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Dr visit, NHS is great we are so lucky in the UK

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I have had a niggly shoulder/arm pain for a few weeks and self diagnosed the problem and started doing exercises. The pain has been worse over the last couple of weeks and I have had more restricted movement.
To-day I am teaching to an evening group so not going into work till 1pm. With time on my hands I thought I would make a Dr appointment within the next couple of weeks but when I phoned they said I could be seen this morning and within 30mins I was in the surgery.
The young female Dr was bright cheerful and attentive.
She examined me and talked through symptoms carefully. Agreed with my diagnosis of inflammation of the rotator cuff in my shoulder.
She told me to keep going with my exercises no need to see physio but that I could be referred if I wanted.
Also gave me a prescription for a month of anti-inflammatory
and told me to take them for at least 2 weeks twice daily then cut back if pain improved if not possibility of a painkiller in the shoulder joint.
We are so lucky in the UK with our health service.
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  • _JODI404
    That's wonderful you were be able to see within the hour of calling!

    That's great that you have been doing the right things. Unfortunately... these injuries take time and daily care (stretching/strengthening etc). Having patience for healing to arrive is so hard for me!

    I hope you are feeling some relief!

    Take care!
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    1685 days ago
  • IONA72
    Many people are critical of our NHS here in UK but my experiences are all good. Just off to visit my Dad who had a hip replacement with them yesterday.
    Get well soon. emoticon
    1687 days ago
    Great that you were able to get in quickly to see the doctor. That doesn't usually happen that quick. Praying theat the meds and exercise help you get better.
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    1687 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    It's nice when they have an unexpected space in the schedule. Kudos to the patient who remembered to cancel their appointment rather than just not showing up so the slot became free, if that is what happened. Our surgery posts how many appointment slots were wasted each month through non attendance and not having the courtesy to ring and tell them that the appointment is no longer required.
    Hope the meds and exercise combine to make things better for you.
    Take care.
    Lex xxx
    1688 days ago
    We have a great system in Canada as well. Hope the exercises and anti-inflammatoriesi help.
    1688 days ago
    Well done for going to the doctor. I put up with my sore shoulder and, without treatment, it took about 2 years to feel better.
    1688 days ago
    If you pay attention, your body will often tell you what is going on, you just have to learn to listen. Sorry for the problem, but glad you were able to be seen quickly and that it seems to be a relatively simple resolution - not surgery or anything traumatic. Take good care and don't go overboard on the exercises.
    Take care
    1688 days ago
    It's nice to see something positive. Many people are critical of NHS.
    1688 days ago
    Yes, thank goodness for the NHS
    1688 days ago
    It's always great to find out you've been doing the right thing! Glad you were able to get in so soon.
    1688 days ago
    That's awesome!! Hope your shoulder feels better very soon!! emoticon
    1688 days ago
    Glad you were able to get in so quickly. Hope the naproxen helps and you are back to 100% in not time!
    1688 days ago
    God bless the NHS Anne, hope you soon feel easier emoticon emoticon
    1688 days ago
    You were great at self diagnosis
    1688 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1688 days ago
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