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About 7 months ago I started feeling really dizzy, I went to the GP and they diagnosed me with BPPV and said it would go away in a few weeks. I kept coming back every few weeks and they just kept telling me that I'll be fine in a week, but I could barely get out of my house. One doctor told me that I was faking it to skip school and that my mother should just pay for a taxi, but I couldn't even walk 10 meters without holding onto someone for support. 4 months later I had an appointment to ENT which gave me some medication and some exercises to do, but it still wasn't going away. I kept coming back to the GP and begging them to do something and they just kept ****ing me off and giving me different medications that didn't work (after some research apparently medication only works for a very small percentage of BPPV patients). I came back last month and asked to be referred to a physical therapist and a neurologist, which they said they'd do. A few weeks go by with no response and apparently the previous ENT department had said that I was all fine and had discharged me from outpatient care so I couldn't even get an appointment before my GP asked for a letter from the ENT, and only then they can refer me to any further care, which always has like a 2/3 month waiting period.

I'm really tired and frustrated and scared, I've been kicked out of my sixth form for having a 0% attendance, I can't go to work, I can't go out with my friends and none of the doctors seem to care. They tell me that I'll be better in a few weeks and suggest anxiety medication.
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Sorry to say it but if you have to go to a private doctor
i know it costs more but i wouldnt trust the NHS at the moment
i wish the best of luck to you and your family just remember things will get better
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Keep a diary and record these conversations.
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The NHS seems to be as useful as a white crayon these days.
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(Original post by RichPiana)
The NHS seems to be as useful as a white crayon these days.
To be fair to white crayons they can be quite useful for ink work
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(Original post by beeo)
About 7 months ago I started feeling really dizzy, I went to the GP and they diagnosed me with BPPV and said it would go away in a few weeks. I kept coming back every few weeks and they just kept telling me that I'll be fine in a week, but I could barely get out of my house. One doctor told me that I was faking it to skip school and that my mother should just pay for a taxi, but I couldn't even walk 10 meters without holding onto someone for support. 4 months later I had an appointment to ENT which gave me some medication and some exercises to do, but it still wasn't going away. I kept coming back to the GP and begging them to do something and they just kept ****ing me off and giving me different medications that didn't work (after some research apparently medication only works for a very small percentage of BPPV patients). I came back last month and asked to be referred to a physical therapist and a neurologist, which they said they'd do. A few weeks go by with no response and apparently the previous ENT department had said that I was all fine and had discharged me from outpatient care so I couldn't even get an appointment before my GP asked for a letter from the ENT, and only then they can refer me to any further care, which always has like a 2/3 month waiting period.

I'm really tired and frustrated and scared, I've been kicked out of my sixth form for having a 0% attendance, I can't go to work, I can't go out with my friends and none of the doctors seem to care. They tell me that I'll be better in a few weeks and suggest anxiety medication.
I'm sorry you have had such an awful experience with BPPV. Unfortunately, it can be quite a debilitating condition and is a very difficult to treat. This is not the fault of the NHS. There will be no magic cure even if you are seen by a specialist tomorrow.
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I went private last year. Best decision I ever made for my health. Private insurance is probably going to be the first thing I direct debit when I'm more settled.
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(Original post by beeo)
About 7 months ago I started feeling really dizzy, I went to the GP and they diagnosed me with BPPV and said it would go away in a few weeks. I kept coming back every few weeks and they just kept telling me that I'll be fine in a week, but I could barely get out of my house. One doctor told me that I was faking it to skip school and that my mother should just pay for a taxi, but I couldn't even walk 10 meters without holding onto someone for support. 4 months later I had an appointment to ENT which gave me some medication and some exercises to do, but it still wasn't going away. I kept coming back to the GP and begging them to do something and they just kept ****ing me off and giving me different medications that didn't work (after some research apparently medication only works for a very small percentage of BPPV patients). I came back last month and asked to be referred to a physical therapist and a neurologist, which they said they'd do. A few weeks go by with no response and apparently the previous ENT department had said that I was all fine and had discharged me from outpatient care so I couldn't even get an appointment before my GP asked for a letter from the ENT, and only then they can refer me to any further care, which always has like a 2/3 month waiting period.

I'm really tired and frustrated and scared, I've been kicked out of my sixth form for having a 0% attendance, I can't go to work, I can't go out with my friends and none of the doctors seem to care. They tell me that I'll be better in a few weeks and suggest anxiety medication.
Do what you have to do and go elsewhere if needs be/ask for a different GP. I was misdiagnosed with strains etc for 6 months and when I eventually got diagnosed it turned out to be stage 4 bone cancer which had by that point spread to my lungs and left me with a pretty grim prognosis. Thankfully I am doing well which is actually down to the NHS and for that I am thankful and would not be here without them. However, I tell anyone who feels they are being pushed aside or brushed off to not rest until they are assessed fully (e.g. scan, bloods, specialists etc) as this almost cost me my life. I have not met one cancer patient my age who was diagnosed within the first six months of their symptoms presenting. I'm not saying yours is as serious however please don't let them push you to one side as they have done with too many people.
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