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My final bellyache
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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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