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08:12 pm: Well, that was supremely pointless.

I am asked some basic questions about my medical history, and examined in a manner that involved no more equipment than a hammer. I mentioned most of the main points that have been scaring me. The general attitude of the consultant was "why are you even here?"

Apparently sleeping better and taking less painkillers will fix my problem with not being able to sleep and being in constant pain. i.e. the same answer the neurologist I saw in the early 2000s came up with. No further referrals, no follow-up, no scans, no tests, just a big fuck-off letter to GP saying that I wasted his time.

WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU THINK I HAVE BEEN TRYING INTERMITTENTLY FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS. THIS SET OF SYMPTOMS IS NEW. IT IS SCARY. I GET PAINS IN THE JOINTS THAT CANNOT BE ADEQUATELY ACCOUNTED FOR BY STRESS OR SHIT THAT I NEED TO TAKE PAINKILLERS FOR. I HAVE NOT BEEN SATISFACTORILY ASSURED THAT SOMETHING LIKE EPILEPSY OR VASCULITIS (WHICH YOU WILL REMEMBER WAS ON MY MRI SCAN THAT THE CONSULTANT REFUSED TO CONSIDER OF ANY IMPORT) HAS BEEN RULED OUT.

I am going to prove this one and for all by doing what he says. This will mean not being functional for quite a while. Funtimes!

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From:abigailb
Date:January 14th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
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He didn't ask me "is there anything else you take painkillers for?", which was a massive oversight.
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From:blue_mai
Date:January 14th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
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oh that sounds rubbish :(
were you given a chance to say what you say here? (IN CAPS)
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From:abigailb
Date:January 14th, 2013 09:42 pm (UTC)
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It really. I was not very confident of that, at the time, due to undersleep.
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From:squirmelia
Date:January 14th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Sounds really frustrating. :( Sorry to hear the consultant didn't help at all. :(
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From:aster13
Date:January 14th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
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Oh bollocks, this sounds spectacularly annoying and unsatisfactory. I am sorry to hear this. Balls.
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From:yvesilena
Date:January 14th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Oh fuck. Oh no, after all that waiting for the neurologist appointment and hoping it would actually shed some light. While it's totally your call, I'd be upset to see you putting yourself out of action for a long time to prove him wrong. He's so clearly bloody wrong anyway!!

I am MORE than happy to march back to the GP with you and demand a referral to a different neurologist. I agree with what you said on twitter, it might be transdocfail, or even that he's just sexist and sees you as a silly hysterical woman making a fuss about imaginary problems. I would suggest taking a nice cleancut-looking cis man to your next appointment who can shed Magical Man Sparkles on your behalf. *hits heteronormativity with bricks*
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From:abigailb
Date:January 14th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
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I can't be wasting time.

I've got to do it.
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From:yvesilena
Date:January 14th, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh, love. Fine, you know your situation best, I'll be home tomorrow to provide company and protein. <333333333333
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From:psych0naut
Date:January 15th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
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