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Arthritis

Postby Charmed » Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:09 pm

I already have osteoarthritis in the bottom of my back and in my big toes. But I'm having terrible pain in the back of my neck on a daily basis. My finger joints and the base of my thumb. Also burning hot pain in my knees.

I went to my new GP several months ago and explained I was unable to kneel, due the feeling I was being stabbed with knitting needles into my knee. She said, "Don't kneel then." I asked if I should have them x-rayed and she said," We already know you have arthritis in your body." I have not been back since.

In my mind I feel These other joints should be looked at, incase I need things like hand splints or something, or even a pain killing injection in my neck.

So my question is: Can I demand x-rays, CTs or MRIs? Should I try a new GP? Or should I just put it all down to Fibro?
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Re: Arthritis

Postby *Lisa* » Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:22 pm

Never put anything down to fibro because it can mimick that of many other problems and all new symptoms should always be checked out before fibro is the cause.

I would seek a second opinion.
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Re: Arthritis

Postby Charmed » Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:10 pm

Thank you Lisa,

I don't know why GPs put everything down to Fibro, laziness maybe. And there's no point in even reapplying or PIP mobility until I've got an understanding GP. So yes I think you're right, time for a second opinion and hopefully some x-rays x
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Re: Arthritis

Postby *Lisa* » Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:01 pm

Charmed wrote:Thank you Lisa,

I don't know why GPs put everything down to Fibro, laziness maybe.


Yea, been there done that! :roll: luckily saw another GP who sent me for scan and there they see I had degeneration of the spine / prolapsed disc / curved spine THEN again found out that I had osteoarthritis of knees, inflamed gallbladder and so forth when it was all down to *fibro*

Now im in the middle of further investigations because GP / Rhuematologist says blood tests OK (high CRP & positive C-ANCA) and *its just me* (fibro/cfs etc) and a consultant along another field (dermatologist) said NO... something further is going on and so im off to a specialist hospital :crazy:
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