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Tired of not been taken seriously by my GP

Postby dcr » Sun May 18, 2014 2:37 pm

Hi all
I'm unsure if I have fibromyalgia but I have many of the symptoms. Whenever I go to my GP which is regularly, I always talk about how i'm feeling and how my symptoms are getting worse, but constantly get fobbed off with a diagnosis of anxiety and depression. That's the reason I can't sleep, the reason I have hot and cold sweats, the reason I get pins and needles, the reason I get headaches/migraines, the reason I get aches and pains, the reason I can't concentrate and get forgetful.

I've had enough and I want a referral to a rheumatologist. I'm going to go back to my GP and request this but if he refuses what can I do? No use asking to see someone else cuz the other GP's are equally as woeful. I'm prepared to pay private, but do I need a GP referall first? Could a GP from the out of hours service or the walk in centre make a referral?

Help i'm getting desperate :-?
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Re: Tired of not been taken seriously by my GP

Postby Louloubelle101 » Sun May 18, 2014 3:28 pm

I'm sorry to hear that you're having so much trouble with getting any help from your doctor. Have they checked your hormone levels? I know this sounds daft but I also have hot and cold flushes and part of that is because I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as well as fibro. If the doctor refuses to refer you to a rheumatologist, you just go and ask another doctor. You have a right to be taken seriously and to also have an explanation as to why the doctor does not think you need to be seen by any specialist. I haven't asked to be seen by a specialist since being diagnosed with fibro but I had to ask to be referred to a dermatologist and an endocrinologist when I was first diagnosed with PCOS. Stick to your guns, it's your health after all xx
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Re: Tired of not been taken seriously by my GP

Postby Sallyann » Sun May 18, 2014 3:40 pm

I was treated in the same way unfortunately - and still am being treated the same way - even with a diagnosis of Fibro. If I ever need to see a doctor the answer is always the same, regardless of symptoms, "You have Fibro - what do you expect....."
All I can say is that I am extremely sorry and disgusted that you are being treated this way. But, stick to your guns and keep insisting until they refer you - even if it just to shut you up and get rid of you!
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Re: Tired of not been taken seriously by my GP

Postby Sallyann » Sun May 18, 2014 3:50 pm

Forgot to say that the other thing I did was to keep a Pain Diary. It was a help in showing the variety and severity of symptoms over a period of time rather than just presenting with 'all over pain' etc.... Would be happy to email you an example from mine if that would help.
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Re: Tired of not been taken seriously by my GP

Postby Mcongerton » Mon May 19, 2014 7:33 am

I understand how it feels to be fobbed of by the doctor ... Its taken me ten years and four differnt doctors to get where i am today .. Ive finaly been told i have fibro .... All though pain management is still and issue for me he hasnt helped by giving me nothing as yet ... I have to wait till ive been to see a specilist at my local hospital ... Every day seems to be a struggle at the moment .. I find if i do the simple things like housework or change the beding it leaves me in a lot of pain.
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Re: Tired of not been taken seriously by my GP

Postby happyfeeling » Mon May 19, 2014 7:08 pm

Hi Ive had Fibro for at least two decades and my medical notes go back yrs saying about muscular pain,I was actually diagnosed by a fully trained massage lady two odd yrs ago. All my symptoms was put down to depression and anxiety. It took me two yrs of begging my gp to refer me to a Rhuem who then referred me to pain clinic. Ive lost count of how many doctors ive seen to take me seriously and not keep fobbing me of and now they won't up my pain relief so again im changing doctors!!! Good luck and don't give up,wish you well.x
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