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Pisces24

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Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« on: May 11, 2010, 04:40:32 PM »
I've talked to and read about so many folks here and their road to a final diagnosis.
I know some are even still waiting for that.  I am sure most of you have gotten a bunch of different diagnoses from doctors.

I thought I'd start a discussion of what was the weirdest off-the-wall, dumbest, whatever diagnosis you got from one of our "learned" professionals.

I'll start as I had a specialist tell me what I had was probably something I got from my cat. I got a cat in 2001 and my SJS problems according to my gp started in 1999.

How about you??  We all could use a laugh or a groan or a "for gee whiz?".

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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2010, 04:45:44 PM »
Hi

My dx about 20 years ago was out and out hypochondria - a waste of NHS time and resources. I didn't go to a conventional doctor after that for about fifteen years. I went to a homeopath. A swollen thyroid that felt like a 'lump' was what took me back to conventional medicine.  I just spent years feeling lousy with no dx.

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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2010, 06:30:56 PM »
Now that is different Pisces!  Dang, and I thought the GP that ignored all of my classic hypothyroid symptoms for almost a year before I got to see an endo was bad! 

Whew, all of your problems where because of the cat???  Darn it, now I got to have a long talk with the furball, and I try never to have one with him (I usually lose!)! ;)  ;D

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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2010, 06:37:14 PM »
I've had a couple of episodes of fever, chest pain, shortness of breath and tachycardia that sent me to the ER. The first time the ER doctor said it must be an anxiety attack. That lasted through the 9 hours I was in the ER? And caused a fever? ??? I still don't know what it was, but I know it wasn't that!

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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2010, 06:38:08 PM »
Of all the things that I have heard.  The one about catching something from your cat really is crazy.  It makes me wonder about some of the doctors that we run into during our diagnoses process.  


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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2010, 07:03:59 PM »
My first rheumy told me that I only had a "mild case of bursitis".  When he looked at my bloodwork, he said that the only thing that was positive was "for something called Sjogren's, but that isn't even worth treating".
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P.S.  I've had cats all of my life - I wonder what your doc would tell me?

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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2010, 08:03:42 PM »
I had loads of aches and pains for years, from about 24 (I'm 34 now). I tried everything known to man. I went to a holistic doctor back in Dublin who told me that I had a yeast problem. When I asked him how he knew ( I'm a scientist, can't help myself insatiable curiousity!), he told me I looked yeastie! Lovely. 



 I moved to the US about 4 years ago. just before my 2nd Christmas here, my face swelled up in a freakish fashion. Boy was it painful, went to an emergency walk in clinic cause my own doc coulnt see me. The receptionist was like really bored, until she saw the swelling, she dragged me off to an examination room. When the doc came, she was like, oh my god you have the mumps!  So they quaranteened me for 10 days, I was stuck in my apartment, missed heading home to Ireland. I got so bored that even drove around in my car one day for a couple of hours! One of my friends nicely brought me a suitcase of food before she left for the holiers.

Then 3 months later, it happened again. I went to my own doctor this time, and said "guess what, it's back, I don't think it was the mumps!" she's really great and coped on to sjoggies straight away. And there you go, that's how I found out!!!


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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2010, 09:18:51 PM »
Anxiety. I was diagnosed with anxiety after handing my symptom list to a young doctor my husband and I were considering hiring to be our PCP. He actually said I was obsessive for writing it all down. Then he went through the list and started saying that this symptom or that symptom was caused by anxiety. He got about halfway down the list though and stopped saying that. I think that's when he got to the part about the messed up reflexes (present Babinski and hyperactive knee reflexes). And the funny thing was, at the time I was taking Wellbuterin for mild depression and Valium for dizziness. How the heck could I possibly have any anxiety with those two? Needless to say, I wasn't impressed with him and he didn't get the job. (He was great with my husband by the way. He was just one of those jerks that assumes the little woman must be hysterical. I didn't know they still taught that in medical school.)

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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2010, 10:53:38 PM »
Perhaps not so weird but it was considered that I had male menopause.

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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2010, 03:04:24 AM »
I have spent many years with my GP telling me the "you've been through a lot!" I looked after my dad during his terminal illness and had a pretty bad divorce.

ha yes divorce causes dry skin  :)


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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2010, 06:07:19 AM »
Hey All,

I know this has little to do with Sjogrens, but when I was 18 I was in a bad car accident.  I rolled my bug several times after hitting a patch of black ice.  Well I end up upside down with the steering wheel in my stomach.  I was taken to the doctor who did no x-rays and when I complained of stomach and back pain he told me I had gas :P.  Really?? Gas? 

Well anyway I have had a bad back ever since, although no doctor would confirm that was the cause. 

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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2010, 08:55:33 AM »
When I reach a certain level of pain I experience really BAD nausea. Primary Care refers me to a Gastro. Doc.

I have every gastro test done on me and they can't find anything.

After last test, I'm laying on the gurney and gastro Doc points to his head and says there's nothing wrong with me and I need help.

Back to primary care and am referred to OB/GYN.

After one minute with this doc, she diagnoses me with a hernia!

That was 12 years ago, and the tip of all my medical problems that I have now.

Harmony

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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2010, 08:57:52 AM »
About 12 years ago, I ended up with Hyperthyroid.  One day I woke up and I could no longer swallow my food.  No matter what I did, the food wouldn't go down!  I went through 2 years of this and a Dr. telling me I was Subconsciously Anorexic!  I was starving and would have eaten anything if I could and that was the diagnosis.  It was a family member I ran into that had Hyperthyroid that told me he thinks that's what it is.  I demanded blood tests that day and low and behold I was hopsitalized that night because my thyroid was so high they were afraid of me having a heart attack or stroke!!

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Re: Dumbest Weirdest Diagnoses
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2010, 02:44:07 PM »
Apparently, all my symptoms are menopause  ::)

I got "diagnosed" with sjogrens by an optician, when I was 26 yrs old (25 years ago) as I went to see him with dry, burning, running eyes.

He told me to see my doctor and ultimately I had 4 punctal plugs.  However, I knew nothing of any other symptoms associated with SJS and thought it just meant sore, dry eyes.

A year ago, because I am sero negative, my GP told me the symptoms I had were all down to the menopause.  Oh really?  That's why I had my eyes plugged 20+ years ago then!!!!!  I learned so much from this website, that I was able to go back to the GP and ask to see a rheumatologist.  As I'm sero negative, I only have the disease "sicca", but I have lots of the other symptoms too, unfortunately.  At least I know what's wrong, even if the doc's dont!