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Sorry folks but this is a rant and a half. After suffering a very painful shoulder for almost 3 years I had a blood test that showed a raised rheumatoid factor and serum protein. My GP at first feltva referral to a rheumatologist wasn't necessary as she thought they wouldn't do anything differently to her i.e. pain relief. However more joints were affected and at times particularly on a morning I had difficulty walking. I spoke to her over the phone and she said I was to have more blood tests and see her the following week to discuss a rheumatology referral. At this appointment however she said she'd referred me after my phone call when she reviewed my notes again and I'd here very quickly about my appointment. That was 4 weeks ago. Today I rang the secretary at the surgery as I hadn't heard anything. Well surprise, surprise the referral hadn't been made. The GP had written in my notes "refer to rheumatologist" but not dictated the letter. I was so upset. I was crying on the phone. I now await the next instalment. Thanks for reading this.
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