Thank you for your replies and kind welcome. To answer you Judy, I think I must have been a really bad person in a previous life! And potty girl; great user name! I know that when I do finally get to see a specialist I will have some really great questions that wouldn't have occurred to me otherwise! And quincy; where do I start? Not sure how it works in America so don't know how to explain... I have been to see a GP (General Practitioner - sure you probably know this already so apologies) at least 8 times in the last year with varying symptoms, constipation, diarrhoea, anal fissures, bleeding etc and have been told that i probably have colitis and to await an appointment with a bowel specialist.
In the last few weeks I have been back to the GP's again and again to mention the fatigue, joint pain, stomach cramps etc and to try and get some info on diet, ask whether the palpitations and faintness may be anaemia and to try and find out just how long it will be before I can get to see a specialist for a concrete diagnosis! So this is a very long way of saying no meds at all!!! The doctor I saw earlier this week was much more helpful and I felt as if I wasn't being dismissed as a hysterical middle-aged woman.
Today, I finally got a blood test - the nurse that took the blood was ok but I asked her not to put any dressing on the site (I am allergic to the hypoallergenic tape) but she just did it anyway by saying "you can not allergic to this!" I've got a lovely rash! And the results will be available to me in a week...
Sorry, this has turned into such a vent but i am at my wits end! I have always been a staunch supporter of the British national health service but right now, if I could afford to pay for private medical health care I would!
This really has turned into a mega rant - it's just really hard at the moment, my partner, family and friends (and my boss) are all great but I don't want to be a pain in the bum to them!
Thanks again for your kind words