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Dr Sanjay Gupta...Pills pills and more pills !

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spot on

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I looked at this and thought, he's pinched my post title from a few days ago! After hearing his nice words about me - well he's instantly forgiven!

Jean

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That's quite depressing but completely inline with my experience . Many doctors are not interested in looking at the whole picture.

When I attended the arrhythmia clinic recently I thought they would be impressed by my 'lifestyle changes' and weight loss (21lbs) which I am trying as a way to decrease my P-AF and need for medication and ablation. The Doctor I saw wasn't interested, he just wanted to talk about having an ablation (I think to get the numbers up in the newly opened catheter lab ).

When I said my condition had not progressed in the last year and had actually improved and I didn't want an ablation at this time he was even less interested and said I wouldn't need to attend any more clinics get in touch if I changed my mind.

It looks like I am on my own :-(

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My EP is exactly the same Doodle, he's only really interested in performing ablations and nothing else. I'm on my own too, that's why I decided to do what I thought might help. A few months ago I tried to get back to my local hospital for a cardioversion, but couldn't go there as I was now under the hospital 30 miles away where I had my ablations. Looks like I'm probably better off without them anyway.

You know we're not really on our own, we have everyone on this site and hearing their experiences really consoles and helps us make decisions.

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Jean :-) that's awful not being able to get back to your local hospital .

I think sometimes people can be overwhelmed by 'Doctor power' and enter a conveyer belt of set procedures where no one stops to look at them as an individual and what may be best for them. You just have to say stop, I want to try something for myself right or wrong I want to try.

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Yes, I agree Doodle, some people see doctors as gods who must be obeyed - not matter what!

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Having just returned from A & E in the early hours in the hope that they could get the leg of a tic out (you don't want to know where) had me kicking myself for not being more assertive with the Nurse Practitioner, who didn't even have the right equipment (compared to my GP surgery when it happened last time and was successful). It's a fine line to tread without being rude and so easy to just fall into patient mode of old where you just accept anything done to you or told.

I am glad on AF four years ago I insisted on seeing two Cardios & an EP (all 3 offered me ablations) & a Naturopath (who put me on Mg & CVoQ10) before deciding to postpone an ablation...so far so good.

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