I agree with every thing Giggle says and I could'nt agree more about the Greenslopes Specialist Centre.
I have a cancer problem as well as Lupus and I can't speak highly enough of the specialists or the Greenslopes hospital.
I'm in Pacific Pines so a little south of Ormeau, but I travel to Greenslopes, its an easy run from our way.
However I see my Rheumy at Southport Specialist Centre.
The first thing to do is get a good GP who can do a Referal for you to a Specialist
If you would like to catch up when you're up at Ormeau you could pm me. Don't know if you have transport, I can always come up.
My brother in law is shifting to Ormeau from Perth in a fortnights time, so I'll be coming up that way regularly in the future.
Look forward to chatting to you
Can anyone recommend Drs ib and around Perth ?
For every dark cloud there is a silver lining!
Diagnosed: Lupus; mesenteric panniculitis; fat nacrosis;
I've been chatting with my partner after reading your posts and we read back through them together. It's definitely worth paying $30 and avoiding the free clinics by the sound of it! We're on such a tight budget because we're travelling. Originally from the UK where all healthcare is free so this is a whole new system to us. It's already proving a bit pricey as I have Bipolar Disorder but we both agree you can't put a price on good health.
I'll hopefully get a good GP and discuss my options considering my financial status. I have a copy of my bloodwork and referral to the rheumy in SA so hopefully that should hurry things along.
Is it worth mentioning that I've had up and down thyroid results in previous years? A a lump in my throat when I swallow sometimes, very very uncomfortable. I don't want to barge in there with a list of a million problems but I also want to be as thorough as possible to get it all sorted asap.
Continued thanks for all of your help.
You pay something like $90 per visit... but... you get $60 back from medicare. So it stings a bit, but then when you go back into medicare to get your money back it feels kind of like a bonus lol
I assume you have signed up for medicare? I dont know how it works for people born out of the country but I assume because you came from the UK you would fully qualify for medicare. : )
The thyroid results are definitely significant. Mine was ignored for a while then this year my GP did the antibody test for it and discovered I have hashimotos. Im on thryoxine now. It does make a difference.
Yeah I'm all signed up for medicare! $30 all in all aint bad.
I will definitely mention the thyroid stuff then. I seem to have so many finicky symptoms. I search them on here when they crop up and if someone says its related then I think right I should mention that! I feel like a hypochondriac. All I seem to do is say to my partner "this hurts" or "that hurts" or "i always get this rash here" "is this normal?" "do your lungs feel sore when you breathe in?" "i need a lie down" rah rah rah rah rah.
Seriously, you've all been great though, can't thank you enough!
definitely feel free to bug us with what ever you like : ) lol Perhaps it will save your partners ears... and we can relate to your questions as well.
Sometimes symptoms creep up so slowly, that you cant tell if its normal or not. I'd like to say thats what doctors are for... but they so frequently either dont know themselves or just plain get it wrong. Then it feels like why bother going to the doctor... because they charge a fortune and rarely know what the heck is happening.
lol sorry, bit of a rant there : )
Welcome and I hope you get to see a lovely Rheumy up here in sunny QLD : )