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Hope dashed. Tuesday April 25, 2017

I saw a neuropsychiatrist a few weeks ago. A very clever, softly spoken man, he had instructions to Assess me for 20 minutes and on the basis of that Assessment, I would proceed to some sort of Treatment. I was in with him for over 40 mins. And when I finally came out of his room, I was in tiny, wet pieces. My precious mask which has held up for so many years, and which has received a good battering since I broke my wrist last autumn, finally dissolved and ran away.

In the few minutes I was in the room with the quietly spoken doctor, he succeeded in breaking every one of my defences. He brought to the surface again every single thing I was carefully disguising with smiles and good cheer.

I came out of his room utterly naked.

However, now that he has identified my need, even if I have to wait a year or more, I can have that hope.

And so, even though I emerged crying, red faced and a "mess" I also felt relieved that I had been heard.

As a contrast with that, I had an appointment with my GP a day or so ago. I asked him about help with the excruciating pain in my legs, which has finally been shown to have no connection to the surgery I had to remove a brain tumour over five years ago. He stood up; opened the door to his office and said "Cleverer people than I have not sorted out that one. Good day to you."

Enraged is the only word possible. My Civil Partner patiently pushed me in my wheelchair, through the building, out to the car.

I was not heard. I am disappearing.

With my defences gone, utterly, and no support at all from my GP, I have somehow to re-build myself from my roots.

I need your help to do that, Moodscopers. Please help. I can't do this alone.

Christine
A Moodscope member.

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Red Squaw Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 7:16am

I think you should consider changing your doctor if its possible. This is unacceptable behaviour I believe by him (your doctor). I know I would. Thinking of you ... warmest wishes and love

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:22am

THANK YOU Red Squaw; sadly, in this part of Wales, HAVING a GP is the rarity...finding a new one isn't really that possible....however, I AM now seeing a different doctor in the same practice; fingers crossed he listens...next appointment to see him...May 11th. Really. I made the apt in March. This is the FIRST one I could get. Really. xx

Cyndi Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:58am

Good for you in switching!

Sally Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 7:21am

I feel outraged for you, Christine, that the GP wasn't helpful. Even patronising in the utmost, in my opinion. I don't like that when you go for help to a so- called professional. It is alas a path well trodden by our family, for the last 30 -something years, on our disabled son's behalf, and I feel I could/ ought to write a book! So many hopes dashed, rather too much discourtesy , and often a feeling of having wasted hours, for a lip- service interview. So much given by us, in facts, back story , but actual help? Or even " I don't know but I'll try & find out, and get back to you" Not once.
Am I alone in thinking that there is a mismatch in consultation between what the patient, or patient's family, contributes, and the contribution from the person sitting on the other side of the desk? Please tell me we've just been unfortunate...
Anyway, Christine, Big, virtual hugs to you, and I hope you bounce back.
Ultimately, you are the captain of your ship, and can -to some extent - steer your course : perhaps see a different GP, ask for more consideration of your plight/ pain, or a referral. Insist, insist, insist. Because GPs don't always put YOUR case at the top of their list, means YOU have to press harder to get your pain looked into, or fears allayed. Good luck.

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:24am

Thanks, Sally; I hear what you are saying; I think that, unfortunately, we are in very similar positions, and both feel incredibly frustrated and helpless. It isn't helpful to either of us....so virtual hugs right back at you; and together we can walk on, one step at a time. xx

Orangeblossom Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 7:41am

Sometimes doctors seem to forget why they went into medicine. Or maybe it was just for status & power. I have found alternative practioners a load more caring, supportive & helpful. Last year saw an oesteopath & was lots better as a result. Thinking of you as you navigate your way around these alternatives. Hope that you are soon pain-free.

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:27am

Thanks, Orangeblossom; I can understand the GP's position a tiny bit; they are given Targets to see so many patients in so much time and have to stick to the guidelines or the whole practice is fined for time wasting. Incredible, but true. I am seeing an alternative healer in a few weeks; maybe get some symptom relief then...I hope your pain has now gone utterly; pain is so EXHAUSTING. xx

Hopeful One Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 7:59am

Hi Christine- my heart goes out to you. To be treated in that way by your GP is unacceptable in this day and age. I reckon your GP needs retraining in developing compassion and emphatic understanding. But there is a ray of HOPE which the neuropsychiatrist has offered you which I hope will make up for the unprofessional approach of your GP.

Could you please tell me how neuropsychiatrists differ from ordinary psychiatrists. Are they neurosurgeons with a qualification in psychiatry?

Hi Guys - i have been busy trying to complete my 2500 word essay for my Level $ hence my absence from the blogs.

We will resume normal service with this one.

Mildred who is single is the church gossip and self-appointed monitor of the church's morals who kept sticking her nose into other people's business.
Several members did not approve of her extracurricular activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence.
She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his old pickup parked in front of the town's only bar one afternoon.
She emphatically told George (and several others) that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing.
George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just turned and walked away.
He didn't explain, defend, or deny. He said nothing.
Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred's house... walked home... and left it there all night.

LP Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:47am

Hey HO, glad you're ok! :)) Hope you got the essay finished. That time of year in this house too! LP :)

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:30am

Thank you, HO; I think GP's do an excellent job under trying circumstances most of the time; I am now seeing another GP in the practice, and with luck and with fingers crossed, he WILL listen!! Glad your essay is finished...well done you! xx

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:33am

....oh, and by the way the difference betwee na psychiatrist and a Neuro-psychiatrist is that the latter are more rare:))and seriously, this is the difference: Neuropsychiatry is a branch of medicine that deals with mental disorders attributable to diseases of the nervous system. It preceded the current disciplines of psychiatry and neurology, which had common training. However, psychiatry and neurology subsequently split apart and are typically practiced separately....hope that helps! xx

Leah Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:24am

Christine
That is such an awful thing to happen. I would report him .
Please dont let this GP get you down especially after your good experience with the neuropsychiatrist that heard you. Can you focus at that positive experience and find a supportive GP?
Thanks for your vulnerable honesty. You are strong because you wrote this blog.

Just want to ask am I the only one who can see 2 blogs today?Scroll down and let me know if you see Preparing to be well. Otherwise I am seeing double.

LP Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:50am

I saw it but it's disappeared! Maybe it's been sorted or maybe we were seeing double! :)

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:37am

Thanks, Leah; you are so supportive! I have transferred to a different GP in the same practice; but the practice itself is struggling and is understaffed...I want MORE staff employed to ease on all fronts...so after my next appointment, I am going to ask if I can join a "civilian committee which oversees practice, rather than simply complain. I complain so often, I'm concerned I might be thrown out of the practice as a "trouble-maker" - really really. Shocking, yes? xx

Laura Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 1:50pm

This seems to be a common problem nowadays. Best way is to join patient groups. I seem to be constantly complaining and was worried, until I spoke with other friends who said they suffer the same syndrome as there's so much wrong in the system and the delivery of primary care.

Sally Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:30am

Yep, 2 blogs today.

Wyvern Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 10:37am

Do go and read the second blog Preparing to be Well - Lizzie has some great ideas for things to do that can help people on their journey.

LP Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:40am

Hi Christine,
I agree with what has been said, appalling treatment by your gp and psychiatrist for opening up such difficult issues with you, only to leave you "in the lurch". That's that as far as they are concerned it seems, but not for you! I have a feeling that you wont accept leaving both at that.

There will or wont be set backs, that is not in your control, but knowing that you can and will continue on your path, (regardless of a couple of insensitive, short-of-time individuals!) when you feel ready, belongs to you and is not for them to take away.
"Stripping" you of your "masks" gives it way too much power! It is how you have been feeling, which I am not dismissing, as when you're in that place it feels like that is how it could be for good, but that is only one way of viewing it. It's not the only way of describing how well you have been managing.

You may not be feeling very strong at the moment, but that feeling will pass and it sounds like you have already decided not to accept living with so much pain, physical or emotional. So there is your hope, your own decisions, that you have started acting on. Even taking the action of asking for help with your blog is positive action, which I hope leads to more.
There may also be professionals reading who can suggest something.
You may also have helped others in a similar situation. I'm sorry that I don't have any concrete practical suggestions, just a big bag of moral support! :)
Thank you for sharing your experience Christine. I know I haven't said anything new, but I hope just hearing some of it might give give your hope a boost. Take care, wishing strength and brighter hopes to you and us all, love LP xx

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:42am

THANK YOU LP, for taking so much time to write this; I feel honoured that you have done so; and YES, I am feeling much stronger now and feel much more able to continue along my road to recovery. Being heard by the amazing people on this Group helps much more than by quantified. I send you virtual hugs and best wishes for a wonderful day...xx

LP Wed, Apr 26th 2017 @ 12:11am

:) xx

The librarian Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 9:07am

Dear Christine,

Well done for writing your blog and speaking about your doctors. I'm not sure I have any advice or tips but often that is really not what's required - just being heard and understood makes all the difference.

Can you think of anything specific that would help?

I have a neurological condition that has no cure and I have to see nurses and consultants regularly. I get very fed up with it all, and with them! And seeing them tends to turn me into a foot-stamping child. Dealing with quickfire questions on subjects I've explained many times before, when my mind feels sluggish, not given enough time to reply and then their lack of listening being apparent in the very next question - aaarrrgh!

Then seeing a GP and everything is put down to the neurological condition rather than investigated in its own right, and the only solution ever offered are drugs that were designed for completely different conditions that don't suit me personally and that have side effects that are worse than the initial problem.

No-one thinking around the subject. Receiving sympathy/empathy when to be able to speak for yourself and the courtesy of compassionate listening.

There was a very good radio programme about doctors listening to patients and working with them to achieve the best quality of life:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04tjdlj

Might be worth sending it to your GP!

Writing a blog is great - letting it out that way.

Take very good care of yourself.

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:48am

How wonderful - and appalling - to hear your experiences match my own!! My sluggish brain ( I usually call it fried) and my difficulty with speech make answering questions while mopping up drool, very unpleasant and frustrating as they never ask new questions and I've answered the mall for years and years...and NO; no-one is thinking around the issues; they are very happy indeed to prescribe yet more unsuitable pain-killers with terrible side-effects, but when you say you refuse to take any more ,they kind of dismiss you; clearly the pain can't be that bad if you will not take pain relief for it...BUT THE CONDITION HASN'T BEEN SUCCESSFULLY DIAGNOSED!!! So how can a general pain killer have ANY effect??? Madness. Virtual hugs to you, Librarian; have a Wonderful Day...xx

Laura Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 10:15am

Dear Christine, my heart goes out to you. I have a neurological condition and now I have a new GP who is unhelpful and does not understand the condition which has caused me untold distress. He has refused to refer me to a neuro psychologist for help and I can't post what he said at the last appointment but suffice to say it was wholly unprofessional. I'm looking for another GP and I've joined the local patient advisory group so that I can speak up about the lack of services for people like me. I'm a supporter of the Brain & Spine Foundation (are you in the UK?) who have been of great help to me since my illness and campaign for better services for people with neurological conditions. They are really helpful and have a telephone helpline where you can speak to specialist neurological nurses who are experts in the field of neurological conditions. They're all very knowledgeable and understanding. Hopeful One - a neuropsychiatrist or neuropsychologist specialises in the impact/effect of neurological conditions in addition to psychiatry or psychology. I have sent my GP a letter explaining about my condition and included fact sheets about it from Headway. Eight weeks and I'm still waiting to hear from them, sadly I've discovered the surgery has been declared inadequate by the CQC and is facing losing their registration if they don't step up. Wishing you all the best.

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:51am

OMG. That is all I can say; OMG. How are you even coping??? I belong to Headway and to another Brain Trauma group - I am in Wales - and they have given more help than my GP!! Virtual hugs to you, Laura; I hope your day is as Wonderful as it can be...xx

Hopeful One Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 12:44pm

Hi Christine and Laura - thanks for explanaing the difference between the two specialities.

Laura Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 1:57pm

Hi Christine, I've worked in the NHS in non-clinical roles but as a manager and have experience in educating healthcare professionals so I've learned to stand up for myself. I'm talking to Headway about setting up a group in this area for the condition I've had as there are so many people out there struggling much worse off than me. First time I've replied on Moodscope, such a coincidence that you posted today whilst I'm having a bit of a low. So thank you for sharing. xx

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:54pm

Go for it, Laura!! I back you all the way! And I'm honoured to have been the Blog writer to persuade you into commenting...everyone is always so positive and helpful here...no threat at all. xx

Vivien Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 10:16am

Hi Christine, Virtual hugs and kisses to start! Well done for putting your feelings down. You are halfway there. I too had a problem with my GP. I hadn't been sleeping well so went to see if there was anything she could do for me. Her words 'well what do you want me to do? you need to speak to the Hospital'. My Mum is currently in Hospital, has been there 6+ months - the hospital do help me but like all parts of the NHS are grossly overstretched. Still, I then went and spoke to the Pharmacist and she was great. Talked me through what I could do, recommended some medication and said and I quote 'If you have any further problems, please come and see us. We are here to help' At last a human being. I did speak to a friend who works at the surgery and she said, go and see Dr A, B or C. You don't need to see Madam! So, Christine, sorry to ramble on, you are not alone, it may feel like you are at times, but I'm here and all Moodscopers. Take care and remember, you are bigger than them! Lots of love Viv xxxxx

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:55am

Thank you, Vivien; and yes, like you, I have now changed GPs if not the practice! I am hoping the new one will listen...but getting an appointment is really tough; in this new and terrible "overstretched NHS" we are dealing with, I phoned to make an appointment to see my "new" GP, back in MARCH; the earliest he can see me? MAY 11th. Really really. So, virtual hugs right back at you, and Together We can Make a Difference, Moodscopers Rock! xx

Deborah Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:05am

What beautiful honesty. It seems your physical pain has come to help you shed that emotional mask and to reveal the honest insightful and delightful person beneath.
And to bring you into the orbit of sensitive experts who can help .
Forget the others and go forward.
From here on I bet your "undoing" will bring you finally into the hands of real help and friendship. Stay true, unguarded and open.

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:56am

Thanks, Deborah; I believe you may well be right...I am sending you virtual hugs and blessings for a wonderful day...xx

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:53am

Hi to those who for some unknown reason have got the two blogs today. Sorry, I don't know why that has happened. Don't worry about commenting on Lizzie's blog as it is being sent out on Thursday! Carolinex

Ruth Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 11:56am

Do you think GPs are frightened of us? I think sometimes my G P can be crass because all he wants to do is get me out of the room and back to the Psychiatrist. I too wait around 14 days for an appointment. Crises unfortunately don't wait. Dear Christine your GP might be unable or unwilling to help but we are here with concern and care. x

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 12:00pm

THANK YOU Ruth! I do believe Moodscopers rock....such supportive comments today, I feel so much better. And yes; actually, I do agree with you; I think GPs scared of us; they can deal with simple problems but the complex neurological and mental issues leave them totally out of their comfort zone! Poor loves. Hugs to you, and I hope you have a wonderful day. xx

Laura Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 2:00pm

I am very worried about this new generation of GPs. My old ones would see me or my elderly mum the same day if I asked the receptionists, always fitted us in. Now it's a month's wait if your lucky or told to go to A&E. All the GPs work part time in my surgery and I think they've got defensive because they've upset so many people and try to pass the blame back on to the patients. NHS needs a big shake up it's in melt down.

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:55pm

I think GPs are struggling because the NHS is in meltdown; with so many bits of it being sold off, everything is in turmoil. xx

Vickie Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 12:25pm

Hi Christine,
You are so strong to be able to follow through on getting another doctor at this difficult time. May this new doctor show the warmth and compassion you deserve. Virtual hugs to you. xx

Christine Wed, Apr 26th 2017 @ 11:42am

Thanks, Vickie...fingers crossed, eh? Virtual hugs right back at ya! xx

Tutti Frutti Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 1:36pm

Hi Christine
I don't really know what to say to try and help but I just wanted to send virtual hugs. I often find that getting to rock bottom allows me to start healing emotionally but the length of time you are expected to have to wait for your treatment having had your assessment is dreadful. Would private counseling to help you through this vulnerable time be a possibility for you? As for your GP I had better not get started on what i think about him! Love and hugs TF xoxo

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:57pm

Thanks, TF; private counselling has been discussed and dismissed by the neuropsychiatrist who thinks it could possibly do more harm than good....I am willing to wait...but I think it will be a LONG WAIT! And I have changed to a different GP in the same practice, now; so fingers crossed he will listen!!xx

Rosemary Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 3:53pm

Hi Christine,
There is really nothing I can add to all the fabulous comments above - wow Moodscopers what a wonderfully supportive bunch you are :) I've not been around for a while but it's good to be back.
The only thing I would like to say Christine is well done for still being so strong despite the set backs and please remember ...the sun is always shining even when temporarily obscured by clouds.
Big hugs Rx

Jane SG Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:03pm

Really nice to see your name pop up Rosemary x

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:59pm

THANK YOU, Rosemary...I knew if I asked for help via Moodscope, it would come...and it has! xx

Toille Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 4:01pm

Hello Christine. I'm sorry to hear you have had such upsetting treatment from your former GP, all the best with the new one, I hope they treat you more like a human being.This might sound like an overly simple question but have you had your blood sugar checked? The reason I ask is I know of 3 people who had excruciating leg pains and they each had similar experiences of going back and forth to the GP with no joy...then it turned out each one had the same, high blood sugar! It seems a very basic thing was being over looked in each case. Also to share my own experience...After finding traditional nerve blocks did not agree with me, I found acupuncture extremely good for easing nerve pain, and as a bonus it left me with a great sense of well being for days after. All good wishes to you, I hope things turn around for you very soon.

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 9:03pm

THANKS, Tollie; I wish it could be as quickly diagnosed as that; I have my bloods checked quite regularly, and apart from once when the sugars were high, they are always in the low end of normal; but I have high hopes of some success with alternative therapist - an acupuncturist - so let's hope, eh? Interesting to find you too have had difficulty with nerve blocking meds; all they did with me is make me gain weight! xx

The Gardener Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 7:37pm

Hi Christine - sorry you are feeling abandoned. We live in France, and listen to Radio 4 every morning. No morning seems to pass without some diatribe about the failings of UK health, caring for the old, failure to recognise 'common' symptoms, no reaction to 'alarm' calls - long waits for A & E, operations etc. We presumed a lot was media hype, but it seems not. 15 years ago, when my Mum was very ill, I had to make an appointment, from here, even to speak on the phone to her GP three days later. He turned out super in the end, it was the system. She suffered the most awful neglect from social workers when she returned from hospital to her warden accommodation - messages not passed. Here we have super treatment. BUT. We are right near the Mt St Michel and a major motorway system. Fears have increased that the Mont could be a terrorist target - 15,000 people can be up there, virtually trapped, at any one time. And the French motorways are notorious for coach accidents. So, we have hospitals ready for anything 10 minutes away. Our GP is super - but he is overworked, two have retired, no replacements. As you come in to town the electronic notice board says 'Doctors wanted'. Finistere must be like Wales - the doctor to population ratio is the worst in France - no Doctor is going to go with a young family - very beautiful, but no infrastructure, miles to any school, and dire in winter. Hope life gets better for you Christine.

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 9:10pm

Hello TG! thanks for replying...and yes, Finistere sounds very like Wales...except we do have schools close by, but there is no work; so unless you are either retired (like us) or self-employed, there is nothing for families with young families to do other than move away for employment. How sad it all is; and here we have a large aging population, with a tiny medical centre, run by 3.5 doctors, plus nurses, but which should be run by 6.5 doctors! At least one of our GPs should have retired last year ,but feels that morally he cannot as we are in such dire straits. And; it is all going to get so much worse....ah well. TG, we do what we can, yes? Have a great evening. xx

Jane SG Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:02pm

Wow Christine, what a powerful blog. I've not read all the comments as in still in a lot of pain in my head but I had to respond - you are not alone. And plz complain about the GP. Go and get a second opinion. Big hugs to you xxxxx

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 9:11pm

Thanks for taking the time to reply, Jane SG; I do hope the pain in your head goes away soon...Have a great evening....xx

the room above the garage Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 8:40pm

Hello Christine, I'm late in...but I will ditto the words heard already, a change of GP definitely needed! I have heard a similar GP at our surgery speak to others similarly in the waiting room and now I rarely go to the docs but if I do and happen to be given him then I plan the visit. I tell him what I would like from the appointment. Last time I told him my physio said she thought I'd slipped a disc and I'd like pain killers and a muscle relaxant and I'd like an x-ray if it hadn't improved soon. He performed like a puppy, prescribed what the physio wished and said he could only request an x-ray if I still could stand upright after 8 weeks. This was easier because I knew what I needed... I dearly hope the other GP will bring a fresh eye and a warm attitude! Keep us posted, look forward to hearing the update and sending love from me, ratg x.

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 9:14pm

Hello RATG! Nice to hear from you...and yes, I applaud your technique with the GP. I get to see the new one in a couple of weeks (!!)and I have a list of things to talk about...including being referred on to the hospital in Queen's Sq London, where I had my original operation. So maybe something will come of that. I hope! Have a great evening....talk again soon! xx

Dee Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 9:00pm

I will add my good wishes to all the above, I have a good GP but am struggling with loneliness and fear, I am glad you have a partner, love to you both.

Christine Tue, Apr 25th 2017 @ 9:19pm

Hello Dee...I'm glad you have a good GP, but sad you are struggling with loneliness and fear...that is not good. However this is the most supportive group I have ever found...so do make use of it...thank you for your kind thoughts and here is a hug right back at you...huuuuuugggggg xx

Eva Thu, Apr 27th 2017 @ 9:00am

Hi Dee, sorry to hear that you are struggling, have you looked for help with the fear, could you get some counselling? And loneliness is a sad thing, is the fear keeping you from reaching out to friends /people in your community? I hope you can get some help and challenge these issues.

Molly Wed, Apr 26th 2017 @ 2:46am

I'm in the south of England, had terrible problems with our surgery . Cannot get appointments etc, tried other surgeries and was told this is normal across the board. It's worrying. I have given up on them for my mental health but my husband needs help, he has many things wrong and can hardly walk, we had to pay to go private to get things moving for him. Will cut this short to avoid a rant about the NHS. I could also write a book about the bad experiences we have both had. Just wanted to wish you well Christine, stay strong! It is very frustrating. I made a complaint once, didn't get me anywhere, just an apology, and then as you say, we are reluctant to complain again, I'm sure there is a warning on my file too!! But how many others? We cannot be the only ones. Good luck with it all, hope your new GP proves to be more helpful xx

Christine Wed, Apr 26th 2017 @ 11:57am

Hello Molly...thank you for troubling to add your name to the subject; I know what you mean about the NHS; I believe we are seeing its complete collapse, quite honestly...it is being sold off to private companies and it will never be what it once was. Sad for all of us. Sad for you and for your poor husband; all we can do is grit teeth and keep going. Huuuuugggggs to you...xx

Nicco Sat, Apr 29th 2017 @ 5:33pm

Christine - I'm wondering whether some doctors and so-called medical professionals get hard-hearted over the years as it seems that some lose all compassion. I'm glad you've managed to see a different GP - yes, appointments are getting so hard to make these days but my surgery tells me if I go online at 8am they release appointments then & it may be easier for me to get a quicker appointment that way. I've tried all the usual painkillers out there but they all seem to have intolerable side effects (well, intolerable for me anyway!) I wish you good luck. Nicco. x

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