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Re: New here, Advice and support?

Postby gillustration » 30 Dec 2012, 14:58

Thank you :)
and I'm a student so I only work part time at the moment, so nope :(
Do you guys have any suggestions for making the trip to the doctors any easier or less embarrassing? I just get so nervous and wound up in myself it tears me apart inside!
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Re: New here, Advice and support?

Postby richibeno » 30 Dec 2012, 15:05

Don't think there is an easy way I take it you will see you local gp they will have seen a bum 1000,s times try to relax tell them I all from thee start 'write it down and take it with you
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Re: New here, Advice and support?

Postby gillustration » 30 Dec 2012, 15:33

Yeah It'll be a local GP, yeah it's just really difficult isn't it!
also does anyone know this?
Can the nurses refer you to a specialist? or does it have to be the Doctor, I just feel a bit more comfortable speaking to the nurses.
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Re: New here, Advice and support?

Postby richibeno » 30 Dec 2012, 16:01

You could go and see your nurse in the doctors surgary talk to her and show her 'say how you feel 'she may be able to communicate with your doctor but the doctor has to refer you I think
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Re: New here, Advice and support?

Postby Lauren12 » 30 Dec 2012, 16:15

I don't think the nurses can make a referral to a specialist - I think it has to be the doctor.
As richi says, jot down the points you want to make so that you don't forget them. If your GP's surgery is a group practice and there's a choice of GP's to see, choose to see a male or female doctor - whichever you're most comfortable with. The GP's surgery where I go lists the doctors who work there on their website, showing their experience, how long they've been there and their areas of medical interest. You may be able to get a GP whose area of interest is gastrointestinal medicine. If not though, don't worry, all GP's will be able to recognise that you have a genuine condition and will be able to make a referral to a specialist.
If there's a particular GP you've seen in the past, maybe about a different matter, and you liked that GP, why not book an appointment with the same one? If not, what I do is go for GP's who've been at the surgery some time rather than those who've recently joined. You can usually find out from the surgery's website. That way I know I'm seeing someone established and relatively experienced, rather than a locum who may be there on a temporary basis. I've had a couple of less than positive experiences with locums who were not UK qualified.
Sometimes however, the newly joined practice members are merely young and more recently qualified. You can sometimes get further with someone like this as their training is more recent and they can be more enthusiastic and keen to get to the root of the problem. If other people in your family go to the same GP's practice, perhaps they know which doctors are more approachable, or perhaps you have friends who do? Having a look at the website can be a start.
Apart from that, just try to relax. As richi says, they'll have seen thousands of bottoms! Just stick to the point, say what you've been experiencing and for how long, how much it affects your life, and ask to now be referred to a specialist.
Let us know how you get on. Image
Whoops, just seen richi's new post - I keep cross posting!
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Re: New here, Advice and support?

Postby gillustration » 30 Dec 2012, 17:29

Thanks again for the responses!
I'll get checking the website and I think I will ask to see a specific doctor, or maybe a nurse and see if they could communicate with the doctor on a referral.
I will keep you all posted, but it will be a few days before I can get into the doctors as it's New Years and their opening hours are funny.
Nervous but hopeful!
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Re: New here, Advice and support?

Postby owmybum » 08 Jan 2013, 09:21

Gillustration,
Have you been to drs yet? How did it go?
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Postby lealeabatty » 16 Jan 2013, 10:08

Hi all im new here after suffering with what I thought was piles for over a year screaming on the toilet Image I have just been told I have fissure!! just started the Diltiazem cream and my god everything seems soooo worse!! inflammed and so painful should I stop using it ? im on duclo-ease and have stopped eating now please help me :( im petrified to go loo im also doing small epsum salts sitz baths to try and help XXX hope your all doing ok xxx
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Re: New here, Advice and support?

Postby Lauren12 » 16 Jan 2013, 18:50

Hi lealeabatty
Tell the doctor who prescribed the Diltiazem cream that things seem to have got worse since you started using it. A lot of people develop an allergy to it - I was one, and there's a thread about it here somewhere where lots of other people have posted who developed an allergy. However it took me five months of using it to become allergic to it, but it's possible someone might react more immediately. However the allergy usually involves coming up in a rash and itching, but certainly any irritation down there can make things more painful.
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