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    Hi folks for over a year now I've had a consistent pain in my neck which has been making life for me rather difficult. During the summer of last year I went to my local GP and told him I had been experiencing it for a few months and what the symptoms were. The pain is always there to some level and will flare up if I do anything physically strenuous such as running, drink a lot of caffeine or it will increase a lot of the time for no reason at all.

    He thought the glands in my neck and gave me a course of penicillin and made me go for blood tests which came back okay. After about 2 months of seeing him the problem wasn't fixed.

    I then had to go back to university and saw another local GP while there. I had more blood tests done and had to wait about 6 weeks for an ultrasound scan of my neck. I had the tissue and glands in my neck scanned but not the arteries and everything again came back fine. I didn't have time to visit this GP again about the issue due to work and likely long waiting times so this is as far as I've taken it.

    Now the during the last couple of weeks the pain has flared up again and its all I can think about it and making it's me depressed. I've had to deal with this and pretend I've been fine in daily life for over a year now and I think I've pretty much reached my limit. I'm worried that after the results of previous tests that this pain may be due to something wrong with my carotid arteries but if I go back to my local GP away from university he will most likely just send me for more useless blood tests and prescriptions of penicillin and I'm starting to think of him as just a quack. Even if I badger him for months to try and refer me to a specialist the waiting time can be up to 18 weeks and I don't know if I can wait that long.

    If I go to A&E soon and explain all this is it likely they will do something about it and provide a specialist and tests quickly or will I just get sent away because I certainly don't want to go back to my GP about this issue.
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    A&E won't be able to do anything, this is neither an emergency or an accident. You need to go back to your GP and explain your concerns or pay to see a private doctor.
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    They won't be able to do anything more than your GP. Probably less, in fact, due to this being a chronic problem. They would ask you to see your GP if they felt a particular referral was neccesary.

    A&E is, as the name states, for accidents or emergencies. It's not a walk-in centre for secondary medicine.
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    So I'm screwed with trying to convince incompetent GPs to take my condition seriously which might take weeks while I sit and try to get on in life with a lot of pain.


    Screw the NHS....
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    What you should do is go in to the GP and ask for a referral to ENT. Because it's chronic and has been going on so long, you should ask for an urgent one which ought to get you seen a fair bit quicker than 18 weeks.
 
 
 
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