View Full Version : Vent: waiting lists, meds, Dr Git.


Asylum
02-13-08, 05:10 AM
I decided to give the meds another try. Went on waiting list to see my GP, who i have a somewhat fatherly crush on. (There's no reason for you to know this, i just felt like telling someone.) Told my GP; 'Refer me, i want to give the Dex another go, but i do not want to see discustingly rude and horrible Phychiatrist who visits medical clinic in next town, and who i will refer to as Dr Git, who initialy reffered me.' After much frowning, my GP ungraciously agreed to refer me to local visiting phychiatrist, who comes to our local community health centre once a week. I don't like her but hey, i'm just trying to get a perscription. A call from medical clinic the next week. A quietly spoken woman informs me that 'Community mental health centre will not put you on waiting list because you're not mental enough.' Or words to that effect. Quietly spoken woman gives me two options; go see doc in city who may or may not give you meds, or Dr Git. I chose Dr Git. Got call today, your appointment is in April.
April.:confused:
I know that our meds sometimes end up on the market, blah blah blah, but seriously, I JUST NEED A PRESCRIPTION! I've been assessed. I know GP's have a lot on thier plate in terms of 'Stuff We Have To Know Lots About,' but can't AD/HD be one of these things? Why can't GP's prescribe our meds??? I feel like, with ADD/ADHD we just don't 'fit' in anywhere, and i say that with irony since i'm wary of labelling in general. Not nuts, not physcialy ill, but in need of meds, meds which help us function.
I know the Australian health system is quite good compared to some other countries - some people on these forums are on waiting lists that are absolutely unnacceptable:(- so i am not overly bent out of shape, just irritated, unmedicated, and wanting so badly to get on with my life, which at the moment, is quite chaotic, no matter how hard i try.

And i HATE Dr Git.(Mentally insert frowny, angry jumping-up-and-down emoticon here.) I want to put a buzz saw through his heart.

Thanks for listening.:)

scuz
03-23-08, 11:42 PM
i have been waiting 2 months now.. had initial diagnisis screen, now waiting for the 9th.

Asylum
04-15-08, 10:20 PM
Hope your wait is over scuz. I went on meds a couple of days ago.

scuz
04-19-08, 05:55 AM
Sorry about the delay, have been on meds now 1 week, dexamphetamine, it is def making a difference! :):)

~boots~
04-19-08, 09:16 AM
hows it going now Asylum

Asylum
04-27-08, 07:46 AM
I'm glad its helping you scuz!

Tracy i'm on Dex as well, have been for two(?) weeks now, thought it was helping at first but now, i really don't think its making a damn bit of difference! I could be taking sugar pills - i really don't get it. Anyway, we'll see how it goes, hey?:)

scuz
04-28-08, 06:37 AM
i kept upping the dose to suit me, as per dr instructions, he mey be lenient on this as i am in the health prof and have administered meds for past 7 yrs which was apart of my previous job. am up to 10 a day, i take 3 at 4am as i need to be right to function by 5, these wear off about 10am so then another 3. these take me to 3pm, i take another 3 then which get me thru to about 6/7pm then i take 1 then am in bed asleep by 9.30pm sometimes 10. this seems to be working well for a week now. asylum, are you on a strict dosage? are youable to increse by your dr? every time i increased i felt as tho it wasnt working, now when i take my dose i know it is helping... just a thaught..
cheers, S.

Asylum
04-28-08, 10:36 AM
Wow. I think i'm acutally speechless.:confused:

I'm on 15mg a day and i don't want to up my dosage. I don't like shifting and rearranging my brain chemistry about, dumping loads of dompamine here and there.
But of course i want my drugs to work. (Insert frustrated, don't want this disorder emoticon here.)

What's hyposom. . . oh no, I've forgotten how to spell it between reading your sig and going to my little edit box! Is it a sleep disorder?

scuz
05-01-08, 05:32 AM
hyposomnolence, its accually called "idiopathic hyposomnolence" think vertually the complete oppisite of insomnia / insomnolence. extreem tiredness all the time, upon wakeing one feels drunk, or doped to the fact where one will run into walls and trip, fall fue to vision impairments, there are a few good sites to explain this better on a google search. It was diagnosed by completing a sleep study called an MSLT (multiple sleep latency test) where sleep all night is recorded then multile sleep times during the day to see how and what type of sleep is obtained.. determining what it is.
Cheers:)

Asylum
05-01-08, 05:58 AM
Wow, so you don't know what causes it or anything? Have you had it your whole life?

scuz
05-02-08, 12:42 AM
yep, vertually.. there are other sorts just called hypersomnia / hypersomnolence but the "idiopathic" means no reasoning why, as some people will get it when they have depression, so medically the depression is causing ones hypersomnolence, this is why it has taken me 24 years of age to be diagnosed with add, and i have been explaining both the add symptoms and the hypersomnolence to med prof's at one time leaving them "unsure and dumbfounded" as bloods came back normal. i was told i have to have the sleep studys done before seeing an add specialist as they like to rule out narcolepsy and cataplexy (which is treated with stimulants aswell) before an add diagnosis, so i had the sleep studys which come up with the idiopathic hypersomnolence, took these results to the add referral appointment, then 3 appointments later ($exey$ stuff these appointments!) had an add diagnosis aswell, so the meds are help with 2 seperate conditions.

scuz
05-02-08, 12:46 AM
what meds did you end up going onto ? if you dont mind me asking that is.

Asylum
05-02-08, 04:45 AM
I'm glad you've found a drug that can help with both problems. I'm on 15mgs of Dexamphetamine. That's why i was so shocked at how much you were taking before you said explained a bit about your disorders. (As you can see, i'm easily shocked!) If i took that much i think i'd end up in the foetal position and talking to god or something.
All its doing is making me sweat and have headaches.:confused: So now i'm irritable and smelly!!!:)

scuz
05-02-08, 06:24 PM
im on the same, my dr said i would probably have headaches for the first week or so, i had a bad one on the first evening of taking them, other than that pretty smooth sailing. For the sweating, id make sure you keep your fluids up as dex will dry you out, and sweating is one kind of that, keep hydrated as woth taking the dex you may be dehydrated and not notice it as the dex keeps making you motivated, i was also advised to take fish oil (omega 3)with the dex (1 a day), not to sure why, may be to do with people saying that the omega 3 is good for memory disfunction.
did the chemist print out the info on dex for you? they have access to MIMS (a detailed info on all drugs) i got that, has heaps of info, might be a good read for you. Hows your eating and sleeping?

Asylum
05-05-08, 01:24 AM
Well i don't have to worry about the Dex anymore, because i told my phych it wasn't working he told me he can't help me anymore, so i'm once again without help of any kind. Just great.

scuz
05-07-08, 05:20 AM
i have been told that id the dex dosent work well for me, i would then have to try ritalin. have you tried this? wave you asked your phych about this? is there another psych you can aproach?

Asylum
05-08-08, 03:34 AM
No I don't have any phych's. Apparently its okay just to cut someone off and leave them with no help. :confused:

scuz
05-10-08, 06:24 AM
you said your psych said that is all he can do, or something like that. i dont understand. did you ask why? you are in australia right? why are you limited with psychs? ?? am confussed.

Crazygirl79
05-10-08, 07:03 AM
Where in Australia are you from???

Selena:)I decided to give the meds another try. Went on waiting list to see my GP, who i have a somewhat fatherly crush on. (There's no reason for you to know this, i just felt like telling someone.) Told my GP; 'Refer me, i want to give the Dex another go, but i do not want to see discustingly rude and horrible Phychiatrist who visits medical clinic in next town, and who i will refer to as Dr Git, who initialy reffered me.' After much frowning, my GP ungraciously agreed to refer me to local visiting phychiatrist, who comes to our local community health centre once a week. I don't like her but hey, i'm just trying to get a perscription. A call from medical clinic the next week. A quietly spoken woman informs me that 'Community mental health centre will not put you on waiting list because you're not mental enough.' Or words to that effect. Quietly spoken woman gives me two options; go see doc in city who may or may not give you meds, or Dr Git. I chose Dr Git. Got call today, your appointment is in April.
April.:confused:
I know that our meds sometimes end up on the market, blah blah blah, but seriously, I JUST NEED A PRESCRIPTION! I've been assessed. I know GP's have a lot on thier plate in terms of 'Stuff We Have To Know Lots About,' but can't AD/HD be one of these things? Why can't GP's prescribe our meds??? I feel like, with ADD/ADHD we just don't 'fit' in anywhere, and i say that with irony since i'm wary of labelling in general. Not nuts, not physcialy ill, but in need of meds, meds which help us function.
I know the Australian health system is quite good compared to some other countries - some people on these forums are on waiting lists that are absolutely unnacceptable:(- so i am not overly bent out of shape, just irritated, unmedicated, and wanting so badly to get on with my life, which at the moment, is quite chaotic, no matter how hard i try.

And i HATE Dr Git.(Mentally insert frowny, angry jumping-up-and-down emoticon here.) I want to put a buzz saw through his heart.

Thanks for listening.:)

Asylum
05-10-08, 06:12 PM
I'm from country SA. We don't have any phyc's here. We have one visiting.