I believe I need to see a Rhumatologist but think I'm being blocked... what can I do?
- 28 Aug 2012 by flower14
- eye dryness/redness, muscle spasm, xerostomia, back pain, muscle, mouth
Hi, I have had multiple health symptoms over 5-7 years now from terrible back pain, back muscle spasms, to dry eyes (which I had plugs put in my 2 lower tear ducts about 6 weeks ago). I have dry mouth constantly, and very dry skin a lot of times, along with hot burning skin on my right upper arm. I am constantly woke during the night to use the loo as my bladder is giving me so much grief and I'm constantly needing the loo. In the daytime I have to use lady towels to keep me cleaner and safer. After altering various medications to rule out they weren't side effects I then went to my GP to ask to be reffered to a Rhumatologist as I have many symptoms of Rh Arthiritus and/or secondary Sjorgens syndrome. I felt this GP was in a bad mood and wanted to get rid of me asap, I just felt it. Anyway after giving me yet more pain killers I asked if he could refer me to a Rhumatologist and he said 'well there isn't much point really as your bloods have all come back normal and you've had your eyes plugged and there isn't anything that can be done about your bladder problem at this time so I don't see what else they could do for you. I was shocked to say the least as I have done lots of reading about my symptoms. I believe the Rhum Doctors could possibly help me cope a little better with my symptoms. Perhaps I'm wrong I just don't know but since I've been like this for so long why wouldn't he refer me? Any suggestions on what I could do next as he wasn't my regular GP just one I saw that day.
Thanks Flower14 :)
28 Aug 2012
Ask again when you see your regular GP who knows you.
28 Aug 2012
I would say get in to see you regular GP. This happens a lot with Docs that sub for other Docs. I don't know if the purposely mess up the regular Docs practice or what. So sorry you were treated that way. I would think your regular Dr would refer you if he believed you needed it. Hope this was helpful.
29 Aug 2012
You really need to go back to your Regular GP.
Anytime a Dt. Is "just covering" for another dr. they do not want to read up on your history.
And to refer you to someone else that "just covering" Dr. does not feel like they have to do anything but what your regular dr. has done...
Hence giving you more pain pills.
So definately schedule an appt. with YOUR Dr.
As far as the muscle pain & spasms go you need to see a rheumatologist or a pain management Dr. to find out why you are having all the muscle pain.
And then if you have been having alot of unresolved bladder problems then you need to go to a bladder specialist.
But definately let your Regular GP guide you to the correct specialist.
Best of luck & Never give up on improving your health & managing your pain. Unfortunately patients have to be they own Advocates, Kathy
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