Weird pt complaints

  1. OK , I'll start. Last night I had a post partum patient tell me "I keep passing out in my sleep" could someone please explain this one to me??????? Lets hear some of your strangest pt complaints.
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    Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in OB, Post Partum, Home Health


  3. by   psychonurse
    Well working in corrections I have heard it all......they always think that the more bizzare thier complaint, they will get seen quicker than just the normal problems. We have a guy in our infirmary right now that had severe "seizures from his Flagyl, and now half of his tongue is numb...." doc can't find anything wrong with him except he likes to be pampered. I am getting pretty good at knowing if the stories are stories or if they are the actual truth. Makes my job really interesting.
  4. by   tattooednursie
    Okay, I have to share what I have heard some of my patients say.

    "I'm sitting on my ****!"

    "You left my toes in my bed"

    "your hurting my AAAAAAHHHHNUS"

    "Your feeding me baby poop"

    "That stuff tastes like something I don't want!"

    And I even had a pt say, "Do I have to have her as an aide tonight, she has a ghetto booty."

  5. by   ShandyLynnRN
    "this epidural made me numb!"

    (in labor) "why does it hurt so bad?"

    (second stage labor) "I'm tired of pushing, can't you just pull it out?"

    "that sleeping pill made me sleepy"
  6. by   janinor
    re the pt who c/o "passing out when asleep". Was your pt s/p
    c-section and using a pca for pain control? Occasionally,I have had pts whose pcas were programed with a basal rate complain of feeling that they stop breathing when they start to fall asleep which resulted in them being jolted awake. Some pts are more sensitive to the resp. depressive side effects of narcotics. These complaints have always been relieved by turning off the basal dose.
  7. by   disher
    re "passing out when asleep" if the patient was experiencing this without the pca like janinor mentioned, she may be experiencing sleep apnea.
  8. by   caroladybelle
    Visitor that wanted to complain about the page overhead letting them know that visiting hours were over.

    "I think that it is incredibly rude for you to tell us that it is time to leave!!!!"

  9. by   caroladybelle
    Must add:

    Please wake me up to give me my sleeping pill.
  10. by   webbiedebbie
    How about....."my belly just popped out!" Showed up in ER and didn't know she was pregnant.
  11. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    Resident opens door to BR adjoining her room and states, "I WANT THAT ODOR OUT!!" (I am elbow-deep in BM) I give her my best ***** look and say, "SO DO I! Please shut the door!"
  12. by   spineCNOR
    The ER patient who told me "I feel dizzy on the left side of my body".
  13. by   P_RN
    Girl came into the doctor's office said her appendix had busted.
    I put her on the table and while draping her a little head began to make itself seen.

    me: DOCTOR!!!! COME HERE NOW!!!!

    Baby boy about 8#

    Girl says: "I ain't been with no man."
  14. by   Agnus
    I still cherish the patient who called the clinic at 4:30 pm on a Friday and stated she had an emergency because she was out of BCPs and was going on vacation for two weeks starting the weekend.
    Sorry, toots the doctor will not be in until Monday, and you need an appointment because sweetie you aint getting any pills without a check up. Keep you legs crossed. Otherwise plan a prenatal visit for when you get back.
    Last edit by Agnus on Mar 22, '03