What disorders did you diagnose yourself with in Nursing School? - page 4
I have to give credit to a great Allnurses.com member "Been There, Done That," for inspiring this thread. After reading that great thread, . . . It hit me! Lol, I thought back to Nursing School. ... Read More
Apr 4, '12I don't recall specifically diagnosing myself with anything. But psych threw me for a loop, esp learning that most people's first psychotic break occurs before age 25. I remember thinking that I still had four more years left. That and the GAF. My psych clinical group each did our GAF and none of us were very impressed with our scores. I think the highest of us scored in the 70s.
Apr 4, '12Hmmm, quite a few actually:
headache= brain tumor/aneurysm
sore throat=throat cancer
pain in leg= DVT
constipation= bowel cancer
period coming 2 days earlier than usual= having to have hysterectomy
eye twitching= MS
It's quite embarrassing as I am normally a rational person. But my imagination gets carried away when it comes to my health.
Apr 4, '12Impetigo- my PCP told me I had herpes, wrote an Rx for acyclovir and sent me on my way. I was infuriated and did my own research and diagnosed this myself and I was right (got effective treatment and everything). I never put 2+2 together to recall that I was on my peds rotation at that time.
ADD/ADHD- I never got a formal diagnosis but why bother, I don't want the meds. I went over all the teachers' comments on my report cards from grade school and they're *classic* (starts 5 assignments/finishes none, needs frequent redirection, problem with due dates). I think at the time when I was in school, the ADD diagnosis bandwagon wasn't in full force yet.
Apr 4, '12Headache was either a brain tumor or a TIA
Upset stomach was infarcted mesenteric artery and I was going to have an illeus momentarily
Chest pain was a MI (the 3 pots of coffee I was drinking during an all night study session had nothing to do with it, of course...)
That was all during LPN training. By the time I went for the RN, I was like, "yeah, right, whatever."
Apr 4, '12I learned in a child's picture (how eyes flash red), that if only one did, it was a sign of a brain tumor. All the poor children of my family suffered pictures (and you know just one wouldn't be proper research!) but this was of course due to my self diagnosed OCD, and Panic Disorder. Lol!
Apr 5, '12I also suffered a few bouts of Opthorectumitis,. . . thats a crappy outlookand narco narcolep . .Nar..leps. .
Apr 8, '12Anal Warts, but thank God it turned out to be Follicalitis!!!!!
Crabs, turned out to be Razor Burn!!!!
Herpes, turned out to be contact dermatitis!!!!!!
Ammenorrhea(thought cancer), turned out to be pregnancy!!!!
Yes, before you say it, I had a really bad coping Mechanism, and Yes, they were very embarrasing MD Visits.
Apr 8, '12Garden-variety chronic low-grade depression, and a mild anxiety disorder. Real talk: Abnormal Psychology was an eye-opener.
Although, because I'm getting kinda skinny, I can feel my pulse in my abdomen and am vaguely nervous that it's an AAA
Apr 10, '12Quote from JustBeachyNurseToo funny, I can say the more I read the diseases I thought I had as well. I read all my books too. Keep in mind "ignorance is bliss". I started out in ICU, the more you know the more stress you can be.Many of my classmates self-diagnosed and/or "diagnosed" their children. Of course there were several who no matter what condition or rare disease process had personal experience with the condition and/or a friend/family member/third cousin's mother's uncle's best friend's chihuahua had the condition. Boils became MRSA or VRSA, headaches became aneurysms or brain tumors; coughs became pertussis or TB.
I think staring at my textbooks induced some hallucinogenic disorders (I am a compulsive reader and yes I think I am the only student who actually read every single page in each of my nursing text books in the history of my school) If even slightly tired I would misread words, and sometimes say it out loud in a questioning manner. Not always such a good idea when misreading powerpoints in class...at least my classmates and instructors got a good laugh.
My PCP was a nurse before she went to medical school, when I saw her right before graduation she commented that she was surprised that I didn't make a few calls to the office to be checked for any number of nursing school hypochondriac conditions.
I was caring for a fresh open heart, the CI/CO started to drop over a 24 hour period, you name it and I knew that was what was happening to the patient.
The surgeon said "lay off the books for a month and rely on your colleagues." I did and after a while the three pillars of knowledge built a foundation, 1. University education, 2. Clinical skills, and 3. Collegial relationships.