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Cellulitis, ....Yeah right!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 16, 2010
  • 01:06 AM

Went to the emergency room recently with extreme pain, redness and swelling in my left foot. The ER doctor on duty, actually a NP (nurse practitioner) took a look at my foot and said "I've seen this a hundred times before.....you have cellulitis". He prescribed sulfa drugs since I'm allergic to penicillin to take care of the infection. He also said to keep the foot elevated. A one hundred dollar ER co-payment and five days later, I'm still in terrible pain. I called my family doctor but he was off that day. His backup told me to get to the emergency room immediately. OK, I'm back at the ER and a different doctor is on duty. He read my previous medical record and told me that it's only 5 days and to continue taking the meds for the full 10 days. Another one hundred dollars lighter and I'm still in pain with my swollen foot. The weekend passed and I made an appointment with my family doctor who didn't think it was cellulitis. He asked me if the ER took X-rays, which they didn't do, so he sent me to the local lab for x-rays. The lab sent the x-rays to my dr. "STAT". and also gave me a copy. My son looked at the x-ray when we arrived at home and said "Mom, you have a broken foot". Plain as day my 3rd metatarsal bone was split about midway, right where all my pain was. Well, now it's off to the orthopedic surgeon for his schpiel on how to fix my foot. But all this shouldn't have happened if the ER doctor ordered x-rays on my first visit and it would have been clear that my foot was broken. Do I have any recourse with my situation? At least getting my 200 bucks back? NE PA

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