Worst advice given to you by a "professional"

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  • Funsoaps
    Funsoaps Posts: 514 Member
    When I was 20 weeks pregnant with my son I started itching, but a doctor told me it was PUPPPS (a skin condition you get when you're pregnant). After 2 weeks of scratching myself to bleeding and crying I went to the ER.... the ER doc came in for 2 seconds and told me I had some problem I can't even remember to pronounce. I asked "What's that" and he said "see the redness around your eyes?" I said "No, that's from me crying because I ITCH so bad! When I cry I get a raccoon mask."

    "Oh. Well, then, it's scabies."

    And it was.

    Took 6 weeks to stop itching after the treatment.

    And every doctor and nurse I saw after that made me feel SUPER self conscious every time they saw my skin. "What are these holes in your body?" .... scabies... "Was it treated?"... yes... "Is it active?" no... "Well you should get it checked, it looks like a flesh-eating virus."

    :(

    It wasn't.

    I worked with a client in a wheelchair who I took to his Doctor over and over again for that same "mysterious rash" and they would prescribe skin creams that only made it worse. I took him in a 3rd or 4th time and said "look doc, why don't you take an actual minute and LOOK AND EXAMINE his arm, what you are giving him is making it worse, it's obviously not what yu diagnosed it". She was like "oh it's scabies...." DOH!
  • Sarauk2sf
    Sarauk2sf Posts: 28,079 Member
    I was told I had stage 5 cancer when I didn't.
    Is there even such a thing as stage 5???????? I thought stage 4 was terminal.

    Stage 4 is usually terminal and there is no stage 5.
  • thistimeismytime
    thistimeismytime Posts: 711 Member
    After reading this thread, I have even less faith and trust in doctors than I did before...I didn't think that was possible. :angry:

    Just another reminder that you have to be your own advocate in all health-related matters, because earning a medical degree does not necessarily mean they can tell their head from a hole in the ground.

    I think a great doctor is like a great man--hard to find, but worth the wait! :bigsmile:
  • bm99
    bm99 Posts: 597 Member
    my son's probation officer told me to quit my job, get on welfare & raise my kids (not fitness advice but still... really!?)

    :laugh: Well if it keeps your son from needing a probation officer...
  • Funsoaps
    Funsoaps Posts: 514 Member
    How about no advice or help at all? When I was first diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism (38 years old mom of 4 and full time work and could barely could get out of bed) I was sent to an Endocrinologist. He put me on Synthroid and when I tried to talk to him he would cut me off would not answer questions and acted like I was wasting his time. Everyone in the waiting room was overweight and looked to be in ill health. I knew I did not have the time to waste anymore with this joker. . After a blood test the phlebotomist said Oh I have Hashie's too. I ask if she saw this Dr. she said no because it was a conflict (Im thinking in my head its because he is a jerk.) She gave me the number of her Naturopath who has now been my Dr. for the last 5 years. She found the start of a goiter and was able to reverse it. The endo never even checked me out for a goiter...

    I think you had the same endo I had at one point...I want my money back from that guy and my time I wasted...
  • wolfi622
    wolfi622 Posts: 206
    I thought NOTHING would TOP the Doctor who bragged to me "I've delivered 102 babies so far....

    That's not very many deliveries. My wife has been known to do that many in a month. (she is a high-risk OB, so she gets referrals for all of the problem cases).
  • LaMujerMasBonitaDelMundo
    LaMujerMasBonitaDelMundo Posts: 3,638 Member
    When I was still at my highest weight & totally out of shape, the doctor told me to exercise moderate to high intensity for 30-60 mins 6 DAYS A WEEK!

    Yea I know exercise is a must but to tell somebody who is obese, unfit & very out of shape who haven't been exercising in a long time to suddenly exercise that much is a no-no.
  • jarrettd
    jarrettd Posts: 872 Member
    My grandson was sent home from the ER after suddenly losing use of his left leg during his 2nd birthday party. Sprained ankle or knee was their diagnosis. Pediatrician concurred with the ER doc's decision, but agreed to further testing at my daughter's insistence.

    He finished treatment for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia last month at age 5.
  • newfette81
    newfette81 Posts: 185
    my EX doctor took my off my thyroid medication because my TSH levels came back normal on my blood work...

    of course they were normal... the medication was working.. :o(
  • dad106
    dad106 Posts: 4,875 Member
    The worst advice given to me by a personal trainer is no advice at all.

    My first PT never weighed me, never did a body fat test, never advised me on how to lose weight.. even though I told him how much I wanted to lose. Then when I did lose weight, he freaked out and kept wondering if I was even eating.

    I basically paid this fool to just stand around and look pretty... stupid stupid me!
  • kuunsilta
    kuunsilta Posts: 126 Member
    My doctor told me to eat more salads so I wouldn't get fatter. Legit. I almost slapped him and told him to take his own advice. I wasn't even asking him for it anyway. It was just a regular check up when I got weighed. I've been working out and eating healthier, not to mention, I was only in the yellow of his stupid BMI chart - not in the red.
    That man had horrible bed-side manner and was one hell of a creep. I'm glad that he retired and I have a new family doctor now, who is professional and not rude.
  • Funsoaps
    Funsoaps Posts: 514 Member
    my EX doctor took my off my thyroid medication because my TSH levels came back normal on my blood work...

    of course they were normal... the medication was working.. :o(

    OMG, really?!!! Some Docs I tell ya!
  • cheshirequeen
    cheshirequeen Posts: 1,324 Member
    In february i went to the er for pneumonia. they sent us home with some meds. 3 days later i was back in the er for having a seizure. im epileptic. the meds strictly said do NOT take if you are epileptic when i looked up the meds online later. the er and the pharmacy both knew. when i was there, which cost me 1800 dollars because of this stupid dr, the dr treating me goes, what hospital did this, i said an er doctor that works here, he goes, what the hell is wrong with him. what a complete idiot. you poor thing. then looked a bit embarrassed and said, sorry, i didnt mean to say that, but it ticks me off when drs dont do their jobs and things like this end up happening. from a stupid doctor to a caring and smart dr was good though. he put me on meds and now im seizure free for almost 4 months. also, im not allowed to drive without 6 months free of seizures. i had 3 more weeks to go. i think thats the worst.
  • jcr85
    jcr85 Posts: 229
    I've had several trainers keep having me lift heavy weight on my bottom half or do tons of squats with weights even after me saying repeatedly, from my experience, that area will just get bigger. It's like they only know one formula and they expect it to work for everyone.

    I've had this problem.

    This not bad advice at all. You engage the largest muscles in your body when doing squats and burn more calories than working something like biceps. If you would eat in a deficit there is no way you would put on size.
  • ohjoy908
    ohjoy908 Posts: 53 Member
    Worst advice: a general dr upon seeing me for the first time ever: "Oh you have depression? Well you'll be fine, you are young and have a good life." i wanted to be like "thank god, i'm cured!" and run out but i was too dumbfounded and just stared.

    Best Advice: from my therapist "just because you didn't punch him and scream doesn't mean it's not rape, you said no and he knew that"
  • Robin_Bin
    Robin_Bin Posts: 1,083 Member
    My wife is a physician. And a good one. In her experience, patients often only listen to about half of what their docs actually say to them and the half the listen to can often get terribly distorted by the time they get home or repeat the conversation. It's shocking and sometimes amusing when a patient will call back to clarify something (which should be done a lot more than it is), to hear what the patient thought the doctor told them to do/said to them. She is a specialist, and I can tell you that the conversations are carefully recorded and placed in the patient record. I can also tell you that unless the doc is primarily a "weight loss" practice, your weight, BMI, obesity, what have you, is a very small piece of a very large picture they are looking at. I imagine that can be frustrating and feel very much like they aren't focused on what you are focused on and therefore "idiots". I know a lot of doctors, as you can imagine, and have yet to meet an idiot. Jerks, yes! Idiots, no.

    Oh there are definitely good doctors, but there are also doctors who aren't listening, paying attention etc. See my story above about the doctor who agreed when I pointed out that I didn't have high blood pressure, so didn't need the prescription she had just written. Doctors get it right most of the time, but they also get it terribly wrong sometimes. I've been the "companion" on some relative's doctors visits, so someone who was well and less stressed could listen and take notes. I agree that many patients, and people in general, mis-remember conversations. But there's also a reason for second opinions. Also, medical personnel tend to know who the better doctors are and who to avoid. The best doctor I ever had was recommended by a nurse I was doing some volunteer work with. And there's quite a bit of research about what doctors choose to say to patients... to give them hope, to scare them into taking their medicines or using specialized jargon that the client can't understand. So yes, the doctor may have told the patient to reduce sodium, and the patient may be able to repeat that back, but does the patient know that means no table salt?
  • Elizabeth_C34
    Elizabeth_C34 Posts: 6,377 Member
    My wife is a physician. And a good one. In her experience, patients often only listen to about half of what their docs actually say to them and the half the listen to can often get terribly distorted by the time they get home or repeat the conversation. It's shocking and sometimes amusing when a patient will call back to clarify something (which should be done a lot more than it is), to hear what the patient thought the doctor told them to do/said to them. She is a specialist, and I can tell you that the conversations are carefully recorded and placed in the patient record. I can also tell you that unless the doc is primarily a "weight loss" practice, your weight, BMI, obesity, what have you, is a very small piece of a very large picture they are looking at. I imagine that can be frustrating and feel very much like they aren't focused on what you are focused on and therefore "idiots". I know a lot of doctors, as you can imagine, and have yet to meet an idiot. Jerks, yes! Idiots, no.

    There are great doctors out there. My cardiologist is hands down the best doctor I've ever seen. He actually did the tests that I needed to have done, and he treats me like a human being. He doesn't talk down to me, and he's there 100% when I need him even if it's something I don't need to worry about.

    The thing is, in my experience, he's a minority. I went to 5 different GP's and 1 other cardiologist who wouldn't even give me the echocardiogram I needed to see if there was something wrong with me before I found him. They just wrote me off as just "out of shape and overweight." I wish more doctors were like your wife or my cardiologist.
  • RussetBrunnette
    RussetBrunnette Posts: 107 Member
    When I was in middle school went to the doctor for a regular check up. At the time I was slightly overweight. She took my BP and it was normal but said that it should be high since I was fat. She took it 3 more times and decided that I needed a test for diabetes cause clearly anyone who isn't thin has it.
  • nickymaire
    nickymaire Posts: 139 Member
    .all neck related.

    from the age of 14 to 18 i had really bad headaches almost like a migraine...went to so many doctors and specialist one telling me i had a brain tumor...another i need to eat less cheese.
    long story short it was my neck that was causing my headaches cos it was so strained and over worked...and i figured out the problem and treatment i needed ...not the doctors rrrgh

    two years ago my neck got really bad again and after a trip to a&e i was referred to a back specialist...turns out he was a knee specialist who was like ...i can't help you. then he referred me to a pain specialist who thought i was imagining my pain so put me on crazy pills...only for my neck and back pain to get worse...so i tell him this and he says i can't help you...i then get referred to a neurologist...who tells me i have body migraines .... puts me on more meds...they don't work...and guess what she said ...i can't help you.... idiots and sooo much wasted money!



    plus so many more but i won't bore everyone with them..

    i don't take any pills and manage my pain as i go, osteo, physio and good rest etc help and i figured all of this out myself
  • LaMujerMasBonitaDelMundo
    LaMujerMasBonitaDelMundo Posts: 3,638 Member
    I've had several trainers keep having me lift heavy weight on my bottom half or do tons of squats with weights even after me saying repeatedly, from my experience, that area will just get bigger. It's like they only know one formula and they expect it to work for everyone.

    I've had this problem.

    This not bad advice at all. You engage the largest muscles in your body when doing squats and burn more calories than working something like biceps. If you would eat in a deficit there is no way you would put on size.

    I agree. The reason why you're getting bulkier is because you're not doing anything to decrease your body fat percentage or even minimizing fat gains while building muscle underneath thick layers of fat so hence the illusion of getting "bulkier". Also as I've said before, when we gain muscle, we also gain some fat along with it & we cannot avoid that. Which is why there is such a thing as bulk (muscle building) & cut (fat loss) cycle because you cannot do two things at the same time unless you are
    1. morbidly obese
    2. totally new to weight lifting
    3. taking steroids