My operation in France: Pituitary adenoma

The inside story of readers who have had operations in France – and how they found the health service, by Gillian Harvey


Former engineer Alexander Prette, 71, moved to Mesnil Mauger in Seine-Maritime in April 2005 with his wife Toni, 71, a former lecturer and exam moderator. They chose Haute-Normandie to retire to as it is close to their former home in Kent.

They had worked abroad – in Europe and beyond – for 25 years and both had a reasonable knowledge of French.


Initial symptoms

In 2016, I began to feel very unwell. I lost my appetite and experienced weight loss, fatigue, dizziness and nausea. My doctor sent me for various blood tests, which proved inconclusive and medications to alleviate the symptoms, including antibiotics and anti-nausea tablets, did not help.

The GP continued to support me with my symptoms over the months that followed, but the cause remained a mystery.

However, six months after my initial visit, ...

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