I have joined this forum a couple of weeks ago as I have been experiencing various forms of anxiety for a while now. My most recent form of anxiety is health.
Like an anxious person, I worry. Constantly. I go to the GPs and ask them questions. Some of them are helpful and some are not. Some of them get a bit agitated if I come back with the same question and it is understandable. Like any anxious person, I have doubts about the diagnosis or the absence of it. For instance, I had a severe neck pain for weeks which also spread to my arms and collarbones. It affected my ear. Due to the health anxiety, I obviously exaggerated the pain. But I could not help it. I saw GPs several times as they looked at me, checked my neck and let me go without saying what is wrong with me. Eventually, I pushed one of the GPs to EXPLAIN to me what this pain is...give me any explanation, rather than letting me go saying there is nothing wrong with me. I did not imagine the pain but they made me paranoid.
Anyway, long story short... I have a question. How do you trust your doctors? I originally came from a different country where health services are not as expensive if you go private. If you have a complaint, the doctor will ALWAYS (unless it is something ridiculous) send you to do tests before prescribing medication etc. And, you know how it works in Britain. I have lived here for more than a decade and this is home. I have all the respect for the NHS. I never doubt its ability to give you help if you really need one. But, how can a person with an anxiety trust a GP if he/she just have a wee look at you, ask you a couple of questions and then tells you what is wrong with you? How does a person know he is not being misdiagnosed?
I just wondered as I have been thinking about it for a wee while.
Thank you all