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"Being over 50 is not on the scrap heap."

About: Specialist in the Curtin Electoral District

(as the patient),

Rheumatologist I was referred to for ongoing back problems who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia on one visit by asking stupid questions and who made me see a physio despite me telling him I'd done clinical pilates and seen numerous physios already. If you ask a 50 year old woman with a physical job and who runs and does weight training if she has ever had pain "here", and "here" and what about "here" of course they will say yes. That's how I was diagnosed with fibro - he didn't tell me that, he gave me meds that I didn't know were for it, he just said try these. Found out on my second visit and exploded. Would never go back. Likewise I told him I had good core strength, had done clinical pilates etc. Told me to go and see a physio. I did. The physio tells me based on what you've told me I don't know what I can do, you've done it all. Moral of the story. Not all your patients are dumb, some of us are educated. Menopausal women are not on the scrap heap. I resent being stereotyped. And listen to your patients.

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