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Increased dosage of medication.

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Strawberry1
Strawberry1 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 3,673 Disability Gamechanger
I get anxious about getting in touch with the doctors. After running out of medication and the last set of tablets not helping I managed to pluck up the courage to get in touch with the gp practice.  Rather than ring there is a text service so i got in touch that way . Got a call back from gp and they are going to increase the dosage.  If they are not strong enough I can go higher at some point. 

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  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,654 Disability Gamechanger
    edited November 2023
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    I would also often get too anxious to talk to the doctor and would run out of medication. I hope the increased dosage helps with the symptoms @Strawberry1. It sounds quite nice that they have a text service, I'd really prefer that myself over calling.
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  • Strawberry1
    Strawberry1 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 3,673 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yeah @Jimm_Scope , I don't like using the phone really.  Thank you I hope they help too . I swapped my gp surgery due to being told the one I'm at now was much better and they were taking on patients.  I think they are definitely more efficient.  I think all gp practices should have text services due to lots of people finding it far better to text rather calling them . Thank you again for your time and support. Your a real gem  💎. 
  • Bettahm
    Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,446 Disability Gamechanger
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    I would prefer to email or text gp as now can no longer contact my gp as cant use their system. 
    I cant answer my phone, they will not make any allowances for that, and struggle to make any calls at all but cant ring them.
    Still looking for a new out of area gp who will accept an online application. 
  • Bettahm
    Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,446 Disability Gamechanger
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    Ada said:
    I can’t use the phone at all.
    I only ever use the surgery e consult form.
    But it’s only a recent thing.

    My surgery reception have zero understanding of mental illnesses even Asperger. They would get quite annoyed that I wouldn’t ring for blood test that I’m supposed to have every three months. They would hold back some medication to force me to ring them. 
    Than I would get in a terrible state not having all my medication I believe it’s very cruel and must go against some rule. 
    That's awful.
    What is wrong with gps!!!
    It makes me so angry.
    We have no voice it seems. Maybe Scope could look into the treatment of neurodiverse and mh people by gps. 
    So sorry Ada, for the treatment you're getting too. 
  • Strawberry1
    Strawberry1 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 3,673 Disability Gamechanger
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    @Bettahm and @Ada , so sorry to hear both of your stories . I don't think many gp practices are very good at all when it comes to dealing with patients with special needs it's out of order in that respect.  The receptionists in some of the practices are very rude actually and not at all helpful . The receptionist can do more harm than good.  Here's to things getting better in the future and if you find a good gp around that's taking on patients in my opinion change doctors.  Sending hugs to you both .
  • Bettahm
    Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,446 Disability Gamechanger
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    @Bettahm and @Ada , so sorry to hear both of your stories . I don't think many gp practices are very good at all when it comes to dealing with patients with special needs it's out of order in that respect.  The receptionists in some of the practices are very rude actually and not at all helpful . The receptionist can do more harm than good.  Here's to things getting better in the future and if you find a good gp around that's taking on patients in my opinion change doctors.  Sending hugs to you both .
    I would like to think there might be something put in place to absolutely ensure they make individual reasonable adjustments for their neurodiverse and mh patients. Out of respect for the individual person. Rather than treat us like dirt.
    Does seem to be a big problem with gps right across the uk. 
    Agree about receptionists too. Rude, inpatient and hostile. Not what we want when feeling unwell.
    All disgusting.
    The whole service needs a good shake up.
  • Strawberry1
    Strawberry1 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 3,673 Disability Gamechanger
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    Nicely said @Bettahm
  • Strawberry1
    Strawberry1 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 3,673 Disability Gamechanger
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    Well I took the increased dosage of the pain relief unfortunately it has made me have a very bad colitis flare up . I am not taking anymore of the meds  due to it causing me too much grief.  The other down side is when a person comes off strong medication we have other side effects to deal with.  I'm having a whale of a time . Try contacting my gastro specialist he's too busy to get back to over the phone patient enquiries. Is the NHS getting worse or am I being paranoid. 
  • Bettahm
    Bettahm Community member Posts: 1,446 Disability Gamechanger
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    @Strawberry1
    No, the nhs are getting worse in all areas it would seem, from gps up.
  • Strawberry1
    Strawberry1 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 3,673 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @Bettahm , I'm glad someone else has noticed how **** it's getting.  Thanks for noticing too .
  • Strawberry1
    Strawberry1 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 3,673 Disability Gamechanger
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    Sorry I must have put something I shouldn't have but it wasn't anything bad.  It wasn't offensive or anything.  Sorry. 
  • Strawberry1
    Strawberry1 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 3,673 Disability Gamechanger
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    I apologise unreservedly to everyone. 
  • Strawberry1
    Strawberry1 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 3,673 Disability Gamechanger
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    Pregabalin did nothing for me except made me feel drunk, sleepy and moody . Now I've got wait for them to get out my system.  I have to deal with the side effects of coming off such a strong medication . Heard so many bad reviews of this medication really bad reviews. 
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,911 Disability Gamechanger
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    There is no need to apologise @strawberry1 <3 
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    Strawberry1 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 3,673 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thank you @Hannah_Scope .
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