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Given heartburn medication & sent home...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 22, 2007
  • 11:38 AM

About five years ago, my mother was suffering from pain in her left arm. Uninsured, with very little income, and terrified of what a doctor would tell her, it took a lot of convincing by us, her children, to get her to go to a doctor. We finally got her to go. After her first visit to our local clinic, they scheduled her for an appointment in a few days. She came back and they attempted to do a "stress" test--putting her on a treadmill. She could not finish the test as she was so out of breath. The doctor said she was just out of shape, that his gut told him it was not her heart, and that it was probably indigestion. He sent her home with heartburn medication. After literally HOURS of convincing, we got her to allow us to drive her to a hospital 50 minutes away. We walked up to the urgent care desk, told them she had pain in her left arm, and they went and got a wheelchair for her and said she had to go to emergency. The diagnosis? You guessed it. My mother had had a heart attack. The hospital said she'd already had one but something was "in process"--meaning she could be going to have another one. They were able to hold off the second attack that seemed to be in process, they put in a stint, and testing shows that my mother's heart now works at 50% capacity because of her heart attack. Luckily, she survived, but I shudder to think what would have happened had we accepted the "indigestion" diagnosis...

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  • hi, that is absolutely dreadfull, your poor mum, and making her go on a treadmill :eek: , well i hope you let that doc know what the real problem was! your mum was so brave, and sounds like she's doing well, thank goodness she has a caring family to look out for her, well done you lot, you probably saved her life! you know when something's not right don't you, take care. mandy
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  • Sorry to hear about that. I too Have Unbelievable pain in my chest that does not go away, I have had every test done, but still the pain keeps getting worse and worse. They refuse to give me an MRI or anything to look into this, which in fact I do believe I have had at least two heart attacks. Anyways, these people (the doctors) go to school for this type of thing and should not be aloud to get away with this. I think you should sue the doctor for misdiagnosis. Cash would be nice, but the more important thing is that, that doctor should lose his job.
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    • October 16, 2007
    • 10:01 PM
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