I'm really in a bad way right now and I'm not sure what to do. I've been ill since last October and I feel as if I've been brushed off by every health professional I've seen because they don't know how to treat me.
I won't go into details but I've been in a lot of pain and discomfort, but no one can work out what it is. Instead of trying to get to the root of the problem, I'm prescribed random drugs in case they might do something (which they have never done), passed around random health centres (only after my insistence something is done to help a diagnosis), and misinformed several times over the state of my care. The last straw came this week when I was sent to Birmingham Women's Hospital for what I was told would be a test. I got there and paid their extortionate parking fees, only to be talked at for ten minutes, given a leaflet and told, 'You're too young to have the problems you have. Read the leaflet and come back in three months'.
Because I have anxiety issues this has been a severe challenge for me. I have tried to explain to the doctors I've seen that when these things happen it really impacts my mental health, but there's no consideration given to that. I'm about to change my GP anyway as my surgery have treated me like a malingerer, which I'm 99% sure is down to my mental health problems. I even put in a complaint, but when I went in to talk about I was told, 'Oh, I'm sure my colleagues would never do that.' What? You're not even going to try talking to them?
I've never trusted medical professionals since I attempted suicide at 18, and this just proves I'm right to be wary of them. I HAVE been in my surgery a lot since October, but that's because I'm ill and I need to get to the bottom of it! I wasn't going to change surgeries until I got to the bottom of this, but since that's obviously not going to happen I need to do it now. I've got no hope for the place I want to go though. They're obviously all the same.
I know I can contact PALS if I feel I'm not being treated properly, but I don't know if I can because these has happened to me over several health centres. The only other explanation is that it's my fault, but I don't know what else I can do. I appreciate it's difficult to work in healthcare, and I try to be respectful and polite, and not to demand too much. I'm just at my wits end. I'm suffering panic attacks almost dailt because I'm not in control of my own body anymore, and I've had to miss so much time off work I feel my job's in danger. What on earth can I do?