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I just cant go to the doctor again

(31 Posts)
sarah293 Wed 14-Oct-09 08:08:14

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akhems Wed 14-Oct-09 08:11:18

Could it be stress given that you have a lot to deal with? It might be your body screaming at you that you need a break.

One thing is certain tho, you are absolutely not a hypochondriac!

LaurieFairyCake Wed 14-Oct-09 08:14:30

Riven, I would be surprised if there wasn't an element of this to be attributed to stress.

Can we all think of ways to reduce your stress - it feels like a mountain to climb frankly because of your constant care for your dd.

sarah293 Wed 14-Oct-09 08:16:17

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Lizzylou Wed 14-Oct-09 08:17:13

Riven, you need to be fit and healthy to care for your DD and family, go to the GP and demand some answers/tests.
Are you eating well? Sleeping enough (as much as you can, I know)?
It could just be stress, are you anaemic?

sarah293 Wed 14-Oct-09 08:19:53

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foxinsocks Wed 14-Oct-09 08:23:12

oh god Riven, I really sympathise.

I don't mean to harp on about myself but I was suffering from a severe lack of sleep (due to dh's snoring and the baby crying next door) and I didn't realise what am impact it was having on me. Dh went away for 3 weeks and by the end of that time, my general health had improved so much, I was almost horrified by how I was feeling beforehand. I have exactly the same symptoms as you - dreadful reflux (still have that anyway), headaches, awful nausea, dizziness and sometimes vomiting.

Lack of sleep is a total killer.

foxinsocks Wed 14-Oct-09 08:24:06

did they look at your ears?

ABetaDad Wed 14-Oct-09 08:28:56

Riven if you ever get a terrible pain under your right rib cage stretching round the back - go and demand to get tested for gall stones. Indeed, if you are as bad as you say they should have given you liver function tests already.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Wed 14-Oct-09 08:54:39

I get something similar but milder and it is basically chronic gastritis - could you have something similar? It's much worse just now when I am stressed, too.

sarah293 Wed 14-Oct-09 09:00:24

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PumpkinsCantDanceTheTango Wed 14-Oct-09 09:04:09

stemital (spelling?!) for labyrinthitis? That doesnt work for me, I have betahistine dyhodrochloride and that helps. Also if it gets really bad I end up going and they give me an injection and that helps. And sometimes bucastem for sickness.

You feel like I did last jan time - no one really knew why and I felt like a hypochondriac, a Dr suggested to me it was post viral though. It did go away luckily within time.

Can you go to a different Dr?

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Wed 14-Oct-09 09:04:58

just a chronic inflamed stomach, when it flares up I feel really dizzy and unwell too.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Wed 14-Oct-09 09:06:04

However with that the stomach pain is very bad and I see your main problem is dizziness and headaches so I too would be inclined to think it is migraine/inner ear related.

PumpkinsCantDanceTheTango Wed 14-Oct-09 09:07:51

do the headaches feel sinusy at all? I often get lab and sinisitis together.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 14-Oct-09 09:08:45

Have they done basic blood tests on you Riven?

sarah293 Wed 14-Oct-09 09:12:18

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TheFoosa Wed 14-Oct-09 09:12:24

I sleep badly too and have to concur that it has a detrimental effect on my health

hellsbelles Wed 14-Oct-09 09:17:02

Riven - I agree with the others - you have got to shout and scream and get referred to a consultant if the GP's aren't fixing you. Don't worry if they think you are a hypochondriac - stuff them.

You wouldn't accept no for an answer if it was about your DC's - so don't accept any less for yourself (as in the end it is for your DC's as well).

zazen Wed 14-Oct-09 09:28:36

There's a great doctor in a super clinic in Naas in Ireland Dr Joe Fitzgibbon who specialises in chronic fatigue, and feeling tired all the time.
He listens really well, and is fab according to my MIL. He has a book if a trip to Ireland is unrealistic.
He's a GP also not a quack IYKWIM, so his book is very commonsensical. They'd have it in the library. HTH

foxinsocks Wed 14-Oct-09 09:29:05

Riven

you and me have quite similar health issues (didn't you also get horrid hayfever this year)?

I don't want to slag the NHS off (and I'm not going to) BUT what I have found in this country is that if you are seriously ill (like admitted to hospital), you get treated ok. If you have the symptoms you have, and you still carry on (so in your shoes, it's not like you can STOP your life and just have a rest), no-one is interested. Like you, after going back 5 times, eventually one of the doctors told me I must be a hypochondriac or depressed angry because if the migraine pills didn't work then it couldn't be a migraine hmm and I must be making it up.

I can only suggest seeing another doctor or going on strike and just saying, look, sorry, I can't even get out of bed I feel so ill.

I do think stress plays a factor but what can you do?

Are you on omeprazole for the reflux? It's much better than over the counter anacids.

Sleep a huge thing but don't know how you fix that.

And have you had your eyes tested? If they haven't asked you yet, they will do and it's worth doing as poor eyesight plus tiredness can cause lots of headaches (which make the mausea worse yadda yadda).

foxinsocks Wed 14-Oct-09 09:30:30

anacid = antacid

sarah293 Wed 14-Oct-09 09:31:11

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foxinsocks Wed 14-Oct-09 09:51:38

well the fact that you need to take so many can't be good.

There are other drugs (think one begins Lanzo) that do the same as omeprazole but can be tolerated better. Might be worth trying those?

When they tested my blood, my B12 was low so I've started taking Feroglobin and I do feel a lot better for it.

In addition to the antacids, if you are constantly nauseous and sick, you don't eat properly which also equals not very good health (and lacking in vitamins/minerals I guess)

feroglobin (the other option is floradix)

Lulumama Wed 14-Oct-09 09:57:08

can you see a different doctor?

30 rennie a day is a huge amount, surely over the recommended dose?

vomiting, reflux, migraines, dizziness and nausea are not in your imagination !

there is something at the root of this, that might be to do with stress and chronic fatigue, but you need your doctor to listen to you, which sounds a bit of a battle

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