This is a post about ‘misdiagnosises’ <- (not a word, but should be) and my issues with them.

Before I go any further, I completely understand that the NHS has sadly been stripped of funding in recent years and I back the notion of free healthcare one hundred percent. It is and always should be a human right. Fact.

However, ‪I feel like I also need to talk about the time a clinician / consultant MISdiagnosed me with an illness based on the continent where I originate from MORE than my symptoms and results of the MRI (which took 4 MONTHS to happen in the first place)…‬

‪Apparently, me being Lebanese and it [Lebanon] “being so close to Cyprus” means that I MUST have Bachetes [a Cypriot-based form of arthritis, apparently], which causes a whole host of symptoms that I didn’t, never and still don’t have but also swelling round a joint (which subsequently turned out to just be a sport injury).‬ Umm… If you know me well, you know what’s coming… PARDON!? 👂👋

I’ve had plenty of colds and flus in England, none of them started a full blown conversation with me in English. Illnesses are not location specific. End of. Don’t insult my intelligence…

‪My theory is: the reason they came to this conclusion was because the system had taken so long to have me seen, by which point the worst part of injury had healed, and they were left scratching their heads not knowing what could’ve been the cause…‬

They then proceeded to stick a syringe in my hip (after draining fluid from my knee) and its liquid content looked like chicken broth, no lie. They didn’t (as far as I recall)  even ask me to sign a declaration and I don’t to my knowledge remember them telling me what the liquid was either… Then again, I was heavily sadated with pain relief…

But, what I do remember is that they tried to prescribe me a medication that has a strong likelihood to cause liver damage ‪even though I refuted that I had arthritis, and stated time and time again there’s no family history… Again, PARDON!?!

So let’s do a quick recap… I am the owner and inhabitant of my own body – knowing full well I’ve not got the majority of the symptoms that come with this geographical-location apparently dependent form of arthritis (and have no family history of it) – was being told I have it, then was injected with what looks like liquidated chicken stock, and told to take a liver-damage inducing medication… I think you know what came next… A resounding NO followed by a “I’d like to discharge myself”.

‪Anyway, I went to seek advice elsewhere and was told I had a blocked lymphatic system which worsened my injury. This made more sense to me as I had a relative who suffered from a weak lymph system anyway.

Lesson? Seek a second opinion, always. Your health depends on it…‬

There are more than one possible ‘diagnosises’ for more than one symptom…

Of course, healthcare professionals alike are amazing, but sadly, we’re sometimes met with the wrong clinicians who just look at us as a statistic, even if there’s more than one could-be explanation.

Needless to say the result of this farce of a mis-diagnosis was that I discharged myself and have been injury free for over 9 months, touch wood.

DISCLAIMER: both NHS or private clinicians can be prone to misdiagnosing. It’s a mix of bad luck and timing, nothing more. Like I said, seek a second opinion if it doesn’t feel right and you’ll be fine.