This is a photo of my friend’s right thumb which has been swelling for over a year and has been painful since the end of last year. She is currently waiting for a referral to the Hand Clinic. GP has told her that x-ray results showed ‘severe arthritis’. She has fallen on that hand a few times in the past and thinks that may have damaged the thumb.
She also has intermittent swelling & pain along the top of her right foot and a long history of fatigue which has always been dismissed. Unlike the doctors, I’ve known her for 40 years and if she says she’s very tired, then she most certainly is. If she uses the word pain, then I suspect it’s really quite bad pain, she’s a very stoical person.
She is having to wait a long time for referrals from one place to another and it seems like nobody is even considering joining any dots.
Main reason I’m interfering is that this thumb seems, at the very least, to be doing rather a good impersonation of Mutilans. I think she should push for an appointment ASAP if there are further delays.
I’d be great to hear your thoughts.