I am SOO SOORY you had to deal with that bull. I too have had one moron after another tell me I was fine/depressed/looking for pain meds - etc etc. You guys - why cant something be done about this? I mean, there are thousands of us out here who have had the same experience. It is HORRIBLE!!! So many of us needlessly wasting what could be a more productive life, based on the menial assumptions of incompetent doctors.
Kathy - good for you for calling about that doctor!! Hey Jennyfoo, can you call your family doctor TODAY and tell the staff its URGENT and tell him what happened. Ask him if there is ANYTHING he can put you on (even a dose of steroids?) until you see the next FOOL...Maybe he will feel bad and call you in something. I mean - steroids stink - but they will help with that inflammation for sure. Maybe it will help you even a lttle bit better?
OR, when you start to swell - go straight to the ER. Say "this has been happening for a few weeks - its unbearable. DONT tell them you saw a rheumy. 9 times out of 10, they will call them, find out they think youre fine, and send you home. Play "stupid". Who knows? Maybe there will be a doc there who is familiar with this stuff? Also, the ER - if they think its rheumatological - will send you home with a referral for one (they do that here - Im not sure about where you are). You know, when they send you home with the after care form, it will say "Follow Up ..." and they wil put rheumatologist. Or if one is on call at the hospital, they will have them come down to the ER to see you. They do that here in MA. I dont know...Im just SO MAD FOR YOU right now. Im just thinking of some possibiliites! Plese let us know how you make out. Stay steady!!
Love and prayers -
For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7