Discussions By Condition: Medical Errors

That's why its called a "practice".

Posted In: Medical Errors 6 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 28, 2006
  • 06:06 AM

In the winter of 1994, I began having severe, stabbing pain; just under my ribs, to the right of my stomach. Gall Bladder, right? Not according to the x-rays, ultrasounds, CAT scans and MRI's. So, my drs, in their infinite wisdom decided that it was depression manifesting itself as pain. They sent me to a psychologist. I am by nature very ebullient, but I was also depressed because I was in pain all the time (by now it was summer of '95, and I was pregnant with my first child). Roughly 6 months after my son was born, I was rear ended. That was like the final straw. I went into the hospital, diagnosed bipolar, and was prescribed my first psychotropic drugs. I took many different kinds over the years in different combinations. However, I remained an ebullient, depressed person. Fast-forward to February 2000. We had moved, so I found a new dr. She worked for the county health dept, and all I'll say is if I had listened to her I could have died. The first time I sat down with her, she asked what meds I took, how ling I had been taking them, and if I they worked. I said that I still felt the same as when I started taking them. I told her I still had severe pain over my Gall Bladder, and still felt depressed. She changed my meds and that was the end of my appointment. I was on this new drug for about 2 weeks, and had company from out of town, when I began having odd symptoms. When my urine turned the color of strong tea, I called the pharmacist. He told me to call my dr. I call the dr. and tell her that I've been having heartburn that would not go away. It was unrelenting. And also the brown urine and had begun to run a fever. But, I'm crazy! Right?!!??!? (Not to mention, the symptoms I was reporting, are quite rare; and also happened to be a coincidence.) So my dr. tells me not to worry, and to continue taking my medications. The next morning I began throwing up, so my husband took me to an urgent care clinic. They tested my urine, took x-rays and called ahead to the ER to alert them that I was coming. I had bilirubin in my urine, which indicated a liver problem. Further testing revealed that I also had acute pancreatitis. I was hospitalized for a week, with nothing by mouth. The drs again looked for stones (With a scope) , and finding none, determined the new med to be at fault. I was told to wait a week and then go back on my old medication. I did and on the 3rd day I was readmitted with pancreatitis and was in for another week. When I got out, the 2nd week in March of 2000, I was told to stop all meds and was placed on a liquid diet. After another 1 1/2 months, still in severe pain, I was sent to a gastroenterologist. In this drs educated opinion, it was "simply muscular pain", but he ordered "the HIDA scan anyway". A HIDA scan is a nuclear test. I was told that the test had 2 parts. The first part would light up my gallbladder, taking about 45 minutes. The second part tested my Gall Bladder function, may be a bit uncomfortable but only took about 15- 20 minutes. I was told to block 1 1/2 hours for the test. After we were 2 hours!!! into test 1, I was asked by the technician, jokingly, if I was sure I still had a Gall Bladder. I told him that I believed I still had on, but that it could have been taken in one of those alien abductions. After 4 HOURS!!!! my Gall Bladder finally lit up. I asked if we would be doing the 2nd test. I was told it wa not needed. The fact that it took 4 hours for my Gall Bladder to show up meant that it did not worki properly. You see, my Gall Bladder spasmed, which caused my years of pain and depression. I AM NOT bi-polar, and never went back on those hard meds. The worst part of this is that I have very little memory of when my son was young. I blame the drs. A simple test , ONE, LOUSY STINKING TEST! and I would not have been robbed of my son's first years of life. One test, that's all it took. Because of their neglegence, I was misdiagnosed and given strong psychtropic meds, that I did not need. Take heed, and remember that drs dont know everything. You should not put your faith blindly in them.

jag

Reply Flag this Discussion

6 Replies:

  • I don't know why dr's cannot understand that we know our own bodies. We live in them! I realize that there are people that do imagine their illnesses, but, I don't think there are as many as they think. I too had been misdiagnosed for years. I hope that you hang in there and that they are doing something for you now. Try to put the past behind you and be thankful for that wonderful son of yours. It is too bad that you have little memory of his first years, however, now that you aren't in so much pain, maybe the next years will be super special. Best luck to you and hope things continue to improve.:)
    gsch12 11 Replies
    • November 28, 2006
    • 11:21 AM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • Hi I am so sorry for what you went through. I am going through something similar in a way. Notably - I am not in pain because I am depressed....I am depressed because I am in pain!!! Its been 17 years. I have had enough. Glad you finally got a result. Plse dont let the bitterness eat you up. xx Get it all out of your system. all the best xx
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2006
    • 06:07 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • I too am not depressed so I'm in pain, I am depressed because I am in pain. I get so tired of it. However, I try to look on the positive side of things. I know that there are alot of people out there having much worse things happening to them. I really am very fortunate. I have an extremely supporitive daughter and best friend. My daughter lives far away, but we stay in touch via e-mail. My best friend is also my roommate and is very supportive. If it wasn't for him, I would be living in the woods because there is no way I could afford anything without a roommate to split costs with. I was told by a physchiatrist (sp?) that I had an unrealistic attitude therefore, there was no way my symptoms could be real. She said I was pollyanna. That's her opinion. I try to look on this as a learning experience. I feel that God has something that I am to learn or that I am to teach someone else. When the time is right, it will all be made clear. That may sound dumb to some people, but I truly believe that things happen for a purpose. We may not know what that is for some time, but if we have faith, and just hang in there, things will eventually work out. Anyway, you hang in there. 17 years is a long time. I hope that you will get some relief in some way soon. Don't give up.:) Keep a smile on your face. Anymore when people ask me how I am, I just smile and say, I am fine, how are you! Most of them don't really want to know anyway, and those who do will ask again! Take care, Linda
    gsch12 11 Replies
    • November 30, 2006
    • 02:22 AM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • Wow! Thank you all for your kind words and support. I know what you are going through. I learned a valuable lesson in all this, which is to be proactive in my treatment. A great resource I have found is e-medicine. It's like pub-med but more accessible, and has lots of great features (like highlight a medical term you don't know and you get the definition). But you can't do it with e-medicine alone. I finally found a dr I am learning to trust. He seems to listen to me. But I still worry that he will let me down. And, Linda, I don't think it sounds nuts that you believe that there is a reason for the things that happen to us. My faith also leads me to the conclusion that God has a plan. I also believe that God, if you allow Him, will take something He didn't plan and use it to His purpose. I hope you all find the relief and answers that you seek and feel free to e-mail me at wasted137@yahoo.com. Take Care!Janeps Thanks for the 4 star rating. It makes me feel special.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 30, 2006
    • 05:45 AM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • Hi, many blessing as you kind your way through the tough times. I have developed an odd belief about doctors in North America and Europe. Basically they are trained on dead bodies and not living bodies. They are trained that they are essentially Gods with the power of life and death. They should never really listen to patients because patients are overly emotional whilst "gods" are perfect so therefore we the patients don't really count for much anymore except a good paycheque and a way to prove how "god-like" they are - - NOT!! An author named Kevin Trudeau may be able to shed some light on the weird ways of the medical profession. Hope your life gets better.
    DaisyLee 3 Replies
    • February 3, 2007
    • 09:09 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • I too was diagnosed with BiPol Diorder not long after the birth of my 2 children (89 & 91). I took meds for over 10 yrs losing out on so much of my childrens lives. I felt like a failure, and feared the state would take my children from thier "incompetent" mother. I gained 100+ pounds on meds which caused depression to increase instead of decrease. I stopped BiPol meds 5 yrs ago with no re-hospitalizations.I now am finding out about Small Bowel Polyposis & possible Carcinoid Symdrome as a cause of symptoms, not BiPol. THere are other bowel related or liver related diseases or disorders that cause the symptoms you've described. I hope it is gall bladder and can be treated with surgery.It seems that there has been an over abundance of BiPol diagnosis in the last 10 yrs as well.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 11:39 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.