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Doctors Share Stories About Patients Who Made Things Worse For Themselves
Doctors Share Stories About Patients Who Made Things Worse For Themselves

Doctors often prescribe self-care for patients, however, some people don't follow instructions, leading to even more problems. And when they're in the hospital, patients get double doses of crazy from loved ones.

BadElf21 asked, Doctors and nurses of Reddit, what was the craziest example of someone stupidly making their condition worse?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.

It's only a flesh wound.
It's only a flesh wound.

Had a patient come in and had accidentally stuck a chainsaw in his leg the day before. He managed to cut the fibula I think and partially cut the tibia. He put some diesel on it and wrapped it in duck tape and kept working. The next day he steps off something and it snaps the rest of the way through. Came in the front door with his leg flopping/ bending where it shouldn't be. And to top it off he rated his pain at 6/10. Tough old man. We admitted him to the ortho to clean out the diesel and necrotic flesh.

Using a screwdriver to remove and elbow screw? Really stupid.
Using a screwdriver to remove and elbow screw? Really stupid.

Surgical nurse here: Had a patient return to the OR who had some hardware (plates and screws) put in their elbow for a fracture. The hardware was causing them discomfort so instead of talking to her surgeon they decided to try and remove one of the screws with a knife and screwdriver.

I got the case for the wound clean up and replacement of said exposed screw. One of the strangest ones I've had yet.

Oh sure, ride roller coasters while your eye literally falls apart. Great plan.
Oh sure, ride roller coasters while your eye literally falls apart. Great plan.

I saw this young guy in the ER once who had gotten into a drunken brawl with some guys at a bar. When he woke up the next morning, he started getting some vision changes. He said that it was like a "black sheet coming down" on his left eye. This is a textbook symptom for retinal detachment. Picture an incredibly thin, delicate membrane on the back of the eye, slowly peeling off because of trauma. It's an emergency in ophthalmology because if it fully detaches, you get permanent vision loss. You basically need to immediately go for surgical repair, and then be extremely careful with that eye for weeks afterward. You even have to keep your head down most of the time for the next couple days to help the re-attachment process take.

So, naturally this guy goes and rides roller coasters all day at the local theme park with his buddies. He first presented to our ER two days later with permanent vision loss in that eye. Six Flags was not worth it, poor guy.

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