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Livid with my GP - not everything is Fibro!

Postby lucygoosey » Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:10 pm

Hello everyone,
I am having a VERY annoying issue with my GP not taking me seriously, he is writing off any problem I go to him with as fibro :evil:
Last month I noticed that I was having an odd pain in the back of my leg. It didn't correspond with a flare up so I knew it wasn't fibro, it feels like being punched in my calf. I ignored it until I spotted that it was swollen up in 2 places and when I checked there were 2 large veins. My entire family have varicose veins so to me this wasn't a big suprise. I couldn't get in to see my GP so I saw a nurse who said yes these appeared to be varicose veins and she referred me for a doppler. They found lower blood pressure in my right leg and she said i needed to see the GP.
I spent the intervening time keeping my leg up & wearing flight socks all the time as the pain has been awful. When I saw my GP yesterday the veins had pretty much gone away so he said 'Oh its just fibro' and sent me away!!! This is despite the other 2 nurses saying I did seem to have varicose veins.
I honestly got the impression that he was ready to dismiss it as fibro from the moment I went in and the most annoying thing is that since taking up exercise I have hardly had any problems with flare ups. I feel really stupid and frustrated.
I am hoping to start training as a personal trainer next year with a view to specialising in fibro patients but unless they sort my leg out i don't know if I can cope with the training.
Can anyone give me any advice on where to go from here? I have taken off my flight socks, stopped resting my leg and resumed exercising in the hope that the swollen veins reappear so I can prove it to him. Is it worth seeing another doctor who won't be prejudiced by my history?
Lucy
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Re: Livid with my GP - not everything is Fibro!

Postby Lubilou » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:43 pm

Lucy, there are phrases you can use to ensure your GP takes you seriously - little questions like "Can i have your GMC number please?" seem to make them stop and listen. If they don't report them to the GMC - http://www.gmc-uk.org You can also speak to the practice manager at your GP surgery, always make sure you put it in writing as well.
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Re: Livid with my GP - not everything is Fibro!

Postby Lubilou » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:44 pm

Just to also add, if ever you are concerned about leg pain again - go to a walk in centre if your GP dismisses you.
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Re: Livid with my GP - not everything is Fibro!

Postby shazq » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:34 pm

Hi Lucy

Is there another GP at your surgery who you could see?
If you are unable to see another doc and your legs swell up again i would just keep telling him what the nurses said to you about the veins & BP and just keep going back to him until he listens. :goodluck1:
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Re: Livid with my GP - not everything is Fibro!

Postby lucygoosey » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:57 am

Thankyou for your replies, I have honestly felt like I'm going mad or imagining it all which is stupid. I am going back to the doctor today, either to see the same one or a new one depending on who is available. The pain is keeping me awake at night and the stress has made my costo flare up again after months without it.
I hate the fact that I am worrying about making a doctor believe me!!!
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Postby denys » Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:59 am

I agree try to see another GP, if that isnt possible keep on at your GP till he takes it seriously tell him about the doppler results and what the nurses said :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: he opens his eyes and sees what is in front of him :hugs: :hugs: :flowers:
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Re: Livid with my GP - not everything is Fibro!

Postby karen42 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:53 pm

Every health problem i have my gp always says it down to my fibro it can get a bit annoying at times
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Postby Lubilou » Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:41 pm

How did you get on Lucy?
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Postby lucygoosey » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:16 am

Second GP was much more supportive and has referred me for surgery, I don't mind waiting 3 months now as I know someone has actually listened to me!
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Postby shazq » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:40 am

:goodluck1: with the surgery :hugs:
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