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Doctors in the bush communities

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northern

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Well I have been going to a GP for approx 7months {only took me 1 1/2 years to find a GP here in the Country willing to take me on as a new patient} with regards to new health issues and now once again I am finding it very hard too actually turn up for appointments.

In January 09 I didn't bother to make an appointment as I was in such a state after Xmas. Hate that part of the year. The last appointment I couldn't go as my husband was away working. Such a relief in not going, yet I am suppose to go alot nearly every 3-4 weeks.

I can't sleep at all the night before. I rehash the past over & over again, starting from the start of my health & mental health problems to current day. I become very angry, and then find it very hard to breathe, being shallow.

In the morning of the appointment, I am constantly going back & forth doing not much at all. I get lost in my own home :eek: It's only a little cabin. I am in such a fog. I also have realize I have new issues such as counting, rechecking or constantly loosing stuff not to mention the depression that has been around for afew years now and the new Doctor all he says is 'Lets deal with the diabetes & heart first'. :confused:

The medication has made me so sick but I am told I will get use to it. You see I can not change my meds because of my heart unless I am to try injections of insulin, which I do not want to do, being phobic about injecting myself or pricking myself.

Would like to see him in my shoes for month:mad: and then there's that look of disbelief that I couldn't possibly suffer from chronic pain, as I don't take prescription meds any more for it :mad: he should see the over the counter stuff and the booze :innocent:

And before anyone says 'Find another Doctor', I live in the country where few Doctors practice. There is no public transport where I live and I only have a car available on weekends. It takes me an hour, just to get to a town to shop. The clinics are always full, most do not take new patients, some of the Doctors don't work weekends or they are so over booked & over worked.

To see a specialist can take up to 6 months before you’re likely to get an appointment as they have to come from City. Driving to them in a major part of the city takes approx 3-4 hours depending on where their surgery is and when there is no public transport or an available car all week it makes it hard even making a GP appointment in advance.
 
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Dollit

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I'm not sure I can say anything to help. I have no experience of where you live. Why do you take over the counter medication for pain when it's likely to be no where near as strong as the prescribed stuff? And mixing alcohol with pain relief is potentially fatal - why risk it?
 
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Apotheosis

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And before anyone says 'Find another Doctor', I live in the country where few Doctors practice. There is no public transport where I live and I only have a car available on weekends. It takes me an hour, just to get to a town to shop. The clinics are always full, most do not take new patients, some of the Doctors don't work weekends or they are so over booked & over worked.
I know how abysmal services are in rural areas; from personal experience. Medical care has been better since I moved to a larger town. Most people seem to say the same thing. Have you thought of moving?

The other thing; is to do your own research into things; & try to build up your own support network, which is again far harder in rural areas.

When I lived in rural England, I had severe drug/alcohol problems. The help simply wasn't there. The only action that was ever taken was to section me when things had reached absolute crisis - I would be stabilised in hospital; discharged back into the community; & discharged a few months after that; from all psychiatric services. I feel for you - I found the only way to get some of the help I needed was to completely move area.
 
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northern

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I know how abysmal services are in rural areas; from personal experience. Medical care has been better since I moved to a larger town. Most people seem to say the same thing. Have you thought of moving?

We only just moved here 4 years ago. We moved away from the city due to the noise, pollution, never having time for ourselves and the fact that I was always sick. Chronic hayfever & chronic chest infections.

The original plan had been that my husband would work afew days local and I'd work thru the silly season being a cleaner for the Motels & Caravan parks on the Murray River.

He just didn't bother looking for anything local and when someone called for his expertise, he now go's back too the big smoke. I am now on my own 5 days aweek with no transport.

And unfortunately the goverment here still will not place teaching hospitals in the rural sector, nor do they make it very worth while for our young Doctors to take up practise and then they also took away bulk billing which makes it very hard during a drought to come up with the cash to see a specialist local.

Unless your from the 3rd world countries and they bring you over here to doctor in the bush. Sorry but I had a Doctor once ask me what c3-c4-c5 was after I said I had whiplash:unsure:
 
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northern

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I'm not sure I can say anything to help. I have no experience of where you live. Why do you take over the counter medication for pain when it's likely to be no where near as strong as the prescribed stuff? And mixing alcohol with pain relief is potentially fatal - why risk it?
For the first 8 years I did take prescription pain relief which turned me into an addict, counting her pills all day long, panicing that I might run out before the month was up. I was one step away from having morphine injections for most of that time. I was a mess. Withdrawal was a bitch.

I had a friend that used morphine regularly and there was no way I was going down that route.

Then there comes a time even that type of pain med doesn't work and not to mention the rebound affect they give you. Feels like a mule has kicked you and the headaches, that you just wish would kill you outright so you didn't hurt anymore.

And NO! I do not mix pain meds with alcohol. The over the counter stuff is simple pain relief such as Nurofen for antiflammitory. Panadol Ostoe which my current Doctor recommended trying for long term relief and the odd occassional Mersydol for migraine. Very now and then I don't take anything and have a much needed drink which my old GP (who saw me thru the mess) had no problem with.

I have learnt after suffering for the past 21 years with Chronic pain that taking a pill or over drinking doesn't get you very far. After years of trying the medical way, I now do my own thing. If I can keep my mind on other things or though I am in pain, I can ignore it somewhat. Of course it doesn't do much for my mental health, when people look you up & down and judge you as being healthy because they do not see you suffering day in and day out.
 
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