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    House! The TV Doctor.

    There are doctors, and there are doctors... But are there any physicians in central Iowa like the acerbic attending physician "Dr. Gregory House" in the popular Fox medical drama, House?

    I'd love to hear some feedback on (or) some interesting, or funny stories about people who have seen a physician and have cured you from the brink of something awful. Or perhaps a doctor told you something like "I can't even pronounce what you have!" It seems like there are a lot of doctors out there... The kind where you show up bleeding out of every orifice of your body, and tells you that you have a bad cold.

    We've all been there, but share away... Seriously interested in the best physician you think is in family practice today!
    If your story is negative (and local)... GIVE ABSOLUTELY NO NAMES OR PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT!



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    Re: House! The TV Doctor.

    About 4 years ago, I was working for a company in the DSM metro area. One day at work I was kneeling on my right knee, and when I got up I felt a pop and my knee locked up. I had a similar injury a few years before that, so I was pretty sure I had a torn meniscus.

    Since the injury occurred at work, they had me go to the clinic where we sent all work-related injuries. I explained to the doctor what had happened a few years before that, what had happened that day, and that I was pretty sure it was a torn meniscus. She proceeded to examine my knee, range of motion, etc. and concluded that I had a strained quadriceps muscle (wha????) She suggested coming in for physical therapy a few times a week and that should do the trick.

    So I basically told her she didn't know what she was talking about and that I would definitely be getting a second opinion. I went to see an orthopedic surgeon (Dr. Tim Kenney) who was 100% sure it was a torn meniscus, and the MRI confirmed that the medial meniscus in my right knee had torn and essentially folded over in the knee joint, which is why it was locked. Had my knee scoped by Dr. Kenney, and voila, good as new (minus some cartilage however).



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    Re: House! The TV Doctor.

    Shattered my collar bone to the point of having two pieces sticking through the skin. The ER doctor spent a solid 2 - 3 minutes looking at it and decided it would heal perfectly fine on it's own, which is basically saying "walk it off" while I had half of my collar bone jabbed into the side of my throat. He injected me with some morphine (which I soon found out I was alergic to) and sent me on my way. After a long night of throwing up due to the pain meds I managed to get an appointment with a specialist who set me up with a surgery. Only problem is that because it was an outside specialist to the hospital, there was no ability to get an emergency surgery.

    Due to the ER doctors incompetence, I spent 5 days in a recliner with the jagged edge of my own bone stabbing me in the throat and only able to take Advil to numb the pain. I hate that guy.



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    Re: House! The TV Doctor.

    First day of lineman camp my senior year of high school, we were doing wind sprints on our practice field (basically a field full of divots). At full steam I stepped in one of those divots, my ankle twisted, and I think I heard every single ligament pop in my ankle. Trainer diagnoses it as a 3rd degree sprain of my right ankle (torn/ruptured ligaments). I'm taken to a clinic, where the doctor is initially convinced I'm going to need surgery and rehab. He wants to see me a couple of days later after the swelling goes down to make a "better" diagnosis. A couple days later he completely reverses course and says that my ankle is going to be just fine. What he didn't tell me is that for the next 6-7 years, because my ankle was in such a weakened state, stepping on the slightest uneven surface the wrong way would cause me to twist my ankle and be in pain for about a week, and anybody that has walked ISU's campus knows that there are a lot of slight uneven surfaces. I must have done that at least 20 times. My ankle was so unstable that for about 5 years if I were to hang both my legs out and let my feet dangle, my right foot would hang at a grotesque angle compared to my left foot. If you took a close look at my right ankle during that time period, you'd have difficulty finding the ligaments.

    Yeah, you idiot doctor, you probably should have stuck with your initial diagnosis - surgery and rehab would have probably been the better option compared to letting my ankle heal over a 7 year period...


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