Endoscopy and Steroids

·        Endoscopy
A little BUT all so important diversion.......a turning point was
when I went for an endoscopy examination (a tube is put in your
mouth through your throat down to my stomach with a camera at
the end), this was something totally away from my joint pain
(arthritis). It was a routine visit to the doctors for another on-going
problem I had.

I have had this pain in my stomach for as long as I can remember and the
G.P advised I have an endoscopy done to find out what was going on.
Priory to this I also had an ultra sound to check what is causing me this
pain in my stomach to no avail. I have also been prescribed on numerous
occasions amoxicillin omniprezole and other antibiotics as a previous test
showed I had Helicobacter pylori.

The endoscopy showed I had bleeding in my stomach, well that really
worried me. The radiologist asked if I was on any medication, which the
answer was yes (NSAID) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, he told
me to stop taking them. Who wouldn't this made me extremely anxious
and I did stop taking them.

  • Steroids
Went back to the G.P who then referred me to a rheumatologist, who saw me a few times, he wasn't at all concerned or should I say worried about the my pain and swelling joints, as if to say 'do not worry about this agony or pain you are going through it would all be over soon'. Shocking.

He did eventually prescribe me some steroids about 5mg a day, yet again with past experience i.e. the (NSAID) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, I was very reluctant to take them, but I did. Did help a bit but not a great deal.

Months passed and the winter months weren’t a pleasant one, as my pain didn't get any better. One day I’m limping or my joints are swollen, other days (very few of those) I was in less pain.