I'm an American physician who works in an Urgent Care clinic. I see lots of stupid or funny things that people do with-and-to their health. I cope by mumbling under my breath (and then posting about it on this pseudonymous blog). Thought you might be interested.
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And since people seem to be a bit confused about this: any "real-sounding" patients names are just horrible puns, and not HIPAA violations.
... so long story short, I think this intermittent pain in your lower abdomen which gets worse when your periods are heavy is most likely endometriosis.
30-something female patient:
YES! I KNEW IT!
That's what I thought too! And my primary care doctor said so too, and he wanted to send me to an ob-gyn specialist to check it out, but I wanted to get a second opinion from another doctor before going to the specialist.
But... you realize that you still have to go see the ob-gyn now, right? I mean, I can't order an ultrasound for this non-urgent condition or do anything to fix that myself from an urgent care setting.
Oh, I know, I know! I just wanted one more doctor to say "endometriosis" before I went to a specialist. Thank you so much! Bye! *waltzes out of the clinic*
I'll just go back to the less important patients with 104-degree fevers or broken ankles now, if that's ok with you.
meganfloyd said: One Sunday I sat at UC with my feverish 2-year-old for hours and listened to a lady gripe about them taking sick patients before her daughter’s physical that she needed to try out for softball the next day and had known about for over a month…
fatboydiaries said: Dr. C, I don’t see what is so confusion about this situation. She wanted to take up space/waste time in an Urgent Care Clinic before going to the the specialist that her PCP told her to see. It is the perfect logic if you are complete stooge.
vivialive said: i’m slightly guilty of doing this…. o.O for going to the ER twice in two days because my fever wasn’t going down… because my antibiotic wasn’t working and i’m afraid of acetaminophen…. whoops