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i mean when you search up symptoms of something and feel like you have them and so you finally feel more normal but then a doctor says you dont have it

this might be me just being dumb but has anyone else had this happen to them, it rlly sucks
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i mean when you search up symptoms of something and feel like you have them and so you finally feel more normal but then a doctor says you dont have it

this might be me just being dumb but has anyone else had this happen to them, it rlly sucks
I'm getting tested for a condition that most of the gps at my practice had never heard of and one implied it was all in my head, despite two a&e doctors saying they were quite confident it was that and it really sucked when the gp said that but i told my gp i knew something was wrong and it was affecting my quality of life so i wasn't going to go without seeing a specialist.The cardiologist believed me and i m having a test to confirm it tomorrow and he's sent a letter to my gp practice so its now in writing. Sometimes maybe there isn't anything wrong or its not what you think but yes sometimes you have to get referred to someone who knows more to get the right answer.
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I'm getting tested for a condition that most of the gps at my practice had never heard of and one implied it was all in my head, despite two a&e doctors saying they were quite confident it was that and it really sucked when the gp said that but i told my gp i knew something was wrong and it was affecting my quality of life so i wasn't going to go without seeing a specialist.The cardiologist believed me and i m having a test to confirm it tomorrow and he's sent a letter to my gp practice so its now in writing. Sometimes maybe there isn't anything wrong or its not what you think but yes sometimes you have to get referred to someone who knows more to get the right answer.
its so dumb how some doctors just dont believe what your saying, hope you got the help you needed
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its so dumb how some doctors just dont believe what your saying, hope you got the help you needed
thank you, i m waiting on some test results but think i m getting somewhere
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Yeah cause then you’re left thinking you’re like that for no reason
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Yeah cause then you’re left thinking you’re like that for no reason
i know right it makes you never want to get anything else checked out
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i mean when you search up symptoms of something and feel like you have them and so you finally feel more normal but then a doctor says you dont have it

this might be me just being dumb but has anyone else had this happen to them, it rlly sucks
Yes of course your 2 minute internet search overrules the opinion of a professional whose only spent 12 years in training. The doctor *must* be wrong duh 🙄
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Yes of course your 2 minute internet search overrules the opinion of a professional whose only spent 12 years in training. The doctor *must* be wrong duh 🙄
honestly the doctor is probably right, its just such a horrible feeling not knowing how to fix your problems
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Yes of course your 2 minute internet search overrules the opinion of a professional whose only spent 12 years in training. The doctor *must* be wrong duh 🙄
chill out they might have spent 12 years in training but your GP likely doesnt remember everything they learnt in med school when the majority arent important in their role day to day. i agree, internet searches are way less accurate than a trained doctor but we cant assume that doctors are gods who know everything
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i mean when you search up symptoms of something and feel like you have them and so you finally feel more normal
do be careful assuming you have x illness. the doctor does likely know more about it than you since there's only a certain amount of information that can be on this "what are my symptoms" style websites. did you go to your doctor and say "i think i have x illness"? in the future, maybe keep it more open and say "i have y symptoms and its concerning me" and see what their opinion is, help build the relationship

i really do empathise with you though, i know some doctors can be so dismissive of problems people are having, who are then diagnosed years later
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I was struggling with severe depression and anxiety for years and years. I went to my GP and he diagnosed me with 'low mood and some anxiety'. I think it's probably because I'm high-functioning or whatever; I go to a very prestigious university and I appear talkative/bubbly in person. I tried to mention depression but it just seemed like I was trying to diagnose myself and contradicting the GP so I didn't argue further.

Several months later, I'm referred to see a psychiatrist specialist with the NHS. The specialist tells me that she has no shadow of a doubt that I struggle with depression, anxiety and some form of PTSD.

I have a fantastic GP now who I trust and have a good relationship with. However, my previous GP wasn't the most reliable. One thing I will say is that doctors are not infallible and that second opinions or third opinions can't hurt.
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chill out they might have spent 12 years in training but your GP likely doesnt remember everything they learnt in med school when the majority arent important in their role day to day. i agree, internet searches are way less accurate than a trained doctor but we cant assume that doctors are gods who know everything

do be careful assuming you have x illness. the doctor does likely know more about it than you since there's only a certain amount of information that can be on this "what are my symptoms" style websites.
you say that you "feel like you have them" which sounds to me like you feel like you have something wrong with you, and you picked something that sounds like it kind of fits. did you go to your doctor and say "i think i have x illness"? in the future, maybe keep it more open and say "i have y symptoms and its concerning me" and see what their opinion is

i really do empathise with you though, i know some doctors can be so dismissive of problems people are having, who are then diagnosed years later
i did that last time i went, i didnt think of it like that though but i see where i went wrong now. honestly thinking of going back soon when i gain the courage, thank you for this
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I was struggling with severe depression and anxiety for years and years. I went to my GP and he diagnosed me with 'low mood and some anxiety'. I think it's probably because I'm high-functioning or whatever; I go to a very prestigious university and I appear talkative/bubbly in person. I tried to mention depression but it just seemed like I was trying to diagnose myself and contradicting the GP so I didn't argue further.

Several months later, I'm referred to see a psychiatrist specialist with the NHS. The specialist tells me that she has no shadow of a doubt that I struggle with depression, anxiety and some form of PTSD.

I have a fantastic GP now who I trust and have a good relationship with. However, my previous GP wasn't the most reliable. One thing I will say is that doctors are not infallible and that second opinions or third opinions can't hurt.
i understand the feeling of contradicting the GP so much, you can't say anything because they're the one being asked about their opinion. i'm happy you found help after all. just wondering how did you get referred?
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i did that last time i went, i didnt think of it like that though but i see where i went wrong now. honestly thinking of going back soon when i gain the courage, thank you for this

i understand the feeling of contradicting the GP so much, you can't say anything because they're the one being asked about their opinion. i'm happy you found help after all. just wondering how did you get referred?
I asked my GP to get referred to psychiatry. It might take several months but it's better than nothing.
My psychiatrist is much more knowledgeable regarding medications and combinations since it's her speciality. I'd urge you to be referred to a psychiatrist as soon as possible.
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i did that last time i went, i didnt think of it like that though but i see where i went wrong now. honestly thinking of going back soon when i gain the courage, thank you for this

i understand the feeling of contradicting the GP so much, you can't say anything because they're the one being asked about their opinion. i'm happy you found help after all. just wondering how did you get referred?
good luck anon i hope you find the answers youre looking for
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This happened to my aunt, she kept saying she had a stomachache and pains down there, they said she was just bloated, she went back again saying it could be a tumour and wanted scans, they insisted it was just a bloated tummy.. it got really bad and she went back and asked to see a different GP and was found with stage 4 cancer
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one more thing, i was speaking to a doctor during some work experience i did. he examined a guy and diagnosed him with a sinus infection. he explained to me his thought process. he was pretty certain it was just a sinus infection, and was prepared to bet his medical license on it if it ever came to where the patient sued him. he could send him for a head ct to check there was nothing else, but if he send every patient with the symptoms of a sinus infection for a CT, theyd never stop scanning people. you also have to weigh up the risk of giving someone this scan (radiation dose etc) vs what you might actually gain from the results. and in the end, the guy with the sinus infection just gets a prescription for antibiotics and is sent home.

just something else to think about. not always perfect, as illustrated by the example above! but sometimes hooves are just a horse, and the risk of trying to find a zebra that doesnt exist exposes you to risks you could have avoided
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This happened to my aunt, she kept saying she had a stomachache and pains down there, they said she was just bloated, she went back again saying it could be a tumour and wanted scans, they insisted it was just a bloated tummy.. it got really bad and she went back and asked to see a different GP and was found with stage 4 cancer
that's so horrible, i can't imagine how sad that must be for you and your family, hope your aunt is ok.
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one more thing, i was speaking to a doctor during some work experience i did. he examined a guy and diagnosed him with a sinus infection. he explained to me his thought process. he was pretty certain it was just a sinus infection, and was prepared to bet his medical license on it if it ever came to where the patient sued him. he could send him for a head ct to check there was nothing else, but if he send every patient with the symptoms of a sinus infection for a CT, theyd never stop scanning people. you also have to weigh up the risk of giving someone this scan (radiation dose etc) vs what you might actually gain from the results. and in the end, the guy with the sinus infection just gets a prescription for antibiotics and is sent home.

just something else to think about. not always perfect, as illustrated by the example above! but sometimes hooves are just a horse, and the risk of trying to find a zebra that doesnt exist exposes you to risks you could have avoided
yeah that's true and it's good to think of it from the doctor's perspective. one thing i hope he does, is explain the same thing to the patients because other wise they might find they needed a scan and it would be the doctor's fault i suppose.
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