I just wanted to take the time to say a big thank you to the person who posted about writing a letter to their GP. I am with a big practice and although I do try to see the same person each time, it's not always possible and wores get crossed and my poor brain forgets things or mentions them in a list and the wrong thing gets picked up on. Anyway at my last visit to my (fairly) regular GP I was annoyed about a statement he made as I was leaving. I had told him I was being put forward for medical retirement and he said he would be reccommending that I would be fit to work again in the future. This statement annoyed me because it made me feel that I was making things out to be worse than they are, plus it was going to cost me a fair bit off my pension entitlement. It took a few days for this to come to a head and I sat down and wrote a 3 page typed letter telling him how annoyed I was and why and detailing a typical bad day in my struggle with fibro and the subsequent depression.
I had an appointment with him today and he was very nice. He assured me he didn't want to penalise me in any way financially but he felt that writing me off as never being able to work again would be detrimental to my life in general as it would close off possible potential employment in the future and subsequently make my depression worse. He said that he sincerely felt that I would improve to a level where I could go back to work and asked me what I would do if, in 2 years time, I had a life again. I quickly replied that I would be teaching and doing the job I love at which point he asked what would need to change to make that possible. As you can imagine my answer included being in much less pain, not being exhausted all the time and being far more mobile and able than I am now. Whether I ever get to that point or not I came away feeling that he believed what I was saying and feeling much more positive about things. I also got a definitive diagnosis of fybro which will now be on all my fit notes and reports so taking the time to write that letter has really paid off for me, so thank you again to whoever suggested it in the first place. All I need to do now is get my PIP form finished and sent away, but that worry is for another day.