posted on Jan, 8 2015 @ 05:25 AM
I just need to vent a bit. My grandmother’s (81) legs started swelling, to almost twice its size. And with the swelling, there was pain. She went to
the doctor, and she said she should go to another doctor, and an appointment was made for 6 weeks later. The doctor said that that was the only
available spot. So after the 6 weeks, my grandmother went to the second doctor, who then told her she was at the wrong doctor. And it is not that my
grandmother went to the wrong one, but that the first doctor made an appointment with the wrong doctor.
The second doctor then sent her to a third doctor, who said the swelling was a back issue. My grandmother went for a second opinion, and was told it
was not her back, and sent a letter to doctor #2 explaining why. Doctor #3 said it was a lymph nodes problem. By this time almost 2 months went by
after her legs started to swell. The only thing my grandmother got was water pills (Not sure about the actual name).
Again she went to another doctor for a second opinion, doctor #4. This doctor sent her to an internist. The internist said that my grandmother should
be taken up in hospital immediately. Blood tests were done, but came back inconclusive. Even more blood tests were done, and a few scans. The blood
tests came back inconclusive again, but the scan (CT scan I believe) revealed a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm mass extending from her spine to the liver.
Now more blood tests were done and a biopsy on the mass. It turned out to cancerous, but the doctor did not know which type of cancer. It was said
that the cancerous mass was recent. After all of this, my grandmother went to an oncologist, doctor #5, who started connecting the dots. He said that
this was not a recent cancer. How he has connected the mass to some chronic stomach problems from more than 10 years, and skin cancer he got removed
almost once a year for many years now.
But, this cancerous mass was just a coincidence. This is, as far as the doctors can say at this point, no connection between the leg swelling and the
cancer. At this point more scans and x-rays were done, revealing a broken rib, which my grandmother broke without real pain, and kidney stones. We are
still waiting for more information from the oncologist.
How can so many issues be missed, by so many doctors, for so many years??? Why is the first issue not resolved, almost 3 months down the line, and all
the doctors has found was more questions? Were doctors just treating the symptoms instead of searching for causes?? I know that I do not have all the
information, but this is very frustrating!