Having To Go Private

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The consultants at the hospital have discharged me despite me

having excruciating pain after every bowel movement , no explanation why this is happening. Plus I can't eat without getting

very painful stomach cramps , bloating and diarrhea .

I've decided to have a private consultation with a gastroenterologist I haven't seen before . I need answers ,

It's a pity I am going to have to pay for it as no one can be bothered

on the NHS !!

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    Hi Linda,

    Doctors seem to know everything until you give them a slightly different problem and suddenly it's your fault (never theirs) that they can't help you!  Did he add insult to injury and tell you it's all in your mind?  I've known them to do this.

    I obviously don't know what research you've done for yourself so far but I found Michael Mosley's book clever guts to be very enlightening (and entertaining). Full of facts I didn't know about how the gut works, how important the right flora in there are - and suggestions to help keep (and introduce) those flora. Your digestion is basically all down to what your gut flora is like so this may help you take control of it.

    Hope this helps


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      I think I'd have done the same!

      There's ways and means of giving information and that doesn't sound a very good one.  I very much doubt this was her intention but maybe she was thinking a little abdominal massage might help? It might - I used to do this for my husband, little circular movements following the rough line of the colon, starting at the pubic bone, around to your right and up to the abdomen, across the top and down the left side to the pubic bone again.  I used just three fingers pressing very gently and made little clockwise circles while slowly following the bigger circle.  I read that this could help encourage reluctant movements to get moving!

      She might just have meant just some gentle walking might help - but then again, I think she was just being very rude and actually hadn't got a clue - you could report her!

      Have a look at Mosley's book on line and see what you think.  It won't hurt and might actually help!

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      She meant for me to go out walking ! I ended up in hospital that night

      with an infection !

      I see they have the book you mentioned in the library, I'm going

      to ask them to get it for me . Thanks for the info.

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      Hi Felinia

      On that occasion there was another GP sitting in with her

      and as soon as I came out and closed the door they both burst out laughing.

      I went home devastated . I haven't seen her since .

      I wish I had reported her now .

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      How we all wish we had the mental and physical strength to have gone back in there and shame them with their laughing!  To have that attitude with someone who is clearly ill and in pain just shows what a huge gap there is between good caring doctors and those in it mainly to take their well paid early retirement. 

      You'll probably get more help from this site anyway!  There are also good support groups for just about everything on face book if you go there?

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      That’s dreadful - how awful that you had to tolerate that behaviour. The problem is the only time we go to our GP is when we are ill and vulnerable and not in the best position to fight back. When I had my first flare I went to my GP to see if I could get an appointment. I was doubled over with pain and sweating profusely and couldn’t get past the receptionist who told me to go to the walk in clinic (6 miles away). So I did and they sent me straight to hospital where I stayed for over a week. My good GP retired and the place is now populated with kids who know nothing.  I now recognise when I am getting a flare up and put myself into a liquid diet. I drink soup and Complan for a few days and it usually stops it getting too bad as long as I catch it on time. I’ve found a link to my flares and exercise. The first one I have was after I lifted something heavy and the other after a bike ride. There’s a thread on the topix forum about exercise and DD flares. But some exercise to get the bowels moving is good. I hope you get it all sorted. 
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