GP appt in 2 hours...advice please!

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GP appt in 2 hours...advice please!

Postby Purpledot » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:25 pm

Hi all

I need some advice, please, from you lovely people!

Cutting to the chase (!).........have any of you ever presented your GP or consultant with a comprehensive list of all symptoms yo are experiencing on a regular basis, including full explanation and impact on your day to day life?

I have compiled one for my GP, with whom I have an appointment in less than 2 hours' time, but am not sure whether to give it to him or not. I really don't want him to think I'm just a complete hypochondriac who enjoys typing out all her symtpoms!

The whole thing actualy covers 5 and a half A4 sheets of paper! Do you think I should try and cut it down a bit (having said that, I have no idea what I would cut out as, to me, it is all relevant).

I really want him to read it and get an idea of what my life is like on a day to day basis, as he never really seems to have time to listen to me properly when I see him.

What do you all think???

(Also, I am waiting for an appointment to see a Neurologist following an abnormal brain MRI result.........do you think I should give him a copy, too?)
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Re: GP appt in 2 hours...advice please!

Postby Moobaloo » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:46 pm

Absolutely YES to giving your GP the list.

Most GP appointments are only 10 mins long & it's very difficult to try to explain the impact on your life - I know I always forget to mention all sorts of things while I'm in with my doctor.

You have nothing to lose by giving them the information & I think they'd have to put it on your notes too.
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Postby SchroedingersCat » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:56 pm

I did exactly that with mine, and the specialists I saw as a result of referrals from him, and they ALL said it was a huge help.
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Re: GP appt in 2 hours...advice please!

Postby Purpledot » Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:09 pm

Thank you so much for your replies!

Right, I've made up my mind I'm going to give it to him!

Will be interesting to see if he actually ever reads it, as there are a fair few things on there that I have never mentioned to him!

Thanks again, and wish me luck!!
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Postby Tracie » Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:42 pm

good luck.
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Postby FluppyPuffy » Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:59 pm

Definitely give it to them, as well as being something for him to read so he knows exactly what is affecting you, if you leave it with him, it should then go into your notes and be kept for reference.

It's something I still do whenever I go for an appt or review so that he knows exactly what has been happening as it's the only way I know I've got everything I think is relevant at the time.
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Postby Tracie » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:45 pm

Hope everything went well.
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Postby Purpledot » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:22 pm

Well, I gave it to him and he said he would send it with is referral letter to the ME clinic!

He did say something along the lines of "You have 5 and a half pages of symptoms here, that's a hugely complex scenario to deal with." I wanted to answer with something like "Yes it is, so get on with it then!" but thought I'd better not!!!

Thanks for your support everyone. I'm so glad I've done it.

Next stop the Neurologist, so I will be arming myself with another copy!!
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Re: GP appt in 2 hours...advice please!

Postby Moobaloo » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:27 pm

Good stuff!!

You deffo did the right thing for you by giving him that list! I think some GP's do regard us as moaning-minnies, but by presenting them with a comprehensive list of ALL your symptoms, they can better understand the impact of those symptoms on your life.

Good luck with the neurologist & the ME clinic too :)
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Postby Purpledot » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:34 pm

Thank you!

I'm not convinced he'll read all 5 and a half pages of it, but at least if anything ever comes up in the future I can say "Well, it was on that list I gave you!". ;-)
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