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Warning to those diagnosed with arthritis

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  • Posted By: StoneyFord
  • January 27, 2009
  • 07:29 AM

I'm sure alot of you have been properly diagnosed. My warning is for those of you who might question it. My mother was told for years that she had arthritis. She was in her 70's at that time and lived in FL. I'm sure it was simply easier for the doctor to assume this due to her age. Following the death of my father in 2007 we moved her closer to us in GA. We finally had a doctor who was taking real care of her. She had issues with asthma that we were working on and getting under control. (Something else the doctors in FL did nothing about) She was wanting to get that under control first before anything else. Around this past Thanksgiving she was having trouble going to the bathroom. We took her to the doctor who did a CT scan. She had an obstruction and a colonoscopy was ordered which revealed cancer. The obstruction required surgery. 20 days later she passed away. How mom could have gotten to stage 4 matastisized colon cancer without complaining is something I will probably never understand. I am both very angry and hurting from this. There's no doubt in my mind she could have been with us for many more years had the doctors in FL ordered a routine colonoscopy instead of just assuming it was arthritis because of her age. Her mother lived to be 99 and mom had no other real health problems. Our mother was, is and always will be our angel. She was our best friend. And now she's gone. This was an avoidable disease. If you have any doubts at all, ask for, no, DEMAND further tests. Don't let doctors write you off like they did to us. The pain I feel may never heal. I can't save her but hopefullly my words will save someone somewhere.

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