Should i feel wrong'd by my Gp's treatment over the years!

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de1amo

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About 8 years ago i was taken off my consultant's list and passed over to my GP because i was stable and as normal as a person with MD could be.
Each year i have had my blood tests for thyroid, liver and carbamazipine level taken and apart from mutterings about my liver function being 'raised' i was led to believe i was doing ok and nothing was up.
Anyway move on 8 years and i have now opportunity to get free private consultations due to my foreign wife's medical cover. İ jumped at the opportunity of having a full body revision with all the blood tests. What came back has shocked me and left me angry with the way i seem to have been misled by my gp. i have dangerously high cholestral and the liver function of an alcoholic. i always told the Gp i drank a normal amount which is the truth and he never advised me to stop. it was also found that my carbamazipine level was no where near theraputic and could explain why i found alcohol such a relaxant because i have always been 'taught'--i have increased my own carba under the instruction of a private consultant and have just had another blood today.----i have felt a million times better since i upped the meds and my wife thinks she has a new husband.My liver may never recover though.
i dont know how or what to do when i see my Gp at the end of July --i have all the results and reports in my hands --i feel real anger!!
 
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I see you're from, the UK like me. Shockingly crap metal health care if you ask me unless you go private.

I'm cyclothymic and once when I told my GP I needed a psychiatrist he told me the waiting list was too long and the only way was if I was a threat to myself. Was given citralopram which did sod all. Another GP told me 'A lot of poets and philopshers were depressed, why don't you try writing philosophy' and gave me paroxetine!

I later felt so bad I tried to overdose and took like two packs of paroxetine. Woke up in my flat which was covered in vomit and undigested tablets (thank Bejus.) Went to the local hospital ER and told them what had just happened and they said I was stupid for trying that and sent me away with zero psychiatric consultation.

I currently live in Shanghai and went private and my psychiatrist recognised symptoms of bipolar right away.

Have been on seroquel 300mg and 2mg clonazepam for a month and have felt 100% normal for the first time in years. Zero side effects and full nights sleep, even started a weight training routine and taken up hobbies.

Private is the way to go, sadly current rates make it hard for those on an average blue collar wage hard to impossible to afford it. Luckilly my salary is pretty good so I can afford to see my psychiatrist, Havard trained and chair of psychiatry and Shanghai united Familly Hospital twice a month and afford my meds.

GP's in the UK have little knowledge of psychiatry and mostly hand out anti-depressants and xanax. Looking back at the states I had been in when I saw them in the UK, it was obvious I has symtpoms of bipolar. They missed it completely. I have been told the average time they have per consultation is a couple of minutes due to understaffing and too many patients.

Shockingly bad.

Private is all I would trust for myself or familly members.

The money spent is worth the peace of mind for me.

I hope my cynacism towards psychiatric care on the NHS (or my lack of) doesn't scare anyone away and others might have better experiences than I, and I truly hope they do.

I hope you manage to find peace and treatment that keeps you balanced. :)
 
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İ really dont know why they bother taking the bloods if they take no action! the private specialist says my liver function hasnt just gone like this-it takes years of heavy abuse to have such an abymismal result.--the misfunctioning liver triggered the dangerously high cholestral levels which leads to heart problems.-i have seen a heart specialist and done an effort test and fortunately i am A1 in that respect.--All these actions are taken on the same day as the first results come through.--my wife is Turkish and this is all happening in Turkey where my wife pays higher national insurance rate which allows all of the family to see private doctors for a minimal additional fee(5 quid a course of treatment) the national insurance fee is no where near as high as the uk Nİ rate.
i feel like seeking legal action against the NHS!
 
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