Question: Although an avid reader of your messages this is my first! Will give a brief history. Am 53 years old. Have been a city secretary since 18 years old. About 8 years ago had a lump appear on my neck/shoulder. After MRI scan specialists said soft tissue lump,nothing to worry about. Last year repeated tennis elbow and sore thumbs. Two cortisone injections. Fortunately my employer has medical insurance for me. Have not worked since.
Attempted to clean a small window just before Christmas. Tennis elbow flared up again and is becoming increasingly painful. Asked GP to refer me to a specialist, not wanting a diagnosis but for some help in alleviating the pain. Have seen him today. Although he did suggest another injection which I would have refused he suggests acupuncture which I am more than willing to try. However, I cannot help feeling that – yet again – the medical profession does or will not want to recognize RSI.
He said my sore thumbs are due to osteo arthritis, said it is genetic but no one else in my family ever had it. The soft tissue lump on my neck is due to me being a smoker and my lungs have enlarged and thus formed the lump! My tennis elbow is not due to RSI as I have not been to work. He said all this is due to my age. I shrugged these findings off as, as I have previously said, I just wanted some help but I cannot help feeling that I am being treated as an idiot – and an old one at that!! Would appreciate your comments.
Answer 1: You need a new doctor.Get one older than you. It is not due to your age & he was the idiot.
Answer 2: Change your doctor asap there is absolutely no reason for you to suffer because your current doctor is ignorant!