Several months ago I started having bouts of vertigo, some lasting 4 or 5 days and becoming quite a nuisance.

Now, I am the first to speak highly of the Spanish health system, waiting time for specialist appointments is minimal, the repeat prescription system is efficient and costs of medication are based on a discounted price of the actual item (and free for pensioners).  Our local hospital in Baza is fairly old but is immaculate and everyone has a private room with bathroom en-suite.

However, the general practitioners appear to be ‘order takers’ and it is difficult to get much out of them other than a prescription or a referral.

So, back to my ‘vertigo’.

I went to the GP who did not examine me but referred me for a scan.  My appointment came through via a telephone call within 2 weeks.  So far, so good!!

I went to the hospital for the scan, minimal waiting at the hospital and the ‘photos’ were given to me in an envelope within 10 minutes.

I then went back to the GP who glanced at the scan, gave me a prescription for glucosamine and told me I had compressed discs in my neck!!

Is that it????

So, taking matters into my own hands I searched the internet to find out more about vertigo……..  can there be too much information!!

My next port of call was a private osteopath at the local POLYCLINICA in Baza………… and here, Antonio made sense of it all.

He studied my scan results, sat me down, drew pictures to explain the problem and then gave me an hours treatment.  All for 20 euros!!

In a nutshell, I have Artrosis and the reduced blood flow causes my vertigo, it also give me pains in my eyes because of the reduced blood supply.

So, Artrosis or Artritis?  Unlike English where we have rheumatoid or Osteoarthritis, Artrosis is Osteoarthritis and Artritis is rheumatoid arthritis.  Apparently it is the definition of Otis or Itis which determines the meaning.

And I thought I was just pronouncing it wrong!!

So, thank you Antonio, I already feel better.


About Living in rural Spain

I live in Andalucía in the beautiful southern part of Spain. It is the largest of the 17 regions of Spain and Andalucía is broken down into 8 provinces and I live in the province of Granada. Having lived here for more than a decade I call Spain my home. I am originally from England. I find the scenery here in Spain stunning. There are amazing sunsets and the colours of wild flowers, almond blossom and poppy fields in the Spring and trees in the area are an inspiration.

3 responses »

  1. Marianne says:

    Loved reading this! We are so fortunate living here in Spain, aren’t we? What a great move!

    Pensioners have had to pay 10% of the cost here in the Axarquía region (east of Málaga) for the past year or so, but it’s interesting to hear that some people still get them free.

  2. Marian Orme says:

    Brilliant article but just a couple of corrections … Prescriptions are no longer free for pensioners – we now have to pay 10% up to a max of about 20 euros per month. Also, I think you will find that most of the rooms in Baza Hospital are two-bedded – still a vast improvement on English hospitals though!

    • Thanks Marian for taking the time to respond to my post. I have been fortunate not to have to use the in patient facilities at Baza hospital. The information was given to me by a Spanish friend but thank you for correcting the information.
      With regard to the prescriptions, my brother in law is still getting his free from the Freila pharmacia, could it be a local thing?
      Thanks again for taking the time to comment.

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