New GP - it's all in the mind!

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New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby Tilli » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:15 am

Been through it all, seen the specialists and am thoroughly diagnosed, no problem. I went along to my surgery for a related matter yesterday to find my GP's appointments were being covered by a colleegue of hers. Opening statement from the man himself?
"Now I know I'll upset a lot of people and there's all sorts of clubs in this area where people sit around and do whatever they do, but sorry, I don't think there's any such condition as Fibromyalgia and it's all in the mind".
There was more but I didn't take half of it in. He saw my husband later who has proximal myopathy and who struggles with mobility as a result - among other things - and who, we honestly believe, may well have fibro too, and told him......wait for it........
"Looking at your notes, just who diagnosed you with this myopathy? Because I can't see why it was decided on".
Won't be seeing him again, I say we won't cross his threshold again! How, in this day and age, can a GP, partially funded by the NHS come out with rubbish like this? :dunno:
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby loubie » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:05 am

hi tilly :wave:
i would put a complaint in :evil:
if its not real why is it on the NHS website, and why is there so many of us?????

he not only upset you, but also upset your hubby :shock:
would defo put complaint in, how very rude! :roll:

don't let it get to you and stress you out, he is not worth it :hugs: :hugs: :hugs:
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby shazq » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:35 am

Hi
You have the dx so it is real and like loubie said they have a NHS web site on fibro, i would print the info off and ask that GP to read it, it makes me so :evil: :twisted: when we still get GP`s who say this.

I would aslo put in a complaint as this GP has upset both yourself and your OH.

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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby FluppyPuffy » Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:33 pm

He sounds like a philistine, his treatment for everything could probably involve leeches :tongueout: :tongueout:

There's a good chance he has upset others with his attitude as well, you have both had dx's so both your problems are real, not imaginary. I know if it was all in my head I certainly know what I'd be imagining, and it wouldn't be feeling like this :facepalm: :facepalm: :swear1: :swear1:
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby Milosmum21 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:34 pm

"Now I know I'll upset a lot of people and there's all sorts of clubs in this area where people sit around and do whatever they do, but sorry, I don't think there's any such condition as Fibromyalgia and it's all in the mind".

Yup!!! for that comment alone i would report him!! :shock: What an ignorant person! :banghead: ....wish he could have a day of feeling like we feel! :cry: :yikes: ...think i would have slapped him! :swear1:
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby Emerald » Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:15 pm

Id have demanded another GP there and then and told him to go and, yep you get it! :twisted:

He obviously read up before your appt so why didnt he save you a wasted trip and cancel until another GP unbiased was available! Totally unprofessional IMO! Hope his next bowel movement is a porcupine nevermind a hedgehog!Cos I bed he thinks IBS and bowel disease is all in the mind too!
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby denys » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:33 pm

hear hear totally agree ignorant :pigoink 1: thats an insult to :pigoink 1: really but cant say what I'd really like to call him :swear1: :swear1: :swear1: :swear1: :swear1: :swear1: :swear1: :swear1: :swear1: :swear1: :swear1: :swear1: :swear1: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: and we wonder why we arent taken seriously, when you have professioals talking like this how are we supposed to make ordinary people believe :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby Ldyalb » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:35 pm

Definitely complain that's appalling!!! :evil:

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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby sjc » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:51 pm

Hello, hope u r ok. How rude of that ignorant and vile gp. Doctors should be considerate and supporting towards their patients, even if they don't always understand a particular disability. What did you say when that gp said that - was you raging angry at him or totally shock and speechless. Alot of sufferers of hidden disability get alot of stick from the public, especially the nhs. It's hard enough having a medical condition, but one doesn't want prats like that gp around ya. Keep strong and don't let the buggers get you down. Take care. Xxx
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby Tilli » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:54 pm

Lost for words was my reaction. It's the first time I've ever fully appreciated the adage "bite my tongue" - I nearly had a mouthful of blood!! I basically sat through it all and wandered out in a semi daze afterwards.
I won't complain, he's an (nope, can't use that word here) at best and I'll probably never have to see him again, but it does make me wonder how many folk are left hanging without proper diagnosis due to the attitudes of individual GPs.....
In this case there's six doctors to chose from and I usually only ever see one of two with whom there's no problem at all.
My husband was a little stunned though, he's only mobile some days and when he is, must use one or sometimes even two sticks. His diagnosis came years back from full screening and several sessions with a hospital head of Neurology who, incidentally, originally thought he had MS and was going down hill fast.
No, we both obviously suffer from delusions and are complete time wasters as far as this chap was concerned.
Funny old world out there innit?

On a side note, we've booked an appointment with my preferred doctor and will start the ball rolling for himself, one more diagnosis to add to his list can't hurt the case for him when the move from IB comes up :wink:
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby KellyBelly » Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:44 pm

Tilli wrote:I won't complain, he's an (nope, can't use that word here) at best and I'll probably never have to see him again, but it does make me wonder how many folk are left hanging without proper diagnosis due to the attitudes of individual GPs.....
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Please do reconsider complaining :fingerscrossed: - you might not have to see him again, but what if someone went to see him with our symptoms and he sends them away telling they're imagining it all (or something just as helpful!). You're comment about "how many folk are left hanging" is the bit that sticks out to me.........if he is left to tell potential fibromites that their pain is all in their heads, then who knows what messes people could get into! (sorry, not trying to be rude here, or make you feel bad - I just know I wouldn't have wanted to come across this sort of attitude when I was feeling at my worst)
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby Tilli » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:09 pm

I'm seeing my regular doc next week and will raise the subject with her. I'm positive she'll be as shocked as the rest of us and will probably do something. The main reason for not complaining is I've a friend who's a surgery nurse practioner elsewhere and another who is a practice receptionist in another clininc. They've both said there's a real risk of my getting put out of the surgery - yes it does happen - and I don't want to go down that road, literally. It's taken long enough to get settled with a good doctor and to get my diagnosis and meds sorted, almost, so I'm not upsetting that particular apple cart. I won't leave it lie though and will speak to her about him. Keeping it polite will be the hardest part.... :oops:
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby denys » Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:13 pm

:goodluck1: :goodluck1: and :fingerscrossed: she will read him the riot act :hugs:
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby budda » Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:54 am

:goodluck1: and :fingerscrossed: everything will work out for you. :hugs:
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Re: New GP - it's all in the mind!

Postby UKFibromyalgia » Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:09 am

From the April issue of FaMily magazine:

Print this out and keep it in your purse or wallet-you never know when you might need it!

It’s NOT “all in your head”
If your doctor tells you this quote from the 2008, 1,319 page, 4th edition of RAJ’S PRACTICAL MANAGEMENT OF PAIN, devoting a fifteen page section on FM. From the first two paragraphs in the subsection, Pathogenesis, we find, “The cause of FM is still unknown. Theories regarding its cause have undergone a gradual transition from a psychiatric process, as some still view it, to a muscle disorder, as currently classified in the Medline Index, to a genetically determined central nervous system disorder of chronic widespread allodynia, neuro-endocrine function, and cytokine participation, as it should now be considered. The situation with FMS has changed dramatically in just a few years of concentrated research. Where FMS patients were often viewed as healthy complainers, without any real abnormalities, or considered to be depressed somatizers, the psychiatric model is no longer adequate. Abnormalities in neuro-chemical mediators of central nervous system nociceptive function are clearly present in ways consistent with the patterns of symptoms.”
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