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  • #34671
    Liz
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    Hi

    Just a quickie- I have what I consider to be a very important consultation in a couple of days time and I wondered if anyone has any tips for getting across what you really want to say? I have made lists of stuff and it all looks abit formal but on the other hand I really want to make sure that I make the most of the time, I am worried that I will go in and say everything is fine and that will be that. I am desperate to get my point across…..help!!!!

    I also don’t want to look too bossy and if I am telling them their job. Any advice….please.
    I usually come out of these things and feel like I really haven’t got my point over. I suppose the only other way of getting across how desperate I am is to bawl-but I am never able to do this to command-usually happens when I don’t want to…

    Thanks all, and a healthy and possibly easier 2007 to you all
    Liz xxxx

    #34672
    Anonymous
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    There is a page on this website giving lots of advice about medical consultations. To find the page, go to:


    The Main Menu
    then Help and Advice
    then click Medical Consults

    #34673
    Charlotte
    Participant

    Liz,

    I now make a list of things I want to say before I go for my consultation as like you I have been to some and not even spoke a word nevermind ask a question.

    I am sure that if you go in with pointers in the way of a list it will help you get across what you want to say, if the Consultant is a good one they will not see it as you are being bossy, just remember it is your body they are dealing with and you have a right to ask whatever questions you want.

    Good luck for your forthcoming appointment.

    Best wishes

    Charlotte

    #34674
    Josette
    Participant

    Dear Liz,
    One of the things I do is to type up a comprehensive “medical C.V.” listing all my illnesses, operations etc. and the approx dates. I have found that important consultations can be taken up just by going slowly through my medical history, with only a few minutes left to discuss the reason for the consultation. So far my various physicians haven’t objected and, in fact, have been pleased as it has saved them scribbling down loads of stuff that no one else will be able to read (due to the physicians handwriting LOL).
    If there is one big question you need answering write it in big red letters on your list of things to ask and make sure you don’t leave without an answer (even if the answer is “I don’t know”).
    Good Luck
    Josette

    #34675
    Liz
    Participant

    Thanks for all the ideas

    I have spent some time looking at all the info on the site and have taken in mind other advice from Charlotte and Josette. I think I have put together all the things that I want to get over and I have also made a “history” of all the various medical stuff I can think of. Fingers crossed all goes well tomorrow and I come out with a positive plan to take forward.

    Thanks again
    Liz xx

    #34676
    Di
    Participant

    Thanks to Jan for the advice on the website about consultations. Yesterday I had my 12 month check up with my pain consultant. He had been no help at all and impossible to see between the 12 monthly checks so I went determined to get something done. After following yoru advice and making my situation very clear he finally admitted he could offer me no more help and that I need to be referred to a neuro surgeon for further tests, MRI and possible surgery but strongly advised against spinal surgery unless as a last resort. I told him thanks to this site I was fully aware of the possible problems of surgery and arachnoiditis. When the wheels of the NHS finally work I will be seeing the top neuro surgeon in the area.

    #34677
    Caz41
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    Can someone explain what a pain consultant is? Is this someone who runs a pain clinic in a hospital? I was referred to a pain clinic a year or so back and thought that this would be an ongoing thing that would help me but at the first app he just said to take Gabapentin and increase the Amitryptyline at night. I was not given a follow up appointment or anything to see how I was. Have most people here had numerous apps with a pain consultant?

    #34678
    Liz
    Participant

    Hi

    I have been seen by the Pain Clinic locally for several years and have had numerous interventions with varying success. Each time I have had a follow up appointment to see how things go. As far as I understand the Consultants are Anaesthetists with a special interest in pain management and seem to be able to offer a number of procedures with a view to managing various types of pain. I cannot speak highly enough of those that I have seen and they have a genuine understanding of these difficult situations.

    The one that I saw today was brilliant and has come up with a really good action plan and is going to offer more to help me. I have a chronic condition which I am beginnning to realise will not go away but he spent a long time going through different options and has gone off to look into various possibilities.

    If I were you I would ask to re-referred if things are not any better with the suggestions made last time. You might have sometime to wait but I think it is more than worth their opinion.

    Hope this helps.
    A VERY BIG thankyou for all the advice about this appointment. I went in and was very definite about things and hopefully some help will come out of it. The advice and tips that all of you and the site itself have given, have been invaluable-THANKYOU.

    Liz xx

    #34679
    Charlotte
    Participant

    Dear Liz

    I am so happy for you that your appointment with the pain specialist went well and am glad we all managed to help you a little bit.

    I agree with what you say in some cases it is worth the wait but at the same time if you ask the right questions you will get answers – I truly believe in this.

    I do hope that 2007 works out to be a better year for you and they manage to sort something out for you.

    Please let us know how you get on and best wishes.

    Charlotte

    #34680
    Caz41
    Participant

    So happy for you that today went so well Liz, you sound really positive. Have you been diagnosed? What sort of treatment did he suggest?
    Sounds like the one I seen just isn’t really interested and it’s apparently the only one near me so I don’t know if I want to referred there again. I had my hopes up so high after waiting so long to see him and I felt so let down when my 2 minute appointment was over. I don’t want more painkillers, I have a cupboard full ……I want to know whats wrong with me.
    Best wishes, Carol.

    #34681
    Liz
    Participant

    Thanks Charlotte and Carol

    I have not been this positive in a longtime but I think I can see there might be some help around the corner and have my fingers crossed. I think if you know there is a possibilty of doing something to ease things it can help your mind be more sensible about life!!!!

    It is such a shame that the services across the country can vary so much and that not everyone has access to such good support. I do also find alot of really good support from here as I feel that people who have experienced chronic pain seem to have really sensible advice and coping methods.

    Carol, I have emailed you, please email me and we can discuss my gory details, if you want to know!!!!!

    Charlotte, I will let you know how things progress from here and hope things are good for you at the moment.

    All the best
    Liz xx

    #34682
    Di
    Participant

    Hi Caz. I’ve seen three different pain consultants before I found one I could talk to and who seemed half interested. they can refer you for MRIs or send you to a neuro surgeon for further tests to find out what’s wrong and they can do facet joint and steroid injections to diagnose where the pain is coming from. If you don’t feel like going to that one (it’s an 18 months wait in our area) then I suggest you go back to your GP write him a letter and tell him how it’s affecting you and that, even if there is no cure you really need further investigations to find out the cause. I wrote to my GP before I saw him again and he admitted he was shocked that he had no idea how the pain affected my daily life. It certainly got things moving..

    #34683
    organiclemon
    Participant

    Just so any one knows….your GP will happilly print off your medical conditions andmedication list from their computer for you to use.
    Also all the consultations and testresults if you want too.
    They have it all there and I have found it really helpful to be given a printout.
    She also sends a copy of this with referral letter.
    Take care
    Fenella

    #34684
    Di
    Participant

    My GP did a printout for me when I flew on holiday last year. I needed the list of illnesses for the travel insurance and the medications for the security at the airport because I take liquid painkiller. He also did a letter for secirity and customs just in case. No charge.

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