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Linda
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I'm just waiting to here when my appt is - I'm seeing Dr Tench or Dr Edwards.

Just wondered if anyone had been, and if so how you found it?

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Hi linda

I travelled down from Lancashire and think i saw Dr Edwards who diagnosed me following a very unpleasant local NHS rheumatoligist appointment which resulted in me being told (with a smirk) 'everybody your age has aches and pains'.

With the London hosp. I had plenty of time to feel I had been listened to and he was very pleasant and easy to talk to. He noticed the livedo reticularis all over my arms and legs, my rashes, my swollen hands, gave me an eye test for Sjogrens (the test sticks ended up glued to my eyes) which was positive, confirmed 2 of my 3 positive anti phospholipid tests were NOT normal (my local rhuemi said the results meant nothing), advised me to take aspirin for that, reassured me no end and confirmed it was 'highly likely I had SLE, but it is mild so please do not worry too much' and recommended my GP start me on plaquenil, and said he would be happy to see me again in the future - this advice he also gave my GP.

In short problems that had been going on and getting steadily worse for many years were dealt with in one 30/40 minute appointment, which effectively saw me given treatment that could reduce the consequences of my condition no end.

I went privately and it was worth every penny. I now have a local rheumi who not only actually believes SLE exists, but can also be serious, and is therefore worth early intervention.

Without my trip to London i would probably have ended up convinced i had a psychiatric condition, remained in pain, and ended up depressed whilst pushing myself to work full-time however i felt becasue it must all be in my mind!

Good luck. Just remember to write a little list and if you can get any relevant results from your gp to take with you do so to save time.

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Hi Linda, like Alwin I also had a very very unpleasant appointment with an NHS Rhumy. After this my GP advised me to go for one single private consultation at the London Lupus Centre.

They were very thorough there and I would recommend it if your NHS Rhumy is useless. If on the other hand your NHS Rhumy is good and thorough I would not bother to pay the extra money to go private.
 

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Dr. Edwards is very pleasant and approachable and a good Doctor. I have not seen him myself but know people who have. Please do not worry, you will have a good appointment.
x Lola
 

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Thanks Guys!! I'm feeling a bit more positive now!!

Wemster - I'm seeing him on Weds too!! What time are you going? My appt is 2.30pm!!

Small world the lupie world!

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blimey!

I shall look forward to it :)

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Hi Linda, I have had 2 appointments with Dr Edwards at the LB hospital. He is a good doctor that has time to listen and understand :)
You may also be interested to know that he is Prof Hughes son in law.

I wish you all the best for Wednesday.

Wishing you all the best as well Wemster...how lovely that you 2 may meet !

Take care lov Sarah x
 

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Hi Linda
I'm sorry I missed you yesterday, but after seeing Dr E I was taken off for bloods ( :faint:). I hope that you got on ok, he was totally lovely to me :)
Take care
Gemma
 
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