Occ Health Nurse a moron?

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Occ Health Nurse a moron?

Postby MrsGeorge » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:33 am

I had to see Occ Health nurse at work today as I requested permission to park in visitor bays because the main car park is a 10 minute walk from my office - which I can find tricky.

The nurse went all out and then told me that in her opinion it probably wasn't MS at all but the numbness / weakness I was having in my R arm is probably due to a whip lash injury I had 9 years ago?

Despite me having seen a neuro this week who did a lot of physical tests and is doing more to give a dx! She really upset me. The upshot is that am I mad or is she just a jumped up, self important nurse who thinks she knows better than a neuro? If nothing els, how does that exlplain my drop / drag leg, ON, balance and occasional speech problems.

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Postby jimmylegs » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:49 am

she probably has watched too much seinfeld and has not seen enough mris and labwork.
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Postby SarahLonglands » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:55 am

Its not just your occupational nurse: an orthopaedic surgeon once told me I had congenital stenosis of the spine.

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Postby MrsGeorge » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:56 am

Cos we aren't confused and discombobulated enough :?
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Postby CureOrBust » Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:42 am

Obviously she is not qualified to provide the diagnosis. I would let your neuro know who and what she said. Also, if you are really unsettled, as is very common for medical items, get a second opinion; always. My MS diagnosis came at about the 3rd or 4th opinion.
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Re: Occ Health Nurse a moron?

Postby NHE » Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:57 am

She's not a doctor and she's not your neurologist. If she doesn't wish to hand over the precious parking spaces she's guarding, then you may be able to persuade her with a letter from your neurologist. Moreover, if walking long distances is truly a problem, then you could always get a disabled parking placard for your car. By doing so, your work would be legally obligated to accommodate you.

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Postby Brownsfan » Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:11 pm

I'd tell her to stick with changing bedpans and taking blood pressure and leave the diagnosis to the doctors.
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Postby MattB » Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:33 pm

Brownsfan wrote:I'd tell her to stick with changing bedpans and taking blood pressure and leave the diagnosis to the doctors.

I agree. From my understanding they are not allowed to make dxes anyways In fact she could probably get herself into some trouble, especially if you were to take her DX and stop seeing a neuro and end up having something bad happen to you.
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