wasn't until I began having health problems that I realized how crappy healthcare is in the USA, even with excellent insurance. I had an x ray in march of this year. The tech allowed me to look at the films briefly. Everything think looked fine to my untrained eye, but the orth surg small issue. Nothing much to worry about
. After finally getting an appointment to see the rhem. in may of this year, the rheum. ordered more x rays on my hands. My eyes still untrained, I saw MAJOR, changes! My wrist bones are bunched together and smaller. Every single dip and pip in both hands showed swelling. My thumb is... I don't know, weird. My left pinky has shifted and looks like there is no cartilage between one of he joints. My left hand seemed like it wanted to default to the left and downwards, despite trying to lye it flat and to the right for the x ray. All this in TWO MONTHS.
But my orth. Surg hates me and never listens. He did surgery on both hands, but deciced to take x rays weeks after the fact. No x rays, in spite of my unusual symptoms, mulitple requests, and my delay in post op healing. And I could only convince him to x ray the left hand.
I wish i could find a new doctor if one is an idiot, but its been rough. Most doctors in are in the same health group (read franchise) and store info on a central system. I'm getting the feeling that I am somewhat blacklisted from this group (I voiced some of my concerns to the orth surg and OT) and since then I have had a doc refuse to accept me as a new patient, another doc write that I'm crazy in my medical records, and a short notice cancelation from an OT, for a reason that didnt add up.
Does anyone have any advice for me? Has anyone thought about
braces or splints? Do they prevent deformity? Should I ask the orth. surg or an OT about
this? Any suggestions on getting a doctor to see how quickly damage is occurring, and perhaps not make me wait until July to see the rhem. again? I'm also losing weight and have been in a flare for two weeks now.
Post Edited (veeb14) : 6/3/2014 3:03:08 AM (GMT-6)