Yes - sometimes your doctor doesn't give a damn & etc.

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Just thought I'd post something on my hospital experience. Two weeks ago I had a consultation with a surgeon at the provincial govt hospital under which my suburb is registered. I was referred there because my GP thought I had Gallstones. My cholesterol was 5.89 (AND THIS WAS WHILE I WAS NPO)  and my bp was 142 / 97. I don't know what it is now since I have taken meds and changed my diet but yeah, to continue... The surgeon I was sent to turned out to be someone who really just didn't care. Aside from being rather weak in the language of English he also suggested that my illness was psychosomatic and that may I was just having a panic attack. I told him: "Doc, check my file. I haven't been to a hospital in nearly ten years. I have not been this ill for a decade. The common flu or bug I handled with home remedies because I hate hopsitals - why would you claim that it's all in my head if this is the case. My folder is barely a page long." Mortified and a bit irritated the doctor decided to check my symptoms and lo and behold my right side was tender. He put me on an ultrasound waiting of (wait for this) 2 MONTHS!!! I was furious. I was in extreme pain, struggling to breathe and I had severe chest pains and this guy was telling me to WAIT for 2 MONTHS. At least he had me take a blood test as well - which was one point in his favour but he still persisted; "But you don't have jaundice, and you look really healthy. You've even lost weight - are you sure you're sick?" I almost strangled him! Well as it stands I have six weeks between now and my ultrasound appointment and in the meantime I am SUFFERING. Chills all the way from my stomach up to my throat, pain around the upper right quadrant of my abdomen whenever I do something excessive like lift my legs when I walk or exercise. It's terrifying. Lord knows how many times I thought I would die, hemmorage or worse, get a heart attack (and I don't even have heart problems) I have dropped a whopping 25 kilograms since November last year and I am now 86kgs, only 16kgs away from my optimum weight of 70kgs. As happy as I am about this I am concerned about the healthcare professionals we are stuck with. 

I understand that they are human. I understand that they are people that can get ill from overworking just like the rest of us. I understand every human issue. BUT STILL - show a bit more compassion won't you?

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    Wow, what an experience you have had. All your symptoms sound just what I went through. Gallstones with GALLBLADDER removal. Where are you from?
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      United kingdom.

      For several years my pain was put down to my diverticulitis. But

      When on holiday admitted to Exeter hosp. Gallstones found, emergency treatment to remove one stone as stuck in bile duct.

      And worried it would move to the liver. All treatment was excellent. Nurses were really run of there feet, and did every - thing to make stay comfortable. Once home rushed back to hosp. In for a week with inflamed gallbladder. Back home and then another stone found in gallbladder neck. Finally gallbladder removed 6 weeks later. It's sad to hear the horrors of others

      and the treatment received. Totally agree with Debbies

      comments.

      Having had many ops, it's sad to see how the NHS is going downhill. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. I praise the staff and what they go through. I pray that whatever government comes to post will not destroy what we have.

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    My deepest sympathies go out to you as I am in the same predicament and have been in agony now for six months - can't eat or drink without screaming with pain, lost loads of weight and would have lost a lot more had I not literally forced food down despite the pain.  Doctors in my opinion always seem to not believe what you are telling them and it beggars belief that they can leave people in this amount of pain and suffering - if you left an animal like this you would be up in court for cruelty. My GP offered me counselling for y problem at one point which shows that they don't believe you.  Not sure where you are located but I'm in the UK and subject to the NHS waiting lists.  I had to pay to see a private gastroenterologist to get a diagnosis as all the GP's could say was, that I didn't have cancer.  The gastroenterologist ordered a HIDA scan which revealed that my gallbladder was only working at 9% and needs removing - so with that and after three months of suffering I was referred to a surgeon - then back to the NHS waiting times, needed to wait another month - again I paid to see the surgeon privately to try and get myself onto his surgical waiting list as soon as possible.  Still haven't got a date and it certainly isn't going to happen until at least April - I am going for a preop assessment on 23 March.

    Like you the terrible worry of what can go wrong in the meantime is a constant issue - in the dead of night when the pain keeps me awake I think the worst - rupture of gallbladder, peritonitis, infection, pancreatitis etc.  I voiced my concerns to the surgoen but he didn't think that there was anything to worry about - there again I'm not sure whether he believed how much pain I really am in.  I've not worked for six months and my job is at risk.  My partner is suffering from severe stress just from having to watch me writhing about about in pain day in and day out and constantaly shares my sleepless nights. No-one seems to care at all anymore - I don't know how they get away with leaving people in such extreme circumstances.   My GP offered me morphine last time I went to see him (now I've got a physical diagnosis)  but I declined otherwise I'm going to end up hooked on drugs too.

    Sorry that I can't offer you anything in the way of a solution to your problem - just wanted to let you know that you are not alone.  I sincerely hope you get a solution soon.

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      OH MY GOD DEBBIE!! That sounds terrible!!! I am so sorry for your ordeal. I can only imagine how hard it must be for you and your family. I am praying for you and I hope for the best! They really should treat you better. And yes I went through that too, for a while I couldn't eat either. Had to force myself to eat.
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      The situation seems to be very similar the world over.  At least I have a date for my pre-op assessment which tells me that I am getting there - I just keep wondering if I'm going to make it to the operation - maybe in medical terms its not that serious but its bloody painful.
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      I can only imagine. My right side pain is not too bad but my breathing tends to be a problem and both my shoulders hurt badly. Although I had this checked the doctors insist that I don't have a heart problem. That instead it may be something else. The rest of my symptoms match gallbldder issues as I am rarely fatigued and my face isn't pasty or grey. To think that this time, last year, I was doing well, eating what I wanted and working like a maniac to pay my varsity debts. It's kind of unnerving.
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      Hi Debbie I find myself in a similar situation where no one believes me and have had numerous ultrasounds that reveal no stones and have had a CT scan to no avail. I want to get a private Hida done so could you please tell me where you had it done and the cost if possible and any contact information. I am going in circles as my consultant has now put me on a routine waiting list for another ultrasound. I cannot take much more of this and have no choice now but to try and do things myself.
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      Are you in the UK? I was going round in circles for 3 months with agonising pains and GPs not really believing me due to a normal ultrasound - they were treating me for gastritis fir 3 months with no improvement and I was also going out of my mind. I finally requested to see Professor Geoffrey Sandle at Spire Healthcare in Leeds. From the symptoms alone he immediately thought it was gallbladder related. As I was uninsured he referred me to St James hospital in Leeds for the Hida scan - I don't think they do this test at all private clinics in the UK so I don't know what the cost. The cost of the consultation with Prof Sandle was worth its wright in gold. It would appear that GPs know very little of this test - three of mine at never heard of it nor do they know anything about biliary dyskinesia which is disgraceful in itself. If you are seeing a consultant, just ask for the Hida scan - if the refuse just ask for a private referral fir one - they shouldn't be able to refuse that. If all else fails ask fir a second opinion.

      Ihave had problems for many years and was fobbed off with irritable bowel syndrome - had I had the Hida test sooner, I probably wouldn't be going through the nightmare I am going through now - but at least I can see the light at the end if the tunnel as I go for my preop nxt week.

      I'm not a great believer in scans for obvious reasons and I find it disgraceful that a doctor places a higher priority on test results and images and completely ignores a patients symptoms.

      I fully sympathise and relate to your situation and hope that you get answers soon.

      Best wishes

      Debbie

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      Thanx for the reply Debbie. I have just managed to find a hospital in Cheshire which will do one privately for £331. The person I spoke to was very helpful and gave me relevant consultant name etc. It seems that I have to get my GP to refer me privately to the consultant there and then she will determine if I should have the scan or not. I need to determine before I pay for an appointment that they will do it though and not just waste my money. Alternatively the London Gastroenterology centre want £250 for initial consultation and I am waiting for their cost of the scan to come through. I have to pay as I go as I have no insurance but really now am almost prepared to pay through the nose to get this sorted. Even if it just rules it out and I can go in another direction. Hope everything goes well for you. Take Care.
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      Glad you're getting it sorted - I paid £240 for initial consultation with gastroenterologist and then another £230 to surgeon to get onto surgical waiting list. Sadly couldn't afford £5000 fir the op but hopefully Im nearly there.

      Best of luck

      Debbie

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    Hi tamsyn59552

    Firstly sorry your suffering at the moment. I can sympathise.

    Here in the UK, I had to wait 8 months to see the upper GI surgeon. Who advised me it's not my gall bladder and probably my pancreas! All my symptoms match a dysfunctional gall bladder. I was refered for a CT scan which was a 10 week waiting list so I paid to go privatley. I cannot afford it and have put myself in debt for it. The next thing is I have been refered to a gastroenterologist this is another 10 week wait. I am now due to see them at the end of April. Meanwhile I have symptoms stacking up as long as my arm!

    When I saw the surgeon, I had no compassion, he actually asked me at one point what exactly it was that I wanted him to do. So I told him "I want you tell me what's wtong with me and put it right" he said he couldn't do that.

    It's so fraustrating that things take so long! I too have lost weight and ive lost weight passed where I feel comfortable, I like a bit of meat and curves on me but unfortunately they have all disappeared! I am 5ft 3" and 56kg. Which is still within normal range and my bmi is also normal.

    Luckily for me my 3 month wait to see the panic management clinic is next week! So finally someone can help me with the pains.

    I hope you manage to sort your pains soon.

    Take care

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    Oh my goodness!!!! If my doctor everlooks at me and ask me if I am sure I am sick --I will get up and leave! of course, I will have my say before I do! HA! I am so sorry you are going throughall this. It just took one attack for me and ct scan showed stones. The next wk. had surgery. I know how much pain you are in and you should not have to wait 2 months for surgery. Find you a doctor that really cares about his/her patients. There are still some of them out there. Keep me posted...  redface
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