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Should I appologise to my GP

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cheeseandjam Sat 10-May-14 10:14:17

I have a history of health anxiety partially due to a few misdiagnosed problems in the past. In the last few weeks my ds has had a number of health problems so we have been back to the GP's a number of times. Last week he developed Scarlett Fever so was prescribed antibiotics. Two days later he developed a number of spots. GP diagnosed molluscum. Next day temp high again and lots more spots. Back to OH GP who diagnosed Chicken Pox. The next day a new rash developed so back to OH GP who was concerned enough to send us over to childrens hospital to be examined. Told us to go home as just severe chicken pox. Really poorly for next 2 days with rash dot rash spreading over whole body. Called GP who reluctantly came out and said just scarlet fever rash progressing but ok as blanching. Next day the rash wasn't blanching so took back to hospital. Reasured that the rash was still ok but told to keep an eye on a couple of the spots if got more red and call GP. Last night DS complained his eye was hurting near one of the red spots so called GP. Was rather exasperated with me and questioned why I had taken son back to hospital. Told me rather curtly to apply savlon and get on with it. Now really worried that they will strike me off for being a constant anxious mother.

How can I learn to stop being so anxious all the time. Do you think I have been over the top with my contact with the GP. Sorry for my ramblings

100redballoons Sat 10-May-14 12:21:44

Given the sequence of events cheese, I think I would have done exactly the same as you. No, YANBU grin

If your poor DS had both scarlet fever & chicken pox at the same time, he must have been feeling very poorly. And we all worry about unusual rashes. (I've never even heard of molluscum) As parents, we've all been trained to take them very seriously. Anything that's giving pain in the eyes should be checked out too.

Maybe GP was just having an off day. I'm sure you wouldn't get kicked off just for that.

Maybe now it's the weekend, you can take a little time off and do something nice for yourself? Coffee with a friend or a walk in the sun to help you unwind a bit? Hope you're both feeling better soon thanks

U2TheEdge Sat 10-May-14 12:46:07

I have awful health anxiety.

I do not worry about my children's health like that, just my own.

My GP must get sick of me, I am probably the biggest time waster there is, although I console myself with the fact that I tell them I have HA and also get treatment for that.

I don't know how to stop being so anxious all the time, I wish I did but therapy and meds only offer my a short term release.

I had a time where I saw my dentist all the time for oral cancer fears and I live next door to the surgery. He seems to really like me and when I cried once he just wiped a tear from my cheek so very gently and he told me that he understood my anxiety and I am to never feel like a pain. He might go home and moan about me though grin

Like you, I don't want to be like this, I can talk about it jokingly but I have worried about being kicked out, but that has yet to happen so I know you will be fine.

Much love to you xx

NatashaBee Sat 10-May-14 12:46:37

I agree, you shouldn't take chances with rashes and you did the right thing. Regarding the spot hurting, I might have just called NHS direct for advice to see if they could suggest anything for pain relief, but otherwise I'd do exactly the same as you.

Most GPs would say they'd rather see a hundred false alarms when it comes to children than not see something that was genuinely serious.

cheeseandjam Sat 10-May-14 13:24:41

Thank all so much for your kind words. You have all made me feel much better. I think I am just on high alert all the time to be prepared for worst case scenario! I hope not to have any other medical dilemmas over the next few months and he may have forgotten all about it!

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