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.