Just returned from seeing a GP at my local surgery, predominantly to get a sick note for work as I've been off due to my pain for the last three days.
Sadly I couldn't get my normal GP so I expected advice to be a bit of a long shot considering this GP didn't know me or read my notes in any detail before the consultation.
When we discussed different ways of alleviating pain, he suggested that it may be all in my head, and had I tried CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy). To be honest I found this response to be quite insulting.
I am a health professional myself and as such I do understand that tolerance to pain differs between individuals and that studies have shown links between mental attitude and pain but we were also taught that 'pain is what the patient says it is' so to told it's all in my head shocked me a bit.
On my good days, the pain is still there but I am able to work, to walk, to enjoy life and to generally have fun - I'm a naturally optimistic person. But on my bad days (like this last week), any movement is agony and the nausea and exhaustion are awful.
Has anyone else had this reaction from the health profession?