I’ve been using my GP surgery for the last 6-7years. For the first two years I saw a doctor who was not my assigned GP. She was very nice and she listened to me but then, one day when I was waiting to go in for an IBS review... I was told that she no longer worked for the Practice and that I would now have to see my assigned GP. I’d never even seen her around the Practice before and I was very dubious. I’d had trouble before with GP’s refusing to believe that my IBS caused me such an intense amount of pain.
Eventually I plucked up the courage to see ‘my’ GP... And she was wonderful. She listened to me - actually LISTENED. And if she didn’t know what something was (like my POTS) she let me explain it to her. When my diagnoses for Interstitial Cystitis was confirmed we slipped into a routine - if I was getting a lot of pain in my bladder along with any burning urine (or the usual signs of an impending infection) I would go to the Practice, she would dip test it and if there was blood and leukocytes in it she would treat me immediately with broad spectrum antibiotics whilst sending the urine to the lab for further analysis.
This was PERFECT. It prevented MANY kidney infections and unnecessary trips to A&E.
However. When she goes on holiday and I feel like these symptoms come up... I have to practically battle with the receptionist and on-call doctor to be seen! “The protocol for suspected urine infections is that you come in, drop off a sample, we will send it off and when the results are back in a week or so, we will give you antibiotics.” No matter how much I try to explain my condition and the risks... They simply don’t want to know. I have been called (to my face) an attention seeker, a hypochondriac and a painkiller addict. Which is frankly disgusting. I take my medication on time and ONLY at the dose prescribed.
Anyway, quite recently a similar series of events took place. They would not give me antibiotics straight away. A week after I started displaying symptoms, which was when my urinalysis came back, I was at the hospital hooked up to strong IV antibiotics because the infection had travelled quickly and painfully up to my kidneys.
Despite this... No one at this Practice will listen to me. I just want to scream! I do NOT enjoy taking antibiotics that make me feel so so sick.
GAH! #InterstitialCystitis #UTI #PainfulBladderSyndrome #Infection #GP #rant #Vent