Do you have difficulties accessing treatment for physical conditions?

21 October 2014 - 15:32

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I haven’t been on for a while as not been at all well and for various reasons needed some me time.

Those of you who have been on the forums for a while will know that I’ve been struggling for some time to access treatment for my physical conditions. I had a day patient stay a couple of weeks ago for an investigation and was treated appallingly by the nursing staff apart from anything else they ignored my request to not touch any of my possessions.

I have multiple physical conditions as evidenced either by routine tests/investigations or they are clearly visible for all to see such as the oedema and yet I'm not being offered the appropriate investigations or treatments.

I'm definitely not the only one with a mental health condition such as OCD that is struggling to access treatment for physical conditions. It would be interesting to know the scale of this problem. So perhaps you could all let us know if you have a problem or indeed if you are able to access treatment without any problem.

Please answer the following:

If you are diagnosed with OCD do you find it difficult accessing treatment for your physical conditions simply because the doctors don’t take you seriously?

If you have OCD and are actually offered treatment for a physical condition do the surgery/hospital accommodate your OCD and make reasonable adjustment?  Or do you just have to either muddle through it or even decline the treatment?

Or

Have you ever been to the doctor with a problem regarding your OCD (for instance sore and cracked hands from over washing them) and ended up being sent to a dermatologist but not getting any help for your OCD?

Please can as many people as possible from the UK (not from abroad) respond to this to give us an idea of the scale of the problem.

21 October 2014 - 20:13

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Hi Truddles, sorry to hear they've been messing you around AGAIN!  Good idea for a thread, this.

The only physical health problem I've been to the doctor about (stomach) since I was diagnosed with OCD, the GP hasn't shown any signs of blaming my OCD for it or not taking it seriously, even though we still haven't found any explanation for it - just treated me like anyone else, I would say.  But then I'm not in a fit state to go on my own, my mum has to take me, which might make a difference - I don't know what the result would be if it was just me with nobody to back me up. 

The GP was also very nice about me having an OCD meltdown during the first visit!  As for making other accommodations, well, it's mainly that I just simply won't be able to do certain things, and I say so and my mum backs me up. 

24 October 2014 - 14:23

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Hi wombat,

Thanks for taking the time to reply. I must say that I am disappointed though not surprised that no one else has replied.

I didn't start this topic for me rather it was to find out the extent of the problem.

26 October 2014 - 19:27

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Hi

I have been unable to have a smear test due to fear of germs etc.

when I explained to the doctor she simply asked I sign a form to say I was not happy to have a smear and basically that I wouldnt blame them if I later had any problems.

on another occassion about the same thing I was offered valium........ I suppose the doctor was trying to be helpful although reassuring explaination may have been more appropriate.

Elf

26 October 2014 - 21:15

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Hi Truddles

Unfortunately I have not had a general health check for a long time not because of the ocd but probably more to do with still being young maybe the doctors never felt it was necessary. The optometrist and dentist know about the medication I've been taking, no worries as of yet for myself but you have a good point there Truddles because I have read many stories about people who are suffering from a mental health condition not getting the proper treatment for a physical ailment.

I guess one big problem would be getting very anxious with the injection or blood in general as many sufferers of ocd might feel uncomfortable around blood.

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