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update on visit to GP

Postby mangowl » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:19 pm

after seeing a very unhelpful GP 2 weeks ago I saw the one recommended by the surgery receptionist this morning.

I had a 20 min (double) appointment booked but ended up spending 40mins with her.
She checked my history, my posture, my pain responses, read through my notes then said that

1) we have a few things here to deal with
- FM and controlling it
- Osteoarthritis in my left side
- the fact my posture is leant to one side and my walking could be making things worse
- my clumsyness and lack of balance (which is probably linked to the items above)
- eye focus and headaches
- and finally trying to reduce my weight as I have gained 10kg since when the old GP checked my weight 12months ago

2) she is referring me to the diatician and wants me to keep a food, exercise and mood diary until I see her again and take it to the diatician

3) she is doing a full run of blood tests as none have been done for 12months and things may have changed since last year

4) the drugs I'm on are right for the 2 conditions, but there are obviously side effects which we need to deal with

5) she gave me an A4 folder on ways to manage chronic pain conditions, which she wants me to read through and highlight any items in there I feel would be helpful and practical for me.

6) I need to have an eye test in the meantime and bring the results of that to the appointment.

- then I have a 30minute appointment booked for 2 weeks time. During this we will review the results and look at the headaches/eye problems and other issues. She said it may take her 3-4months to help me sort this, but if we have no success by then she will refer me to the pain clinic at St Thomas' as they have the best reputation in her opinion.

After bursting into tears part way through, I ended up coming out feeling good like there is a light at the end of a tunnel on how to cope with both conditions.

I'm now shattered both physically and emotionally but planning rest for the remainder of today as there is the chance of canoeing tomorrow.

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Re: update on visit to GP

Postby animalhouse » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:33 pm

glad you had a good appmt.

such a pain when it takes so long to get help. i moved gp over a year ago adn have been asking for a referral back to my rhumy but not happened yet.

take care. :-)
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Re: update on visit to GP

Postby denys » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:41 pm

Hi Pat so glad you had a decent appointment and are now getting things sorted :clap: :clap:

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Re: update on visit to GP

Postby masonsbarms » Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:26 pm

very glad for you pat all drs should be like yours xx
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Re: update on visit to GP

Postby Salgor » Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:44 pm

I have found a great GP in our practice who doesn't say 'there, there' and up my painkillers. My current doctor referred me to a really good consultant who specialises in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibro. He spent more than an hour with me and has taken more bloods and has given me another appt. for 5 weeks time.

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Re: update on visit to GP

Postby tentimes » Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:31 pm

That is one hell of a GP you have got - gold dust! Well done you on finding such a good GP :)
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