Doctors - Tips on finding a new one?

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Doctors - Tips on finding a new one?

Postby ray » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:59 pm

Good Evening

Some helpful tips would be much appreciated on how to find a good, understanding and co-operative doctor?

I have recently changed to a new doctor (within the same practice) and started from scratch as most of my notes have been archived and are not on the new computer system.

We literally did start from scratch and I was referred to a Rheumatologist for confirmation of FM. This was confirmed for the second time in December.

I applied for DLA and was declined so have asked for a reconsideration. I am horrified that yet again I am experiencing problems now with the new doctor. I asked to see the report she prepared and she would not authorise it, so approached her privately, payment no problem, for a report to back up the reconsideration and she refused, on the grounds that she can only report on what I have told her and she does not think it ethical to prepare a report on say so rather than fact. Therefore complete dead end with the reports from the doctor.

Another brick wall I have encountered, the rheumatologist sent a letter to both myself and the doctor last week, having seen the results of my blood tests and asked the doctor to prescribe 50,000iu of vitamin D for four weeks, reducing to 1,000iu daily thereafter. I was asked to have a serum parathyroid hormone level blood test (taken today) and a repeat blood test in three months time.

Another set back here, my surgery do not prescribe Vitamin D 50,000iu and I have this afternoon chased around the whole of Wiltshire trying to find some. Holland and Barrett came up with the only possible solution. The maximum dose they suppy is 1,000iu so take 50 per week for the four weeks.

Surely this cant be correct, if the hospital has prescribed the dosage, it must be available somewhere.

Two questions in one, I am afraid. Perhaps someone can point me in the right direction as I am beginning to feel flat and deflated, experiencing problems yet again with the doctors.
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Re: Doctors - Tips on finding a new one?

Postby FluppyPuffy » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:11 pm

Maybe checking back with the rheumy to clarify the dosage of Vit D might be a start, just in case there's been a typo and too many 00s have been used.

To find a new doctor, if there is a support group in your area, for either FM or CFS (there are a lot of overlapping conditions between the 2 conditions), you could contact them to see if they have any recommendations, or even details of ones to avoid. Alternatively, you could try contacting surgeries in your area and ask if any of the GPs have experience in dealing with chronic pain conditions in an understanding and supportive way.

Not sure what you can do about the report for DLA tho. I always thought that you had the choice of whether you wanted to see the reports/letters or not, but I could well be wrong on that :-? :-? Maybe the admin staff at your surgery could throw some light on the policy they work on for this type of thing, then depending on what you find out, take the appropriate next steps.
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Re: Doctors - Tips on finding a new one?

Postby ray » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:39 pm

Thank you Fluppy Puffy for your reply, I really do appreciate it.

I shall take your advice and find a support group in my area, as I cannot put into words how I feel about the surgery. To be honest I stopped going for over six years when the last doctor told me just to learn to live with it, nothing anyone could do. I was even told not to make appointments for sick notes just write a request and collected it from the reception. Good job I passed the medical and no longer needed sick notes.

I am lost for words with regard to the new doctor and have chased the surgery for the report since the 22nd December, as I only had a month to provide additional evidence for the reconsideration and I was finally told on the 20th January that she was unable to provide one.

Today, when going into the nurse for the blood test, I even passed her in the corridor and she completely ignored me (although to be honest I didn't bother speaking either).

What a negative day. Will start again tomorrow, starting with looking for a Support Group and ringing the hospital.

Thank you once again.
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Re: Doctors - Tips on finding a new one?

Postby FluppyPuffy » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:31 pm

That's alright Ray :grouphug: Hope things start looking brighter for you soon :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:
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Postby denys » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:05 am

You do have a right to see any reports etc. You can also request a copy of any from the DWP. Not having a supportive doctor is a real problem, I agree with the advice given by Fluppypuffy. Generally word of mouth is the best way forward :fingerscrossed: you get a break soon
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Re: Doctors - Tips on finding a new one?

Postby Ldyalb » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:48 am

Word of mouth is a good way to go. If you know anyone else who goes to the same surgery ask around about who is good, and who isn't. If your surgery does online booking through emis then register for it - you can tell on there which Drs have the longest waiting times which is usually an indicator that they're popular and therefore a good Dr.

My GP is good, but not as good as I would like - basically my Rheumy said to me on 10 November that I needed to have my fingers scanned in early December if my finger swelling doesn't go down. In Dec I asked my GP for one because fingers stilll swollen, he said no, he wants to wait (I did tell him what the Rheumy said). Then I saw him two weeks ago as since early Jan my right little finger has changed shape due to a bony growth on the side of my joint. He still refused a scan as he thinks it's unlikely that I have arthritis as my finger joints have good movement (I have joint hypermobility syndrome which increases the risk of arthritis, esp in young people, both parents have arthritis, Mum has had arthritis since she was 24 and I'm 24 soon. Obv my finger joints have a good range of movement because they're hypermobile, most of them bend backwards). My joints are stiff and swollen in the mornings (I can't have a cup of tea until lunchtime as I can't get my fingers to grip the handle of a mug) - never been a problem for me before.

But my Counsellor told me about another GP at my surgery who is the Head GP there. She said he's known for being very good at sending people for scans, referring to specialists etc. So I'm seeing him in 3 weeks to see if I have any more joy. I'm still waiting for a referral to a Fibro Clinic in London - I don't think my GP is doing enough to chase it up for me. I also have to ask for a referral for a non Fibro issue so hopefully I'll get that done with this new GP too.

Sometimes we have to shop around a bit for a good Dr but don't worry - I'm sure you'll find a better one. You are entitled to see that report - that Dr sounds awful :(
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Re: Doctors - Tips on finding a new one?

Postby Auroramay » Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:53 am

I too am struggling with my gp I think it's a common theme. I am interested in the vitamin d recommendation though - you can buy 5000iu tablets from amazon I would be interested to know if it helps
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