“I could have caught him much earlier and saved a ton of money if my doctors had really taken the time to examine me and listen to me.”
Recently, we asked members of the BuzzFeed community if, as women, they had ever felt that their pain had not been taken seriously by doctors or medical professionals. These are some of his stories …
1. The woman with respiratory problems
When I was 17 years old, I started having trouble breathing. My family doctor told me it was only asthma. It got progressively worse and my inhaler did not really help me. One night, I woke up basically having a panic attack because I felt I could not breathe. My father quickly took me to the hospital and, after giving me an EpiPen for an allergic reaction, the doctor proceeded to tell my dad right in front of me that he was probably preparing me to leave school.
This happened several times when the doctors told me that I was overreacting. After two months, I finally went to a specialist who discovered that I had a serious infection in my voice box that inhibited the flow of air to my lungs. -Alex Glenn, Facebook
2. The woman with E. Coli
Some years ago I had extreme abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and fever for two days. It just would not improve. Finally, I arrived at the emergency room on the third day, and the doctor told me: “It seems that you are having really bad menstrual cramps”. I was in my period at that time, and he advised me to take some ibuprofen and “sleep.” Fortunately, the (female) doctor who attended the real exam took a look at me and sent me straight to the emergency room. It turns out that I had an E. coli infection and spent the night in the hospital connected to an IV. Some “menstrual cramps”, amirite? -Rachel Hamalainen, Facebook
3. The woman with a broken ACL
I had a ski accident when I was 17 years old. I immediately knew that I hurt my knee very badly, as it simply broke and swelled immediately. I went to the clinic without an appointment and told the doctor what had happened. I told him what my pain level was, and he told me it could not have been so bad, that I hurt my knee and that it would be fine soon. So I did not have any more tests and they sent me on my way.
After two months, my pain had not improved completely and my knee was still inflamed, so I went to see a different doctor. It turns out that I broke my ACL, MCL and my meniscus. I needed a major surgery, and everything was worse because the first doctor did not listen to me and took me to an orthopedist immediately. I ended up scheduled for the surgery ASAP and did everything possible to normalize my knee again. But because of the initial response to my pain, I was never able to ski again, I had to stop running / jogging, and my knee will always be a little messy. – MrsH810
4. The woman with herpes zoster
In college, I had shingles and waited a while to go to the hospital because my student health center had misdiagnosed me. Eventually, I showed the spots to my friend, who told me that they looked like herpes and took me to the emergency room. I went in and told the nurse that he thought he had shingles, and he mocked and said: “Where did you get that? The Internet? You would have a lot of pain if you had herpes zoster. “As soon as I lifted my shirt, he said:” My God, you have shingles! Is not it painful? ” Yes … it’s painful. That’s why I’m here. – Hannam9
5. The woman with a cracked eye socket
They accidentally hit me in the face during a concert and my face started to swell almost immediately, so I went to the emergency room. The doctor did not do diagnostic tests. Before he even asked me my name, he said he looked like a normal purple eye. He did not even prescribe ibuprofen for pain. Months later, I still had not healed. I went to see a plastic surgeon and found out that not only had I broken my elbow in the eye, but a piece of bone that floated on my face had also come off.
I may have lost my sight and / or all the use on that side of my face due to nerve damage. I should have had surgery within 48 hours and at least one CT scan. Now, unless my face is broken in surgery, I will never fully recover. All because a doctor did not think he really suffered so much pain as I said.
6. The woman with leg pain
I have chronic pain in my legs that sometimes limits my ability to walk when
I have severe flares. Once, during a particularly bad outbreak, I went to the doctor for help and offered, in all seriousness, to accompany me to the psychiatric ward. – miaoupurr
7. The woman with a Staph infection
When I was 15 years old, I had minor knee surgery. The first day was fine, but every day I got progressively worse, to the point that I could not even put weight on my leg. It was so swollen that it looked like my thigh was going straight down my leg. My temperament reached 102. When I went to the office to have my stitches removed, my mother expressed concern about the excruciating pain and fever. The doctor laughed and said: “It’s only because she’s blond and she’s 15 years old.”
A week later I re-entered because the problem was still there. After trying unsuccessfully to drain my knee, he brought his colleague. That doctor looked at my knee and made me run to the hospital. It turns out that I had a staph infection that had been working on my knee for what it was at that time 18 days. – kellsieg
8. The woman with a giant kidney stone
I went to the emergency room with severe abdominal pain. It was so bad that he was really screaming. The doctor asked me some questions, did not perform any tests and sent me home with a gas diagnosis. I returned a week later for the same reason. This doctor really did his job and found a giant kidney stone. – elizabethb80
9. The woman with an ovarian cyst
When I was in high school, I was practicing basketball sprinting when I was suddenly overwhelmed by the most unbearable abdominal pain I have ever experienced in my life. I was only 15 years old. My mother took me to the emergency room. The doctor came to see me and started asking me questions about what was happening at school and in my family instead of about the pain I was experiencing.
Then he noticed that he had a button “in memory” in my letterman jacket. My friend had died the previous year and as soon as she saw the button, she was convinced that my severe abdominal pain was because she was sad. In fact, he told my mother: “This is common for teenagers who experience pain.” Then he took off my jacket button and made me talk and tell my friend “goodbye” so I could “continue with my life”. I was so horrified and scared that I just looked at her. Little did he know that he had actually had a burst of ovarian cysts and suffered from severe endometriosis. – laraeparker
10. The woman who was not taken seriously because it was a great theatrical
During my first year of college, I began to experience seizures and lose consciousness often. I went to the hospital near my university, where I filled out a questionnaire and included, when asked, that I was a theater student. They gave me fluids and released me. A few weeks later I fainted and began to suffer spasms again. A friend took me to the hospital. While they were taking me on a stretcher to examine me, I still experienced seizure-like symptoms and extreme abdominal pain, a nurse ran to my stretcher to tell the other medical professionals not to take me so seriously, because I was an actress. They decided to do less tests than they originally planned to do, and when they sent me to bed in the emergency room they assigned me.
Later, a different doctor told me that the spasms were due to a reaction he was having to a medication he was on because of a kidney transplant just over a year ago. The medication was taken away and the activity similar to an attack ceased. Fast forward for two years, and I continue to experience severe abdominal pain during my kidney transplant in my abdomen. Finally I was diagnosed with endometriosis and pancreatitis, and I spent almost a week in the hospital after becoming septic. It turns out he was not acting, and he was facing two serious medical problems in addition to the transplant. It has been almost 10 years since this happened and I still think about the pain and suffering that could have been alleviated if they had taken me seriously at that moment.
11. The woman with endometriosis
FIVE doctors were needed before I was finally diagnosed with endometriosis. The first doctor told me that menstrual pain was normal, although I said that the pain was not only during my time of the month. The second doctor said that it was probably gastrointestinal problems and that he should see a specialist. The third doctor prescribed a contraceptive method after birth control that did not help in any way. The fourth doctor thought maybe it was endometriosis, maybe it was cysts, I could not be sure, and he gave me an analgesic to help and sent me on my way. The fifth and last doctor got me an ultrasound. She prescribed a birth control that did help, but when the pain got worse, she scheduled surgery for a laparoscopy in which they discovered that, in fact, I had endometriosis. – fyeahrandaj
12. The woman with fibromyalgia
After my rheumatoid arthritis went into remission, the doctors could not pinpoint why I still lived with generalized chorionic pain. The pain felt similar to my RA but not quite the same, and it became debilitating. A doctor, after seeing my blood test, literally called me “drug addict”. He accused me of looking for prescriptions even though he had specifically stated that he desperately needed a diagnosis and that he did not want any medication to relieve pain. I left his office crying and almost gave up. I felt like the lowest human being on earth and I did not want to go through that humiliation again. Fortunately, I have a wonderful support system that encouraged me to keep trying and finally I found a doctor who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. – jennymcgrathv
13. The woman with hyperemesis
Basically, all my experience with hyperemesis was a disaster. She was pregnant and vomited 10 to 15 times a day. It took me several trips to the emergency room and three different doctors before I found someone who believed me and gave me anti-nausea medications. Most people do not take it seriously because they assume it is a normal morning sickness. I lost about 30 pounds in the first two months of my pregnancy, I could not control the water and I was so dehydrated that I had muscle spasms. But a doctor told me he was not sick enough to take a break from work. – bortimus
14. The woman with severe pain in the knee
I needed knee surgery because my knees were incredibly hypermobile. They would constantly change places and dislocate while walking. Sometimes it was so incredibly painful that I could not legitimately walk. I met a surgeon who acted as if I were a weak girl simply because I did not hurt myself playing sports or during physical activity. I only talked to my mother about maybe getting a corset or training more to strengthen it (what I did and what did not help) and act as if I did not exist or as if I was not even in the room. – aislinnm4f03105da
15. The woman with a deadly infection
I underwent abdominal surgery and the doctor took off my painkillers two days later. That night, I experienced the most unbearable pain in my abdomen. It was very intense. The next morning, still in pain, I told my doctor. He said he was being sensitive and sent me home. I ended up in the hospital 24 hours later with a deadly infection called peritonitis and suffered sepsis. My doctor almost killed me by taking away the pain.
16. The woman with massive cysts in her ovaries
When I was 14 or 15 years old, my parents took me to the emergency room because I cried and vomited due to pain in the lower stomach / pelvis area. It took me four hours to enter a room and by that time I had vomited three times. A doctor finally came in and I told him everything I was experiencing. He said that my period was probably going to start. I said no, I had just finished a week and a half ago. He gave me the fucking Tylenol while he was still crying and I curled up in a ball on the bed. Two hours later, a nurse came to see me and everything was the same. My mother asked for a different doctor because the guy was not listening to me. Somehow, the nurse got a doctor to come in. I did an ultrasound and ended up having massive cysts that were breaking down in BOTH of my ovaries. – taylorr4af7f9307
17. The woman with a labrum tear
I hurt my shoulder during a swimming meeting and it continued to hurt beyond the time the doctor said I would. Six years later, after asking for surgery to relieve pain, my doctor just accepted an exploratory surgery to see if there was a problem he could not detect or detect with the other methods he tried. After the surgery he apologized to me … There was a big break in my labral that required surgery to fix it. – jenniferaugarten
18. The woman with a burst appendix
When I was in eighth grade I had extreme abdominal pain and went to my local clinic. Without doing a single test or listening to my symptoms, he told me he had an ITU. I hurried to enter the next day and this time I had a different doctor. Immediately I discovered that my appendix had burst and that I needed to get to the emergency room immediately. I ended up in the hospital for five days. – makland05
19. The woman with endometriosis in stage 4
I had been going to my OB-GYN for nine years telling him that I hurt terribly with my periods and cramps between periods. He told me he would make me grow. I got tired and changed to a different doctor in a different city. He had me in the operating room in a month and I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis that probably could have been treated or cured long before it got worse. – Sallylewiss
20. Women with gallbladder disease
I experienced back pain for months, but at only 22, healthy and relatively active, I knew something was not right. My doctor told me to take a chest x-ray and take Advil. A few months later I ended up in the emergency room because the pain was very severe. The emergency doctor told me that he probably had a kidney infection. When the test was negative, they told me to go home and see my primary care again. My pain was so intense that I refused to leave and requested an ultrasound of my gallbladder. He rolled his eyes, but finally agreed. Approximately one hour later, he told me that he had a gall bladder disease and that they should eliminate it immediately. He could not even look me in the eye! – samanthagoodson33
21. Women with Crohn’s disease
I had chronic stomach pain as I grew up and the pain was so intense that I often cuddled with pain. There was no relief at all. At random he came every month or so and lasted about a week. I went to the doctor several times. The doctors always passed it as excess food or gas pains. Last year I finally went to the emergency room because the pain was so bad that I could not breathe. It turns out that I’ve had Crohn all the time. – tstatertotter
22. The woman with a blood clot
A couple of years ago I went to see my doctor because my armpit and left arm had been very sore for a few days and I could not stretch my arm until the end. When I suddenly also got blue marks on the inside of my upper arm, I decided to take it out. My personal doctor thought it could be something potentially dangerous (blood clots were mentioned), and she sent me to the hospital.
The doctors at the hospital were a completely different story. They kept asking me if I had hurt him in any way / I forced him to carry something heavy (!) / Another slightly insulting explanation. I told them I would not be there if I knew the reason why it hurts. They did a blood test and it was negative to detect any signs of blood clots. That only made them more sure that it was nothing serious. But I kept insisting, I knew there was something wrong. Very reluctantly, the doctor at the hospital said that if he wanted to, he could come back in the morning for an ultrasound. I quickly said YES, PLEASE and I went home.
The next day, I went into the ultrasound and guess what: a blood clot in my arm. Yep. – mariarokkem
23. The woman with ulcers that covers her bladder
I have a condition of the bladder called interstitial cystitis, which means that the lining of the bladder (which protects it from acid urine) is not formed properly and the bladder and surrounding muscles often have spasms, causing pain and preventing urination adequately. When I was 23 years old, I went to a urologist, after the third negative ITU test in a month, for a later diagnosis. The first urologist I saw heard my symptoms and said contemptuously: “What do you want me to do about it?” I was surprised, but I asked him to do all the tests he could. He agreed to a cystoscopy, and the day I told my mother in the waiting room that I did not think I would find anything and that I probably drank too much alcohol, which irritated my bladder.
During the cystoscopy, they filled my bladder with water to expand it, my heart rate went up (indicating pain) and they found small ulcers on the lining of my bladder. The doctor timidly told my mother what they had found and gave me the name of a urogynecologist who specialized in my condition. – megans4885c0267
24. The woman with hip problems
During the end of my pregnancy I began to feel intense pain in the lower back and in the right hip, which radiated down the leg to both toes. After my daughter was born, the pain did not improve. I went to several doctors, including OB-GYN and primary care doctors. They all said nothing was wrong. Three years later, I went to a new doctor for an annual basic physical examination. Coincidentally I mentioned the pain. He ordered a series of tests, from blood tests to X-rays / MRI / EMG, etc., but everything went back to normal. He gave me a prescription for narcotics (I did not ask for them) and he told me to come back in a month. When I returned, I was surprised that he was there just before a month passed, even after explaining why. He scolded me and made me feel horrible, claiming that he was only there to get more pain pills. When I told him that I had hardly taken any of the pills because they did not alleviate my pain at all, he asked me if I was selling them and I did a drug test. When I left his office that day, I really felt that I had done something wrong.
I decided to take a more natural approach because I could not go through that again and went to see a chiropractor. He took x-rays. He immediately showed me what was causing the severe pain. He sent me an orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately, this doctor belonged to the same network as the original PCP and saw the notes of my previous two visits. He took new x-rays, but he made me feel sad for them. He said they looked good and once again accused me of lying to get narcotics. Once again, he had not suggested in any way, form or form that he wanted any kind of prescription. I explained what the chiropractor had shown me on my previous x-rays. After much pleading, he agreed to take x-rays on my feet. He immediately apologized and agreed with what the chiropractor had said. He said that no amount of narcotics would have any effect on this type of pain. -kimbroslice
25. The woman with kidney stones
I was only 19 years working in San Francisco and I thought my appendix was breaking on my flight. I went directly to a doctor when I landed and insisted that they were cramps. The pain persisted and I ended up fainting at work and had to take him to the emergency room. It turns out he had been feeling and passing kidney stones for four days. Thanks, doc. – malariez
26. The woman with an autoimmune disease
I have struggled with chronic stomach problems all my life, and I started seeing this GI doctor a couple of years ago. She was literally so sexist that she just talked, shook hands and addressed my boyfriend. It was as if my boyfriend had to be the messenger for me, to explain to me how serious my health problems had been. They did two procedures for me, and then that doctor ended up diagnosing me with IBS. I was devastated. I knew it was something more severe than IBS.
When I got a new GI doctor a few months later, I FINALLY learned that I have a chronic disease, an autoimmune disorder, that can not be cured and can cause cancer and other horrible things if left unchecked for a long period of time. hour. -Mollykat66
26. The woman with an autoimmune disease
I have struggled with chronic stomach problems all my life, and I started seeing this gastrointestinal doctor a couple of years ago. She was literally so sexist that she just talked, shook hands and addressed my boyfriend. It was as if my boyfriend had to be the messenger for me, to explain to me how serious my health problems had been. They did two procedures for me, and then that doctor ended up diagnosing me with IBS. I was devastated. I knew it was something more severe than IBS.
When I got a new GI doctor a few months later, I FINALLY learned that I have a chronic disease, an autoimmune disorder, that can not be cured and can cause cancer and other horrible things if left unchecked for a long period of time. hour. – mollykat66
27. The woman with PCOS
When I was 20 years old and I was in college, I was menstruating a lot (and painfully) for 40 days before my friend finally convinced me to go to the emergency room. Once there, I waited four hours in a paper dressing gown. Finally, a doctor examined me, considered that my bleeding was not “too heavy” and gave me two Advil for the cramps. He told me that if he still bled within a month, he should make an appointment to return.
After telling my mom this, she programmed me with her gynecologist, who immediately did an ultrasound and discovered that she was suffering from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and that my small cysts were bursting, causing pain and heavy bleeding. He took my pain seriously and prescribed me stronger ibuprofen for pain and hormonal birth control to control the cysts, and also an iron supplement due to blood loss. If it had been another 30 days, as the emergency doctor had recommended, I would have been severely anemic because of the loss of blood. – audreyl4272376cf
28. The woman with problems of gallstones
I went to the emergency room a couple of weeks after I had my gallbladder removed. He had a terrible pain, completely dejected. My husband almost had to take me to the emergency room and speak for me because I could not move. The doctor told me that they were just cramps and sent me home. When the pain did not disappear, I resorted to a different urgent care. The doctor did an MRI and discovered that a gallstone had been stuck and sealed in a bile duct. Another surgery was required to remove it, and if it had not gone elsewhere, it would have gotten worse, much worse. – Saoirsetrujillo
29. The woman with fibromyalgia
I was 36 years old and had lived with muscle / joint pains since I was in my twenties. Every time I mentioned it to my general practitioners, it was removed and treated as not important as the pain wandered around my body. My knee came out one day after taking what should have been an easy walk. I went to another GP and after an X-ray came back clear, he actually rolled his eyes at me. I insisted that they treat me. She told me that she probably needed to lose some weight (remains of pregnancy). I kept insisting that something was wrong. She said reluctantly, “I think I can refer you to a rheumatologist.” It turns out that I have fibromyalgia. And I have it for 15 years. Do not give up! Your health is very important!