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Cucumberella
post Jan 29 2017, 09:54 PM
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Okay so I'm starting this topic because I'm going to the doctor's surgery tomorrow, something I've been putting off for MONTHS mainly because of the bad experiences I've had, mostly due to the doctor trying to rush you out / making up their mind before you enter etc. which shows they forget their sole purpose is to help the public.

How do you guys deal with going to see the doctor? Do you go to the doctor often? Do you have any tips for those who find it a harrowing experience to get a bit more success out of their visit? Do you think your doctor is helpful or are they too egotistical? Much help for this VERY anxious person would be appreciated - I don't really know where to start but I always end up a bundle of nerves.
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post Jan 29 2017, 10:06 PM
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I've been going to the doctors a lot since Christmas and every experience was the same. They rush you all the time.

I went to the doctors a couple of months ago to discuss my feelings and how I haven't been feeling myself and their response was something like "Everyone gets sad, it's life". This has completely put me off from discussing it again.

This is probably just my doctors surgery though as others that I've been to were nothing like this.
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post Jan 29 2017, 10:18 PM
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I know this won't be much of a reveal to u lew but lemme share my shitty experiences anyway

I've been really struggling with severe excema for the last few months! Mainly stemmed from stress and anxiety but I really needed help. I saw I think five different doctors and each visit got more and more upsetting. The worst defo was bursting out into tears after being told it was all my fault and I hadn't been trying hard enough... When I really have :') whenever I've told doctors as well I struggle with anxiety I usually get "lifestyle" talks, i.e. I should eat healthier and do more exercise, which is total bullshit as day to day I eat quite healthily and I keep myself fit by walking everywhere (and I work hella hard too). I guess my story has a happy-ish ending? I was told I'd be sent to a specialist if I didn't sort it out and that has scared me enough to try let the creams work. The bleeding and open sores are all mainly gone I'm just working on getting rid of the scarring! It's quite scary tho, one scratch makes it all red and blotchy again sad.gif

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post Jan 29 2017, 10:30 PM
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I don't think I've been the doctors since I was like 7 laugh.gif But I've heard about Lotti's experiences which just made me eye roll at how incompetent they seemed, and my best friend has had a few issues the past couple of months and the doctors have been so shit with him, always just not bothering or saying "oh come back if it gets worse". I've had points where I've felt really mentally low over the past say 2 years or so and I've never gone to the doctors for the same reason Lew, all the stories you hear of other people and you wonder what if you're wasting their time or wasting yours and they'll say come back next week if it persists blah blah blah laugh.gif Sometimes it feels like certain ailments aren't "important" enough just because you aren't inches from death and they'll just rush you off to see if it goes away...


Sorry that couldn't be a more reassuring post laugh.gif
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post Jan 29 2017, 10:43 PM
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I've recently registered with a doctors down here and they are brilliant. Went to the drop in clinic first and they diagnosed the like eczema type thing I have sporadically in 5 seconds, coz the doc also has it! Only downside is I pay prescription fees down here and I'm still outraged it's £8.40 for a f***ing prescription.

I saw the doctors a hella lot with my broken leg and I had great experiences throughout. All the staff I dealt with, apart from the physio at Victoria Hospital, were fab. I went to my GP a year later for some like reassurance on my ankle and a Physio referral and they were great. Got the referral I wanted and didn't have to wait too long either!
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post Jan 29 2017, 10:46 PM
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sorry i was going to end my post with some more advice but sent too early- lemme try be positive!

at the end of the day remember it is YOUR BODY and if you have ideas of things you want to try/would work for you try and make the doctors give it to you. on my last visit i demanded a steroid cream in larger quantity than i had been prescribed before and that did wonders! ask as many questions as you can to make sure that the doctors are really thinking specific to your situation. another positive doctor story is when i decided to go on birth control (more so for health reasons) the doctor i had was really lovely, dealt with delicate teen lotti rlly nicely and made sure i knew all of the options available to me and what would be the biggest advantages. i tried seeing said doctor when i started having troubles with my arms but i couldnt sad.gif

@ prescription fees I also suffer from quite bad asthma and have to pay £16 for inhalers :') yep i have to pay to breathe now! that was another form of anxiety for me because doctors kept prescribing me creams which didn't f***ing work, i once cried in a pharmacy handing over two weeks food money for more stuff for my arms laugh.gif
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post Jan 29 2017, 10:48 PM
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so far my posts have only talked about my experiences at local GPs! apart from the time in a&e where i was left without being looked at with a broken leg for 10 hours or the time they accidentally booked me in for a leg reconstruction i've had quite good hospital experiences?????? the mri guy gave me the aux lead once
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post Jan 29 2017, 10:51 PM
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I've had mixed experiences with the doctors.

Currently I am having issues bexause in 2011 I had a operation and that went wrong and resulted in nerve damage so I have been on Baclefen and gabapentin ever since. So I needed to get my repeat perscription but apprantly my doctor won't let me hsve it until I see her first but the issue is HOW CAN I SEE YOU IF YOU DONT HAVE ANY APPOINTMENTS AVALIABLE it makes zero sense laugh.gif

I am mostly okay with actually going to the doctors just sometimes can be a pain


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post Jan 29 2017, 10:55 PM
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I've only been to the doctors twice in my life - not including getting jags - and it's not been too bad. The first time when I was around 10 because my dad thought I might need an inhaler since I got out of breath really quickly when exercising, turns out I didn't (I was obv just unfit dad okay). And the second time because I staved my finger really bad when playing basketball and it went all wonky looking, so I went and they sent me to get an xray and turns out the piece of bone that my tendon was attached to had broken off so I couldn't move the tip of my finger. I got this stupid finger cast that I had to wear for 6 weeks and that was that. Both of those times my normal doctor was out so I can't say if she's helpful or not since I've never actually met her. However the nurses that did my xray and gave me my finger cast were really lovely. I think it's just luck whether you get a nice doctor or not, I hope you get a good one tomorrow though Lew. It's sad to hear about all these bad experiences because they shouldn't be making anyone feel like an inconvenience or that they don't care, it's sort of their job to care, and if they don't they really shouldn't be in the profession..
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post Jan 29 2017, 11:04 PM
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QUOTE(princess lotita @ Jan 29 2017, 10:46 PM) *
another positive doctor story is when i decided to go on birth control (more so for health reasons) the doctor i had was really lovely, dealt with delicate teen lotti rlly nicely and made sure i knew all of the options available to me and what would be the biggest advantages.

I hadn't been to the doctors locally since I was tiny until I needed to go on birth control. I was really embarrassed to go to the doctors because I have a real issue with swallowing pills, so needed an alternative form of contraception. The doctor I had was wonderful in a similar regard to yours - they let me know all of my options and spent as much time with me as I needed with asking questions. I have to go there every few months for the injection and they are always really friendly and make me feel at ease. So yeah, all good experiences for me with this.

The only other similar thing I can think of is when I was supposed to have cosmetic surgery, and the service was so bad that I ended up not going ahead with it. I travelled all the way to London to be told that they had made an error with booking and my surgery would have to be moved, even though I was promised I would have it in this designated timeframe when I had time off at Uni to recover. So yay my local doctors, boo at this London surgery place.

I wish I had some useful advice here for you Leww sad.gif I can understand anxiety when it comes to things like this as I still get extremely nervous to go to the dentist.
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post Jan 29 2017, 11:18 PM
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is it weird that i still need my mum to come in with me?
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post Jan 30 2017, 09:29 AM
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I've never had a problem with my doctor. They've always given me as much time as I need. Their main problem is with people who go with things like a heavy cold. The doctor can't really help apart from saying something along the lines of "Come back in a week if it's still bad".
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post Jan 30 2017, 01:00 PM
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Most recently when I went the doctor I had couldn't have been nicer. I'd had two horrible colds in a row, had been using my voice more than usual, it was several weeks after the last virus and my throat still felt horrible, I didn't really want to go because I felt like I'd be wasting their time but my Mum convinced me to. Turned out I had laryngitis and even though that in and of itself isn't that serious the doctor was really nice about it, gave lots of good advice, said it was the right thing coming in and even said she'd refer me to an ENT just in case because I'm a singer and singing's a significant part of my degree. I guess a lot of it just depends on who you get sadly but when they do act disinterest and make 'unhelpful' comments try not to take it personally and think of them as a means to an ends. sad.gif
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post Jan 30 2017, 01:36 PM
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QUOTE(RosaParksMyCar @ Jan 29 2017, 11:18 PM) *
is it weird that i still need my mum to come in with me?

No not at all
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post Jan 30 2017, 02:21 PM
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Our GP doesn't have any form of online booking, and you can't book in advance, so basically I have to ring the office at 8am (with everyone else also ringing) and hope that I get through to someone and that all of the day's appointments haven't already been taken. I had a really bad foot a few months back and it took me nearly a week of ringing to eventually get an appointment and by then the pain in my foot had nearly all gone.

I don't think doctors or GPs really give an arse sometimes as well. For said foot pain I was told to buy some Schol insoles and not walk as much because he "couldn't see anything wrong" (even though when he started properly moving my toes I was going crazy with the pain), and I've been before about my nose. I have a massively deviated septum and was hoping he would put me down for septoplasty, but no he just said I should go to ASDA and buy some nasal strips that rugby players use to help with my breathing even though one of my nostrils fully closes when I breathe in, meaning I only get half the air. rolleyes.gif
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post Jan 30 2017, 06:57 PM
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I had pain in my foot at the start of the year and made an appointment. I know you shouldn't self diagnose but I already knew it was plantar fibroma but I had to wait more than 2 weeks for the appointment. On the day I received a voicemail telling me my appointment was cancelled. I haven't phoned them back because the pain is gone and I was a bit pissed off being treated that way.
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post Jan 30 2017, 08:56 PM
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My surgery has always been good for me, I have to go regularly for blood tests and they have always managed to accommodate my shifts at work. My GP I see once a year for a review for medication.
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post Jan 30 2017, 09:15 PM
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the doctor was so helpful today!! omg

im so surprised and rly rly thrilled, hoping everythings gonna work out ohmy.gif
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post Jan 31 2017, 03:45 AM
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Glad to hear it Leww!!

I've only seen my GP once and it was a similar story to Oliver and T Boy, had to wait a week for an appointment and by then I was feeling better. I've had much better luck with specialists, such as my podiatrist as I've had some ongoing foot problems over the years.
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My current primary care doctor actually takes the time to listen to me or ask me questions when I feel lousy, same with the office physician assistant, she'll ask questions, carefully poke/prod me ailing area, and then, it she's not sure, she'll get the doctor I see to get his opinion what's going on. Currently, I'm dealing with what seems to be a nasty sinus infection, which hasn't been cleared with the first round of antibiotics, so something else was sent to the pharmacy for me to give a try. Near 2 years back, my current doctor wound up admitting me to the hospital straight away due to a baseball-sized abscess on my right hip which was extremely painful, as well as causing me all kinds of other issues. My doctor is also the primary care doctor for the cardiologist I'm now seeing, as well. By the same token, they'll try their best to answer any questions I might have about any medications he puts me on, or other health issues/concerns I have.

It can take time sometimes to find a doctor that's a good fit for you and your health issues, as I can well attest. It can take me time to get in to see my doctor/physician assistant, especially this time of year with all the 'snow birds' who come to Florida to get away from the winter weather up north, or with a bunch of other people being ill with something. Just hang in there, keep trying to get in to see him when you need him. Maybe you might ask next time you call for an appointment, to be put on a waiting list for someone who might cancel their appointment last minute. I've been able to get some appointments for myself that way.
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