How long? "since I was younger"; "when the doctor referred me"
Has it changed over time? "I have good days and bad days"
How often does it happen? "there's no pattern to it"; is it hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly? "yes"; "it's all the time, you know, it comes and goes"; "My symptoms last 2-3 days and happen many times a week"; "it's at least twice a month"; and at most? "I just told you, at least twice a month"
Any treatment? "no... just tablets" which ones? "little white ones with a line across" or "tried everything but nothing works"; how long did you take the treatment "I completed the course"
Is there illness in the family?"no"; are your parents alive and well "no, they're dead"; I'm sorry, what happened? "Oh, nothing serious"
It's like a playing "Just a Minute" only here the rules are to speak for as long as possible without communicating any information. Though as a general rule, the vaguer the history the less likely a serious cause.
If the pain clinics initiated the opiates/opioids (and gabapentinoids) it is their responsibility to help patients come off those drugs.
This is really helpful. I am a neurologist. Every day at least one patient asks about therapeutic cannabis or cannabinoid(s). My answer is inevitably: no. The hard part is explaining why, and getting that out of the way, to leave time for more constructive discussion.
CQC see QC?
Anonymouse3, Omnopom [sic] sounds like too many brits in Oz.
Seriously though, there is a world of difference between "prescribable" (some cannabinoids are currently prescribable as they have been for years) and "NHS funded" which they are not. So no NHS prescribing. I imagine the cases in the press have been IFRs (for which we all know the CCG default response). Many of my MS patients would like to try cannabinoids but the data, notwithstanding some optimistic anecdotes, is not exactly convincing, hence no NICE approval.
Matt the app?
DecorumEst you would not believe the number of people who come unaccompanied to secondary care clinics for ?dementia. I like to think that they forgot that their excellent GP emphasised the importance of attending with a witness.
Mr Massey should provide the data upon which he relies.
I'm a neurologist and I think this is all excellent advice however I think it can be helpful to perform a brief neurological examination if only to avoid criticism. I agree it rarely takes diagnosis beyond what's evident from the history.
Tom Robinson is right. Compare with flight safety: if the GMC were in charge of that, when the computers are down, there are insufficient pilots and the sole pilot has worked 12 hours without a break the GMC answer is: carry on and log the problem. And if it goes wrong and there is a death, you can rely on the GMC to blame the pilot/doctor. The GMC's statutory purpose is to protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine. They are evidently currently unfit for this purpose - as are the hospital managers who are happy to save on costs when they can rely on the GMC to blame doctors. Refusal to pay the GMC fee is not however the answer.
I have not smoked since 31 Dec 2014. The hard part previously has been avoiding relapse at times of stress. In this context I have found e-cigarette (vape device) invaluable. The best devices are not easy to set up so I advise purchase from shop, not online, to get it set up correctly. Suggest quit normal cigarettes, wait for pangs to happen, then use vape. OK it's not totally safe but no CO2, no tar, no lingering smell, low cost. BMJ says
This is a real, not a potential problem. I'm a hospital doctor and as my 60th birthday approached I checked my pension on the TRS site which, it emerged after much negotiation, had overstated my annual pension by £10K. The BMA advises that any overpayment is the pensioner's responsibility. Do not rely on TRS which is of a quality standard sadly familiar to NHS employees.
It is a mistake to think that private practice is simply for patients with health insurance. The cost of a private consultation is a little more than a tank of petrol and less than a ticket for a concert at the O2. Remember also that many insurance policies have an excess, and that insurance does not normally cover the cost of prescriptions, or offer cover for chronic disease.
Pain followed by scapular winging is caused by neuralgic amyotrophy. It is a neurological not an orthopaedic matter. It recovers naturally without medical (or surgical intervention. Must dash now to write review of how to do a hip replacement (not)!
My son died of "recreational" drugs earlier this year having successfully completed rehab and been drug (and alcohol) free for over 6 months. I am sure that the behaviour of the Police triggered his relapse (he was on very long term bail without charge. When he died his desk was covered with his legal papers: as stressful as a GMC investigation). We need societal control, to eliminate criminality, and severely restrict (i.e. abolish) use by teenagers. Criminalisation clearly does not achieve this, but instead stimulates an uncontrolled market that targets the vulnerable. Tax "recreational" drugs like cigarettes & alcohol, restrict sale to adults, and the problem becomes manageable. As in all health matters there is no perfect solution but decades of criminalisation has seen an explosion of drug use and is evidently counterproductive.
Sexism is indeed unacceptable. The term "grow a pair" is however sexist.
I hope you mean bale not bail