Friday, June 19, 2009

"Not the Disabilty I was looking for!"


Saw a patient today with a plethora of complaints. She had worn her internist out with various complaints from low back pain to headaches, she had every article she could print out on the internet about fibromyalgia and after presenting these to her doc, she wanted him to back date forms so she could get both temporary and permanent disability. She was well known for hitting different ERs for narcotics and actually had been fired from her job because she had taken off for the beach when she claimed she was out sick. I ended up seeing her because in her work up he saw something. It was unrelated to any of her complaints. In fact it was asymptomatic. The problem was that it was very malignant. Melanoma is like that. The node meant that it was stage 4. The primary site can not be found. She will get her disability. It wont be some paperwork and checks from the government. It will be seizures, liver failure and death.

4 comments:

SeaSpray said...
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SeaSpray said...

The epitaph on her tombstone could read, "I TOLD you I was sick."

I wrote 2 long comments but deleted. No..make that 3 as I just deleted the 2nd half of this.

This post and picture disturbs me on many levels.

How tragic for her.

Okay...I'll just say this... I am personally frustrated by symptoms that are strong... painfully, debilitatingly strong...even as late as Thursday afternoon. BUT.. they are intermittent and unpredictable... mixed with other lessor intermittent symptoms.

I really do not know what to do about it.

Your post is evoking strong feelings in me..AGAIN and I just deleted a lot more. Deletion #4. :)

Chrysalis Angel said...

Awful thing.