Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Doctors share the weirdest self-diagnoses their dumb patients ever gave themselves.

Doctors share the weirdest self-diagnoses their dumb patients ever gave themselves.

There is a reason why people spend years in colleges and universities to become a doctor. A human body is very complicated and normally it takes seven years to become a doctor and after seven years of hard work and understanding of human body, doctors are able to identify symptoms and diagnose a problem and treat it accordingly. But it doesn’t stop people from guessing what is wrong with their body and they think they can diagnose themselves. In our life time, we all have done this, diagnose yourself or someone else. Some people go to extremes and what ever is wrong with their body they will always think that they have some deadly disease like Ebola or Cancer or whatever. These are some of the stories the doctors have shared on Reddit and these are some of the rare conditions that the patients think that they have.

WebMD: Whatever the symptoms are they will always think that they have cancerGiphy
1. Tacosplusmeequals‘s Mother apparently never looked at her own tongue and she was concerned that there was some problem with her daughters.
My mom took my sister and me to the doctor when we were kids because we had weird bumps all over the back of our tongues. We were diagnosed with taste buds.


2. She had a totally weird theory about Asian People so qriousgeorge learned a new lesson.
ER doctor here. I had a patient insist she had a fever once and when I pointed out that our thermometer did not record a fever she told me "I'm not sure they taught you this in medical school but when Asians get a fever their temperature doesn't go up." Yup, I missed that lecture.
3. This patient solved the biggest mystery of the universe, Which came first, the chicken wing or the cravings? Danimerry learned something that no medical school could teach.
Had a patient come in once due to weight gain that she thought was due to being pregnant. Made sense, except she'd taken more than half a dozen pregnancy tests and they were all negative. She was convinced she was pregnant though, and wanted me to check. I tell her ok, I'll do a blood test, since we can detect pregnancy earlier with that, and she refuses. Says that she just wants to pee on the stick in front of me and have me read it. So I say sure, and lo and behold, it's negative. Little more questioning, and it turns out she'd been eating literally nothing but chicken wings for weeks. When I asked her why in the world she would do that, she replied that she just really liked chicken wings. Giphy
4. This patient told the doctor she thinks that she has very slow acting STDs and she got them from her late husband. Ironically this doctor’s reddit name is allergist.
I had a patient a few weeks ago who was in her late 80's come in worried about having a sexually transmitted disease. She goes onto tell me that she hasn't had sex since her husband died. In 1994. I am an allergist.
5. These are the kind of diseases that you don’t even want to google and this doctor has many patients that think they have them. The doctor’s Reddit is pharmaSEEE.
Pharmacist here. I've had more than one patient run to me screaming that they looked up their rash on WebMD and must have Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Actual diagnosis: contact dermatitis from laundry soap. Edit: if you begin taking any medication (especially lamotrigine, Bactrim, or carbamazepine) and develop a rash, then yes you should call your doctor immediately.
6. This patient of Kingofclean had a really fascinating disease but it was not a physical disease, it was a psychological one.
ER and family practice mid-level here. Had someone come in one day saying they had wires and fibers under their skin, including a little zip lock bag of (you guessed it) wires and fibers that they had pulled out, he said with a needle. Now, this is Morgellon's, a well known psychological entity, but to see it so blatantly like you read about in the text books just blew me away. He actually believed it. Very unsettling. Giphy

In all fairness, this is a very serious disease, Morgellons disease is a delusional disorder that leads to the belief that one has parasites or foreign material moving in, or coming out of, the skin. Morgellons disease is a little-known disorder that is often associated with non-specific skin, nerve, and psychiatric symptoms. Some refer to it as a fiber disease. People with this disorder seem to be more likely to develop low thyroid functioning (hypothyroidism). Caucasian females from about 35 to 50 years old tend to develop this uncommon condition more than other groups.


7. This story is shared by someone working in the Newborn Intensive care Unit. Hoax13 is not a doctor but she witnessed this patient who wouldn’t know if she had a baby even if the baby was screaming right in front of her.
Not a doctor, but work in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. One night we were called to Labor and delivery for a preterm delivery. NotAMom called 911 because her stomach hurt a lot and she thought she was dying. At the hospital ER, it was confirmed she was pregnant and in labor. The whole time we were there she kept saying she was dying and why wouldn't we help her. OB key telling her she was in labor and to push each time she felt pain. She kept yelling "It's just gas! I've had gas for a while, but it won't come out because I'm dying!" Fast-forward to baby coming out. OB hands the baby to the nurse who then shows NotAMom her baby. NotAMom says "That's not mine! I have gas!" The nurse places the baby on her chest and says "Well, here's your gas. It's a boy!"


8. Some people even diagnose their own pets and that is what happened when this guy brought his dog to HotSauceIsBest.
Vet student here. I've had some dude with a super aggressive dog diagnose the poor thing with "neural instability" (causing his aggression) from an online consultation with a homeopathic shaman. He then came into the clinic with instructions from the shaman that he wanted the vet to carry out (including rubbing the dog all over with a $200 "healing stone"), despite the fact that the vet had obviously the more reasonable explanation. He didn't want to believe leaving a dog in the backyard without much human/animal interaction for most of its life could cause aggression. Go figure.


9. This patient had a weird logic which made BPSteve laugh. He was trying to connect pain and memories.
I work in physical therapy, and once had a guy with dementia say "I know I'm in pain...but I just can't remember where". I felt bad for laughing about it later but I had never heard something like that.
10. This is not something to laugh at but this male patient told his doctor BuzzLiteBeers something physically impossible.
I had a psychotic patient tell me he was pregnant. Giphy
11. This psychotic patient was very creative and tried to explain his problem to traumaprotocol in a very cute way to make it seem smaller than it was.
A Psychotic patient tried to convince me he had "Kittens playing inside (his) chest". Not so much. The atrial fibrillation and palpitations were real, though.


12. This story was shared by a former patient and they wanted you to know that brain is a very complicated thing and some times if it stops working properly, It can make you believe in the things that actually not true at all. This patient’s Reddit is FerrisTM.
I'm not a doctor, but I've been the crazy patient. Earlier this year I had a conversion disorder, which, for those who don't know, is when a person "develops" a disease and presents symptoms, but the whole thing is actually taking place in their heads and they're fine. Within several weeks, I systematically lost my ability to walk and was terrified. I saw a series of doctors, and they theorized everything from MS to ALS, so I was pretty sure I was dying. I ended up in a hospital, but by this time I was starting to doubt myself. My reflexes, MRI, and other tests had all come back normal, and I could do things like jump, but not walk. Finally, my first night in the hospital, I spent several hours convincing myself that I was making it all up and that my family and loved ones would forgive me if I just made it all go away, and that it would be okay. So, I got up to go to the bathroom...and was fine. This experience still haunts me as the single most embarrassing and humiliating thing that I have ever done, even though I thought that it was real. Even though it was months and months ago, I feel terribly on a daily basis for scaring my family and friends, and for wasting so many doctors' time. I'm glad that I discharged myself from the hospital before they had the opportunity to run any more tests. Tl; DR: Not a doctor, but once wasted countless doctors' time and resources after inexplicably convincing myself that I was losing the ability to walk.


13. This story is really terrifying because in this case, the patient was actually right about their condition and Lazoord found out that he actually had Pericarditis, this is a condition in which the tissues around the heart have inflammation.
Paramedic here, technically not a doctor but here goes. Walked in the door to a young male with chest pain. As I walked up to him and introduced myself, he said: "I have pericarditis". I felt like telling him, "umm not sure how you would know if you did, but we'll run some tests and see what we have." Put an ECG on, took him to the hospital for more tests. We found out the final diagnosis by the hospital staff was, surprise surprise, pericarditis. So there you have it, the patient was right. I still have absolutely no idea how this kid knew that.


These are some of the crazy stories we could found on Reddit. If you have a story like this you can reach out to us and let us know.


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