Hello all. I am new here:
my daughter recently turned 18. She has been seeing her primary care physician for recurrent bouts of headaches, neck aches, swollen glands in her neck, fever, vomiting, night sweats and cold chills. In 3 months of seeing an ER physician and her primary care physician we are told that she "doesn't fit into any category of diagnoses in the textbook".
ER physician orders a cat scan of my daughters head and treats daughter as having migraines. Follow up with primary doctor gets us no where. Daughter continues to go downhill. She is unable to lift her head up because of the pain in her neck and head. Fever continues as does night sweats and cold chills. Her side and back begins to hurt and she can't sleep because of the pain.
I ask her primary physician to do blood work. She states that blood work in un-revealing in migraines and won't do any good. Doctor states to come back in a few days if not better. We go back in 2 days.Daughter begins to pass out and vomits in exam room. Doctor gives a prescription of phenergan.
After I INSIST on blood work I get a call that daughter is in renal failure and her heart could stop at any moment because her potassium level is critical. Her creatnine level is critical. Her white blood cell counts are high. Daughter is rushed to the ER where another physician, with a brain, reads the lab reports, begins an IV of potassium chloride and has a CT scan done of daughters abdomen and pelvis. Daughter has an enlarged liver and spleen due to: Mononucleosis that has caused her immune system to fail and wreaked havoc on my daughters body.
All this could have been prevented if only her primary care physician and the first ER doctor had done a simple CBC and BMP blood work when I asked for it 3 months ago.
Don't leave your kids and loved ones in the hands of unprofessional medical staff. Speak your mind and don't hold back if you feel that something isn't right. My daughter and I are currently having an investigation done into this nightmare and hopefully no others will deal with the same experience.
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