(September 30, 2005 at 06:57 AM)
The more I study medicine, the more I don’t trust doctors… I realized that doctors are taking risks everyday. Every diagnosis made is merely just a guess. You get clues from personal history, family history, medical history, social history… perform physical examination and order investigations (eg. X-rays, CT scans) for further clues… then, with all these hints, you come up with a diagnosis… decide on the best available treatment, and the rest is up to God….
In case you are still not convinced, let me share a personal experience with you:
It was past midnight. I was admitted to Hospital Kuala Lumpur after blood donation. I had seafood fried rice for dinner (but it was like only 3 small tiny prawns)… nevertheless, I supposed I had too much sensitized mast cells (a blood component which causes allergy) that I had a hypersensitivity type one reaction (in other words-allergy in it’s severe form).. to cut short, I had asthma and my left had was frozen-unmovable. The medical staff there said I lack carbon dioxide, and his guess was right. He made me breathe in a bag, fixed my problem, and discharged me. Little did he know, I spent the WHOLE night throwing up and felt terrible the next day.
So, what did I do? I went to the clinic the next day, with my very last energy explained the whole situation to him and what did he respond? He said my problem is fever and dismissed me with paracetamol(penadol)!! OH MY GOD!! I should learn to treat myself!!
p/s: if you happen to live in KL, NEVER go to KLINIK REDDY (this advice is genuine-be thankful that I’m risking my neck to save your life!)
Again, past midnight. This time, my course mate had severe abdominal pain and we rushed to Klinik Reddy (apparently, the nearest 24-hour-clinic). The doctor palpated my friend on seated position and simply scribbled – SUSPECT ACUTE APPENDICITIS – and referred us to Hospital Kuala Lumpur. This was quite shocking as from what I understand, appendicitis is SO PAIN that a patient would practically jumped up when you press Mc Burney’s point – which my friend obviously didn’t and even hesitated to tell whether that part hurts. Either he’s got extremely poor guessing skills or he wanted to go back to sleep. Nevertheless, I lost hope on that doc!
So, we went to HKL, waited for an hour or so. The doctor, fresh graduate from India I suppose, was rather excited when he learnt that we were medical students. He laughed at the KlinikReddy Doc’s silliness, as appendicitis is a rather an unlikely diagnosis. And so, he examined my friend, explained to us that she had epigastrium pain and not at Mc Burney’s point. His guess? UTI –Urinary Tract Infection, which was quite puzzling as well as what does epigastrium pain have to do with UTI? (p/s: epigastrium = upper middle abdominal part) He scribble down a note and dismissed us to take our medicine. On the way out, I couldn’t help but to ask him the question on my mind. He thought for a moment, re-examine my friend,.. then he said ‘hmm… probably gastritis…’… and GUESS WHAT? He did NOT change the diagnosis or treatment. Instead, he added a few more drugs to the list and pity my friend,.. she had like 4 IV injection plus oral treatment and a bunch of drugs….
Thanks to the doctor ‘guesses’….
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