Back around 2004 my GP was not sure which specialist to refer me to first. I was referred to a rheumatologist, and that did not get me very far, very probably set me back.
It may have been my fault, as being a stoical male I let the rheumatologist pull me about and bend me as far as I would go, and I did not indicate when it was painful, because I thought that was all part of the process. As a result the rheumatologist was somewhat dismissive of my symptoms, which were numbnesses, parasthesias and muscle twitching at that time, he vaguely mentioned the word hypermobility and said that it can cause some people problems. It was only after some insistence that I got refered on to a neurologist afterward and I am afraid to say that the first neurologist I saw was no better than the rheumatologist indeed considering a number of things I could easily have made a complaint and sued, considering the way things went later on with notes and referals being lost.
As I have posted in my introduction it was only after later testing that the nerve damage behind my numbnesses was discovered and when you factor in the time delays of the NHS you have more than a year lost in the time it takes from first noticing something and having something done about it, more like two years by the time I was actually operated on.
I then went through two other neurologists, having developed a lot of other psychological problems including OCD as a result of what I consider mishandling by the NHS. I was imagining all sorts of things wrong with me, usually fatal (as they are wont to be when you google) I did manage to put all of that in perspective and put it behind me, however I have consistently complained to my GP's of a number of things and been dealt with very dismissively that there is nothing they can do. In the meantime I just get less mobile and more painful.
I wouldn't say the neurology appointments were a mistake but all they really told me in the end was what I was not suffering from, not that they seemed to understand the anxiety of it all. That seems to me that the trouble with most consultants is they can't see beyond there specialty, and if you have problems that involve more than one, they simply fail to see the big picture. I wonder if at the end of the day I have a short persons nerves in a tall persons body, and that combination causes nothing but aggro.