AIBU to go back to the GP?(17 Posts)
I need advice and to know if IABU to expect specific advice from my Drs.
I have a history of painful smears and fainting/being sick afterwards. Never investigated why as it only lasted a few hours. Had DC and severe hyperemesis and fainting throughout pregnancies. Lost 3 stone during pregnancy and experienced a 'fit' when labour started with DC1.
Went to have a coil fitted, woke in an ambulance with blue light on way to hospital. Vomiting and shaking for 48 hours. GP told me I had a 'vagal' response and shouldn't have any further smears or as she put it 'No one is going anywhere near that cervix again'. I questioned this and was told that I was low risk.
Moved house, new GP wants me to have a smear. I explained and was severely told off - I gave her the name of the GP and expressed genuine fear at the thought of a smear. I was told she would book me into the hospital for it where I could be monitored.
8 weeks later an appointment came thru at a time I could not attend 2 days later so I called the number on the letter and it was the wrong department - the Mcmillian ward. I called the switchboard and they couldn't offer any other appointment so I had to cancel it. I called again this week and was told that as I had missed the appointment another couldn't be offered (?).
Revisited GP and was told there was nothing she could do but it was irresponsible not to have a smear as 'Nun's get cancer too'. I called the hospital back to make an appointment and was again given the Mcmillian ward number. I called them and they said they don't control their own appointments.
I have been googling and researching and just can't figure out what I am supposed to do. AIBU to go back to my Dr and insist that I am booked in for a smear if they feel I am at risk? I am very confused about it all and can't afford to be ill for days at the moment as my Grandma is in hospital and needs me to visit her everyday.
I also know how strained GPs are the I am sure the Macmillan wards are incredibly busy. Am I just wasting everyones time?
Book a smear test at your local sexual health clinic? I struggle with pelvic exams and find that the nurses there are great at doing them, presumably because they’ve done so many. And when you book it mention what’s happened to you before to see if they’re happy to take you.
thanks for the advice. I have called the local clinic and they say it is a specialist problem and they cannot help
Just wait until your granny is better and then go back to the GP and ask to be referred again . I assume as you’ve not mentioned it that you don’t have anything abnormal going on which would suggest you have a problem and it’s just a routine smear you need . Vasovagal attacks are scary , I had one this year during a routine hospital procedure and woke up to an entire crash team present, defibrillator pads in place and ready to go , it was horrible .
Go and see your GP - ask if they are happy to do it in surgery and ask that if not they refer you to gynaecology.
Which service is your GP referring you too? Can you get the consultant's name and then speak to the secretary about scheduling this?
I thought I was being referred to the gynae dept but it appears it was Mcmillian. I have no abnormal signs and had I not moved I doubt I would have been asked to attend a smear.
Is it a form of vasovagal synchope? So a nerve which effects the heart causing extreme drop in blood pressure and fainting? I think there's a vein one groin that can cause this.
I would go back TO GP
That 'nuns get cancer too' comment would have wound me up. I after many years of being petrified of getting a smear finally went and had one (tbf the nurse was wonderful about it all). I get my letter back and because I tested HPV negative they didn't even look at the smear! So no, virgin HPV negative nuns don't really get cervical cancer.
Oh Lordy, btw I'm not a virgin nun! But what I meant was that HPV is the biggest risk factor and they won't even bother if you're negative so can't they do a blood test to see if you even need a proper smear or not.
moreis - that is a great idea - I didn't have any clue that test existed. I will book to see GP asap. Thanks
(PS My very religious RC aunt lived in a convent for a while and said many nuns are not virgins so it was a stupid comment on all levels )
You can ask to be removed from the nhs cervical screening list if you no longer want to have smear tests. We de-register ladies all the time at our practice.
The HPV test is done on the smear sample so you can’t have the HPV test without the smear. There isn’t a blood test for genital HPV.
Is there another gp at that practice you can see?
Tbh the gp you’ve seen sounds ignorant and unsympathetic.
The nun comment is just ridiculous. Am cross on your behalf!
TBH I think they are all just massively overstretched and trying to get me in and out in 10mins. I do want to minimise my risk of cancer and don't think I am getting all the information I need.
I am not even 100% sure what caused the problems - I was told vegal response and cervix but I am not sure, I can't find much to back it up.
It's very very scary thou and last time I was on my back and vomiting and couldn't get onto my side as I was fainting and drifting out of consciousness and I really did think I was dying. I think I might freak out if I have a normal smear again and I do apologise because I sound silly and over dramatic. I am not like this about anything else and am generally tough!
It sounds like what happened during your coil fitting was a vagal response, otherwise known as cervical shock. It’s a known complication of coil fitting and it sounds as though you had a pretty extreme reaction.
Since 2016 hospitals aren't allowed to discharge after one missed appointment. Ring them back and tell them they're breaching the 2016 hospitals contract and that they need to reinstate your appointment without a new GP referral.
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