Time and again I’ve heard the comment “… but maybe it’s all in the mind…?” Quite an infuriating little phrase when you know that you are not making up your headache, your blotches, or the feeling of getting the flu that never breaks out.
There is an illness lurking around our society called “lack of understanding, and lack of modern advancement”. I have heard of many stories, including one that doctors are not willing to put up with the “nutters, who want special attention” – (that’s us, folks, in case you didn’t guess) – and that they are trying to keep them away from their practice. The danger is that people for whom it is seemingly impossible to get a diagnosis will fall through the net.
It is not only that some in the medical world are letting patients down, but those affected also become depressive and desperate, not knowing what it is that plagues them. They become increasingly vulnerable to rogues who are out for business rather than helping.
I am currently in a country where, for example, the diagnosis of histamine intolerance is becoming standard as part of the full medical examination, especially if nothing else is detected. Having had a diagnosis myself, it has become blindingly obvious to me how much change such a diagnosis can bring about.
As is the case here, GPs in the UK should be given the information and the tools to do the same for their patients. This gives patients the power to act and take back control over their lives, as I have been fortunate enough to do. The NHS needs to act, and stop looking away. For myself, I know that if I had not been on the European Continent rather than in the UK at the time when my system collapsed, I would still be told “…but maybe it’s all in the mind…?”.
If you would like to raise your voice in favour of change and are living in the UK, please sign the petition on the histamineintolerance.org.uk website. Many thanks in advance.