Mental Health V's Physical Health

Faylen

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How often do you visit your gp with a physical issue but will not be taken seriously because of your mental health issues?

And your asked questions such as 'are you stressed', 'how are you feeling' and 'has anything happened at work or at home' rather than about your physical symptoms?

I actually go out my way to attempt to separate any form of mixing the two health issues - I will purposely avoid any mental health questions or even bringing it to their attention if I have a different doctor out of fear that I will not be taken seriously once it is acknowledged.

I have many times been ignored because of my 'tainted' record - this has resulted in no treatment - ending up in hospital numerous times - and now having a huge distrust of all medical staff (which will be put down to paranoia ....:/)

I don't think you should be scared to go to the doctors if your feeling unwell or be judged.

This is more of a rant I guess as I don't really know how to fix this problem but I hope one day it will be easier for people in the same situation.
 
Nikita

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It is a very real problem for all of us Faylen.I used to get it all the time before my thyroid problem got properly diagnosed,the doctors realized that I had a serious health problem which they missed and had put everything down to mental illness.For seven years they put everything I went through physically down to mental illness and I had undiagnosed diabetes too.

Since then 1997,I've been lucky cos they gave me a brilliant doctor who took all my physical complaints very serious and I haven't had problem since ,only once in 2010 I saw a doctor tried to put my sleep apnea down to anxiety but I put him straight that I'd seen a specialist who had diagnosed sleep apnea.I was worried that doctor was going to put everything I went to him for down to anxiety but I was lucky cos he left.

Both the doctors I see now are very good and don't mention my mental health if I go for something physical.If I were you I'd complain or take an advocate to the appointments with you,if you have a witness that the doctor is ignoring your physical health and putting it all down to mental health then you can get something done about it.Complain to the manager of the practice and also to the GMC (General Medical Council)against this doctor.I am sorry you have been treated so badly!
 
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Thanks for sharing Nikita.

I am glad that you finally have the proper support and good doctors that can help you with the problems separately.

Shocking that you had undiagnosed diabetes as well - not something they should skip on!

Well it happened again today! I was ill last week and ended up in hospital - I had a letter to give to my GP from the doctors.

This is all physical based. So how on earth did we end up having a debate about antipsychotics?! And how on earth have I landed myself yet another psychiatrist visit !?

Ahhh..... :/

I hope reading your experience that things will change eventually if I push it enough.
 
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This has always been a big problem for me.

I remember feeling like a tennis ball going from a psychiatrist who told me "Talk to your GP about this" to a GP who's say "Ask your psychiatrist if this is a side effect of your medication". :curseyou:

I've had really bad bowel problems (sorry if that's TMI) since December last year and luckily I did get taken seriously enough to get a colonoscopy which was clear. But as bad as it sounds, I almost wish something did show because now all i'm left with are doctors telling me it's related to stress and emotion.

I also suspect I have fibromyalgia but i've given up telling the doctor i'm tired all the time and in a lot of pain because they tell me it's the anxiety.

I'm sorry to hear of your experience Faylen and yours too Nikkita.
I do think what they say about the squeaky wheel getting the oil to be true.. if you persist enough with the GP they might take you seriously. I really hope so, anyway. :hug:
 

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