I took myself off to see a GP this morning (my own is on a well-earned holiday) as I had had such a bad night with something that frequently happens - as soon as I lie down I get pain in the right side of my head, ear, face, tongue (which goes numb on one side)- and I also get akathisia (the feeling that you have to move your limbs). This is coupled with frequent giddiness during the day. I had been awake till 4 am with it last night, and was so fed up with it that I decided I should try and do something about it and rang the surgery for an appointment.
The GP I saw was offhand to the point of rudeness. He just sat and looked at me, so in the end I asked whether the small dose of dosulepin (an anti-depressant of which I take a very small dose) might be involved as a cause and he said that the akathisia could not possibly relate to my dosulepin - even though it is a known side-effect. He said the giddiness (combined with hot flushes) could not be hormonal (!).
I said that I was concerned about how these problems were impinging on my quality of life and that I would like to get to the bottom of it. He shrugged (yes - really) and said that patients were always wanting a diagnosis, but mostly that was not possible; and that all he could do was try some different drugs. I was not happy about throwing drugs at problems without having a clear diagnosis - all you get is the potential for more side-effects.
In the end he said he would refer me for a brain MRI - it was clear from his manner that he could not see any other way of getting me out of the door.
I find it amazing that he could be so rude and off-hand with someone whom he knows has recently recovered from a depressive illness. I was quite upset when I left the surgery - but am now just rather angry about it.
This man has a bit of a reputation for being off-hand, but because of various family professional connections, I had not expected to be on the receiving end. Were it not for these connections, I would make a complaint against him.
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