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Favourite doctor retiring 🤦🏻‍♀️

Although never 100% satisfied with GP consultations- the one GP I feel most confident with is retiring end of March😩. Oh no - got to acquaint myself with another - and the choice is worrying! When I have made my decision anybody have any tips on how to introduce myself and my many “symptomatic but not diagnostic” (rubbish rheumy’s phrasing) lupus related problems to any new GP. I know they have computerised records, but GP appointments not really long enough for them to read mark and inwardly digest history then carry out meaningful consultation. I maybe bit cynical but over years have many valid reasons to be so (life threatening neglect on couple of occasions!!). Always feel being judged as neurotic old woman, and that is NOT what I am (well maybe old in body but not in spirit). Quite worrying predicament isn’t it?! So many of us feel unheard and invisible. Help🤯

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Know how you feel - I have an amazing GP at the moment but I am moving house soon & will have to find a new GP. The chance of finding one who understands Lupus are pretty slim. Am dreading that part of my move. Good luck with your mission !

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You have no reason to feel guilty or apprehensive but I understand why you do.

When you introduce yourself to your new GP, explain your situation calmly and without feeling embarrassed. The NHS exists for this specific purpose - to help people.

I’m lucky and have an amazing GP, but I’ve seen from these forums how others aren’t so lucky. I think being calm and relaxed in your appointment is more than half the battle. No one should fail to take you seriously - your concerns are completely legitimate.

Stay strong - lots of love to you x

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