Unusual Names for Medical Diagnoses

  1. 1 I am doing a speech on making the most of a visit to a doctor. I want to emphasize the importance of knowing the proper name for diagnoses. I need some help coming up with unusual, weird, cultural, or just plain improper names for diagnoses...things like "piles" instead of hemorrhoids, "high blood" instead of high blood pressure, or "the sugar" instead of diabetes. I've searched the Internet and am just not finding what I am looking for.

    Can anyone help me out? I am not asking people to do my homework for me...LOL...I have been a nurse for a long time...just furthering my education. :-)

    Thanks!
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  4. Visit  amoLucia} profile page
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    ammonia = pneumonia?
    MomRN0913 and KelRN215 like this.
  5. Visit  chrisrn24} profile page
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    Old timers disease.
    GM2RN, Blue Roses, and MomRN0913 like this.
  6. Visit  SwansonRN} profile page
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    Maybe you could talk about the difference between MI and cardiac arrest because people call both of those things heart attacks? I think you already came up with the best ones.
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  7. Visit  SwansonRN} profile page
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    Oh!! What about the clap?? Lol
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    Oh oh oh...what about the clap? Lol
  9. Visit  GrnTea} profile page
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    "High blood" is NOT the same as "high blood pressure." This is straying into cultural nursing, and you might want to include some of those concepts in your talk. I will leave you to look it up.


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    Quote from GrnTea
    "High blood" is NOT the same as "high blood pressure." This is straying into cultural nursing, and you might want to include some of those concepts in your talk. I will leave you to look it up.
    In my neck of the woods high blood means hypertension to a lot of lay people, what does it mean for you?
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  11. Visit  ThePrincessBride} profile page
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    Walking Corpse Syndrome.

    I kid you not. The nurse who showed me this syndrome told me in your near 40 years of nursing she had NEVER come across "Walking Corpse Syndrome."
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    "Low blood" which would mean anemia or low iron. I've heard people say to me "you must have low blood" because I tend to be cold natured and freeze a lot :-)
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    the change = menopause

    blue balls = vasocongestion in the testicles

    "the runs" = diarrhea
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  14. Visit  amoLucia} profile page
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    dropsy = edema

    consumption = pulmonary tuberculosis
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  15. Visit  amoLucia} profile page
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    sweet blood = diabetes
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