Thought I would post this in case anyone else has had a similar experience. It was a while ago and I'm over it now, but it wasn't good at the time.
I hurt my back about 4? months ago now, long story short it went 'twang' while riding my bike and I couldn't walk straight. So, like the dutiful patient I pretend to be, I went along to my GP. The only guy available was a locum in from interstate. I entered the room, he fiddled around with the computer and I waited for him to get himself sorted. Then he looked at me and said "Well??" as if I should have been in and out by then. So I said "I've hurt my back". The following transcript is a pretty good, but probably not entirely verbatim account:
Him: "Oh is that why you're walking like that" (no censored sherlock)
Me: "ha ha, yeah, you noticed."
Him: "have you been lifting something heavy?"
Me: "no, it went while I was riding my bike..."
Him: "Have you been doing any twisting movements?"
Him: "Have you been doing anything unusual?"
Him: "Nothing unusual at all, like, vaccuming, gardening..."
Me: "I did some gardening the other weekend"
Him: "Ah, that's it then. I don't think it had anything to do with your bike. You're overweight, you're unfit and you've gone out and been digging in the garden. You've just pulled a muscle. My advice is to find yourself a good deep muscle masseur who can deal with a solid lass like yourself, wait till the pain subsides and then get a gym membership and get a proper fitness regime so you get fit and lose that weight" (that's the most verbatim so far... and there's not much exaggeration in that.
he hadn't examined me, and no questions about my fitness or exercise levels)
Me: I was cycling 2 hours a day before I hurt myself.. and I'm seeing a physio this arvo"
Him "mmm, I wouldn't bother with a physio. They'll just give you a bit of a rub, put some vibrator thing on you and leave you there for an hour. Waste of money. Here's a referral for a local masseur who can deal with you, and some painkillers".
I kid you not. I was devastated. I went out and burst into tears, and I'm actually fairly comfortable with myself. If I'd been someone with a serious body image problem, I don't know what would have happened. As it was, I think only the fact that I was in pain saved him from getting a very serious and pointed piece of my mind. I ended up just making the conscious decision that this guy wasn't listening, and there was no point arguing, so I just did the yes-sir no-sir routine and got the hell out of there.
The physio was brilliant, proving him wrong on that point. She had the whole thing sussed and gave me some exercises that started relieving the problem straight away and I'm still improving (turns out a pre-existing muscular injury in the right hand side lower back led to my pelvis being destabilised which was the presenting problem at the time - We're working on that now.)
So the moral of this story is that there are some "professionals" out there who can be very unprofessional and uncaring. Don't let them get to you. This guy had no idea, did not respect me as a person or as an expert on my experience - nothing he said rang true with what I was experiencing - he had it very very wrong. If you don't feel a GP (or anyone else) is listening to you, make sure you get a second, third, fourth, fifth opinion until someone actually LISTENS (although sometimes the answer they give you isn't what you wanted).
And I make sure I never go to that guy again. If I end up walking into the room with him I will walk straight out. No questions asked. And hopefully in future I'll have the presence of mind to call any doctor who does that to me again.
35kg lost. (November 2005 - October 2006)
15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!
"You can't change the winds, but you can change the sails"
"Reach out and take control of what lands in your lap"