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2 wrong diagnoses - how can I keep this from happening again?

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  • Posted By: missed2times
  • February 17, 2008
  • 04:47 PM

All - I'm at home recovering from gallbladder removal surgery. The surgeon admonished me when I was getting my last visit before checking out that "this should have been done a long time ago!". My gallbladder was so infected and damaged that it was falling apart as the surgeon took it out.

I agree! I have been in severe pain for almost a year. Unfortunately, I was told that it was acid reflux causing the pain. And indeed, my symptoms seemed to fit. Except antacids NEVER relieved the pain. An ER doc diagnosed me and my primary care doc went along with it, as did I. The pain became more and more frequent, finally becoming constant, so I sought out a specialist on my own. He suggested gallstones, and after a couple tests, surgery was scheduled.

I really feel stupid, because this is not the first time this has happened to me! A couple years ago, pain in my rectum was diagnosed as hemorrhoids. After a year or so of agonizing pain, several doctor visits and one "specialist", I finally went to a surgeon who knew, without even examining me, that it was not hemorrhoids, but a fissure. I quick outpatient surgery, the pain was gone, never to return.

How can I keep a PAINFUL misdiagnoses from happening to me again?

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  • Unfortunately I've been there too. After several misdiagnosis on several things I decided to do this which has helped a lot :-research your own symptoms to see what it may be-research what diagnosis you get and decideif you agree (before taking treatment)-if you question a diagnosis after this get a 2nd, 3rd, & 4th opinion till you're sure of what to doUnfortunately medical errors are becomming to darn common for a lot of people. One survey said 40% of Americans have either had a medical error or know someone who has - that's a lot so it's NOT "just you".Cheer up, with these steps and more you can add you'll greatly reduce your troubles in the future :o .
    fishlettes 6 Replies
    • February 29, 2008
    • 06:55 AM
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  • No sure fire way to avoid misdiagnosis. You need to be choosy in finding a dr. But even then with the art of medicine, it is easy for a dr to miss somethings like abdominal pain (very hard to narrow the diseases that cuase abdominal pain down to a specific problem unfortunately.) You can decrease your risks of getting a dr caused illness or getting misdiagnosed by avoiding over-doctoring and over-medicated. Use the least amount of meds you need to function. Do your best to stay healthy with proper nutrtion and staying away from sick people also. Some links that are on Iatrogenic Diseases and miss-diagnosishttp://www.yourmedicaldetective.com/public/335.cfmIatrogenic Disease: The 3rd Most Fatal Disease in the USA http://www.pacifichealthcenter.com/updates/47.aspDoctor-Caused Diseaseexcerpt: One of the most common causes of disease (if not the most common cause) is conventional medical doctors! Sad, but too often true. The medical term coined to describe this problem is iatrogenic disease, from the Greek "iatros" meaning physician and "genesis" meaning origin. Thus we have doctor-caused disease. Specifically, iatrogenic disease is defined as:Any adverse reaction, either major or minor, to a medical or surgical treatment. http://www.whale.to/a/dean.html Death By Medicine; tons of links on Iatrogenic Disease on this page... http://www.whale.to/a/null9.html#Is_...dicine_Working_ Is American Medicine Working? http://www.whale.to/a/null9.html Tons of links on Iatrogenic Diseases also here All - I'm at home recovering from gallbladder removal surgery. The surgeon admonished me when I was getting my last visit before checking out that "this should have been done a long time ago!". My gallbladder was so infected and damaged that it was falling apart as the surgeon took it out. I agree! I have been in severe pain for almost a year. Unfortunately, I was told that it was acid reflux causing the pain. And indeed, my symptoms seemed to fit. Except antacids NEVER relieved the pain. An ER doc diagnosed me and my primary care doc went along with it, as did I. The pain became more and more frequent, finally becoming constant, so I sought out a specialist on my own. He suggested gallstones, and after a couple tests, surgery was scheduled. I really feel stupid, because this is not the first time this has happened to me! A couple years ago, pain in my rectum was diagnosed as hemorrhoids. After a year or so of agonizing pain, several doctor visits and one "specialist", I finally went to a surgeon who knew, without even examining me, that it was not hemorrhoids, but a fissure. I quick outpatient surgery, the pain was gone, never to return. How can I keep a PAINFUL misdiagnoses from happening to me again?
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies
    • February 29, 2008
    • 09:51 PM
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  • Don't wait so long to get proper treatment AND relief. My experience is that you need to keep going back because no doctor is going to come to you and they don't call to check in anymore. Those days are over! Do research! If the diagnosis doesn't fit, go back, then go to another doctor. Doctors seem to look for a quick answer, but they know so little in the big scheme. No doctor can know everything and you know more than you think.
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