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My final bellyache
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j4 From: j4 Date: June 9th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: if you're in pain and knacked no job is the right job

I would love to cheer up and lose some weight.

I can't remember what they tested for the last time it got really bad (apart from the ultrasound for gallbladder stuff which didn't find anything), I think they did do a couple of blood tests actually but god knows what for. That was in Cambridge though so it must have been oh my god over 2 years ago.

(The problem with asking GPs to test for specific things... well. I still remember the look I got when some GP ages ago told me that there was no way Prozac could be anything to do with the side-effects I was getting, and I said "but I looked it up in the BNF and it lists it as a known side-effect". Basically if you actually do your homework then you're obviously either a nasty little smart-arse or a hypochondriac.)

I think another part of the problem here is that I know my mum has similar problems sometimes so part of me just thinks at myself "oh for god's sake, all women get this, stop whining". And when it's in the "just uncomfortable" phases I think "I can't go to the doctor for a bit of trapped wind when PEOPLE ARE DYING OF TEH AIDS CANCER etc". Though then that leads into the "If I can't cope with a bit of stomach pain I am never going to be able to have children", which then reminds me "Oh wait, stomach doom means that I have about as much sex drive as a bowl of overcooked lettuce, so I am never going to have children anyway and furthermore I am not fulfilling my duties as a Wife so it's no wonder if he hates me and wants to shag prettier women", which is frankly only one stroke of black eyeliner away from "I HATE MYSELF AND I WANT TO DIE".

Also, my parents don't understand me, and I wasn't allowed to keep a bear in my room. :-}

I think I need a "fucking emo badger" icon, maybe.
monkeyhands From: monkeyhands Date: June 9th, 2009 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: if you're in pain and knacked no job is the right job

I have so, so much to say about the way mainstream medicine intersects with culture, but your LJ is not the place to do it. All I would say is that sometimes, with the best will in the world, GPs don't give you the best advice.

You've tried the Gaviscon, you've done what you were told, and it isn't working, so you're justified in going back to ask them to look again. I know this advice is eerily similar to the advice you'd get about a work grievance, but anyway: keep a diary. Record your symptoms every day, as dispassionately as you can. Maybe give the pain a score between 1 and 10. GPs are used to people who say "It hurts all the time" and they've learnt to discount that kind of language. It's harder to ignore someone who says "This is what I've been experiencing over the past month".
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