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Medical advice - always seek a second opinion IMO
« on: April 27, 2016, 08:21:56 AM »
On several occasions I have been glad to seek a second medical opinion for both myself and my kids. I work with many other PhD's and experts in their respective fields and some are very good and some are... well not so good IMO.

When I was at Uni I once got badly injured on one of my finger playing rugby union and the guy at the ER told me that there was nothing they could do about my finger and that I would never been able to use it/move it again. I then went to see another hospital that was specialised in finger/micro surgery and they got my finger fixed. Same thing happened last year when my daughter got badly burned on her right chest trying to cook pasta in the miro wave while having the Ipad in the other hand. Local hospital ER staff applied first aid for burns then contacted the burns unit from the Perth Children Hospital. Next day the first assessment at the burns unit was not too bad then another surgeon had a look at the burn and advised us to operate her immediately to do a re-cell operation on her right breast. 12 months down the track the second doctor/surgeon was right. Daughter was 14 at the time and we still got to the burns unit ward every three month to get her checked out as burns can take up to 2 years to heal according to the medical experts.

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Re: Medical advice - always seek a second opinion IMO
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2016, 10:06:36 AM »
The little figure & the one next to it on Jewel's right hand was pulling down into her palm. When she could no longer hold her tennis racquet she went to the doctor and was told nothing could be done and might even lose those two fingers. Another opinion with a doctor, from India, who later became our beloved primary doc & friend, explained in detail about Dupuytren's contracture , then told us that he would get us an appointment with a hand surgeon who specialized in this field, we found out later patients from other countries came to him. The surgery was long and intense with a long period of rehab. Jewel's hand fully recovered, she played her sport she loved for many more years even getting to hit balls with pros at Vegas. Get those second opinions.

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Re: Medical advice - always seek a second opinion IMO
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2016, 08:21:42 AM »
Agreed!
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Re: Medical advice - always seek a second opinion IMO
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2016, 09:19:33 AM »
A couple weeks before my high school graduation I flipped my ATV. The ER doctor was going to send me home, but when he felt around my jaw I flinched. He went get another doctor to look at the x-rays and come to find out I had a fracture on the left side of my jaw. I was going to be sent home with a fractured jaw if it wasn't for that 2nd opinion.
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Re: Medical advice - always seek a second opinion IMO
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2016, 10:56:55 AM »
  In 1974 my Mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at one of the "supposedly" best cancer hospitals in the world and the doctor wanted to immediately do a radical masectomy.  She and my dad were so worried.  I was in S. America and did not know.  After a few days she went to another doctor and after an exam he said he thought the mass was benign due to shape and density.  He had her get a biopsy and as it turned out he was right.  Surgery removed the mass without radical results.  In fact she said it was hardly noticeable once the swelling had gone away.

  In 1987 a good friend was involved in a severe accident on the I-10 inside New Orleans.  He was brought into a hospital emergency room and examined.  He was told he was a bit knocked around but fine.  He complained of a heaviness in his chest and difficulty breathing.  The ER doctor said it was just stretched sore muscles so he should go home and rest for a few days.  On the way out he saw some one he used to work with so they sat down and started talking. About 10 minutes later my friend starting getting dizzy and incoherent while laboring hard to breathe.  After he fell out the chair in the ER waiting room he was rushed into the Exam room where they found his chest full of blood from a lacerated spleen.  Only an immediate emergency surgery and lots of blood saved his life.


  I worked in a hospital for 4 years.  The stories go on.  Medicine is not any less prone to mistakes than McDonald's.  The myth that doctors are dedicated and in the field for the good of mankind for the most part is a BS story.  The only doctors I know that are in it for mankind are poor ones or military.
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Re: Medical advice - always seek a second opinion IMO
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2016, 11:53:09 AM »
Hence why Doctors and Lawyers "practice" their jobs.
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Re: Medical advice - always seek a second opinion IMO
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2016, 01:24:27 PM »
Last week John Hopkins reported that medical staff employees errors were responsible for an estimated 250,000 deaths per year making it the third largest cause of deaths in the US.

That's 9.5% of total deaths in US is caused by medical staff error.  Almost 10%    Scary.

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