Burning legs and pins and needles..why does gp not allow me to see consultant..asking me to pay £200

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help needed, i have severe burning kegs most days and nights alongside pins and needles in feet, hands and upper legs. seen GP who say nothing can be done. ive recently seen another gp same practice who has made me a private appointment costing me £200. why when I have worked 50 plus years paid my taxes etc.

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    Are you in the UK? If so it sounds like the GP is asking you to go private, I had no choice but to do that as the waiting time was so long. I then got an MRI done at an NHS hosp. I later had surgery at a hospital 100 miles away. My problem is post-stroke pain, an infarct in the brain which leads to horrendous, unbearable pain. Your symptoms sound like a spinal problem, but at the least you should be sent for an MRI scan. Hope you find some answers.

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      Hello,

      yes i am in the uk...lancashire area. i dont like the way they say there is nothing can be done. i have read up on HEALTHLINE and there is..its just getting gp to sort it. Hope your pain free now and thank you so much for replying to me.

      SUE

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      Doctors often don't suggest natural treatments for neuropathy because they prefer to offer medications instead because they are paid to do so. They are instructed to offer anti depressants as a first option. If type is refused, they offer others. If none are accepted, they don't offer anything else. Unfortunately, these medications can cause more problems that the neuropathy itself. Try looking into natural,therapies. However, what works for one, may not work for another.

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    Very probably the NHS don't have the best specialists and treatments because it is so cash strapped. That's a possible reason why you were given a private appointment. Sometimes you have to pay a lot of money if you want top quality services.

    However, the first GP you saw is in part right in what he said. There is very little you can do with neuropathic pain; this is what I experienced with my GP who didn't refer me to any specialist at all and only suggested low dose antidepressants which I felt were not the best option for me, so I refused them. The only thing that works for my neuropathy is heat.

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      thanks Pippa...heat is the total opposite for me he minute any heat comes on at home, my legs burn like mad. even in the coldest winter i have to keep away from the heat. ive been given PREGABLIN 75 mg. ive seen GP this morning who has now given me ametripoline ..dont think ill be using this.

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      Everyone is different with neuropathy and this makes it difficult to treat. My doctor wanted to try me on Amitryptaline and other anti depressants. I think you are far better off trying natural options first. Ask your doctor at your private appointment for other solutions. I find physical exertion aggravates my neuropathy and cold, damp weather. I can live quite normally with my neuropathy, although it can be quite annoying when it flares up.

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    It sounds like peripheral neuropathy to me as my symptoms are exactly the same. It is very difficult to treat, mainly trial and error to see what works for you. I have been thru most of the treatments and nothing has worked so far. Your doctor should refer you to see a neurologist at the local hospital or the local pain clinic. Going private will make no difference at all apart from being seen quicker. Normally you'd be paying to see the same dr anyway.

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