A doc's pre-judgement

After lots of good advice I'm taking my shin splints to get checked out at the docs. I hate going to the docs. As soon as my large frame walks thru the door they mentally diagnose me as fat, lazy and offer me slimming world vouchers. They also book me in for a diabetes blood test. ALWAYS. Since I was 19. It's been 23 years, I'm still not diabetic doc, get over it!!

Really hoping that I can convince today's doc to look at me as a runner with a leg issue and focus on muscles and membranes etc. Not holding my breath though 😕


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9 Replies

  • Good luck Sarah, hopefully the GP will offer some good advice. I had bad splints originally but luckily good shoes and time worked for me, now it's just everything else that aches 😂

  • So, I want to reassure you about something. I'm a practice manager for a GP surgery. We DO find the levels of diabetes etc frustrating BUT there is no better feeling for a GP than learning one of their patients is trying to do something about it - and we all know that this is sometimes easier said than done. I'm 44, unfit (although fitter since I've been doing C25K) and obese. Obese all through my own doing - eating rubbish and absolutely no exercise. The support I have had from my GPs is out of this world - both the ones I work for and my own GP. They are so proud of me - so don't worry when you go in to see your GP with your shin splints, just make sure you also tell them what you've achieved and they will be so happy! Seriously. Be proud - they will be! For every patient like you - who is taking a hugely positive step and doing something - there will 50 (probably more) sitting at home, watching TV for hours on end. And, by the way, don't ever think GPs are any healthier than most of the patients - I can tell you first hand, they aren't!

  • brill post RebeccaSK

  • Thank you Rebecca. I hadn't thought of it that way round. I will def make sure I mention all my achievements in the last 18 months to set the picture.

    Well done for all your efforts too. It's not easy is it but we're still lapping everyone on their couch! 👍😃

  • I agree with your post so much, my 80+ year old Dad got an exercise bike for the first time last year and I kept telling him to tell the doctors otherwise they don't have the whole picture. As soon as he did they changed their way of treating him, it makes a massive difference if they have the whole picture.

  • Thank you. I will make sure I tell them.

    You're dad sounds like a legend!! Go pop!! 😆😁

  • Great post x Go you!

  • Huge good luck.. take RebeccaSK advice... tell 'em what you have done/doing and achieved...!


    If that does not work then lift your legs onto the desk and say.. these are what I have come about!!!

  • Ha! She'd have been surprised! I am off to have a gait assessment tomorrow to make sure I'm still using the right trainers 👍😁

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