It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Herpes Message Board

Treated Like Dirt in ER

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-25-2005, 11:48 AM   #1
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 34
Jessicat223 HB User
Treated Like Dirt in ER

Just wondering if anyone has had this experience with GH.
I was diagnosed 1 1/2 yrs ago.
I had an outbreak so bad I could not walk, and I was the most frightened I'd ever been in my life.

I went to the ER because I was in such pain.
The ER Doc was sooooo cold and rude- telling me I needed to get checked for every STD in the book. Like "You should have known better".
Gave me Valtrex (which made me depressed when taking it), and sent me on my merry way.
The first year was very bad ob-wise, but now the ob's are virtually nonexistent. There is hope.
The most info I've been able to get has been from the net.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 02-25-2005, 12:24 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 239
kierstyn_04 HB User
Re: Treated Like Dirt in ER

I went to a womens only clinic because I didnt have insurance at the time. The dr came in, said to put my feet in the sturrups and withing like 1 second said its herpes like it was no biggie, but said hed do a swab just cause even though he was positive just by looking. He treated it like it was no biggie nad then left the room. Then some chick nurse came in gave me a perscription for valtrex and that wsa that. It was only when I came back in about 3 months later that he really sat down with me asked me hoe the valtrex was working and how it has been, maybe I caught him on a busy day. But since that experience, dr's ahve been very cold about it and treated me weird. It sucks. It makes me want to become a dr so I can be nice and help people since that doesnt seem to happen a lot anymore.

Old 02-25-2005, 01:19 PM   #3
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 34
Jessicat223 HB User
Re: Treated Like Dirt in ER

Wow, That is so similar to when I went, the nurse gave me the Valtrex and sent me home, The Dr. took one look at my OB and knew what it was.

And the first nurse came in, saw me crying and was like "You don't HAVE herpes, You wouldn't have been able to walk if you did!!!!" She had NO clue how bad the OB was, because she didn't look.
I called her for my results and she was shocked that I had it!

Old 02-25-2005, 01:34 PM   #4
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3
Broken_Angel HB User
Re: Treated Like Dirt in ER

i went thru the same thing at the er.....i guess i was having my first was so painful i could barely walk let alone sit.....i told the nurse why i was there...and she said she needed a urine sample and blood ...i couldnt pee so they stuck a catheter in me..poured iodine down me without any pain was the worse pain ive ever expierenced in my life.....after all that was done the doctor finally came in looked at me for 2 secs said i had herpes prescribed me vicodin and valtrex and walked out...we wasnt trying to hear anything i had to say...i had open sores at the time....they took a blood test and urine test but didnt swab?!?!?!......when i went to my follow up a week later at my doctors i didnt have any sores visable....she told me that the only real way to find out if i have it is to get a swab from an open sore becuz all my blood and urine came back negative for everything...why didnt the doctor from the er do that if he knew.......the er sucks! i know not every er but sorry u had to go thru almost the same thing hun

Last edited by Broken_Angel; 02-25-2005 at 01:37 PM.

Old 02-25-2005, 02:00 PM   #5
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 443
beaker24 HB User
Re: Treated Like Dirt in ER

Sadly, doctors are very blase about herpes and can seem maybe a bit cold about it because it's very common and by no means fatal. Unfortunately doctors see worse things every day than a non-fatal STD and they are only human, when they rationalise it perhaps they will not see herpes as a big thing compared to cancer, children dying though they have tried their hardest to save them etc.

I am not trying to trivialise what you are going through as herpes is tough (I know it is) but just trying to explain why doctors might not seem unduly concerned about it.

Old 02-25-2005, 02:36 PM   #6
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 34
Jessicat223 HB User
Re: Treated Like Dirt in ER

I do understand. There was a man having a heart attack in the next room, so I was waiting for three hours in a paper robe, and I kept coming out to ask thre male nurse when I would be seen. He was not amused and proceeded to let me know the guy was having a heart attack next door and to relax. Looking back now I can see how it looks crazy on my part.
But then I was scared!

Old 02-27-2005, 02:29 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 116
unlucky_guy HB User
Re: Treated Like Dirt in ER

My doctor acted like it was the first time he'd ever seen genital herpes. I asked him if he sees it a lot...and he kind of shrugged and said "no, not really." Definitely wasn't very comforting.

Old 02-27-2005, 07:52 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: New York
Posts: 129
FitChic HB User
Re: Treated Like Dirt in ER

I was about 2 seconds from heading to the ER as well during my first outbreak.............i couldnt get into the gynocologist until about 10am the next morning and that was definlity one of the longest nights of my life............

regardless, i lasted and headed to the doctor by myself in the soon as he looked he knew what it was and it was total opposite of some of the experiences i just read.........he acted like it was no big deal at all..........he was so nonchalant about it..........i was so i am feaking out, balling crying and hes acting like nothing happened..........

Old 02-27-2005, 08:09 PM   #9
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,079
Piranna65 HB User
Re: Treated Like Dirt in ER

I went to my usual gyno. She did the same, put my feet in the stirrups and took one look and goes "i think it's herpes but we'll do a cultural swab just to make sure"

she put me in shock, i cried and she talked and i still have no clue what she really said to me!

I guess they forget this is new to us and we arent going to take it well. and Pretend it wont affect us at that moment.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
dirt spots all over skin, but its not dirt nettypooh34 Skin Problems 0 06-18-2009 01:13 PM
Milk and Dirt? simplyheather Children's Health 5 05-29-2009 09:18 PM
Dirt/Sleep in Eye coffin_along Eye & Vision 0 07-01-2007 03:20 AM
My hands look clean, then i rub my hands together and see dirt! ILuvBoston Open to All Other Health Topics 4 01-21-2007 01:26 PM
Dirt, shoes, and rude people. moviefan5000 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 1 01-05-2007 10:03 PM
Terrified of the ground because of dirt. moviefan5000 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 8 01-04-2007 04:54 PM
Dirt underarms and folded areas hard to remove jeff7088 Skin Problems 4 06-19-2006 07:02 AM
Children being treated different by inlaws... daystar91 Parenting Issues 9 08-29-2004 03:31 PM
oil or dirt real cause of acne bigtexan Acne 8 09-26-2003 06:55 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:26 AM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!