Ansela Jonla (ansela_jonla) wrote in thequestionclub,
Ansela Jonla

Priorities at a doctor's appointment

I managed to get a doctor's appointment for next week, primarily to get more PPI tablets for my stomach. There are a few other things I need to talk to him about though.

Unfortunately, the way my GP's surgery works is that you can have an appointment for one issue at a time, and you've got to fit it into ten minutes unless booked otherwise. And I'm not sure which of my problems I should address in this visit, and which I should try to book another appointment for.

It's a rather oversubscribed surgery, so there's at least a two-week wait for appointments usually, hence me trying to figure out the priority. This is the first time since before Christmas when the receptionist has even had a slot available to put me into.

The issues:
1) Infrequent chest pains: these happen usually when I move after having been sat down. Stabbing pain about halfway down the left side of my chest, that leave me short of breath and unable to move until it passes.
2) Increasingly common dizzy spells: these used to be rare, but recently I've been getting two or three a day. One almost had me tumbling down the stairs this morning. They usually happen when I move from laying down to sitting up, or sitting to standing. I cannot go straight from laying down to standing without guaranteeing a dizzy spell.
3) Collarbone: I was a front-seat passenger in a car accident a few months back, and my left collarbone took the brunt of the seatbelt's stopping power. I felt fine then, due to the adrenaline of the incident and the belligerence of the at-fault driver (for one, he refused to give any details and tried to snatch the notebook in which we wrote down his licence plate number), but ever since then I've had sharp pains about halfway along my collarbone, right where the seatbelt was resting. I can't feel anything moving/out of place (I'd compare it to my right collarbone, but that is abnormal due to a badly-healed fracture), but the pain is a bit worrying.
4) Insomnia/sleeping issues: most nights I barely get any sleep. I've been getting about three hours a night for months now, and OTC sleep aids aren't helping. I find myself dropping off in the middle of the day, taking catnaps on the sofa, and even snoozing on the bus on my way home sometimes.
5) Mental issues: the last time I tried to bring these up, the doctor dismissed it as "just hormones" and "not a priority unless you're a danger to yourself or others". If it's the same doctor again, I'm not even going to bother with this one. The shit in my head has been there for years now, it can stay there a bit longer.

I know the chest pains and dizzy spells are more worrying than the rest of the stuff, but I really don't know which comes higher in the list of "this is bad get it seen to now" priorities.

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