January 27, 2009 9:11am CST
Have you ever wondered why it is so expensive to see a doctor and why health care insurance rates are spiraling out of control? I used to. But now I think I have finally figured out the reason. They are all a bunch of idiots. Idiots with degrees, mind you, but idiots nonetheless. I don't understand how so many of them are still in practice when they are notorious for misdiagnosing things. For example...Yesterday I went to an Orthopedic Surgeon for my wrist/hand problem. My chief complaints are swelling, shooting pain in my thumb and first 2 fingers, numbness, tingling, and a lump in the palm of my hand that has come and gone for the past 3 years but now is present all the time. Sounds like carpal tunnel doesn't it? Every doctor here where I live says carpal tunnel but I want to know what the lump is, why it won't go away, and why my pain shoots up into my arm sometimes when I sleep. This amazing guru of modern medicine ignored my complaints, dismissed the lump in my palm as being "nothing for him to worry about" and told me he doesn't know why I'm having pain in my arm. He then asked me about a rash I have on my face. I'm not a doctor but I'm pretty sure it's rosacea. My father has rosacea. My face looks like his does. Seems likely to me that rosacea is the cause of my "rash". But this ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON ignored that I told him 3 times I have an appointment with a dermatologist next month and felt fairly certain that I have lupus. He even said to me that he sees this "rash" all the time in patients with lupus. I couldn't help thinking to myself how many lupus patients an orthopedic surgeon treats on a day to day basis but I kept my inquiry to myself. So now it is no wonder to me why we pay through the nose to pad doctors pockets. It is also no wonder to me why their malpractice insurance is so expensive. Have you ever been told something by a doctor that seemed completely ridiculous to you? Have you ever been misdiagnosed? Please share your idiot doctor stories with me.
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• United States
27 Jan 09
Sounds like you need new doctors- my friend. I have amazing doctors now but the last one I had completely sucked. He couldn't give me the root cause of my migraines and the root cause of 12 sinus infections in 12 months. It was hell until I found the amazing doctor I have now. My last doctor was sick and she was filling in for him and I have never looked back. She even switched offices and said he was an idiot. In nicer words of course. But I'm sure stuff like this is the underlying problem with the state of health care today. But- FIND A NEW SET OF DOCTORS. It does sounds like you may have lupus. :(
28 Jan 09
When I started to have my stomach problems, it was a nervous gastrite but the doctor passed me medicin for werms.. hahaha. what made my stomach get even worse. We deserve that my dear. Pay so expensive to be misdiagnosed. Later on I did the exam and they found nothing on my stomach, but with all the sympthoms they said that sometimes this kind of stomach problem doesn´t appear on exams because the cause is psychological.
28 Jan 09
I used to have a lot of stomach problems when I was younger. I was in a lot of pain often and the doctor first told me that it was all in my head. Sometimes the pain was crippling and I would do nothing but curl into a ball on the floor unable to move. How is that in my head? Then another doctor told me it was my diet and suggested a list of things I should avoid. I did this, as hard as it was because a lot on the list were veggies I eat all the time. This dietary change did not work and I still had a lot of pain. Since that didn't work, this new Doctor also tell me it is in my head. I didn't believe it at all as I can not imagine why or how I would make up this real pain. Finally, no thanks to doctors, the pain went away when I started to take some homeopathic medicine I got at a store. I thought those two doctors were idiots.
• United States
27 Jan 09
Sorry I can't say that I have ever been misdiagnosed to that degree and if I have been in the past I have regarded said doctor as a quack and went to someone else. Now I can say when we had johnstown peidiatrics Katie was about a year old and a month and she was tugging her ear and crying in discomfort. Hmmmm this is really hard for me to diagnose since I have only had ear infections my whole life to the point I had to remove my tonsils, adnoids and get tubes in my ears. grrr. so I take her to the doctor oh nothing is wrong with her and they send me home grrrrr. about 2 am she is spiking a fever I can't get down screaming and her ear is red I call the doctors office because the insurance says I have to get prior approval to go to the flipping ER. I hate insurance idiots. but the doctor won't release her to go tells me to continue doing what I'm doing and come to the office in the morning. well I had it I go into the office they say she ok I walk out before I even sign the paper work get home call the insurance company and tell them if I don't get a second opinion I'm going to sue there a$$es if my daughter has major ear problems due to this. So they ok it for my daughter to go to franklin peds and when I get there they take her back and say she should have never suffer and that it was a bad ear infection.. Hmmmm go figure and I could have told the jackdogs at johnstown peds that when it first started and I don't even have a medical degree. But hey since the guy thinks you have lupus how about helping raise the male practice insurance and raise a suit against him for his stupidity .. Say it caused you undue stress along with pain and suffering. LOL!! I bet he'll never say sh!t like that again if you do. LOL!!
• United States
20 Sep 15
It can be annoying. The bad thing with Lupus is that it can look like rosacea so that's maybe why he's seen people as they get referred to him. I think it was silly that he didn't think it was carpal tunnel. I've been to doctors that I don't think that care a lot, but to my knowledge I haven't been misdiagnosed.