If I made a bingo card to entertain myself at GP appointments it would include the following :
- failed attempt to pronounce Ehlers-Danlos abandoned and replaced with Hypermobility bonus points* if accompanied by mimed quotation marks (oh, believe me, on more than one occassion)
- "23 is very young to be taking such strong opiates" or "if the painkillers are causing side effects, you should just stop taking them"
- referring to my partner using a male pronoun
- telling me that a mobility aid will reduce my mobility
- "a lot of people are hypermobile and don't have any problems"
- use of the word 'just' in the context "you 'just' need to exercise more / take ibuprofen / take paracetamol / lose weight / go swimming / do your physio / try and ignore it"
- "it's normal for girls of your age to faint"
- the first question after giving a detailed description of a symptom, and how it relates to EDS being "how's youre mood?" bonus points if asked by a GP who refused to prescribe medication / refer to psych when I actually was depressed
- "at least it's not RA/a structural problem in your heart/something more serious"
- suggested use of supplement (glucosamine being the particular favourite)
ETA one of my favourites
- "you can't have that, it's really rare"
However, if the GP ever actually examines the relevant system, asks me a question / shows some sign of knowledge about EDS, or is the one to suggest a specialist referral the bingo card becomes invalid. This has yet to happen.
*In my version of bingo there are bonus points. It makes life more exciting.