Munchausen by Internet: The Lying Disease that Preys on the Heart - page 6

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... Read More

  1. by   Katieerin
    I know a family member with this and was unfortunately fell victim as a child. Its horrible when all you can do is watch and have no control over the situation. Luckily i was able to release the grips of this person but they still suffer with it.
  2. by   FranEMTnurse
    I had this experience by a former member several years ago. I was being attacked personally, and didn't understand why. She was banned after several posts to me and to others.
  3. by   cynwit
    Thanks you tnbutterfly for a great article. I am the founder of and researcher on a website for support of people with breast cancer and in the early stages of the online community detected a member who fits your description of MI. However a definitive diagnosis of MI is elusive due to the transitory nature of support group membership and best left to the mental health professionals but nurses should be aware of this condition and perhaps, in the future, online information will be included in their everyday nursing practice!
  4. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from netglow
    tn, thanks for this article. I think a lot of us were not even thinking about this possibility regarding a member here. I had thought possible inconsistencies in posts were a consequence of a particular disease progression. But thank you for watching over everybody here. I simply was not going to fact hunt through all the posts, so I would not have known. Surprisingly when I read your notice, I was not at all mad - I guess it's just a sign of the times.

    I would not be one to give out my personal info to this person, and, I have never had a facebook account, etc. I like to help and support, but there is a line not to cross. I think the older nurses here understand that the "interweb" LOL is often for fools. The younger ones who have grown up with it are a lot more trusting.

    Edit: I have to add that many members here have had horrible medical problems and I will continue to support them.
    Very true, netglow. I approach the interwebs with a healthy dose of skepticism.

    I experienced this here with another member (still posts). I just give that member a wide berth and avoid any posts he/she makes.
    Last edit by OCNRN63 on Mar 24, '14
  5. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from tewdles
    I certainly have shared some of my medical experiences with AN.
    I wonder if people think I made them up...

    I've never thought that. I've shared that I am fighting cancer, and that I had to stop working because of the side effects of treatment. If people choose to disbelieve me, I can't do anything about that. I rely on friends and family for support, though I have appreciated kind words from several members here.

    Anyway, tewdels, no...I don't think anyone believes you're faking.
    Last edit by OCNRN63 on Mar 24, '14
  6. by   FineAgain
    I am so glad that my mother-in-law did not discover the internet. I fought for years to get her doctors to realize that she had Munchausen' no avail. They would just fire her when she became a problem. She always had unusual ailments that she would see doctor after doctor for until someone did some sort of "proceejah" or surgery on whatever ailed her. She would then move on to something else. She was also addicted to pain medication. Complained every day about whatever her ailment du jour was.

    I always said that on her tombstone I would put "I told you I was sick" but feel guilty now as she died suddenly from one of her rare, real ailments, heart disease.

    If she had understood the internet, it would have been a nightmare! The sad legacy is that her son (my husband) won't go to the doctor often because he doesn't want to be a hypochondriac.