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misdiagnosis of meningitis, doctor and hospital cover up and ending up with ETC ..

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 4, 2007
  • 03:02 AM

I had everything leading up to meningitis. The nausea, headache,breathing difficulty. low appetite, excrusiating leg pains, fever,spots in my groin, sinus infection. I am so tramatize by what happened to me that it is difficult to write this and after you read my story you will understand. I had all the sign and symptoms of this disease it is in all my records. I went to our small local hospital. I had no reflexes, my neck and lower legs were stiff. I could not laterally rotate or flex my neck, I had burning the was traveling from my feet, up my spine and into my head from spot to spot. An EKG showed I had chest tightness. I was asked questions about my person life that I happily answered. I called my neighbor and asked her if she could take me to a larger hospital. I was sent there to be assessed. Five minutes into the drive my back began arching and my head my being pulled back over and over again. In the mist of this I told my neighbor that we would make it to the hospital and I would not die. It was like my body was being thrown about and I couldn't stop it. I arrived at the hospital and had to checked in. We had to wait in the lobby my neck was so stiff that my head my tilted slightly back. I could not believe what I looked like in the bathroom mirror. We sat in the lobby and it was uncomfortable because my lower legs were stiff too. Forty minutes later we walked down the hall to the triage room. People were looking at me. In the triage room I got in the bed and the ER doctor was busy lookin at my legs, he said I had some kind of palsy. He began moving my legs around and I did see what he was doing because I had my arm covering my eyes. He asked me why is your arm over you eyes. I took it off. I remember my back arching as he moved my legs around. Then I became confussed. He started to ask question after question and my neighbor was crying so hard now at my altered mental state that she had to go out in the hall. I was sent for a CT. It showed I had a really bad sinus infection. The doctor showed me the CT. I had uncontrollable shakiness and he gave me and ativan and then Zithromax. I fell asleep and shortly after waking up I was sent home. Within two hours of being sent home I became very weak and drowsy. I returned to our local hospital. She noted I was weak and didn't make eye contact and I was told to see a physcharist. Someone took me home. A friend came over and she wanted to show me her pictures from Italy. I was in a dark bedroom and she remembers me being weak and I told her the light was blinding me. I was clutching the bed because my blood pressure was droppin so rapidly that I felt like I was continually jumping out of an airplane. She went home and I felt it take over my body. I was burning all over. I was so drowsy. I just lied there. Someone took me back to the big hospital. They took blood and I was checked over and sent home. I really don't know how I was walking I was so weak. It felt like a brick was on my chest and this would be a contuinual pattern to follow. I was so photophic. Weak, lethargic, I had diarhhrea, abdominal problem, chest pressure , little appetite. After returning over 40 times to two different hospital they would never admit me even though they knew I was lethargic etc. I was told all my blood tests were fine. I was so ill and had so much pressure in my head that I rarely spoke, couldn't look after my son or myself. I was a vegetable more or less. The doctor deemed me to be depressed or a hyprocondriac. I only recently had to face all this after getting copies of my hospital records. They even noted I smelled bad and I was unkeep. Normaly I never go out with out hair or makeup. My husband was not home during this time because of his work so he and my parents had no idea about anything that happened in the hospital. All they saw is someone who was lying on the couch or bed day and night. I think the sunglasses I was wearing on the couch would have seemed odd for someone that is depressed don't you think? The last time I was in the hospital the nurse came out looking for me I saw he walk up to the doctor and tell him the results of my urine test. He looked over at me the entire time and that was the moment that I knew that it didn't matter how ill I was he was never going to own up to his mistake. He was just going to let me die. I was taken home and as I lie on the couch shaking with my eyes rolling into my head I managed to walk downstair and told my husband I if he didn't get me medical help I would just out the window. I took a lamp and smashed it down and cut my hand. I refused to go to the hospital. The next thing I know I am at the hospital and police are taking me to a mental health hospital. Blood was taken and I was talked to by physicatist I think. I was so drowsy I do remember all that much. I was soon hooked up to an IV. Within two days things began shutting down. I now had a distended abdoman, markedly distented bladder and urinary retention. I had to be catherdriazed twice. I could no longer eat any food. I was so photophotic . I can't write all the detail as it would take too long. I was given an antibiotic for two week and I was able to eat. They deemed me to be having a major depressive episode at a delusional level. I was given ETC treatment against my will. You can imagaine giving this to somebody with meningitis who's brain has little function going on right now. I am still horrified at what happened to me. What a bunch of dumb .....'s.
After getting my hospital records I was also able to get a clearer picture of the cover up. The ER doctor wrote that I was vague on symptoms, that there was no evidence of meningitis. Patient thinks meningitis. That my chief complaints were sensory loss, neurologocial , stiff neck starting four weeks ago. Also partheisis not yet diagnosised, sinutis. He drew a picture with the word gait. Look like he cancelled the appointment he had made for me to see a neurologist. The nurse has altered records also. She made it look like I was isolated, given antiboitics and that I could not latererally rotate or flex my neck, cool to the touch 2.5 years ago. Lucky for me I had a witness in the ER room with me . She can tell what really happened. My physical condition. I also found a video my dad had taken. You can see on this video my difficulty talking and my eyes keep deviating down over and over again. Something you would see in someone with hydrophaleus. The results of the abnormal blood tests were never given to me. And their were many. My neutophils were high two weeks after and I had a drop in potassium. My urine test show 4t for ketones, nitro and protein. I am aware others are involved in this cover up. They had to make it look like I was depressed. You can not do anything when you are in this condition to defend yourself. Why did he cover this up? Lawsuit, and it could have been on the news maybe. He didn't care because he knew I was going to die. Four months of breathing difficultly has probably cause some damage to my heart I am sure. I have a chronic inflammatory problem going on in my legs . It could be septic arthritis and I will have to do something soon. I aslo have heterotopic ossifacation in my cervical spine and my spine is sore. It is hard to seen any doctors. I have no trust in any of them. You seen this is the second time they have misdiagnosided an illness that has caused me more health problems. It took several months for my brain function to return and my vision to come back. I didn't drive for over six months. At times I loose my balance. I had diffulculty concentrating and I find I can get angry easier that before. I have not come forward with this yet to the appropriate people. I will be doing it by the summer I am still gathering records etc. It is had to believe I am really alive. People need to be aware of these doctors and hospital cover up. Some people are just evil to the core......................... I have more records now. I have a total of 44 abnormal blood and urine test results during this time. They include low Anion gap and low urine creatine. These thing are considered rare. My test also show low PO2. Low potassium,High neutrophils, low mpv, low lymph,low ferritin, high chloride, Low sodium, high gran, high cholesterol, high lipase, low bun/urea, low calcium, high anti tpo, low ast,low hct, low Ck. My urine test show low creatine,4t keytones, Epithelial cells, Positive for nitro and protein, luecocytes, positive for blastosis hominis. This in a span of four months. Hard to believe I am alive.

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  • Sounds like what some of us have gone through with Lyme Disease, cover ups, misdx's and all!! Esp if you live on the east coast. It is now known Lyme or its co infections, are the factor behind many health problems. Check out www.lymenet.org theres a lot if info and help there. Hope you find out, so you can feel better soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 01:38 PM
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  • There is always Cryptococcal meningitis to concider. This is more of a chronic disease and should be concidered if someone has had a headache for a long time.They should have had your spinal fluid looked at.I hope you are feeling better.Best wishes
    chrismia 159 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 02:49 PM
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  • I cannot believe this happened to you. It is so scary knowing that you cannot trust the people who are supposed to care for you. I bet this happens more often that we would like to believe!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 01:14 AM
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  • I had everything leading up to meningitis. The nausea, headache,breathing difficulty. low appetite, excrusiating leg pains, fever,spots in my groin, sinus infection. I am so tramatize by what happened to me that it is difficult to write this and after you read my story you will understand. I had all the sign and symptoms of this disease it is in all my records. I went to our small local hospital. I had no reflexes, my neck and lower legs were stiff. I could not laterally rotate or flex my neck, I had burning the was traveling from my feet, up my spine and into my head from spot to spot. An EKG showed I had chest tightness. I was asked questions about my person life that I happily answered. I called my neighbor and asked her if she could take me to a larger hospital. I was sent there to be assessed. Five minutes into the drive my back began arching and my head my being pulled back over and over again. In the mist of this I told my neighbor that we would make it to the hospital and I would not die. It was like my body was being thrown about and I couldn't stop it. I arrived at the hospital and had to checked in. We had to wait in the lobby my neck was so stiff that my head my tilted slightly back. I could not believe what I looked like in the bathroom mirror. We sat in the lobby and it was uncomfortable because my lower legs were stiff too. Forty minutes later we walked down the hall to the triage room. People were looking at me. In the triage room I got in the bed and the ER doctor was busy lookin at my legs, he said I had some kind of palsy. He began moving my legs around and I did see what he was doing because I had my arm covering my eyes. He asked me why is your arm over you eyes. I took it off. I remember my back arching as he moved my legs around. Then I became confussed. He started to ask question after question and my neighbor was crying so hard now at my altered mental state that she had to go out in the hall. I was sent for a CT. It showed I had a really bad sinus infection. The doctor showed me the CT. I had uncontrollable shakiness and he gave me and ativan and then Zithromax. I fell asleep and shortly after waking up I was sent home. Within two hours of being sent home I became very weak and drowsy. I returned to our local hospital. She noted I was weak and didn't make eye contact and I was told to see a physcharist. Someone took me home. A friend came over and she wanted to show me her pictures from Italy. I was in a dark bedroom and she remembers me being weak and I told her the light was blinding me. I was clutching the bed because my blood pressure was droppin so rapidly that I felt like I was continually jumping out of an airplane. She went home and I felt it take over my body. I was burning all over. I was so drowsy. I just lied there. Someone took me back to the big hospital. They took blood and I was checked over and sent home. I really don't know how I was walking I was so weak. It felt like a brick was on my chest and this would be a contuinual pattern to follow. I was so photophic. Weak, lethargic, I had diarhhrea, abdominal problem, chest pressure , little appetite. After returning over 40 times to two different hospital they would never admit me even though they knew I was lethargic etc. I was told all my blood tests were fine. I was so ill and had so much pressure in my head that I rarely spoke, couldn't look after my son or myself. I was a vegetable more or less. The doctor deemed me to be depressed or a hyprocondriac. I only recently had to face all this after getting copies of my hospital records. They even noted I smelled bad and I was unkeep. Normaly I never go out with out hair or makeup. My husband was not home during this time because of his work so he and my parents had no idea about anything that happened in the hospital. All they saw is someone who was lying on the couch or bed day and night. I think the sunglasses I was wearing on the couch would have seemed odd for someone that is depressed don't you think? The last time I was in the hospital the nurse came out looking for me I saw he walk up to the doctor and tell him the results of my urine test. He looked over at me the entire time and that was the moment that I knew that it didn't matter how ill I was he was never going to own up to his mistake. He was just going to let me die. I was taken home and as I lie on the couch shaking with my eyes rolling into my head I managed to walk downstair and told my husband I if he didn't get me medical help I would just out the window. I took a lamp and smashed it down and cut my hand. I refused to go to the hospital. The next thing I know I am at the hospital and police are taking me to a mental health hospital. Blood was taken and I was talked to by physicatist I think. I was so drowsy I do remember all that much. I was soon hooked up to an IV. Within two days things began shutting down. I now had a distended abdoman, markedly distented bladder and urinary retention. I had to be catherdriazed twice. I could no longer eat any food. I was so photophotic . I can't write all the detail as it would take too long. I was given an antibiotic for two week and I was able to eat. They deemed me to be having a major depressive episode at a delusional level. I was given ETC treatment against my will. You can imagaine giving this to somebody with meningitis who's brain has little function going on right now. I am still horrified at what happened to me. What a bunch of dumb .....'s. After getting my hospital records I was also able to get a clearer picture of the cover up. The ER doctor wrote that I was vague on symptoms, that there was no evidence of meningitis. Patient thinks meningitis. That my chief complaints were sensory loss, neurologocial , stiff neck starting four weeks ago. Also partheisis not yet diagnosised, sinutis. He drew a picture with the word gait. Look like he cancelled the appointment he had made for me to see a neurologist. The nurse has altered records also. She made it look like I was isolated, given antiboitics and that I could not latererally rotate or flex my neck, cool to the touch 2.5 years ago. Lucky for me I had a witness in the ER room with me . She can tell what really happened. My physical condition. I also found a video my dad had taken. You can see on this video my difficulty talking and my eyes keep deviating down over and over again. Something you would see in someone with hydrophaleus. The results of the abnormal blood tests were never given to me. And their were many. My neutophils were high two weeks after and I had a drop in potassium. My urine test show 4t for ketones, nitro and protein. I am aware others are involved in this cover up. They had to make it look like I was depressed. You can not do anything when you are in this condition to defend yourself. Why did he cover this up? Lawsuit, and it could have been on the news maybe. He didn't care because he knew I was going to die. Four months of breathing difficultly has probably cause some damage to my heart I am sure. I have a chronic inflammatory problem going on in my legs . It could be septic arthritis and I will have to do something soon. I aslo have heterotopic ossifacation in my cervical spine and my spine is sore. It is hard to seen any doctors. I have no trust in any of them. You seen this is the second time they have misdiagnosided an illness that has caused me more health problems. It took several months for my brain function to return and my vision to come back. I didn't drive for over six months. At times I loose my balance. I had diffulculty concentrating and I find I can get angry easier that before. I have not come forward with this yet to the appropriate people. I will be doing it by the summer I am still gathering records etc. It is had to believe I am really alive. People need to be aware of these doctors and hospital cover up. Some people are just evil to the core......................... I have more records now. I have a total of 44 abnormal blood and urine test results during this time. They include low Anion gap and low urine creatine. These things are considered rare. My tests also show low PO2. Low potassium,High neutrophils, low mpv, low lymph,low ferritin, high chloride, Low sodium, high gran, high cholesterol, high lipase, low bun/urea, low calcium, high anti tpo, low ast,low hct, low Ck. My urine test show low creatine,4t keytones, Epithelial cells, Positive for nitro and protein, luecocytes, positive for blastosis hominis. This in a span of four months. Hard to believe I am alive.More results I have now show high UFC, low Ldh.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 01:19 AM
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  • I feel need to put my 2 cents in here. First, I am so sorry for you to have to go through all this BS. I know nothing of the meningitis part but I too was given ECT treatments against my will or so I thoght. Supposedly, I signed for the first 5 treatments while in hospital. BUT I do not remember even being told about what they would or could do to me. I just remember I was so depressed and they said this is the only way for me to come out o it. After I got home, the ect's continued until I reached a series of 24!!! I was so f'd up because of these. (exccuse the language) They told my hubby that I could have short term memory for up to 6 months. BULLSH*T!!!! I lost about 7 years f my memory. It has been 6 years since those treatments and I still cannot remember the birth of my daughter which was 4 yrs before the treatments!!! So much is gone forever......ANd I have come to the conclusion that if a doctor doesn't have a clue....it is certain that the patient is depressed. I hope you sue the pants off of everyone of them bastards for putting you through this. I firmly believe the only way for us to survive is to get info from one another behind the dr's backs. I was diagnosed in dec 06 with Pheochromocytoma by one Dr and went to see a specialist 2 days ago and he said no way. This is too rare to have. But my norepinephrine level in my blood was even higher this time. He said not high enough. Even though the level is 620 and should be 0-399. This is possibly a tumor on my adrenal gland. You know what he told me? Once he found out I had a history of depression? "I think maybe your psychiatrist or therapist could help you more than I can. Sometimes when we are depressed our bodies act funny" Now there are times I am in excruciating pain, headaches everyday, sweats like you wouldn't believe , weight gain for no apparent reason, high blood pressure, heart palpataions. I understand that this may be my body somehow "making up" these symptoms BUT how in the ***l do you make your blood levels go out of whack???????? I do not get it! Good luck to you. Sorry for my venting but I am so fed up with doctors and i hate to hear stories such as yours where innocent sick people get screwed when all they are looking for is help!! Take care
    miserableMOE 52 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 04:17 PM
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  • Quite a story. As for ECT, no where in the free world would one be given to a patient without his/her consent. It is done under general anesthetic, and you would have had to give consent for that too. It is a last resort treatment and is not only given in 1 session. It has to be fully explained to the patient, and there is a long drawn-out consent form the patient has to sign. Is part of your story missing? Are you sure it wasn't an EEG or ECG or EKG?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 06:30 PM
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  • They had my husband who was out of the country sign for the ETC treatment.He had to fax them his signature. And I am still getting back more abnormal blood and urine test results. One is high steriod hormone cortisol UFC and low LDH. The intentionally lied to an internist who could not make any sense of what was going on here. She was told they thought my fever was probably viral and that there was some question of some stiffness in my neck. I am telling them and this is in writing that I have inflammation in my legs that is traveling up to my abdoimin and kidney area. It is in writing on the triage record and nurses notes. Do you know what happens. The inflamation makes it way to the rest of your body and you are completely imflammed everywhere. All your internal organs your heart and everything in its pathway. My husband and family were lied to and made to believe nothing every came back in any blood tests or urine tests. My husband works out of the country and my parents do not live around here. They knew something wasn't right or they wouldn't have brought me back to the hospital over 40 times. This happens more than you think. They knew I would not live and because I am still alive I will have to come forth with every things in due time. I have already talked to the internist and told some things.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 01:46 AM
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  • Quite a story. As for ECT, no where in the free world would one be given to a patient without his/her consent. It is done under general anesthetic, and you would have had to give consent for that too. It is a last resort treatment and is not only given in 1 session. It has to be fully explained to the patient, and there is a long drawn-out consent form the patient has to sign. Is part of your story missing? Are you sure it wasn't an EEG or ECG or EKG?You can read my reply to you question about giving consent for ECT.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 01:50 AM
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  • It is really had to fatham this happening. I would be more that glad to send anyone copies of my blood test if you are in doubt. I have had to block this from my mind for the last few years. I have had anger towards my husband. He would have never ever believed he was being lied too. They actually brought him in while my urine was being dipped on one occasion to make it look like nothing came back in my urine in order to convince him. It is doubtfull that was ever my urine. He is now angry about this as well. Go on to a few websites where people are talking about their loved ones dying and how the records go missing. This happens daily and it is common knowledge in the health care field.............
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
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  • I would also like to say that my bp on the first hospital visit was 155/107 and my heart rate was 107. It was going as high as 120 bpm. They didn't care.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 02:28 AM
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