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GP appointment on Monday - how to fit things in?

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DorisShutt Thu 18-Apr-13 11:53:53

I have an appointment on Monday and I'd like to go in and just yell "fix me!" and have her wave a wand. Sadly I suspect this won't work, so how am I best to tell her everything?

In order of things bugging me I have:
- ongoing low iron levels
The cause is under investigation, but not being treated and in the interim I think it's causing:
- dizziness and woozy head (feeling dizzy and disconnected)
- scaly skin that even moisturiser for exceptional dry skin isn't touching
- outbreaks of spots that (once the whitehead "pops") take a few weeks to heal.

I also have a sore breast (have had a full investigation with mammogram, ultrasound and needle biopsy and there is nothing sinister) with an itchy nipple so I suspect I may have a mild infection and an itchy freckle on my arm - this may just be related to the dry and scaly skin but equally, it might be more serious.

I'm not really coping with the pile-up of issues and am totally paranoid about the dizziness as this was the first symptom my mum had when she developed the cancer that killed her; and given the sore breast (even though I've had the all clear) it's niggling away at my brain at 2am.

I know the appointment is 10 min and there is no way I can get through everything.

Would I be laughed at if I printed her up a summary (crap handwriting!) and said, "this is what I have, I know you don't have time to deal with it all but can you have a look, rank them and discuss what you can?" then I can make a subsequent appointment if it's required?

bizzey Thu 18-Apr-13 12:05:36

That sounds like a fab idea !!He/she will read it quicker than you explaining ..and if like me feeling stupid with so many problems!

He/she will be able to assess what to do first/start with...and get you back on the road again to feeling better!

Copy your thread ???

Good luck flowers

DorisShutt Thu 18-Apr-13 12:12:27

Yes, I may well do that (with proper bullet points and formatting naturally!) but it's good to know that it isn't a totally daft idea.

I tend to get quite flustered at the GP and babble on about insignificant things rather than the stuff that is really worrying me - like the 2am worrying about dizziness and it possibly being a serious symptom like it was for my mum. sad I think if I chat about the "minor" stuff then we don't get to the worrying stuff and I can try to ignore it and then it will just go away - even though it is worrying me.

bizzey Thu 18-Apr-13 12:47:42

Doris...The 2am worrying about dizziness might not be "insignificant"to a doctor...It is giving them the whole picture of you and how you are feeling ..and can therefore treat YOU as a whole person rather than 1 sympton....when everything might be connected .

BTW I am in no way medically trained but do take my dad to lots of appointments and have found sometimes a thing I have said in passing is what our GP wants to disscuss more !!

Write everything down ..and let them deceide what is insignificant smile...and fight if you don't agree!

grimbletart Thu 18-Apr-13 13:26:09

Yes Doris: deffo write a list. The doctor can scan it in a couple of minutes - far quicker than you can tell her and that will leave you free and give you more time to voice your concerns/amplify the points. Good luck.

DorisShutt Thu 18-Apr-13 16:02:39

Right, a list it is then. Glad it's not as daft an idea as I thought it might be!

Now... which font should I use?! wink

bizzey Thu 18-Apr-13 17:00:10

Think about it at 2am in the morning will take your mind off the dizziness grin

Hope it all goes well.

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