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Doctor problems

Postby misswoowar » Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:25 pm

Hello,

When I was 18 (now 32) I was diagnosed with PCOS, well the doctor said to me I had a high chance I had PCOS but my blood test results didn't agree with my scans. The Doctor told me there was nothing they could do until I started trying for children. Obviously all the side effects didn't go away but I lived with it.

Last year I had a 3 month period so decided enough was enough and went to the Doctors, they tested me for endometriosis and again for PCOS. Everything was clear apart from the Cysts on my ovaries and all the typical side effects with PCOS.

So the Doctor changed towards me in an instant, instead of being sympathetic as she was before she started telling me off for my weight and that's the cause for my problems and I don't have PCOS. I said to her I am not in denial about my weight I know my weight doesnt help and I am trying to loose weight however I had the same cysts and symptons when I was a normal weight so how can you say I dont have PCOS. She basically told me to live with it and loose weight. I then started to cry, because I battle with my weight I am constantly dieting and get demotivated quickly when the weight trickles off. I also told the doctor about my mood swings and how they effect my life, constantly tired, constantly feeling hungry, my hair loss and my acne. I said to her "I am asking for your help. I can not continue living this way" and I got back "well it is easy instead of eating the cake have a piece of fruit", I don't eat cake unless on birthdays also thats really patronising. Eventually she agreed to refer me to a specialist which I am still waiting for. So originally I went to the Doctor may 2014, I was referred to the specialist in November 2014. I am still waiting for the appointment, despite chasing several times. I have done my hardest to lose weight and have lost 1.5 stone so far, I don't eat any processed foods anymore and I have completely cut out caffeine. My periods are still as bad, I had another 3 month period, a two week break then the next one started for a month. Funnily I never used to have periods at all lol

Anyway I was just wondering if anyone else struggles to get the doctor to listen?

I have tried talking to my friends and all I get back is "I have heavy periods too". Then I express my concern on being able to have periods and get back "You will be fine", I know they are just trying to be nice but I feel like I have to battle to get even my friends to take me seriously

sorry for the rant

Kirsten
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Re: Doctor problems

Postby Hols969 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:37 pm

Yes it's part of the reason verity was created.... Some gp's are great but most are pretty hopeless tbh. Ask to be referred to an endocrinologist as pcos is their area. Have you been tested for insulin resistance ? Cysts are only a symptom of pcos and not the cause and can come and go as well. Your gp sounds shocking tbh as you have a lot of typical symptoms of pcos, have you considered going on the combined pill to get the symptoms under control, I lose weight much easier when I am on the pill and I take 2 months on the trot as it reduces the symptoms further. I have fallen in love with the 5:2 diet as it's cheap and really easy once you get your head around it.

Can you afford to have a private endocrinologist appointment ?
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Re: Doctor problems

Postby misswoowar » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:30 pm

Thank you for your reply :-)

I managaed to speak to a different doctor, one who was leaving the surgery on the day I spoke to her..doh! and she chased up my appointment. within 4 days I had a letter for me to go online and book. This makes me think I wasnt refered in the first place. It's for a gynocologist and not a endocrinologist. Do you know how much it is to see a endocrinologist privately?

I am trying to stay off the pill as I would like to try for a baby :-)
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Re: Doctor problems

Postby Hols969 » Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:04 pm

I think it depends on where you live and what you have had checked already, as its often the scans that are the expensive bit. Unfortunately the NHS wont offer any TTC treatment if your BMI is over 30 (some are even stricter and say 25), do you know what your bmi is currently. Have you asked to be referred for fertility rather than just a gynae?
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