GPs and Medication

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GPs and Medication

Postby SchroedingersCat » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:14 pm

I've noticed a lot of folk on here saying that their doctors just push medication (especially painkillers) at them and have no interest in trying to fix what's wrong with them.

I find this interesting. Since the start of the fun and games that eventually led to a diagnosis of FM in 2012, I've seen several GPs and 3 specialists (neuro, physio, and rheumy). Not one of them has ever suggested medication to me, instead they have listened to me and asked me what *I* want to do (which is, manage without medication, as it happens).

I have recently developed a serious problem with my right knee. I'm sure it's an injury, not an FM pain, and after a few weeks, I went to my (newish) GP who has never seen me for anything other than routine Gynae issues. I explained about the pain in my knee, that I'd had something similar in 2010, that I was pretty confident it was an injury and not my FM playing up, and that last time a few sessions with a physio and doing the exercises they gave me at home sorted the problem out. She said ok, and immediately referred me to a physio. This was 2 weeks ago. I'm going to see the physio tomorrow.

Has anyone else had this sort of experience, or am I alone in being a) med free and b) not having my docs pushing medication at me?
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Re: GPs and Medication

Postby perseus » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:09 am

Same here, new young GP, pain in knee and she suggested physio. GPs are under increasing pressure not to prescribe drugs, partly due to their addictive nature.
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Re: GPs and Medication

Postby LindyM66 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:38 pm

I think younger GPs are more " with it" with regards their knowledge on FM also.
My GP, although a nice man, doesn't suggest b*gger all. I have to ask to be referred to whatever professional. He just seems quite disinterested, which isn't helpful, nor does it instill confidence.

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Re: GPs and Medication

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:48 pm

I'm lucky with my GP as he listens to what I say, then we go thru what the problem could be or why it couldn't be something, then what he thinks it is and what options could be available if it is and where to go next xx Meds inevitably come up because of my cocktail, but they aren't pushed at me.
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