This complaint is actually from last year. I posted it to another forum, but no one there has legal expertise. I'm just still wondering if I had legitimate reason to file a comlaint against this doctor, or if I was just unfortunate. This is the story, as told by me about a year ago.
I have been very sick for the last two weeks. On Thursday the 12th, I drove myself to the ER with a fever and severe pain in my back, on the right, and in my chest under my ribcage. (My husband is out of town working, I had called him and he was telling me to have my dad come pick me up, but I didn't want my parents there- they tend to hover and it makes me nervous.) Anyway, I was treated very well THIS time, diagnosed with a kidney infection, given antibiotics for the infection, Lortab for the pain, and anti-nausea pills in case the antibiotics upset my stomach.
The next day I got all the meds minus the nasuea pills because I don't generally have a problem with medication/ nausea. However, I did notice that I was feeling slightly queasy. Continue through Saturday night, at the end of which I began vomiting, and once there was nothing left to vomit, I was dry heaving. I couldn't keep Gatorade down, it was that bad.
So Sunday evening, I haven't had any medication, or any food or liquids and the constant nausea is more than I can take. I remembered the anti-nausea pills and asked my dad to get them for me, so he did. A couple of hours later, I wasn't any better; still in pain, still nauseous, probably dehydrated (when they told me to take in a lot of fluids) and without medication for my infection. So I caved in and asked my dad to bring me back to the ER, thinking they would give me IV fluids, and maybe antibiotics through an IV as well.
Unfortunately I didn't see the same doctor as last time. This guy ordered chest X-rays, blood work, a urine test, and told me they would put me on an IV. Well a tech came in to draw blood, and left the thing in my hand for the IV, but no one ever started it. I don't know if the doctor cancelled that order or what, but I really thought I needed it. Also, a nurse came in to give me a breathing treatment. I was wondering why, she kept asking if I had been coughing and I told her no. Apparently some miscommunication there.
A couple of hours later, the doctor came in and said all my lab work was clear, and that the only thing he could attribute the pain to at this point was nerves. Yes, he diagnosed me with anxiety. I told him that was not possible, restated the nature of the pains, and even reminded him about the vomiting for 24 hours. He said, "Well, you vomited last night. You've been dry heaving today." What's the difference?! My stomach is still a mess, and I have no food, fluids, or meds. I reminded him of this and he just looked at me and said "I'll go get your discharge papers."
So I spent all day Monday feeling like crap, and not eating. Tuesday I managed to keep a standing appointment with my doctor, who said my infection was NOT cleared up, and changed my antibiotic to one that would be gentler on my stomach, and diagnosed the chest pains as pleuritis, and inflamation of the lining of the lungs. I got prescription strength Naproxen Sodium for this.
Very soon, I was feeling better. Except I went back to the doctor yesterday because now I have the flu. I know doctors aren't perfect, but I really feel like this guy ignored everything I had to say, including possible dehydration. When the lab work all came back clear, he dismissed everything else I had to say. Seeing as how my doctor made this diagnosis so quickly and easily, don't you think I should have recieved better treatment in the ER?
Would I have legitimate reason to file a complaint?