I went back to my GP today to ask for renewal of gabapentin & to ask about oxycodone versus Targinact armed with a print out of the NICE guidelines on RLS, treatments and Targinact.
Saw a different GP who's not up to speed on my withdrawal from Ropinirole & started to update her on situation. First she asked me " What's withdrawal?" -so I told her. Then she asked me where I was getting all my info, "hopefully from a neurologist". I told her that my neurologists are useless on RLS ( they are MS specialists) and that they had prescribed amitriptyline for me when I said my RLS was getting worse on Ropinirole. I explained to GP that amitriptyline made the RLS 1000% worse. She looked utterly unimpressed and said " I hope you're not using the internet to get your information." I replied that yes I was and that the information I had received was better than any I had from my MS neurologists and was contained in NICE guidelines anyway.
Why are GP's so unwilling to accept that they know nothing about RLS or how to treat it successfully and then feel they can condemn their patients for using the internet to look for desperately needed help? I feel like writing to the General Medical Council to ask for an explanation.
I'm pretty sure most people on this forum will have had similar experiences.