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  • NHS are doing buy one get two free!

    On Friday I had a somewhat hectic day, dashing between hospital appointments.

    First off was gastroenterology to get the feedback from my colonoscopy. Result was all clear, however this meant a bit more head scratching and a further two referrals, one to a dietician and one for an MRI scan of my upper small intestine.

    Next up, rheumatology. The rheumatologist wanted to take a pretty hands-off, wait and see approach, due to the Humira. However, they did decide to refer me to see a haematologist, as I have Factor V Leiden; also to a shoulder specialist, due to having an impingement in each shoulder.

    So, from two visits I ended up getting four more appointments with different people. I also had an appointment with the clinical trials nurse, ad I have agreed to participate in a study looking at matching medication to people based upon their DNA profile.

    As I said, it was a busy day. I think I got home about 7pm.

  • #2
    Good thing you didn't have our alleged health care system.

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    • #3
      Told you before, you have to get your money's worth!

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      • #4
        It gets better!

        The rheumatologist phoned me at home this evening and asked if it would be alright to also refer me to see a neurologist, as she was concerned that there were too many things going on that don't make any sense, and she doesn't like leaving things unexplained!

        She said that, as I had been in to A&E several times over the past year with similar presentations, it was only right to try and find out what was going on to cause the repeated episodes of strange neurological sensations, weakness, etc....

        So, eyes down for a full house, I'm now seeing: rheumatology; dermatology; haematology; gastroenterology; neurology; plastic surgery; psychiatry; a dietician; and a shoulder specialist. BINGO!

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        • #5
          As Maureen Lipman once said: "An ology? You got an ology?"

          Sounds like you got lots Chris!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by bfltd0 View Post
            As Maureen Lipman once said: "An ology? You got an ology?"

            Sounds like you got lots Chris!
            It's good to have a hobby. Besides, it keeps me off the streets and out of that dangerous home gym and away from power tools and mouthing bikes.

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            • #7
              Think I can beat that. NHS are absolutely brilliant. On Aug 4 2015 went in to be checked as I lost a lot of weight. They kept me in for tests etc. Found a problem but said it was too complicated for them and on Jan 18 2016 transferred me to specialist unit. They operated and removed a bit of the small intestine, but found additional problems they couldn't handled. They discharged me on May 23 2016 (10 months in hospital) and I have referrals with gastroenterologists, gastro surgeons, urologists (one a professor), rheumatologists, orthopaedics (they also found a hairline fracture in the hip) and an army of dieticians. I currently have 7 consultants at 4 different hospitals. Hoping they may get it all sorted by the end of this year!

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              • ChrisEdu
                ChrisEdu commented
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                We might bump into each other sometime! That line about being too complicated is one I have heard so many times I've lost count.

            • #8
              It's a possibility, I'm at 3 London hospitals and my local one. Unfortunately the 'too complicated' issue in my case is true. For one of my complications there is only one surgeon in the country (he's a professor) who can do it. I've been told this by 2 other consultant surgeons, and the professor. At least now I've got light at the end of the tunnel.

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              • #9
                Originally posted by grizwold225 View Post
                At least now I've got light at the end of the tunnel.
                Or maybe they've just pushed the gastroscope too far...

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                • #10
                  I do thank God my medical issues have been relatively simple............so far!

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                  • #11
                    I'm not too bothered. It gives me somewhere to go, something to do, and somebody to talk with. Otherwise, I'd likely be at home having accidents or watching daytime TV!

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by ChrisEdu View Post
                      I'm not too bothered. It gives me somewhere to go, something to do, and somebody to talk with. Otherwise, I'd likely be at home having accidents or watching daytime TV!
                      Yup...keeps you off the streets!

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                      • #13
                        Worse, you could have Obamacare and need to sell all your watches to cover the deductible.

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                        • ChrisEdu
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                          Yikes! What sort of civilisation would make a chap do that!? Barbarians!
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