So, here is one from someone that is just starting their journey. I feel I have a lot of things in my mind, a lot of things to let go a lot of things to learn and a lot of things to do! I feel dizzy However, I'm reminding myself to be gentle and to pace myself, and do one thing at a time. Right now, my primary concern is doctors. I need to speak to them and get the diagnosis and support I need. The issue for me is that, my whole life, I have learned to push through pain, to mask it, and on top of it the ADHD makes me see details everywhere, connect the dots and want to talk about everything! The result: the doctors very often disregard my symtopms, think I am better than I say I am, chalk everything to anxiety and just give me more painkillers or some standard exercises (which sometimes make me hurt even more). It feels that if they don't see me crying, or literally falling apart physically, they won't do anything! In this case, smiling, being polite and composed seems to be my worst enemy! Next week, I have got a routine appointment with my GP in which I am hoping I'll be able to explain my experience a bit better, finally connect some dots and get referrals for EDs assessment and maybe even an OT that helps me with my mobility issues at home. In the meantime, I am trying to get a day appointment to talk, in particular, about the flare I am experiencing at the moment with my jaw/neck/shoulders. I have been on very strong painkillers for weeks now and I need them to understand that they do very little to me and that I need something else (different approach) before I start having having more serious problems that could affect my worklife, etc. Any advice on how to talk to doctors? I am feeling quite anxious about these incoming apts!

Posted by Geeky Al at 2023-03-06 16:54:02 UTC