Last year I had a pelvic infection which caused an abscess. When I went to the GPs they had given me antidepressents for my pelvic pain telling me they could also help with the pain (Amitryptilline). This did work for a bit but then after a couple of months the pain became more severe and spread from one side of the pelvis to the other, then eventually I had a feeling like something burst and I was in a lot of pain, when I got to Casualty they asked "Why didn't you see your GP?" they seemed quite exasperated. I had been back to the GP, a couple of times, but she had been pretty dismissive, telling me an earlier ultrasound (taken several months previous) had been OK. I eventually got a CT scan in the hospital and had to have an emergency laparotomy and IV antibiotics. There have also been problems with adhesions and bowel obstruction which I think may have compounded things, also I wonder if the pelvic infection was to do wih previous surgery rather than eg an STD which may have made it trickier to diagnose.
Previous to this, the year before, I had another serious condition (intussusception of the bowel requiring surgery) and the GP (a different GP) didn't send me to hospital, I had to take myself to casualty when it became really painful but they sent me home. I understand that was pretty difficult to diagnose and extremely rare in an adult, but for a pelvic infection, I would have thought that was less so.
I had changed GP, but now am thinking I should have stuck with the original one as at least i would have had some more consistancy of care. I wonder if the problem is I also have a history of depression from years back and this seems to sometimes cause them to think I'm being over-anxious or something. Having been through all of this now makes me even more anxious! One scary memory I have is my heart racing and being told it was probably anxiety whereas I think it might have been tachycardia from the infection...who knows now? I find it hard to get the GP to talk about it.
Has anyone else had similar problems and how did you deal with it? I am wondering about changing GPs again - it's a smallish town with several GPs practices within walking distance- but am worried would then have to start again... I have got transferred for my hospital treatment to another hospital ad the one nearby (which I went to) has a bad reputation anyway and I wouldn't go back, and the GP did sort that out for me which is good. I don't have much on paper about the infection which happened, the discharge report the hospital gave me was very vague and just mentioned the adhesions and laparotomy- nothing about the antibiotics or infection- so I dpn't feel I can really go to the GP and point out it was missed.
I just want to be sure things will go OK in future really.