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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    Sadly here in the UK at this present moment in time the NHS is not fit for purpose and every step of the way towards first a diagnosis, referral to a specialist and then surgery is one big uphill struggle with lengthy waiting lists every step of the way.  Only the rich can get treatment on demand.
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      Yes I would like to know that too. Here in South Africa it's similar but they've already started subsidising for the poor or those who are on grants and pension.
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      The NHS is a completely free service for everyone - people think that that's great - I did until I started with this, six months ago and then you witness all the drawbacks - GP's who are overworked and don't really care followed by long waiting lists for every diagnostic test - then more waiting lists when referred to a specialist followed by more waiting lists if you need surgery.  The other option is to go private - not many people take out medical insurancein the UK because we have the 'wonderful' NHS so shouldn't need it.  Sadly thousands of people are currently paying a ver high price for 'free' healthcare here.
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      Nothing is "free"... Uk sounds like socialism. Someone is paying somewhere. In the U.S.A. there is obamacare and it wanted young people to pay for older people.it is not working at all. Free Market is the only right way. Government run anything cost you more because of taxes and does not work because of regulations choking. We are proof of that! Anyway, I sincerely hope you get better.
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      UK tax payers pay for the NHS, but rising costs, poor administration and an ever increasing population mean that the service is not meeting patients needs. I don't really know what the answer is - clearly all systems have flaws.
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      Dear Lord!! It sounds like a crisis! Why do people just leave things like that instead of improving the issue? Our president can spend BILLIONS on his Nkandla estate and his multiple wives but he doesn't give a fig about those struggling. The subsidies we get are useless and they are also available because other richer people pay tax - I am one of those who do. I cannot afford to go private and even if I was, it would still cost me an arm and a leg to pay. I just hope that something can be resolved here. If gallbladder disease / stones is such a simple disease why isn't it better researched? If it is so common, why don't doctors warn people against rich, fatty foods? If I had known this years ago, I would have tried my best to avoid all the KFCs and MacDonalds around my area. But it is no use crying over spilled milk. I ate badly, I am suffering, I may die - BUT MY DOCTOR IS GONNA HAVE TO TREAT ME BETTER DAMMIT!
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    I am so sorry to hear your experience. I was lucky in the fact that my consulatant couldn't have been more nicer if he tried. He took the time to talk me through everything and you didn't feel rushed. I go back in May and am hoping it is him that I see.

    I am lucky that I am not in the pain as others have described on here but still have all the referred aching pain down most of the left side of my body from the neck down to the foot.

    Hope that you get sorted out soon.

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    I cannot believe you have to wait 2 months for an ultrasound? I can get that same day in the states!!!! That is UNREAL!! I am so sorry Tara. I truly hope the pain fades until they can determine the cause sad
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      Every chinatown has good doctors and labs (western medicine) where you can do every visit and test quickly and cheap ,also surgery ,thats what I have dove in NY , full heart test same day ,ultrasound too ,abdomen mri +biliary test and many other procedure , I refuse to get into obamacare horror with the worse doctors and extremely long waiting lists . I prefer to pay the $1000 penalty for not having insurance ......which is dictatorial to impose such penalty to force you to buy something you don't want
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    Hi,

    I was in the same situation about 2 years ago. So totally feel your pain (literally!!!).

    At one stage I was even referred to a Psychologist. They made out it was all just in my head. Disgusting how ignorant people can be! Frustratingly my ultrasound did not show my stones. Luckily my GP fought by my side the whole way. Eventually managed to get a Endoscopic Ultrasound and they found the stones. With the amount of Emergency Room admissions they decided to take me into surgery a few days after to have my gallbladder removed.

    Having been through all this, my only advise would be to keep on at them and don't suffer quietly at home. If you are in a lot of pain, get seen quick whether it's emergency department or your family doctor. They need to be able to see how much this is effecting you to finally do something about it. I wanted to shove my ultrasound picture of the stones in my consultants face and say, show that to your psychologist!!! It's so true what they say - the person who shouts the loudest...

    I wish you the best of luck! I know how frustrating it is. Feel free to PM me if you need any advise.

    Hannah

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      Been to ER twice - and t was a complete waste of time - as I had a clear abdominal ultrasound this worked against me. First visit I didn't even get an aspirin. Second visit I was politely told that I would have to go home and take as much pain relief as needed to control the pain until my operation. Medical professionals are very ignorant with regard to biliary dyskinesia which is what I have been diagnosed with via a Hida scan. My GPs had never heard of the condition or the diagnostic test. My surgeon has stated that many people with this condition do have stones, which for some reason don't show on an ordinary ultrasound - in your case Hannah you needed the endoscopic ultrasound. Primary care doctors should be made aware of the the fact that a clear ultrasound doesn't necessarily mean that a gallbladder is healthy.
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      Hi Debbie,

      It is appalling that they left you with no pain medication. I am always pumped full of Morphine when I am admitted, so I can't even BEGIN to imagine the pain you have to bear without so much as an Asprin as you mentioned. I must admit, it wasn't till around the 10th admission to the ER that I was finally listened to and taken seriously. I almost felt the need to make a fuss while in hospital to get someone's attention and seen to.

      Please excuse my ignorance on this but is dyskinesia similar/same thing as SOD (Sphincter of Oddi Disorder)? I remember a Surgeon discussing it with me, later I found out that some medical practitioners don't even believe in SOD/or hadn't heard of it... Always a worry!

      Thanks.

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      Hi Mrs Nicks

      Biliary Dyskinesia is where the gallbladder doesn't contract properly for various reasons. My GI consultant feels that mine is sludged up, inflamed and scarred, so just doesn't work. My surgeon said it is difficult to distinguish between SOD and Biliary Dyskinesia but first they take away the gallbladder - if the pain continues then it is SOD - but please God don't let it be the latter.

      It sounds as if I have some serious pestering to do at A & E as I've only been twice but the way this pain is going I will be revisiting soon.

      I can't believe how they can leave someone in so much pain - 2 years ago they actually admitted me with a fraction of the pain I am in at the moment because they suspected my gallbladder - now they couldn't care less.

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