritis) it is more about what we can do for ourselves than what the docs can,do dor us ie physiotherapy exercises, finding new ways of doing things, using distraction to take our minds off the pain.

    Did you get your ergotherapy yet? Are you still gaming?

    I hope things will improve for you soon. But, if it's any consolation, I think you're confusing OA (arthrosis) with an inflammatory form of arthritis such as RA, PsA or AS when you say it needs treating promptly. I don't think that applies with OA but, if it does, the physio exercises would be the important thing. Docs can deal to some extent with the pain but not slow down the process. Ask your ergotherapy practitioner. (S)he might know.

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