I am not a nurse. I'm just a patient.
I just wanted your opinion on something. I am almost 6 months pregnant and recently checked into the hospital with extreme nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. To make a long story short, I sat in the hospital for 3 days before finally my doctor consented to giving me an ultrasound to check organs, etc. During those 3 days, I was seen by 3 different doctors (different doctor on call each day) and I was treated very casually and flippantly by everyone.
Finally, my doctor came into my room and told me that he felt I was "faking" contractions on the fetal monitor, that I wasn't having "real" pain, etc., and basically that he thought I was a drug seeking hypochondriac. 10 minutes later, the nurse gave him the u/s report.....huge infected gallbladder with tons of stones. I had surgery to remove it the next day.
However, he and his partners continued to accuse me of faking pain for painkillers. I was receiving demerol about every 4 hours. Now I feel like all the nurses are whispering behind my back or something, like I'm a druggie off the street.
If you were in their shoes, would you consider this "drug seeking behavior"? I was having a gallbladder attack, for goodness sake, plus subsequent surgery. I am of COURSE changing doctors now, but I still fear that the nurses at that hospital have somehow labeled me now because of this doctor.
What can I do to regain some semblance of respect? I feel as though my name is blackened, and I of course want my next experience at this hospital (hopefully I won't go back until the birth!) to be a good one. Nurses are 10 times more important than the doctors in making a hospital stay more comfortable and bearable. What would you think if you had been my nurse? Demerol every 4 hours for 5 days? Is that horrible? I'm not sure if I should change hospitals for the birth or not.
Do you all just get a lot of drug seekers and it makes everyone suspicious or something?
Nov 6, '02
One thing I learned in nsg school is that THE PT Is the best source to tell you how much pain you are in. The dr's had no right, I believe in treating you this way...
I could see concern if "a pt" had come in time and time again...a repetitive action... to get relief..but that is a different story within itself.
you were definitely in pain..and should have respected as much...I know what gallbladder is like...IT"S PAINFUL!! They did attempt Demerol w/ me until my surgery... but ended up putting me on a morphine drip...I hated it..
Iwas not "labeled " thou..
I imagine it depends what area u r from...but still these ppl r proffesionals and should NOT stereotype anyone....
Last edit by CraftyLPN on Nov 6, '02
Nov 6, '02
The doc may well have jumped the gun, but since you did not provide any of your history (any street drug use or "drug seeking behavior" in the past, for example?) it is hard to say. (And there is no reason to go into such details on this BB.)
So far as the doc's "rights" are concerned, one of a doc's proper duties is to make diagnoses, including that of "drug-seeking behavior." They are not always correct, but still, this is what docs are supposed to do. Generally, I have found that they do their best, based on their perceptions of all available information at the time.
I'm glad to hear that the gall bladder problem WAS corrected, and this is the most important thing. That is commonly one of the more painful things to experience, with passing kidney stones supposedly the most painful (though fortunately I can not vouch for either, from personal experience).
So far as correcting an inaccurate chart is concerned, I'd have a chat with the facility's social worker, patient advocate, ombudsperson, whatever they have, to see how to deal with this at that facility.
Last edit by sjoe on Nov 6, '02