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Doc around the clock
So yesterday I finally got FED UP of feeling rubbish, and phoned the GP to see if I could get an earlier appointment than next Thursday. Amazingly, they had a cancellation and thus could fit me in at 5pm.

I told the doctor the whole lot, about the ongoing stomach pains and the mood crashes and everything. He still doesn't actually know what's causing the stomach pains, but he's taken a million more blood samples to test for various Bad Stuff, and booked me for an ultrasound to check for gallstones (not as unlikely as you might think, my dad had his gallbladder out in his late 30s and his mum also had gallbladder problems when she was relatively young). It'll probably take a couple of months for me to move up the waiting list for that. He also said that it sounded quite unlikely that it was directly diet-related (though I suppose if my innards are squiffy anyway then eating things might make it worse), but if we can't find anything else then it might be worth trying an exclusion diet. However, he feels (and I'm with him on this one!) that we might as well do the other tests first, if only so we know what it isn't.

Incidentally, he says that if it was stomach ulcers then the first lot of tablets I got prescribed would have knocked them on the head immediately, and they didn't, so he's ruling that out. And he couldn't feel any odd lumps or anything when he poked my stomach ("I'm not poking it, I'm examining it!" -- still felt like a poke though), which is probably a good thing.

He's agreed that it wouldn't be a bad idea to come off the Pill altogether, and he gave sensible and non-patronising advice on contraception (thank goodness, otherwise I might have had to POKE HIM WITH A STICK), including telling me that the GP can prescribe the morning after pill for free (which I didn't know). He said he really doesn't think the Pill is what's causing the stomach pains, but he agrees it's probably at least partly to blame for the moods. So I'm coming off it at the end of this pack (soonish) and we'll see what happens. Hopefully I will magically have normal periods and no more stomach pains or horrible moods, but the doc says that's almost certainly wishful thinking (and he's probably right). It'd be interesting to see what I'm like "normally", i.e. without added hormones, though.

He hasn't prescribed me anything new for the stomach stuff, which is quite a relief both from a financial point of view (prescription charges don't half add up) but also from an OH GOD NOT MORE FVCKING DRVGS point of view. In the meantime, unfortunately, I still feel fairly wretched. I think I had about an hour's unbroken sleep last night, the rest of the night being spent tossing and turning and scrunching and stretching to try to get into a position where my stomach wasn't hurting. At about 4 a.m. I gave up and went to read for a bit and hug a badger and drink some Coke, on the grounds that the fizz might force some of the wind out (and if it didn't the book and badger would hopefully take my mind off things); this seemed to have some effect, at least, I managed to get some more restless sleep. More feeling rotten when I woke up, but after addedentry had headed off to work I made myself get up and drink some more Coke and go to work. (Since doing-nothing doesn't seem to make things any better, I may as well do something!) Have had nothing but Coke and water so far today and the pain is down to a manageable level -- not great but sufficiently reduced that I can sit at the computer and concentrate on stuff (well, as much as I ever can).

Despite the fact that it doesn't seem to make any difference what I eat (last night's fish fingers and chips and peas were nice, and didn't make me any better/worse) I've been dreading trying to eat something for lunch in case it does make me feel worse. But I have to eat something, and frankly I say bollocks to the whole feeling-guilty-about-eating thing -- even the doctor agreed that food is to be enjoyed! -- so I am going to go to the shops and find some tomato soup or BOVRIL or something that will feel like a bit of an invalid-luxury. :-) And if I feel better at the w/e I'll follow atommickbrane's suggestion and make some apple crumble.

Oh, and, the doctor weighed me, and apparently I am only nine stone, which is about a stone and a half lighter than last time I bothered to weigh, and not really very overweight at all, so god knows where that's all gone. If it turns out I've got a tapeworm, do you think they'll give me the choice of keeping it?
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simont From: simont Date: August 26th, 2005 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
"I'm not poking it, I'm examining it!"

God, yes, doctors are terrible for that, aren't they? I'm only mildly ticklish most of the time, but whenever a doctor puts their hands anywhere near my abdomen I start squirming like a mad thing before they even make contact. I don't know what it is about the specific way they prod, but it's definitely something.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 26th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmmm. I'm hyper-ticklish, but amazingly the doctor managed to prod my stomach for ages without triggering the tickle reflex -- he was just hurting when he poked too hard.
my_name_is_anna From: my_name_is_anna Date: August 26th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think 9 stone could be overweight for anyone.
No one over about the height of 4 foot, anyway.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 26th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I am only little -- 5'1" -- and the height/weight charts seem to suggest that 9 stone is overweight. Bollocks to that, though! It's all muscle, I'm telling you.

Ideal body weight for women
And another one, not by a weight-loss company
From: bibliogirl Date: August 26th, 2005 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
My goodness, I think you have found the only sane doctor in the NHS!

Cream of tomato soup, oh yes, definitely. Custard with the apple crumble on the weekend?

If eating has been annoying your stomach and thus you've been eating less, I think we can make a reasonable guess where the extra twenty pounds or so has gone.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 26th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
But I haven't been eating less, at least, not that I've noticed -- eating doesn't seem to make any noticeable difference for better or for worse, though of course if I'm feeling really rotten I don't feel so much like eating (in that I don't really feel like doing anything at all). But it's only been the last few days that I've felt so bad I just wanted to hide under a duvet. And I ate like a horse all last week when I was on holiday! (Lots of bread and cheese and chocolate, too, so if it was a dairy or wheat allergy I would surely have been writhing by day 3 of the holiday.)

Cream of tomato soup would be good if the Co-op does some that's microwaveable... Bovril might be better value-for-money though as I can buy a big jar and keep it at work for emergency lunch crises. And I really do love Bovril. :-)
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: August 26th, 2005 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)

ta for update :-)

That's so funny: when I saw you I actually thought to myself: ooh, she's about the same height I am but she only weighs nine stone!! That's cool, maybe someday I could do that too!

Then you came up with this 10s 5lb idea and I thought last night: where has she put *that*? Maybe she has the most impossibly massive hips and thighs EVAH, but how come I didn't SEE them? Lead shoes? What??? Tomorrow, I thought, I'll maybe float the idea she gets weighed at the doctor's next time she's there.

Good for you, going hormone-free for a spin. It will be, at the very least, different.

Sooooop of the evening, beautiful soup. Just going off for some now.
keris From: keris Date: August 26th, 2005 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm doing the fake hormone free thing at the moment, although I was only trying them for a year and a half and got fed of of massive side effects and them keeping prescribing stronger and stronger pills as the answer to those side effects... It's quite nice having my own ones back, in a strange kind of way...

Also, I'd recommend Bisodol indegestion tablets as a good way of helping out with the trapped wind stuff. They're not magic or anything but help me a little bit. They come in rolls of 20 so might be worth trying a packet. But you've probably tried them anyway...
j4 From: j4 Date: August 26th, 2005 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I've tried various different indigestion things (including super-strength stuff that the doc prescribed last time) & none of them have helped... but thanks for the suggestion. If it carries on I'll probably be trying absolutely everything anyway. :-/
sion_a From: sion_a Date: August 26th, 2005 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you sure you wouldn't have had to EXAMINE HIM WITH A STICK?
j4 From: j4 Date: August 26th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)

You can't do that here!
From: hsenag Date: August 26th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
prescription charges don't half add up

I dunno if you're anywhere near the level where it'd help, especially since contraceptives are free, but are you aware of prepayment certificates?

From http://www.ppa.org.uk/ppa/ppc_intro.htm:

People who have to pay for more than 5 prescription items in 4 months, or 14 items in 12 months, could save money by buying a PPC. From 1 April 2005, the charge for a single prescription item is £6.50, whereas a 4-month PPC will cost you £33.90 and a 12-month PPC £93.20.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: August 26th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for competent doctors and a sensible range of options to examine. Also, *hugs*.

I kind of gave up on body mass index things ever being useful in August of 1998, when I looked up the appropriate for my height and build and actual weight, and it told me "Umm... you're dead." [ I was a very thin layer of rysmiel painted over bone then. Used to bruise people with my bones while hugging them. Not going there again. ]

Also, wrt taking care of invalid food, do you do, and can you get in Cambridge, miso soup ? I would think some of the Asian shops on Mill Road would have it, and I've found it an absolute godsend for getting nutrition in when digestion is being balky, and also yummy.
j4 From: j4 Date: August 26th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Miso soup is a great idea. I will go and look!

Bovril was good in the meantime, though. Mmmmm.
k425 From: k425 Date: August 27th, 2005 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay for your GP. Apart from the poking.

Have you tried fennel tea? Quite good for various windy problems.
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