Thanks Mari & Nonya for your posts.
Nonya, one of the problems I am having at the moment is that I do not have a named GP at my surgery anymore due to major staffing issues. In fact as of March 6th, our local village surgery is only going to be staffed by one GP each morning and at all other times we will have to travel 8 miles to the neighbouring village or ask for a home visit. My named GP is going to be at my local surgery 1 morning a week only, but she is not very proactive about my condition at the best of times and I had pretty much started seeing another GP in the practise who did seem to take some interest in my case. Unfortunately he will not be working out of my local surgery at all in the new system
I think this is one of the reasons the local pain management team feel it is time to try to sort all this out for me. As you say, it is no good having lots of different teams having an involvement in my case. I am happy that I am still on the books at UCLH and that Dr Hakim is generally monitoring my condition, but from a Pain Management point of view someone needs to decide whether I am best off being dealt with at Stanmore, Bath or at my local hospital. I am due to go back to Stanmore on March 13th but to be honest I am not sure if it is worth going or not as I think all these appointments are just confusing the issue and everyone thinks that someone else is sorting my problems out for me.
At least I am a little further forward as the local orthopod who did my knee op is now arranging the MRI of my upper and lower spine, but despite Dr Hakim writing to my GP and asking for a Barium Swallow to be arranged, notheing has happened yet. I think it is because of the staffing crisis at my surgery. In fact a locum GP who came round for a home visit recently let it slip that the practise "just dosn't know what to do for me first". Gosh, if they don't know, I certainly don't
Mari, the rash on my knee has gone away now but I am still not able to fully bend or straighten it, which is most odd as my left knee still hyperextends dramatically and I feel all out of balance.
Sorry my reply has turned this subject a bit off topic.
Thanks, as always, for your concern.