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I'm worried about not being taken seriously because I might have a high pain threshold

tootlesweetietootlesweetie Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited February 5 in Neurological conditions
Hi I have a spinal cyst.

I'm uncertain about whether I have a high pain threshold or not. And it scares me when doctors don't take me seriously with stating it's in my head. Having been extremely Ill because of this. 


  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 2,860 Disability Gamechanger
    hi @tootlesweetie welcome to scope, good to meet you.
    Have you considered asking your GP to refer you to the local pain clinic?
  • chiariedschiarieds Community champion Posts: 6,895 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @tootlesweetie - & welcome to the community. I'm sorry you're in pain, & not being taken seriously. I think it's very difficult to know whether we have a high pain threshold or not, but reported pain, is pain full stop.
    Presumably your spinal cyst was found with an MRI. Sometimes they don't cause any problems, & sometimes they do. Is there another GP at your local surgery that you might contact? I would suggest this first to see what advice they can offer. All pain should be looked into, & the patient helped as much as possible, & many are helped by pain clinics as mentioned above.
  • tootlesweetietootlesweetie Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you. For such a warm welcome. I have been going in circles from gp, to specialist, to out of hours. I have a bag logged of issues. Now had a new gp who literally said it's in my head again. Giving me a link to excepting my pain. I am not getting things explained to me. And I am traumatised by the length of time it has taken me to be heard. Including a bowel perforation. And delayed operations taking years even when they show I have extremely large gallstones. They literally are repeatedly nonchalant about me asking. Things did go wrong.
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 7,233 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome from me too 

    Sorry you are not being taken seriously by your gp and health services 

    Have you thought of looking into alternative therapies like acupuncture or hypnosis just a thought 
  • tootlesweetietootlesweetie Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Janer1967 hi,

    I have used hypnotherapy in the past which helped with neck problems and stiffness. I would definitely recommend it. Plus you can self hypnotised.
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