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Help - Gp dismissed my concerns

Postby pinksuzie » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:12 pm

Hi everyone,

I am new to the boards.... Yesterday I visited my GP for some blood test results which again were ok. I brought up the subject of Fibromyalgia and he more or less laughted at me... telling me there was no such illness and that it was a name given to those who's illness could not be determined by blood test ect and my pains etc where just age etc.... now I am only 49 and suffered for years.

Just a bit of history back in 2008 I moved jobs from DWP to work at my local NHS hospital but after to months I was unable to attend due to pain, anixety and panic. I as called in for a medical to see if they could help me back to work..... but after explaining to the doctor at the medical my pain etc he said I really think that you have fibromyalgia and i feel that you should not return to work..... he as very understanding and told me to speak to my GP.

No one of the GP's at my surgery after serveral blood test did give me info on FM and asked me to read it..... but since then hasn't followed up hen I've asked about it. I have made an appointment to see her but have to wait until feb to see her now as she is very popular. I really want to see a specialist..... what advise can you all give me.... I am so upset and now feel it's all in my mind.

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Re: Help - Gp dismissed my concerns

Postby FluppyPuffy » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:56 pm

:welcome: to the forum Sue :wave: :wave: :wave:

Sorry to hear you've come across one of the dinosaurs still roaming thru the offices of the medical profession :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: Altho more understanding and supportive ones are making their way thru (such as the one you have the appt with in Feb) it will still take time for these older ones to become extinct.

With you already having the appt to see this popular GP, the only thing I can suggest is seeing if you could be considered for any appt cancellations that might come up so you could try to see her a little earlier.

For when you do see her, make some nots about your various symptoms/problems, print up some info from a reputable site such as here ... ction.aspx or from our main site go thru it and see which of your symptoms/problems tally with what it says, take it with you to your appt and use it help explain why you feel FM could be the reason for what you have been experiencing. From there it will hopefully set things off in the right direction for you to get some answers, either with you being referred to a suitable specialist or with your GP feeling able to provide you with answers or a dx.

If this appt doesn't turn out to be as constructive as you're hoping and the other GPs at your surgery are all closed to the possibility of FM, the only other thing you could consider is changing surgeries and start again with trying to find a GP who is prepared to listen and start looking into things for you.
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Re: Help - Gp dismissed my concerns

Postby Flash » Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:11 pm

Hi Sue and welcome! I have suffered with pain for years, although I have osteoarthritis in many places, I knew what was going on was different so was sent to see a rheumatologist who diagnosed me.

Thankfully, the man I saw was locally renowned to be a stubborn no mess type who calls a spade a spade and whose proffessional stature is very well respected by all the docters in the South West area. So when he diagnosed me, I knew I had been taken seriously and my GP had to except what was said.

F/M is a name for a collection of symptoms but is not a fake illness or in your head. The thing that is still being researched is what causes this collection of symptoms. Just because they haven't yet found the cause does not mean we are not suffering with an illness.

In America, they seem to be researching the condition more seriously where as here, there does not seem to be enough funding or the condition has been deemed as not important enough for it.

We all have a lot of problems with being listened to and that just makes things worse but on here we all stick together, wait and hope for a change in opinion.

I hope you find the site helpful and have a good laugh too. They're a great bunch on here.
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Re: Help - Gp dismissed my concerns

Postby pinksuzie » Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:23 pm

Thank you so much for your kind replies. I have taken what you both said on board and will see if i can arrange an earlier app.

I do have many, many other symptoms.... ibs, painful periods, sensitive to light, noise, smell, dizziness, tired all the time, dry eyes, sensitive to medication.... and pain in the trigger areas.... to name but a few.... at times I feel so alone.... my other half does try to understand poor thing..

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Re: Help - Gp dismissed my concerns

Postby shazq » Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:45 pm

Hope you get some answers soon Suzie. :goodluck1:
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Re: Help - Gp dismissed my concerns

Postby denys » Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:34 pm

Oh Suzie there are still some doctors around who still think they are above the rest of us, hope he never has to suffer pain like we have :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

Please see someone else and hopefully you will get your answers and some help :-D :-D

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Re: Help - Gp dismissed my concerns

Postby sjc » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:32 pm


Sorry to hear about your experience - most of all have sadly experienced medical professionals that haven't taken seriously at some point, and I have gone through GP's and other healthcare professionals which have not respected my needs or wishes about my symptons....

Firstly, if you feel to do so, do raise this matter with the practice manager...I understand that many people do not want to look as though they are making complaints or go through stress at some point, but please understand that this doctor will continue to not show support to others in similiar situations like yourself - so it is vital that this GP and other GP's at your practice can perhaps be more understanding about those with fibromyalgia or any other hidden disabilities...

Sadly, fibromyaliga and similiar conditions do get kind of ignored by some doctors and general members of society - some people sadly believe that sufferers of this condition are making it up or exaggerating their symptoms, and this is very sad indeed, as we all know that fibro is horrible to live with but it is real...Also, because this condition doesn't show up in blood tests and in scans, alot of medical and social care professionals tend to think fibro is caused by stress, anxiety, and just general lifestyle problems....again, this is very sad to hear....

I have had one healthcare professional basically ask me if fibro is a mental illness - :roll: As you can imagine, this really angered me, because I felt that this was very ignorant of him to presume of....fibro is real and it in my opinion is a physical disability - it is no different to arthritis in my opinion, because sadly muscles and ligaments cannot pick up on scans...

So please go back to see another GP, and ask for confirmation of a diagnosis, and ask he/she to run you some thorough blood tests and x-rays if needed.....ask for pain management if needed....and just write to your practice and make them aware that you need to be taken more seriously....don't let any professional make your feel like that....

it's your body and health, and to be honest, if it wasn't for patients with medical conditions, GP's and any healthcare professional wouldn't be in a job.

Take care. :-D
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