Where's the Compassion?
Having had a increase in my hip pain levels over the last few weeks I eventually spoke to a GP this morning asking for help as I'm just about at my wits end and can't cope with the sense of feeling like a zombie on all the pills I'm on, no quality of life and the amount of pain, to which she more or less implied I would have to live the rest of my life in pain, taking painkillers and there was nothing she could do as I'm also under the care of the local MSK team and this is my life from now on with no quality.
She could 'boost my gapapentin' which I've been on for about 10 years and which I don't think is working any more, this would take me from 4 x 300 mg capsules to 6 x 300 mg capsules which I think is the maximum I can have. She could also prescribe me with oramorph or morphine. I have agreed to increase the gabapentin but I am positive it wont work from previous experience.
She also said that I can do some sitting down upper body exercises with weights etc despite me telling her that I can barely sit down with the pain and the arthritis in my wrists is made worse by the constant use of crutches.
She also implied that the pain clinic would be the next step if my planned injection on 22nd isn't successful - I don't hold much hope for the injection based on past experience or for the pain clinic which I've also been referred to 4 times and basically said just take these pills, they would work and thank you very much and bye bye. The pills didn't work (various pills along the lines of amitryptiline). I can't take anti inflammatories so what I can take is limited.
Once upon a type your GP listened and helped and had compassion, this was missing in abundance this morning and was blatantly obvious when she said just phone your physio, it's not my job!!!
Are all GP's like this or just this one? I have logged a call with my MSK physio could call me back as I'm not due to see her again until June and hopefully she might be more compassionate and helpful.
Interested to know if this is the standard level of GP care these days or if I'm just unlucky.
Love n hugs
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