GP appointment

Its been a few days since I posted so I thought I would write a few words to let you know how I am getting on.

Yesterdays Dr’s appointment went well. I am having a course of acupuncture to try and help with my back pain. I can lightly touch 4 vertebrae in my back and be in absolute agony. It has been this way for years. My new GP Dr J wasn’t aware that my back was in such a state. He asked “Is it like that all the time?” To which I replied “all day, everyday”. Luckily one of the Dr’s at the practice is trained to administer acupuncture so I don’t have to pay for it as it will be on the NHS. I hope it works although due to the Ehler Danlos Syndrome I do tend to bleed and bruise where the needles have been inserted. It always horrifies the acupuncturist as its so unusual for people to bleed or bruise as the needles are so very fine. That’s EDS for you.

We discussed pain relief and the next level is morphine. Although I am in pain and I am still in pain despite paracetamol, tramadol, naproxen, amitriptyline and a iburprofen gel its currently at a level I can manage. I don’t want to move to serious opiates yet. I will live for another 40 years (hopefully) and once I go down the opiates route I am running out of pain management solutions. That’s a long time to be without adequate pain relief. Believe me there are some days where the pain is so bad I would sell my own grandmother to have some morphine to reduce the pain for a few hours. However that level of pain isn’t constant, if it was I would have taken the morphine without so much of a backward glance.

The GP is doing referrals for Physio and Neurology. We have decided that I will not be returning to see my previous neurologist. To be honest I was dreading the thought of having to see him again. He doesn’t have anything useful to add and can not think outside the box which is what is needed in my case.

As for my general health I’m not in a good way today. I had two falls yesterday which have left me hurting all over. The first fall was after the Dr’s appointment, I was transferring between the wheelchair to the car and I managed to get the hem of my trousers caught on the foot rest. I ended up falling flat on my face onto the passenger seat. Thankfully no one was around to witness this, other than my husband as I would have been so embarrassed! The second fall was in the evening I got out of bed and managed to get one foot caught under the laptop cable and one foot caught under the electric blanket cable. One step forward and I toppled onto the radiator. I made such a bang hubs shouted upstairs to ask what was I doing, my response was “break dancing!”. That response means he will run upstairs to check on me as that means I have fallen over.

So today my hands, fingers, shoulders, back, hips knees and Achilles tendons all hurt. I have taken my medication cocktail. I am now lying in bed trying to get comfortable.

6 thoughts on “GP appointment

  1. Rach, glad you didn't hurt yourself when you fell. It can be so embarrassing. All you want to do is get up as quickly as you can and hide your head under a rock!!

    I hope you have success with the new neurologist. I can only imagine how frustrating this who;e mess is for you…Watch out for those electric cords!! Rachel…


  2. I was just so accident prone yesterday I should never have got out of bed.

    I ache all over its like Ive been beaten up. No real damage just lots of pulled muscles.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    Rach xx


  3. Hi Rachel .. sounds the doctor is empathetic .. and that's something.
    Glad you're being referred to a new neurologist ….

    Falling over is an added 'nuisance' that you don't need – hope the bruising etc go away soon …

    Take care and rest easy .. cheers Hilary


  4. Hi there! I'm stopping over from Rachel's blog. I, too, have MG, and it took FOREVER to get diagnosed. I'm so very sorry to hear of your pain…You are a very brave woman! I can take a LOT, but chronic, severe pain is NOT one of them. I'm your newest follower!


  5. Hi Hilary,

    yes my new GP is good, Ive just about forgiven him for not letting me have a referral on the NHS! It has certainly kicked him into action!

    Still very sore from falling luckily no bruises which has amazed me as I normally bruise like a peach!

    Thank you for your comments



  6. Hi Kerri,

    Thank you so much for paying me a visit, thats very kind of you.

    I am so sorry to hear that you have MG and that you too had a battle to get diagnosed. I think it takes on average 8 years for a woman to get diagnosed and 12 months for a man.

    I blame it on our wombs! Its all just hysteria! LOL

    I dont feel very brave…..just angry. Angry that it took 4 years to finally be heard and yet we still don't know what causes my ptosis.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. It gives me great pleasure when someone takes the time to leave a comment.



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