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Questions for the medically oriented.

Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 9:10 AM

First let me say that these have nothing to do with any Shelbyville physician.

An acquaintance of ours went to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor in the Boro for a follow-up on an ear infection. They came back with medicine for acid reflux and NO comment about the ears. What the heck?

We got an e-mail this morning that a family member in Texas is getting out of the hospital after being diagnosed with a fractured middle finger. He went in for both hands swelling and hurting so much that he could not open a can of food.

How does a fracture on one hand make both swell? Does it trigger the immune system or make arthritis flare up, or??

Just wondering

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My sister that lives HERE went to the hospital for severe chest pains and was told that it was indigestion. She went back home for about an hour and when she couldnt stand the pain any longer she went to Tullahoma hospital where they told her that she had a heart attack earlier.

I was told that my tubes had been tied during a C-section surgery that I had...which is what I wanted. Later to get pregnant with my son and find out that my tubes had never been tied because the doctor had my medical records mixed up with someone elses. When the doctors assistant was looking over my records she said "Ok, you are 37 years old." I said "No, I am 30." She says, "Oops, its just a mistake on your record, I will change it." Then she says, "So I see you had twin girls." I say, "No, I had one son, not twins." So the assistant gets this strange look on her face, walks out of the room for a few minutes, then comes back and tells me the records were mixed up with another patient and my tubes were never tied like they told they had been.

So the question is....Which one of you has her tubes tied when you didnt ask for it in 1996?

I have other stories that happened with my family that are simular over the years. It really makes you feel safe and secure when you are sick and need medical attention...doesnt it?

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 9:43 AM

I have always tried to be understanding with mistakes, but if they charged you for a procedure they did not do AND it was a mistake of this magnitude, I think I would be talking to a lawyer, not that I like them too much either.(not personally, just when they are on the other side)

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 10:43 AM

As a person who has fractured, broke, sprang, many parts; I never had both hands swell due to a fracture or break on the other one. The only way that it is possible is if there is an injury to both of them. And sometimes the parts don't swell due to a fracture. It sounds more like gout or maybe an allergic reaction to something.

As for the medicine, I took my daughter to a podiatrist last year, and he prescribed an ear drop to be put on her toes. It was for the infection and it did work.

We only go to the doctor when it is absolutely necessary, otherwise we treat it naturally or use homeopathic remedies.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 11:36 AM

I would think that he would need testing for gout or arthritis. But I work for a Shelbyville doctor...so take it as you may.

-- Posted by doe-c-doe on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 11:55 AM

I agree that a fracture in one hand should not affect the other, but....? My concern is that the true issue is not being treated.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 2:00 PM

I would file a complaint, I guess, if I was your friend. Or go to a different doctor to get a second opinion. I would also refuse to pay the first doctor since they did not do their job, by treating the symptoms.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 2:10 PM

Gout or arthritis sounds reasonable but the fractured hand explanation sounded strange.

What about treating an ear infection with acid reflux medicine? Anyone have an idea of what they might have in mind there?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 26, 2011, at 3:17 PM


I'm certainly no doctor; but here goes my theory: The eustachian tubes go from the ears to the nasopharynx (upper throat). It would make sense to me that while being in a prone position, sleeping, that the reflux could create havoc for those delicate drainage tubes leading directly to the ear, thereby causing infection. If that were the case, stopping the offending caustic fluids from entering the eustachian tubes could be beneficial in relieving the ear infection. After all, the knee-bone's connected to the thigh bone.

-- Posted by dmcg on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 12:49 AM

Gastric reflux can be linked to certain respiratory symptoms. It's well known to exaccerbate asthma. You can Google ear infection and reflux and hazard a guess at what link may or may not exist, but the simplest thing your friends could have done was to ask the physician to explain his reasoning or at least what the medication does. The physician should have done this in the first place.

A fracture in one hand doesn't cause swelling and pain in the opposite hand unless he was straining the other hand opening his food can trying to lay off the broken one. Sounds like he needs further work up.

-- Posted by cortnerkin on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 12:52 AM

Thanks for the extra connection. I can see a possibility in what you folks are explaining. I know the person in Texas does not ask questions nor understand answers very well. I would bet the M'boro friend could be similar.

Since doctors will not let me get involved, I guess that is the end of it but it sure does point out that patients need to ask more questions and demand answers.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 9:44 AM

Reprinted in part from: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articl...

The author is Dr. Barbara Starfield of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and she desribes how the US health care system may contribute to poor health.


12,000 -- unnecessary surgery

7,000 -- medication errors in hospitals

20,000 -- other errors in hospitals

80,000 -- infections in hospitals

106,000 -- non-error, negative effects of drugs

These total to 225,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes!!

What does the word iatrogenic mean? This term is defined as induced in a patient by a physician's activity, manner, or therapy. Used especially of a complication of treatment.

With the Forced Obamanation Healthcare plan it opens the door for doctors to treat (I mean Mis-treat)hundreds of thousands of new patients each year.

The death toll should go even higher when everyone is forced to have health and medical insurance so the doctors can afford to practice their medicine on.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sun, Jan 30, 2011, at 2:23 PM

Update on both patients. The fractured finger was put in a splint. No explanation about rationalization about both hands swelling.

The Upper GI and Esophagus something was canceled when the doctor's office acknowledge they were going after something not requested. Probably not the exact admission but none-the-less same result.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 31, 2011, at 10:25 AM

I broke a bone in my right hand back in December. It didn't affect any other part of my body unless you count nearly cutting off my nose and almost slicing my throat with my razor trying to shave with my hand in a cast. lol

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 2:11 AM

I always KNEW shaving was a threat. Should have grown a beard years ago but now my wife says the gray is too much and I resist coloring so, I take my life in my hands.

The diagnosis on the hands has gone full circle, but not after numerous doctor visits and X-Rays. They now determined that it is arthritis.

How does arthritis put you in the hospital, be diagnosed with a fractured finger and now it has all gone away to become what we all suspected originally?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 16, 2011, at 7:58 AM

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