Filed Complaint against ER Doc

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by painintheeverywhere, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. painintheeverywhere

    painintheeverywhere New Member

    I had been in the ER today because my digestive system has felt inside out and like an open blister. I have had these symptoms for a month, went to my Doc twice and had a fever, dizziness, vomitting and diarrhea.

    After five hours in the ER the Doc came in and told me to take it up with a Psyciatrist. He said that Fibromyalgia is not a real disease and Doc's simply give this diagnosis for chronic complainers. I stayed calm, told him that I did not agree with him and that not only I, but so many suffer with awful symptoms every day and they are not in my head. He seemed to think that someday I would understand.

    When the nurse came to check on me, I told her how offensive he was and asked if I could speak to someone and file a complaint. This was a teaching hospital, so his instructor came in and I told him what took place. He tried to tell me that he was sorry that I had such experience and claimed that he had lectured this student about Fibro and that it is a true illness and he said he would do so again.

    It is so frustrating...

    By the way, my diagnosis was diarrhea and abdominal pain and treatment was to continue doing what I have been doing. No test, no nothing. They just want me to see my Doc.

    Taking a deeeeeeep breath...

    Jane
  2. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    If you filed a complaint- good! He needs to be straightened out before he cause any more harm, especially within an ER.

    My FM mother had 2 strokes while having FM. Imagine the damage (and maybe death?) if the ER would have done this to her!

    Nope! Stop those docs if you can, and that goes for all of us!
    [This Message was Edited on 10/29/2006]
  3. jake123

    jake123 New Member

    See the Director of the Hospital
  4. Redwillow

    Redwillow New Member

    Good for you Jane for sticking up for yourself and also for not loosing your cool.

    Filing your complaint is exactly what needed to be done.

    I am sorry that you had to go through this. But I am really proud of you!

    hugs Redwillow
  5. homesheba

    homesheba New Member

    i also have had that same dr it sounds like..grrrr!
    he actually told me that i was fixing to be a hooker trying to get drugs
    and spoke so ugly to me that i litterally was in shock.
    and still had to pay for the er visit!!!
    i was so humiliated that i
    wished i was invisable walking out of there..
    it was horrible..
    they act like they are gods..
  6. joeb7th

    joeb7th New Member

    Our ER system in this country is down to about 20th on the list of countries with better ones.

    And I am convinced that hospitals DO NOT WANT more hospitals and ER's built because they want their bottom line profit beds to be filled all the time. Keep demand so high people are being sent home...because that keeps the hospitals that are already here jammed packed. Can't have any empty rooms..oh no...can't make money that way.

    Building new hospitals should be one of our countries main agendas! We are so stressed by a lack of beds and over-crowded ER's...and they can spend 1/2 a TRILLION DOLLARS on Iraq? and Proabably 1 TRILLION by 2008? We could build hundreds of not thousands of more new hospitals here with that kind of money and think of the creation of Jobs!
    But so glad you stood up for yourslef and all of us who have been given this sometimes laughed at label of Fibromyalgia patients. You just wish that the doctors who make fun of this could have your feelings for two weeks. Oh, what sweet justice.
  7. painintheeverywhere

    painintheeverywhere New Member

    I may not have stood up for myself. The doc's can make it seem as though we are just one indiviual case and they have never heard anyone so mental that would come up with all these aillments.

    You all were my backbone today! Just being able to share all of our struggles on this board makes me feel like I am not alone and validates that this is happening to many others. It gives me strength, when I don't feel I have much. So thank you to all of you who understand and support each other and me!

    Someone did ask about my regular doctor. I had a Doc for 4 years who seemed to try to understand, but was in the learning process and didn't always get it. He did send me to specialists though who documented and eventually got me the diagnosis. Because of insurance issues, I am now seeing a new Doctor who impressed me the first time we met (2 visits ago) with her knowledge of the disease. I actually told her at the end of the visit how nice it was to find a Doctor who understood and believed that Fibromyalgia is a disease.

    Thanks again, I really do appreciate your support.

    Jane
  8. Liz919

    Liz919 New Member

    Hurrah for you! ER workers can sometimes be absolutely soul-less. My mother reported one for inappropriate behavior when I was younger and came in unable to breathe. The triage nurse told me I was doing it to myself and if I would just stop being so overdramatic I would feel better. I was 13 and obviously I burst into tears all the while still gasping for breath. They still let me in to see a doctor and the doctor herself chewed out the guy because he had made me worse. Apparently when I have panic attacks I have "respiratory distress" that resembles an asthma attack and had been having one of my first ever panic attacks and we just didn't know what it was. The nurse yelling at me caused them to have to give me a sedative before they could do anything else to me. I don't understand people who take jobs that deal with people when they have a serious problem with them. Ugh. They deserve being reported.
  9. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    Have you been tested for Crohns Disease? My cousin recently went through 2 years of severe intestinal problems. She was so ill and lost over 50 lbs.

    Finally my uncle took her to Mayo Clinic where they diagnosed Crohns. She is getting better on a drug called Remicade.

    I have found it is best not to tell doctors you have Fibromyalgia when you see them for anything. Because so many do not believe in it, they just think it is all in your head.

    There are so many diseases that could cause your symptoms. The diagnosis of Fibro as a cause is after everything else has been ruled out. I would see a gastroenterologist as soon as possible.
    [This Message was Edited on 10/29/2006]
  10. tinktink

    tinktink New Member

    You Go Girl..... way to stick up for yourself and to not just allow yourself to be treated like that. I have had a couple of bad experiences myself and now I try and be proactive if I feel I am being dissmissed.

    Best Wishes Diana