Munchausen by Internet: The Lying Disease that Preys on the Heart - page 3

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For decades, people have heard of Munchausen syndrome, a disorder characterized by people taking extraordinary measures to fake illnesses or psychological trauma for the sole purpose of attracting attention and sympathy from... Read More


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    Quote from dirtyhippiegirl
    So...what happened? Any friendly person want to explain to those of us who are totally confused?
    I 2nd this! I had no idea this happened on here...I'm so oblivious! When was all this happening? Where was I?
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    But I do many of these things and I'm REAL! Honest!

    (((TN))) thank you for posting. I know I have been taken in before and how funny when you find them on another site!

    But not really funny, this is sad for everyone involved.
    herring_RN, tnbutterfly, and sharpeimom like this.
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    This is crazy. I was a member of an online community as a teen that was very close-knit and I guess I just believed everyone. I never gave my last name, home town or phone number out or anything, but we all knew each other very well. I would be terribly hurt if I learned that any of my online friends were fake!

    I guess I am also naive because I have no clue how one would even verify these types of things. Location, age and gender perhaps, but medical history?

    Gosh I am curious about the entire story! Bad me!
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    I'm wondering about the story, too.

    I belong to an active knitting/crocheting site and this has happened a couple of times that have been discussed on there. One was a magazine owner who faked an illness and eventually her own death. Very, very strange. I really feel for people who need to express themselves this way. I hope they can get the help they need.
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    When I was doing my pediatric nursing rotation in school, I came across a patient whom I suspected was a victim of Munchausen by proxy. I went so far as to inform my clinical instructor of my suspicions & present her with statistics, and when I did, she said the treating physician suspected it as well, & it was being further investigated (whatever that meant). I have no idea what became of the situation, but I will never forget it. Health care providers are often culprits, according to the statistics I read back in school.
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    Good article! When I was 13 months old, I was a healthy, developing right on schedule baby and one day, with absolutely no warning whatsoever, I began having seizures, and suddenly woke up from a nap paralyzed on my left side. My mom was 30 weeks pregnant and the ER doctor quickly sent us to a leading Clinic about 100 miles away.

    The Clinic was waiting and we were seen immediately. The on-call MD took one look at my mom's big belly and instantly came to a conclusion: Munchausen by proxy. She was immediately separated from me, social services called, and I was isolated. His theory was that since a new baby was to arrive soon, she didn't want her "old" baby anymore, so she had been making me ill somehow.

    Fortunately, clearer minds prevailed soon. The chair of the med school pedi neuro dept. was consulted and he didn't feel either of my parents fit the profile. The MD who ordered the consult wasn't really expecting any neuro issues but was either being thorough or just covering his tail. I don't know which.

    Tests soon showed I had a ruptured aneurysm in the left temporal lobe. Just another side of the Munchausen by proxy issue. By the time I was about four, the other parts of my brain had taken over.

    I think that, plus caring for a mom in her final days of cancer (which was in her brain among other areas) caused me to give BTL more leeway than I should have.
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    well i read this site almost daily for a few years and i have no idea who you are talking about. was this shoer recent and is the poster very popular and or infamous prior to this?
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    Quote from sharpeimom
    His theory was that since a new baby was to arrive soon, she didn't want her "old" baby anymore, so she had been making me ill somehow.
    That doesn't seem to sound anything like by proxy from the research I read. I can't believe your family had to go through that.
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    Quote from mariebailey
    That doesn't seem to sound anything like by proxy from the research I read. I can't believe your family had to go through that.
    Unfortunately, they did. It just shows that sometimes medical professionals leap to some pretty outrageous conclusions. It didn't sound like MBP to me either. An aunt shared that story with me after my mom's death when a new neurologist wanted some additional history I had never been given. Neurology and neurosurgery have both emerged from the dark ages since then.


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