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My misdiagnosis story

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  • Posted By: CANDERSON
  • October 16, 2008
  • 02:57 AM

This is a short one but I just want to show people that doctors don't always take the time to listen and they don't know everything. (I am not saying they mean anyone harm either.)

I received some cortisone/lidocaine injections in my back/neck in July for chronic pain condition by a pain management doctor. About 15 minutes after receiving the shots I started having a crushing pain in my chest. It pretty much felt like someone was reaching through my back into my chest. Everytime I took a breath it was so painful!

I went back to the doctors office immediately and they looked at me like I was nuts when I told them how much pain I was in. They treated me like I was bothering them because the office was full of patients. I asked him if it could be my lungs? (They make you sign a waiver before the shots saying you understand that it can cause a collapsed lung) He pretty much laughed and said no that wasn't possible.

He said it was a muscle spasm from the shots. He gave me some muscle relaxers and told me to go home. So I went home like the good little patient even though I knew something was not right.

I laid at home in the most horrendous pain and couldn't take in a deep breath. I took several of those muscle relaxers - nothing helped. Finally, after 12 hours I went to the ER.

I told the ER doc I had cortisone injections in my back and neck that day. He pulls out his scope. Listens carefully to my lungs and says - you have collapsed lung. Admits me to the hospital after a chest xray to confirm this.- gives me some pain killing drugs and some oxygen. They ended up having to put a chest tube in a couple days later because the pneumothorax was getting bigger. TALK ABOUT PAINFUL - A CHEST TUBE IS HORRIBLY PAINFUL!!! I was in the hospital for 5 days.

That pain doctor came slinking along the next day apologizing and every day after that. He said he had never collasped a lung before. I never went back to him. If he had listened to me in the first place I would have not laid in pain for 12 hours doubting my own symptoms because he decided it was a muscle spasm.

Moral of the story is - if you really honestly feel something isn't right - speak up and keep investigating until you find the answers you seek. Doctors are only human and they dont know everything.

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