GPs, injuries and mental health
Not commenting on the OP’s situation but people do seem to have unrealistic expectations these days….i go to minor injuries all the time and dispense sound advice about pain relief and rest only to be met with ‘oh, cant you just give me something for it?’….
….i want to reply: ‘like what?, you’ve injured yourself and it will need time to heal’…
Swollen, bruised or torn tissue doesnt heal overnight, people have no patience.Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
So I go to my GP with an injury. Typically they’ll ask what I do for a job, as if it doesn’t stop me working then it’s not deemed to be all that important and I’ll just get told to rest. But what if it’s affecting my mental health? Is it likely to make any difference to whether they think I need to get it treated properly rather than just rest if exercise is my self medication for depression and resting is really getting me down?
It’s all a bit academic as it’s a rib/chest injury I don’t think they can do anything for (I’m unconvinced of the value of going to the physio either, which is where I’d usually go first with a sports injury), but just wondering if it would make any difference if there was any treatment I could get.Posted 4 years ago
If you lie about how bad it is be careful they don’t mistake you for an addict trying to get a fix if you mean to get prescription pain killers.
Other than that I don’t see how anyone can advise you here as you haven’t really gone into any detail about the injury.
With all respect aracer, if all the injury needs is time and it’s getting you depressed not being on the bike I’d suggest seeing a councilor and/or just going for a walk in the nice sunshine we’re getting.
Relax the worlds not going to end, there’s a beautiful world outside go out and sit in it and read…..enjoy letting the world fly by for a bit.Posted 4 years agofasthaggisMember
I got a bit pissed off on the last visit to my gp (I don’t go much)and he gave me the feeling that a man of my age should be settling down to some gardening and a bit of golf,instead of all this cycling nonsense 🙄 .I had to explain just how much I get out of cycling.Posted 4 years agoscotroutesSubscriberfasthaggis wrote:
I got a bit pissed off on the last visit to my gp (I don’t go much)and he gave me the feeling that a man of my age should be settling down to some gardening and a bit of golf,instead of all this cycling nonsense .I had to explain just how much I get out of cycling.
My last GP was around 40 and really into Triathlons……Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
if all the injury needs is time and it’s getting you depressed not being on the bike I’d suggest seeing a councilor and/or just going for a walk in the nice sunshine we’re getting.
The trouble is, it’s not the lack of exercise that’s getting me depressed – I’m already depressed, the exercise is my medication. Hence why a walk in the sunshine doesn’t really do it for me – if anything that just gives me time to brood.
Admittedly I wasn’t expecting any useful answers, just fed up and pondering. It’s not even like it’s stopping me doing stuff – after several days rest I got out on Thursday evening (and mostly felt better for it) and didn’t really notice any problems at the time. But it’s noticeably worse afterwards, and now hurting when I do more gentle stuff which was OK the day before so I figure it didn’t do me much good.Posted 4 years ago
Ahhhh hope you’re okay Aracer.
I’d seriously consider getting some CBT in that case and perhaps trying the SSRI route for a bit, although the latter depends how bad your depression is…I’ve read some literature recently that states they aren’t that effective for minor depression.
Hope you get better chap. There’s no harm in talking to a shrink/doctor, think of a bit of CBT as an mot for the brain…there’s no shame in it.
P.S. exercise is no panacea for depression, you need to find another way to deal with it as well.Posted 4 years ago
Maybe not but my first reaction would be to ask why they are so keen to get back on their bikes if they aren’t a professional.
I wouldn’t be quick to criticize aracer, I suspect the chaps in a bit of bad place. People need support and friendship…I’d take this kind of post as a cry for help.
If you want to go for a ride when your ribs are better let me know and if you want to talk privately about depression let me know.Posted 4 years ago
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