Have you been misdiagnosed before?

@marisriel (1157)
Philippines
March 14, 2009 8:59am CST
I felt pain in my right ear last wednesday and I instantly thought it was ear infection so I bought a liquid solution that will help me soften the ear wax as the last time I had this pain, it was that solution which helped me. But this time, the pain did not subside. So I went to the doctor the next day and he was an ear specialist. Immediately he let me lie down to his clinic bed and started digging on my ear. It was a very painful experience for me and traumatic. He did not even ask me if I would want to have that procedure that day. After that, he prescribed antibiotics and pain relievers. After two days, the pain is still there. I had to call the doctor back to be told that he had to clean the ear again. I was really traumatized last time so I thought I will go see another doctor who won't mess with my ear again that way. To my surprise, the doctor said it was not an ear infection at all. I had a viral infection, a not so common one, which is affecting the right part of my head and that includes my ear. I just started to have some rashes behind my ear. The doctor told me that it will naturally clear away after three to five days. I really felt depressed that I had to go undergo the traumatic experience with the first doctor, to think that he was a specialist. And the wasted money too was quite depressing because he charged so high and he just misdiagnosed my condition. Have you ever experienced this?
4 responses
@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
18 Mar 09
hi marisriel,,it so sad to know your experience, before i bring my son to the doctor and he told me that my son is suffering from acute tonsilitis and he needs to have a surgery...he even give me a refferal slip for admission to the big hospital..i immediately called my husband to go straight to the big hospital..it was really very frustrating after so many test and waste time, money they ask me to return the next day..but my mother in-law insist to go another doctor..and we found out that it was not an acute tonsilitis no need for surgery..
• United States
16 Mar 09
I'm so sorry to hear this has happened to you, and to the person misdiagnosed with MS, too. It's very upsetting, for certain!Yes, I have also been misdiagnosed, recently, and am still in recovery from the situation. Had someone recognized what was happening sooner, it may have saved all of the flesh on the front of my right leg below the knee. It turns out that I have a very rare autoimmune condition called Pyoderma Gangrenosum. However, the doctors initially thought it was an infection, and I was hospitalized so they could clean it out with surgery and put me on IV antibiotics. They did several debridements, which aggravated the condition, and it spread and spread, consuming the flesh similar to those "brown recluse spider bite" photos that have circulated around the internet. The P.G. gradually ate away the front and both sides of my shin and calf. Had it been recognized sooner, I'd have lost much less flesh, and would probably be walking again by now. As it is, I've also developed DVT due to being mostly bed-ridden for so long (I was hospitalized for over a month), and so much tissue was destroyed that the veins that grew back are weak. This causes them to burst and bleed if I try to put too much weight on the leg too fast. I'm very gradually learning to walk again, and having to go very, very slowly. I use the wheelchair most of the time, but am graduating to crutches more and more. The surgeons were whispering about amputation when a dermatologist finally came by and recognized the condition for what it was. He's my hero!! He saved my leg! It might not be much of a leg at the moment, but it's still mine, and I'm quite attached to it!
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
14 Mar 09
That just enrages me. I have not been misdiagnosed yet, but I had a doctor who prescribed me a medication that she was not well informed of. She never warned me about the symptoms and I had bad ones. My friend was rushed to the ER for misdiagnosis when she didn't even have to go and was charged for the visit after waiting 6 hours to see a doctor. Did this happen in the US?
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
14 Mar 09
When I was 18 years old, I was experiencing numbness on my right side, this also included, blurred vision, headaches etc. I went to the doctor's and he preceeded to ask me questions from which he was reading from a book. I have hay fever, so he prescribed me with allergy medicine. I was not getting any better, and now I was not able to walk. I went into the hospital for diagnosis and after many tests, it was determined that I had MS. I was told when I left the hospital that I was in remission, and that the symptoms would come back and be worse in 15 years. Well nothing has happened to me yet, I think that was another misdiagnosis. I really do not trust doctors too much, some of good, but you never know who you will run into.