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Topic: Anxiety related to treatment and medications

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  1. Elizabeth CP
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    26 September 2021

    I'm not sure where I should post this.

    Background I broke my wrist in Jan. A few days later I went to my Gp complaining about my fingers and thumb which had not been injured yet were swelling badly and becoming numb. I believed the cast was pressing on a nerve. My GP dismissed my concerns so it was a week later I went to ED after it became unbearable. A specialist has since confirmed that I now have nerve damage as a result of the cast with ongoing pain and loss of strength in my thumb. Lockdown has complicated things further as I can no longer see the hand therapist in person for treatment. I have changed GPs but avoid going so have not built up trust in the new one.

    I was prescribed one painkiller months ago but the side effects were so bad I had to stop after a few days and went without for months prefering to cope with the pain than side effects.

    Things became worse so I reluctantly went to the GP and was prescribed some new meds for nerve pain. I started then then googled side effects for the medication. Side effects included anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. I already suffer from depression & anxiety which then escalated after taking the medication. I don't know whether it is the medication or just me worrying about the medication. I'm now too scared to return to the GP in case he thinks I'm an idiot and non compliant. I feel I have nowhere to turn which just adds to my stress. I am a full time carer for my hsb so can't afford to not be capable of doing things

  2. Sophie_M
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    26 September 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP
    Hi Elizabeth_CP,
    We are sorry to hear that you have been experiencing side effects from your new medication. If you are concerned about these side effects, we would recommend contacting the prescribing doctor to discuss with them your experiences. If you feel your GP won’t take your concerns seriously, perhaps speaking to another doctor for a second opinion will provide a more comprehensive idea of what your treatment options are.
    In addition, you can also call your local health direct service (also called nurse on call) for 24/7 medical advice and support or present to your local emergency department if you feel unwell. They are available on 1800 022 222 or via their website https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/
  3. Elizabeth CP
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    27 September 2021 in reply to Sophie_M

    I don't see how speaking to the GP will help as I don't know if I'm just so stressed at the thought of taking the medication or if the medication was causing problems. The thought of going to the GP to discuss this is extremely stressful. It is bringing back memories of some very negative experiences with doctors in the past. Not with this recent GP but I'm still scared. I was supposed to see a specialist a few weeks ago but the appointment was cancelled and still haven't been given an other appointment. I'm not unwell so I feel like I'm wasting the doctors time but I do find the ongoing pain and lack of strength in my hand is stressful.

    I guess I just have to learn to live with it. The one health professional who was able to make a difference is outside my 10 km limit so I can't get there. She can only treat urgent cases not just people like me who are in pain.

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