After being diagnosed with functional disorder my GP has just refused me a sick note!

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After first being told I have multiple system atrophy I have now been told I have functional illness. Just been told by my GP that as nothing is wrong with me she can’t give me a sick note! Has anyone else had this problem

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    Hi can I ask who originally diagnosed you with MSA and was it in UK
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      Hi, I was diagnosed by a consultant neurologist in the UK. He even informed the DVLA as he thought my symptoms were too severe for me to drive any more
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      They did a DAT scan and found nothing, but I have been assessed by an occupational therapist who has said my motor function ability is severely impaired. I use a wheelchair as I cannot walk more than a couple of yards
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      My paternal grandmother had Parkinson’s and my maternal grandmother had MS. I have been told by another neurologist that my illness is functional but not associated with stress
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      So from there you obviously got a written report regarding your diagnosis from the consultant stating you have MSA, this sounds cruel but can I ask how old you are and what was the consultants prognosis regarding life span
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      Muscle wasting, can’t walk, problems swallowing, very poor grip in hands, foot drop and the list goes on. I have never suffered from anxiety or depression
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      Yes I had a written report which diagnosed MSA, was prescribed Madopar, told the DVLA had been informed and I would need input from a mobility clinic. At the time I was 55 and prognosis was 5 to 7 years. 
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      I’m fighting now to have EMG done, symptoms are getting worse, I have very little movement in right foot, can’t move toes and muscle twitches severe. 
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      If you really do have muscular atrophy - I think you do need NCS and EMG doing - to check for MND and Muscular Dystrophy. 
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      I’ve been fighting for this for a while now, even with my familial history of neurological problems, my local GP seems to be struggling. I’ve asked for another appointment with my neurologist
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      I think you need to phone your neurologists secretary and explain the situation and also emphasis the fact your GP is telling you that you do not have this disease or any other.

      She will then pass this information to your neurologist and I am positive he/she will see you again, you don't need to be re referred as your already on there books, explain also you are now using a wheelchair permanently and that you have lost the feeling in toes, did you question your GPs decision that you are fit for work and don't have any illnesses

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      What I should have said is she is a new GP, my old GP was very happy to give me sick note. That’s very good advice to ring the secretary I’ll do that and let you know what happens
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      Yes I suffer from tremor and the rigidity is mainly in my feet. Also from muscle cramps and twitches, but the cramps seem to be giving way to twitches
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      I was always slim but have gone from 8stone 3 to 6 stone 6 in about six months while still eating normally
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