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    Dismissive Doctors And Increasing Pain

    I have a bunch of health issues that I'm concerned about (chronic pain in my back and joints, mental health issues, possible digestive issues). But when I've gone to doctors in the past (loads of times for mental health, only a couple of times for physical stuff) almost all of them have been dismissive and unhelpful. I'm only 22, and a lot of doctors don't seem to believe that young people can have health issues.

    I am managing my mental health reasonably well on my own, but the pain is getting worse and impacts my mobility to the point that I'm nearly housebound. But I can't afford a wheelchair and doubt I'd be approved for any kind of grant to get one, since I don't have a diagnosis of anything and don't "look disabled".

    How do I make doctors take me seriously? I really can't just go back over and over again or keep going to different doctors. I can't walk to the surgery over and over again without being in a lot of pain, I don't have money for public transport (and don't know anyone who could take me in a car), and the impact on my mental health of being repeatedly dismissed is just too bad.

    I need to get a diagnosis quickly, or get a wheelchair. How do I do either (or, preferably, both)? I have no-one to help me.

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    In my opinion all you can do is keep trying different GP's until you are seen by one who is sympathetic and will go that extra mile to help you,it took a close family member of mine 4 years to find a decent GP who would take their mental and physical health problems seriously and they are also in their twenties,the difference in treatment a patient gets from GP to GP can vary massively.

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