Pediaticians write off serious symptoms

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by susiestar, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Jess has pain in her right flank. That is the technical term the pediatricians we saw (both male) used. They checked gall bladder, Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), and appendix. Nothing.

    Therefore the ONLY possibility is a PULLED MUSCLE????? That lasts for ages, getting WORSE???

    We contacted the gynecologist and got an ultrasound.

    It is what looks like a cyst as large as her OVARY!!! At least what they pointed out on the ultrasound to us looked that big.

    The on-call doctor called, but I had a violent migraine, so they refused to talk to husband!!

    We will find out treatment on Mon or Wed.

    Thanks for all the support.

    Jess is in pain, but like so many woman she is "womaning up" and trying to act normally in spite of it.

    How many of us spent YEARS of our life doing this due to medical practices that wrote us off?? Hopefully we can find out treatment and prevent some of this.

    Hugs to all,

  2. mrscatinthehat

    mrscatinthehat Seussical

    Sorry for the hoops but now that you know at least you can get somewhere hopefully. Thinking of you and her.

  3. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    I don't think doctors take the time they used to. My mom was recently in the hospital and they missed a couple of big things. She had originally went in with weird symptoms that they figured out was caused by interactions with her medications. They got it straightened out and sent her home. Seven hours later, dad called an ambulance because she was having trouble breathing. (She had repeatedly told them in the hospital that she couldn't take large/deep breaths) Turns out she had pneumonia on top of emphasema.

    I also went to the ER once with abdominal pain. ER doctor diagnosed me with an irritation of the muscle wall of my abdomen. Actually I had a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)!

    I'm glad to hear though that your daughter finally got her problem figured out. Hopefully, come Monday they will be able to get her something or do something to make her feel better.
  4. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member

    It seems like the more the medical community knows about the body, the more of a guessing game it becomes.


    I hope your migraine is gone and you can get some info soon!
  5. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: mstang67chic</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I don't think doctors take the time they used to.</div></div>

    I agree. It seems that they whiz through appts and never really grow to understand their patients to such a degree that they can tell what's serious, what's not and actually give a darn at the same time. I left my old DR even though I loved him because he was always so busy and it took forever to get in to see him. The office was always jammed and I felt like a peice of cattle. I switched to this awesome APRN whom I met at my old doctors office and I love her too. At first, she seemed to really have the time, got to know all of us, listened well; I never felt rushed. Slowly, it's beginning to look like the same thing - I do feel rushed, it's hard to get an appointment, she's not spending as much time. Sad.

    I sure hope that this works out well for Jess - glad you were able to find out what it was. I had a cyst years ago, but it dissolved the morning I was supposed to have it removed. I hope Jess is as fortunate.
  6. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member

    This frustrating. I am glad you finally have an answer.

    I once went to one ER and they told me I had PID and basically accused either me or my husband of sleeping around on each other. Told me that was the only way I could get it. Sent me home and since I knew I hadnt been doing anything and he had been working out of town, I was really mad at him!

    Turns out when the medications they gave me didnt work and the pain got worse I went to another hospital. They did a more thorough check up and I actually had a severe kidney infection! Not PID!!!

    That ER was furious with the first ER for even putting us through that whole ordeal as was I.
  7. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    I think male doctors pay less attention to possible female issues than male issues so we see women. It does get frustrating--my mom had a brain tumor and her doctor told her she was getting "little strokes--it's common after 50." Huh? My mom didn't want to know more so she didn't push until she had a seizure. I would have pushed.
  8. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    When my daughter was young and living at home, she was misdiagnosed by local doctors more times than I can count! We finally figured out that it's much better to just go straight to the specialist and save the time and the money! When she was having abdominal pains and problems eating, she had a test locally by a doctor that wasn't really qualified and he found nothing. The gastroenterologist she went to next found a huge hiatal hernia and couldn't believe the first doctor had missed it!

    I have a friend who almost died when she went to the little local hospital with horrible abdominal pains - our local brigade of "doctors" let her lay there for THREE DAYS while they conferred and shook their heads (and probably chanted and danced). Finally her husband scooped her up and took her to the good hospital 60 miles away - where the ER staff there recognized immediately that her appendix had ruptured THREE DAYS BEFORE!
  9. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Sue -

    Sorry for her pain -

    If they still do it the same way as used to - they will do outpatient surgery, and give her a local, drain the cyst. If it's as big as you say - they may have to remove the cyst through surgery. I wouldn't worry her with details at this point.

    I would think someone would have called in something for pain for her???

    Guess when it's female - we're written off. Seems like it with me anyway.

    Hugs for you both!
  10. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    Big sorry you are having to navigate the medical maze. Sigh.

    FWIW, I had a big problem with cysts. They were really painful, but the kind I had, dissolved every time I menstrated. The gyn doctor put me on a birth control pill, which eliminated ovulation, and the problem was solved. I know there are a lot of different types of cysts, but you may check into this as an option. I am now off of the birth control, and have not had any future problems.

    I hope you get some resolution to this soon.
  11. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    We think it is simply male docs not knowing/caring about the female plumbing in adolescents. :nonono: They cetainly do not have any understanding of how a personcopes with chonic pain, esp severe pain, and can "Woman Up" :warrior: and go on with life as much as possible.

    I did FINALLY get ahold of an on-call doctor. He was reluctant, but did agree to call in medications for 2 days for pain. :doctor: He says she should go to the ER if it gets worse.

    If we need an ER we will go to one with a large women's health center. NOT our local charge em and street em with no treatment hospital.

    I am just frustrated and upset my girl is in so much pain, and we are at a standstill. I hate that she may be facing a lifetime of pain and problems. :crying:

    Thank heavens for all your support and for the internet for research and locating docs.


  12. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful


    been there done that with the ovarian cysts are they are exceptionally painful. Haven't had one in many years. (and I thank my lucky stars!)

    Could've just as easily been kidney stones..... At least in my case that is what it mimicked.

    I agree that docs don't take the time to listen to their patients anymore. And many don't seem to be able to add 2 and 2 and come up with a logical diagnosis either. And I'm sick of running into the ones who can't accept their WRONG and not God's gift to human kind. :rolleyes:

    That said, if I find one that actually listens, can think for himself, has a brain, and can admit if he's stumped, I hold on to that doctor for all their worth! If he happens to have a great bedside manner on top of it I figure I've hit the jackpot. lol

    Many cysts rupture or disappear on their own with time. Hopefully this one will resolve itself before too long.

    (((hugs))) to Jess.
  13. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    I'm glad you finally have answers and hope this is resolved soon.

    I hear you about the doctors, though, I have to say it's not just the male doctors. (What?! Am I defending men?!) I was sooo sick for years and getting progressively worse. My GP was female. Then I get a new GP who was female. They just patted me on the hand and sent me on my way not at all concerned that a 33 year old woman could barely climb the stairs let alone do anything else.

    I had all of the classic symptoms of heart disease in women. None of them ever checked my heart.

    It's just in and out as fast as they can.
  14. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I'm sorry you have had to go through all of this to find out what was wrong. It has to be so frustrating! Hugs.
  15. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    I love my GP. She is a she, and she LISTENS. We don't always agree, but we do come to agreement on things to try. She also does not believe anyone should live in lots of pain on a regular basis.

    I am thinking of switching my Jessie to her. Jessie just does not seem to have "kid" problems all the time.

    GP is a family care doctor, so she has training in kids and adults. I think that is ONE step we will be taking. Also finding a doctor somewhere who specializes in adolescent gynecology.

    My wonderful mom offered to send us to Tennessee to see the doctor I loved who moved away. She is such a blessing.