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Dr Ashok Bhalla

Discussion in 'ME/CFS Doctors' started by Bjorkish, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. Bjorkish

    Bjorkish

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    Hi, this is my first post to any forum ever. A well meaning friend enthusiastically gave me the phone number of a Dr Ashok Bhalla last week, and told me he is a specialist in M.E in private practise near Bath, U.K. Allegedly he has helped someone she knows "recover".
    As a veteran of snake oil salesmen, having been diagnosed with M.E/C.F.S 5 years ago and Fibromyalgia last year I am more than a little skeptical. Especially as she confidently told me it's a blood disorder! My partner is desperate to get me help and doesn't experience the same crushing disappointment we experience when one thing after another doesn't work, and offered to pay for a consultation. Out of courtesy I offered to find out what I could.
    Does anyone have any experience with Dr Bhalla? All I could find is that he is a consultant rheumatologist and Medical Director at Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (or "the Min") near Bath. Thankyou.
     
  2. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    "The Min" has a page on its approach to me/cfs, which doesn't inspire great confidence:

    source: http://www.rnhrd.nhs.uk/page/84

    edit: having said that, there are some people in the NHS with quite enlightened views which they keep quiet about in public. The website says pretty much what all these "cfs/me service" websites have to say in the UK. It may be worth finding out more.
     
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  3. sarah darwins

    sarah darwins I told you I was ill

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    p.s. welcome, Bjorkish. I spent more than a decade avoiding forums because I thought they wouldn't help. I was, um, wrong.
     
  4. aquariusgirl

    aquariusgirl Senior Member

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    thank god u have some sense...Is he going to see u privately... charge you 350 quid..and tell u he can't find anything wrong on your blood work??

    Blood disorder my foot..
     
  5. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl But I Look So Good.

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    Where's the treatment? Counseling and advising? Sounds like GET and CBT.
     
  6. Bjorkish

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    I'm not sure what he offers privately, I know I could just ring the number she gave me but I want to know if anyone else has experience. And yes, he would offer private treatment. I know the hospital can only offer CBT/GET and I've tried that, to the point of collapse. My partner was convinced by our friend's enthusiasm, me not so much. As @aquariusgirl says, he may just take blood and tell me there's nothing wrong for lots of money. Plus it is 3 hours to Bath from where I live.
     
  7. SOC

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    @Bjorkish
    I have a handy little rule of thumb -- if there isn't a lot of positive talk about an ME specialist here at PR, the chance that s/he's a decent doctor using biomedical (as opposed to psychological or snake oil) treatments is practically nil. This is probably the biggest and most active forum of ME patients in the world. If we don't know about him, he's not doing great things for patients or we'd have heard about him. There are too many desperate patients in the UK for a decent ME specialist to be missed by the many UK patients here.

    My quick search of PR found absolutely nothing about Dr Bhalla. That suggests to me that he's the typical NHS doctor who thinks ME is psychosomatic illness or at best is unwilling or unable to give you any worthwhile treatment.
     

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