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Ive been having the same symptom of feeling an obstruction in the throat for months now, to the point where it's sometimes hard to swallow food. I was in hospital the other day and in the discharge letter they recommend an endoscopy, still my gp won't refer me because 'they know me better' aka they're biased.
I'm scared it's going to be something serious and i'm being ignored. it's actually making me feel like I don't want to live anymore.
should I just give up and hope for the best? maybe they think i'm a burden and don't deserve treatment.
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Ive been having the same symptom of feeling an obstruction in the throat for months now, to the point where it's sometimes hard to swallow food. I was in hospital the other day and in the discharge letter they recommend an endoscopy, still my gp won't refer me because 'they know me better' aka they're biased.
I'm scared it's going to be something serious and i'm being ignored. it's actually making me feel depressed
should I just give up and hope for the best? maybe they think i'm a burden and don't deserve treatment.
This is a common symptom and often there isn't something physically observable to explain why patients have this sensation. I would assume your GP asked you questions to rule out a sinister cause and considered your examination findings and other test results before deciding you don't need further referral - so with that in mind, this is actually positive news isn't it? I don't think they see you as a burden, if anything, it sounds like they're treating you holistically instead of just fobbing you off with an investigation that may only add to your stress and worry.

An OGD is a significant medical procedure and is by no means risk free. If the hospital were so convinced you needed one, they could have arranged it themselves instead of passing the buck onto the GP.
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This is a common symptom and often there isn't something physically observable to explain why patients have this sensation. I would assume your GP asked you questions to rule out a sinister cause and considered your examination findings and other test results before deciding you don't need further referral - so with that in mind, this is actually positive news isn't it? I don't think they see you as a burden, if anything, it sounds like they're treating you holistically instead of just fobbing you off with an investigation that may only add to your stress and worry.

An OGD is a significant medical procedure and is by no means risk free. If the hospital were so convinced you needed one, they could have arranged it themselves instead of passing the buck onto the GP.
hospitals can't arrange endoscopies unless it's a life or death situation (vomiting blood, choking, etc), it all has to be done through the GP. so why am i being told by one doctor that I need one and by another that I don't?
it's not reassuring that they refuse to rule anything out, they just make assumptions and in the meantime i'm suffering.
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hospitals can't arrange endoscopies unless it's a life or death situation (vomiting blood, choking, etc), it all has to be done through the GP. so why am i being told by one doctor that I need one and by another that I don't?
I mean, I obviously can't speak for your local hospital, but this isn't really the case in my experience.

it's not reassuring that they refuse to rule anything out, they just make assumptions and in the meantime i'm suffering.
I can't speak on behalf of your GP (no one on here can), but I can give you some insight into how doctors think. A reassuring history, examination, and initial test results with consideration of local/national guidelines is not an "assumption" - it's clinical reasoning based on evidence. If your GP is any good, they know how to engage their brain and spare you from unnecessary and potentially harmful investigations. This is presumably why you went to see a professional? Once again: an OGD is a significant procedure which carries potentially serious risks.
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I mean, I obviously can't speak for your local hospital, but this isn't really the case in my experience.



I can't speak on behalf of your GP (no one on here can), but I can give you some insight into how doctors think. A reassuring history, examination, and initial test results with consideration of local/national guidelines is not an "assumption" - it's clinical reasoning based on evidence. If your GP is any good, they know how to engage their brain and spare you from unnecessary and potentially harmful investigations. This is presumably why you went to see a professional? Once again: an OGD is a significant procedure which carries potentially serious risks.
i dont know wherabouts you live but it's not the case here. for any tests that aren't considered urgent, the gp or a specialist needs to arrange them. A&E usually won't.
by OGD I assume you mean endoscopy. it's a perfectly safe procedure but it can be quite uncomfortable. i had one many years ago and i survived it. they hesitate to refer to any specialist care though because it's being restricted due to funding issues. nothing to do with the procedure being dangerous.
my medical history is hardly reassuring lol, ive spent most of my life unwell. but the whole basis of them dismissing it as nothing is because i'm not underweight. if i got to that stage, i'd already be dying anyway.
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well if it's gullet cancer at least the outcomes for it are very poor in which case i probably wouldn't accept chemo anyway. at least that's reassuring.
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getting really sharp pains in my throat now.
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it's even worse now that i have a respiratory infection, i can barely swallow food.
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Get a different GP or change surgery altogether.
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Definitely change doctor or surgery. My doctor refused to treat my high blood pressure which was flagged up by my visit to casualty . He just said I must be anxious despite several high readings at home and surgery. Refused to do a 24hr cuff hospital recommended
and in the end I was forced to go private. Turned out to have dangerously high blood pressure that has already damaged my heart. Not all doctor's are good doctors.
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Definitely change doctor or surgery. My doctor refused to treat my high blood pressure which was flagged up by my visit to casualty . He just said I must be anxious despite several high readings at home and surgery. Refused to do a 24hr cuff hospital recommended
and in the end I was forced to go private. Turned out to have dangerously high blood pressure that has already damaged my heart. Not all doctor's are good doctors.
Did you ask to see a different doctor or just jump straight into going private?
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Did you ask to see a different doctor or just jump straight into going private?
Only one doctor at my surgery at time.
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