Is there anything quite as frustrating as an appointment with a doctor for something that is worrying you, only for them to only see your weight! But why does the doctor only see my weight?

Most people might assume that because I am disabled, in constant pain and have poor mental health, that I would be seeing doctors regularly.

The truth is that I only usually see one when my GP contacts me about a meds or health review!

But something has been bothering me, a weird sensation and pain from just below my solar plexus and down to my belly button. A sensation of hot water running inside me and being uncomfortable, I know, weird, right.

I have to confess that despite it being bothersome, I haven’t seen the GP or rather had the ‘new’ telephone appointment with the GP until today and I first noticed this over a year ago!

This was because I had tried to get in on the 8am 100 m telephone appointment sprint and failed again and again, when I did get through and sat listening to pre-recorded messages and hold music, I was finally turned away and told to try again the next day.

I gave in!

But today I got through, and I even managed to beat the end of level boss (the receptionist) and I was told a doctor would phone me sometime this morning.

The phone rang, and I was asked what was the problem, and so I described it.

  • Then came the “Oh I see that you are overweight?”
  • I see you have mental health problems
  • How is your diet
  • Do you exercise

I can’t describe how this feels!

I am judged on my weight and my mental health. I am not oblivious to the fact that these can and do affect health. Not only that, but I know that poor mental health can manifest itself with physical ailments. I know because I have been there, I have been through the denial of that, and I am now very aware of my mental health.

I also know that this issue is not related, because my MH is up and down and this has been constant!

Why does the doctor only see my weight?

I was actually asked what tests I think I should have?

The truth is that I would have liked a CT scan, because I have this feeling of dread because of Cancer, but if I had asked I expect I would have been labelled a hypochondriac. Forgive me for being old-fashioned, but surely the doctor is the one that knows what tests should be done?

I just said “A blood test”?

This happens to so many people every day. We seek help from a doctor and instead of ordering labs and tests, they question us about our weight. From the minute they see us or read that we are a bit chubby, well that is a serious investigation gone, and we are told we need to diet and exercise.

And yes I have been told that, even though I explained that due to my health (ME) that sitting in my chair for an hour’s meeting will leave me overheated and feeling unwell.

This means that issues that can be dealt with quickly and have a better and swifter recovery will be missed because all the doctor can see is a fat person.

Add into the mix mental health and or disability and the doctor will often fail to see past all of that and we will be fobbed off with referrals to dieticians and told to improve our eating habits!

Have you been treated like this by doctors? Let me know in the comments!

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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