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GP visit - waste of time :o(

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Re: GP visit - waste of time :o(

Postby lalondon » Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:25 pm

Hi picklepudding, I sympathise with you, we have a very frustrating disease/illness. I too, have IBS and take Citaolpram and I also take Amitriptyline and this was advised by both my wonderful Rhuematologist and agreed by my GP. I don't seem to have any problems using both. I also take Etodolac for my arthritis and Tramadol for the pain when it becomes unbearable. I do agree with your GP that exercise is a good way forward. I walk most days, I started just doing short walks for maybe 5 mins or so and have now built up, on a good day I can probably do about 40 mins. I do find that it's pretty tough to start with but I just try to keep walking through the pain, I go at a fairly steady pace on relatively flat terrain.

Also I wanted to add (for the benefit of one of your replies, sorry I've forgotten their name!!), that I too had to have a hysterectomy and both ovaries removed in my 30's. I have to have a bone density scan as a matter of course every five years and to my knowledge this is standard practise. I see the menopause clinic at my local hospital annually and they are great. I think I must be very fortunate as the health professionals I see are all supportive, understanding and very helpful.

I wish you both good luck and suggest that maybe chasing up the hospital and contacting your Rhuemy's secretary and changing GP's would be a good way to start getting better help.

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Re: GP visit - waste of time :o(

Postby Picklepudding » Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:40 pm

Thanks Lalondon...My GP looked up amitriptyline's interaction with citalopram and it showed on his computer with a big red triangle against it...I think he said that it causes arythmia (or something like that!)

I've emailed him re the Vitamin D dose and he has replied (very quickly, I have to say!) that if I can take enough tablets to make 20000iu for 7 days then that's what I should do. So, 20 tablets a day it is then!!!
Crohn's, IBS, plantar fasciitis, psoriasis, Vitamin D deficiency, minimal osteoarthritis, possible Hughes Antiphospholipid Syndrome and fibromyalgia...I'm a walking medical encyclopaedia!
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Re: GP visit - waste of time :o(

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Re: GP visit - waste of time :o(

Postby Iceskatemum » Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:20 pm

Bevmraw, Also had hysto and put on HRT. Had a very good consultant who I saw at his HRT clinic for 10 years after surgery and at various times I raised concern about using HRT for years and also osteoporosis etc.
He said reason I was on HRT was to stop osteoporosis etc and that as I had no normal female hormones the use of HRT was OK long term as I was using it as a replacement for my natural production & for the years my body would normally use and need it.
All scare stories etc had been for folk who hadn't had surgery and were using HRT to ease symptoms of menopause.
Hopefully one less thing to worry about :-)
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Re: GP visit - waste of time :o(

Postby Carlylion » Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:55 pm

Just want to add a wee bit here, I was visiting a GP who told me to exercise, well I did, 30 mins of walking a day, then one day about 2 weeks after I pushed myself like the GP advised. Well I cut the grass, strimmed the garden, put a load of washing on....I felt fine. I had a rest in the afternoon but only because it was warm dark and I was up early.

I then spent the whole night shaking, feeling nauseous, going from hot/cold and thinking I was coming down with the flu or food poisoning. Apparently this was the reaction that gave me the diagnosis of Fibro. I joined my local Hydrotherapy pool and I have apparently been doing too much. Google 'Boom & Bust', and pacing.

It was an older GP who gave me my diagnosis, the one who told me to exercise was not much older than me. Hope that helps xx
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