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    Default Unhappy with doctor

    I went to the GP today because for the last 2 weeks I've been feeling:
    - tired / run down
    - had a small cold
    - headachy
    - had 2 cold sores
    - thew up once
    - just feel like sleeping

    He asked me a bunch of questions (is period normal, was this gradual or sudden etc).
    Anyway he ended up saying it was viral and to just rest.

    I'm upset that he don't touch/check me at all. NO blood pressure check. Didn't do the usual feeling of the glands, check ears etc.

    Is that normal?

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    It sounds viral and he's probably right but if you don't feel right about it get a second opinion .

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    I took my mum to the doctor as she wasn't herself. She said she had "anxiety". I pointed out she wasn't eating, wasn't moving, and wasn't herself. He didn't touch her, just wrote a prescription for Valium. I pursued a second opinion, turned out it was heart failure and she was nearly dead. Don't be afraid to question them and seek a second opinion. He should have ordered bloods just to rule out pregnancy as you can still bleed while pregnant.

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    Argh, I hate it when they don't do a physical check. It makes me feel like they have just guessed and I haven't received my money's worth.

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    I have found in the past few years doctors are very less hands on than they used to be. No longer is blood pressure routinely checked, you specifically have to ask for things to be checked, I even had a sense of reluctance from a doctor to check something on my breast and she only briefly touched the area which I found odd (and the pain is still there).

    I'm not sure if that's just my experience but other than my specialists I don't think my GP does the regular things like they used to.

    If you're not happy I'd go back to a different doctor and voice your concerns. Sometimes gut instincts should be listened to. You have to be your best advocate I've found and people that tell me never to question a doctor are lucky I don't punch them, I was told my racing heart sensations were normal (probably anxiety) until I cracked it, demanded a cardio referral and ended up in hospital having a cardiac ablation.
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    Thanks all.
    I'll see how I feel after the weekend. I have another great GP who is very thorough, however she is hard to book last minute.

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    I can dream, that's terrible! Your so lucky it was found.

    How often did you feel it race? And how long did it last?

    1-2 times over the last year I've felt (while resting) my heart beat quickly for a couple of seconds then it would be ok again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happygirl1982 View Post
    It sounds viral and he's probably right but if you don't feel right about it get a second opinion .
    He probably is right. But a physical check may have been helpful too.

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    I often had palpitations and this sense of beating too fast. January last year I was folding washing and it truly went crazy, DH got me off the floor and tried to take it manually but lost count. It seemed to settle down but then it happened at DS school one morning, I had to just sit on a bench and pretend it wasn't happening, I just sat there clutching my chest and deep breathing, no one paid any attention. It then started to be more frequent and lasting longer. The worst was when it happened when I was out with DD and I panicked and got her in the car and drive home. I rang DH from the car and told him to keep talking to us, I thought it was all over, should never have got in the car, should have called an ambulance. I had already downloaded some dodgy heart rate free app and managed to take my heart rate after I stopped the car and it was 186bpm for no reason. It stayed like that for another 10mins so I guess that was the longest episode that lasted all up about. 30mins. That was it, I went to the doctor and showed them the reading on my phone and demanded a referral, was operated on within two weeks of seeing the cardiologist, would have been within the week but I got a cold.

    I still get the odd skips and pauses but they assure me it's fine, doesn't feel fine but I guess at some point I have to trust them that it's ok.

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    My general rule with DRs is... If you aren't 100% happy, get a second opinion. It can't hurt and will hopefully put your mind at ease.

    Sounds viral but if you're not happy definitely get a second opinion. Hope you feel better soon xx

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