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Re: Doctors

Haleyjay, you really need to see a doctor.

The symptoms you describe could point to several different conditions, some not that much to worry about, some more serious. Don't try to self diagnose.

Your GP can test for some possibilities, and would discuss with you further if referral to a specialist were in order.


To get the doctor to take this seriously, make sure you present your symptoms clearly and logically, make sure the doctor understands how long this has been happening, when it happens, patterns you have noticed, make sure you are clearly and unemotionally describing the level of pain and loss of function you experience.

I would counsel going to a doctor here rather than back home because diagnosing the symptoms you describe, IME, ends up being a process of excluding the most likely suspects first and working down the list. This could take multiple visits, something that could become inconvenient if you have to keep going back to the UK.

I would also counsel seeking a doctor here who is willing to consult in English if your German is not fluent. Describing and interpreting pain or loss of feeling is difficult enough as it is because these are so subjective. Add in a simple 'language background' out trade and you could be off on the wrong track. (Been there, done that auf Deutsch, to my cost.)

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Old 02.09.2016, 18:18
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Yes il try im in the UK anyway visiting my mother next week so might see one there, its not easy and nothing to poke fun at, last time i attepted to go was in Zug 3 years ago and i made it to the waiting room for a scan, i got so scared when the receptionist disapeared i ran out the exit and went home, they were furious, didnt understand, rang me up asking what happened and billed me for the appointment which i suppose was my fault as i was taking up a slot of the doctors time
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Re: Doctors

If you have a fear of doctors please consider taking someone with you, a friend to sit with you in the waiting room to keep you calm.

FYI, this doctor in Zürich has been mentioned on several EF posts; she is British, that might make you feel more comfortable:

http://www.drangelacaddick.com

I do not know her, for my part this is only information that I remember reading on other threads. But you can search for the posts recommending her , perhaps contact the EFers who posted those recommendations.
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Yes il try im in the UK anyway visiting my mother next week so might see one there, its not easy and nothing to poke fun at, last time i attepted to go was in Zug 3 years ago and i made it to the waiting room for a scan, i got so scared when the receptionist disapeared i ran out the exit and went home, they were furious, didnt understand, rang me up asking what happened and billed me for the appointment which i suppose was my fault as i was taking up a slot of the doctors time
Maybe start by seeing a child psychologist to address your Doctorophobia?
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If you have a fear of doctors please consider taking someone with you, a friend to sit with you in the waiting room to keep you calm.

FYI, this doctor in Zürich has been mentioned on several EF posts; she is British, that might make you feel more comfortable:

http://www.drangelacaddick.com

I do not know her, for my part this is only information that I remember reading on other threads. But you can search for the posts recommending her , perhaps contact the EFers who posted those recommendations.
She's been my doctor since 2012, she's great. I definitely recommend her.
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Yes il try im in the UK anyway visiting my mother next week so might see one there, its not easy and nothing to poke fun at, last time i attepted to go was in Zug 3 years ago and i made it to the waiting room for a scan, i got so scared when the receptionist disapeared i ran out the exit and went home, they were furious, didnt understand, rang me up asking what happened and billed me for the appointment which i suppose was my fault as i was taking up a slot of the doctors time
Try? Do. There's a Yoda quote in there somewhere.

It sounds like you have no intention of going. Take your mum with you. Don't mess around with your health it's too important.

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A blood test is really nothing. If you have a problem with tiny blood extractions then let the practice know in advance, and they will usually arrange for you to be able to lie down and make it less traumatising.

One of my exes is a (quite renowned) pathologist, and really couldn't stand the sight of even the tiniest sight of blood being extracted from a living person.

So you are not alone, and it will be well accepted at most practices.

My daughter has fainted during blood samples several times in her life, but it's no problem now since she was allowed to lay down once during the process.
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A blood test is really nothing. If you have a problem with tiny blood extractions then let the practice know in advance, and they will usually arrange for you to be able to lie down and make it less traumatising.

One of my exes is a (quite renowned) pathologist, and really couldn't stand the sight of even the tiniest sight of blood being extracted from a living person.

So you are not alone, and it will be well accepted at most practices.
Actually, what is it exactly you're afraid of? The smell? The out of date magazines? The eventual bill?

Go.
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One of my exes is a (quite renowned) pathologist, and really couldn't stand the sight of even the tiniest sight of blood being extracted from a living person.
A pathologist is the last practitioner that Hayleyjay needs to see. They'll take any body.
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A pathologist is the last practitioner that Hayleyjay needs to see. They'll take any body.
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Yes il try im in the UK anyway visiting my mother next week so might see one there...
This bit worries me. If you have numbness in your legs, the last thing you should be doing is hopping on a plane or sitting a long time in a car. You need to get to a doctor to be checked out. In Switzerland. As soon as possible.

It could be nothing, or it could be serious. I know we like to joke a lot here, but I would be very disappointed to see a post later on that you'd had a stroke from a blood clot or some other serious issue, because you refused to see a doctor here instead of in the UK and something happened during your travels.

If you want someone to go with you, I am sure there's a Forum member who speaks the local lingo that would be willing to go with you. I haven't been to many doctors in Switzerland, but the ones I have been to are all professional, speak very good English, and are very thorough. Your fears are completely irrational and you need to address them (after you've addressed the leg numbness).
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Re: Doctors

OP, IIRC, you have mentioned your daughter in other posts.

Assuming that she is your biological child and not your stepdaughter, how were able to get past your fear of the doctor in order to manage pregnancy and childbirth?

Or is this fear something that has cropped up post-pregnancy?
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The OP needs to pop over for a quick blood test here in Switzerland (to enable any follow-up, insurance coverage etc.), which will probably show up nothing.

I've had the same symptoms on and off the past decade or two - nothing serious whatsoever - but worth checking-out.

Who knows OP, you may receive a treatment of great medicinal massage paid for by by your krankenkasse. If you'd like a recommendation for a heavenly place (am currently there following a recent accident), then just pm me.
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This bit worries me. If you have numbness in your legs, the last thing you should be doing is hopping on a plane or sitting a long time in a car. You need to get to a doctor to be checked out. In Switzerland. As soon as possible.

It could be nothing, or it could be serious. I know we like to joke a lot here, but I would be very disappointed to see a post later on that you'd had a stroke from a blood clot or some other serious issue, because you refused to see a doctor here instead of in the UK and something happened during your travels.

If you want someone to go with you, I am sure there's a Forum member who speaks the local lingo that would be willing to go with you. I haven't been to many doctors in Switzerland, but the ones I have been to are all professional, speak very good English, and are very thorough. Your fears are completely irrational and you need to address them (after you've addressed the leg numbness).
Doctors speak English. She (apparently) has a husband/partner who could go with her and hold her hand.

I diagnose, once more, a serious case of attentionseekyitis.
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This lady, roberta shapiro has a good hypnosis tape for general fear, flying doctors dentists etc.

her on amazon so you can see the sterling reviews.

itunes link

might be 10usd well spent.

If you have a fear you have to do something about it, it doesnt just go away and to spend the rest of your life like this...

Doesnt this fear also put your child at risk, are you also afraid to go if she gets sick?
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Old 02.09.2016, 19:15
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The OP needs to pop over for a quick blood test here in Switzerland (to enable any follow-up, insurance coverage etc.), which will probably show up nothing.
A very good point. Even if Hayleyjay does go to a Doctor in the UK, and they determine that treatment is necessary, the Swiss Doctor will almost certainly insist on doing the same tests here. (The hospitals don't even trust each others labs within a Canton)
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I don't like dentists, dental hygenists, blood checks, or lawyers, but I still go!

OK, my doctor now has one nurse who actually can find my veins, on the first try even (most spend about five minutes trying before striking it rich or giving up)! I still hate it though.

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Depending on your blood test results, OP (no matter which country you do the blood test in), consider going to a diabetologist after having seen your GP for the first evaluation of the test results. Also, no matter what the results are, I strongly recommend taking this issue to a doc no matter how intense your fear is.

For your fear of doctors, is there any way to pre-inform your doctor of it when making the appointment - tell them you need more time, someone trusted in the room with you, patience while explaining results and further procedures, etc.?

Also, I'm not sure if this has been covered here yet, but your testing in the UK might not be covered by Swiss insurance as it isn't an emergency. Do you have other insurance which covers it or would you pay out of pocket?
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