"Shoulder injury"

About: Devon PCT North Devon District Hospital

(as the patient),

Two weeks ago my shoulder froze up and I was experiencing severe pain.

Being pregnant I went to my GP who packed me off with some codeine and a pat on the head for being a pregnant emotional women. The next night the pain was so bad I went to A&E where they did an x-ray and found an inch of calcium in my shoulder tendon.

The following week I had a cortisone injection which has done nothing to relieve the pain. However, despite being unable to move the arm or sleep for pain I was referred for physio. Another trip to the GP and I finally get a referral to a specialist only to be told there is an 8wk wait for appointments.

The administrative delay has been atrocious. Two more months of pain, stress, sleepless nights and reduced income (I can't work with one arm) for me and my baby. Then, god knows how long a wait for ultra-sound or an op to fix it. Realistically, when I have the baby this won't be resolved and i'll then have to find some money to pay someone to help me with the baby as i wont be able to pick up, hold it, breast-feed etc.

This is unacceptable and distressing.

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