Clinical Review

Patient's experience

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 26 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:500
  1. Denise Prior,
  2. James Heathcote, general practitioner (
  1. 1 South View Lodge, South View, Bromley, Kent BR1 3DR

    It's not often that I'm ill and I had no intention of saying anything, but Bill brought it up for me because I wouldn't.1 Nineteen years ago I'd gone to my previous GP with bad stomach pains, and he just told me that it was an ulcer, so I always put it down to an ulcer. We sometimes had the odd glass of wine together in the evening, but not every evening, so it wasn't alcohol causing my pain. My Nan had skin problems, and I've dealt with cystitis before, so it didn't seem worth mentioning.

    I never really thought I was …

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