I am upset and horrified at the amount of posts where the person is suffering from horrendous pain and the GP, specialist, consultant, etc don't appear to give a damn. Everyday on this forum there are posts where for example post major surgery the pain is worse to the extent they can't walk and the specialist won't scan them and says there is nothing wrong, or a GP who won't prescribe anything more than ibuprofen or paracetamol, or in my case a GP who says, "personally I don't like fentanyl" even though it's not for them!
Then there are the stories of health professionals who won't refer to services such as physio or pain clinics, or referrals that are allegedly made but there is no record of them or it takes months to get an appointment.
This is only a snapshot of all the stories on here and I am getting more and more appalled. Of course there are good health care professionals and I am lucky the majority of mine have been great, but there are a lot of us on here and I think we should be able to put our heads together and decide on the best course of action to improve our care and treatment.
Chronic pain is rarely discussed in the media so maybe getting it out there would help? Maybe setting up a petition would help? Or sharing the names of good doctors and specialists in our areas would help? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
It is worth remembering that the NHS is there for us and we can choose who we see, even choose which GP we see. It is also vital we all research our symptoms, conditions, surgeries and treatments so we can arm ourselves with this information if we have to see a rubbish/non understanding doctor.
Please let me know your thoughts and ideas. Thank you x