What are some medical diseases/problems a patient told you

patzyboi

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that youve never heard of before?

Like what are some things a patient had and they told you, and you are like "What is that?"

Like on the field, Im sure theres A LOT of things you never heard before.

For example, I can never remember the definition for cystic fibrosis. If a patient told me they have that when I ask about their medical history, Ill most likely ask to myself "what is this?"
 

Farmer2DO

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"Stage IV fibromyalgia."

When asked if it's terminal, the answer was yes (in a dead serious response).

Oh, and her physician/specialist that treats her is a "fibromyalgist".

I wasn't aware that was an available field now. I'm guessing it's an Internal Medicine related fellowship. :rolleyes:
 

EpiEMS

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Conversion disorder.

Would not want to do a work-up on a patient with anything like that, if I could avoid it. How do you assess and treat for something that doesn't have a physiological etiology that is testable?
 

JPINFV

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Would not want to do a work-up on a patient with anything like that, if I could avoid it. How do you assess and treat for something that doesn't have a physiological etiology that is testable?


If it's already diagnosed and the symptoms aren't acute in onset, then you let well enough be.
 

EpiEMS

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If it's already diagnosed and the symptoms aren't acute in onset, then you let well enough be.

Makes sense. It's a real shame that the EMT curriculum doesn't include much on psychiatric emergencies.
 

mycrofft

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that youve never heard of before?

Like what are some things a patient had and they told you, and you are like "What is that?"

Like on the field, Im sure theres A LOT of things you never heard before.

For example, I can never remember the definition for cystic fibrosis. If a patient told me they have that when I ask about their medical history, Ill most likely ask to myself "what is this?"

Like, this is sort of elementary. That's like my favorite reply to stuff the last couple days. A lot of senior projects being chased through the site, like, you feel me? ;)
 

joegrizzly

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Medical Plombage - "practice of inserting an inert material (as paraffin or plastic spheres) into the thoracic cavity to exert sustained pressure on the lungs and induce their collapse that formerly was used as a treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis" (Cited from http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/plombage)

Basically a medical experiment in the 1950's with the belief that since tuberculosis cannot survive in an anaerobic environment, that we should start collapsing us some lungs.

Insert my pt 90 y/o with her L flank starting to have these pellets appear and puncture their skin from the inside. Giving my report to the ER nurse was classic since I had to learn everything about this procedure from the patient. I've never heard of anything like it before and since. Gnarely.
 

Mr. Smith

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This is an interesting post. Thought i was in the ALS discussion area, would fit over there as well.

Neuromodulation for chronic refractory angina (had a SOB patient that said he had a device put in his back a week earlier to help with angina, I and the ER Doc thought he was confused, apparently not).

And Zellweger syndrome (not good at all)
 

fububoy80

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Neurocystercosis... probably misspelled it... parasite in the brain that causes seizures and other nasty stuff. usually from third world countries and raw pork...
 

Hunter

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Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) terrible side effect of flu vaccine's. Very rare though.
 

Wheel

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Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) terrible side effect of flu vaccine's. Very rare though.

You obviously don't watch house haha.

My favorite was a little kid who had eosinophilesophogitis. I had a good idea of what that would be, but it's something I had never heard of.
 

Hunter

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I do and I remember hearing it but never paid attention to it much.
 

Joe

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Stiff mans syndrome
 

EMT B

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just recently had a patient they were on "plasma diaphoresis" come to find out by someone on here that it was "plasmaphoresis".


either way i had never heard of that before
 

ThirtyAndTwo

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This actually came from a friend of mine:

Do you take any medications?: "Yes, insulin"

Besides diabetes do you have any other medical conditions?: "No, and I don't have diabetes"

Then why do you take the insulin:? "Because if I didn't, I would have diabetes"
 

chillybreeze

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This actually came from a friend of mine:

Do you take any medications?: "Yes, insulin"

Besides diabetes do you have any other medical conditions?: "No, and I don't have diabetes"

Then why do you take the insulin:? "Because if I didn't, I would have diabetes"



Wow....that sounds like some of my patients!!!!
 

CobraIV

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craniodiaphyseal dysplasia....
 

VFlutter

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Subclavian Steal Syndrome.
 

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