- Derogative terms used to describe patients that are meant to dismiss their complaints as not real, made up etc. such as “migraneurs, fibromyalgeurs, and chronic paineurs”
- Within the first 5 to 15 words a patient speaks to a triage nurse in an ER/ED that they make up their minds whether or not you are a “real” patient or just a “drug-seeker”
- The use of large bore IV’s, catheters, and nasogastric tubing as punitive against patients who piss them off is NOT isolated to a few people, but common among these ER/ED personnel who blog and comment on blogs and they think it is appropriate and funny
- A very negative view of anyone who comes to the ER/ED complaining of pain of any sort, especially if that pain cannot easily be verified by a test
- A very negative view of poor people and/or people without medical insurance
- A very negative view, as well as substandard care, of people on Medicaid or medicare who are often viewed as nothing more than lazy jerks sucking at the tit of hardworking martyrs such as medical employees
- A complete dismissal of certain medical diagnoses as “fake” and thus making people diagnosed with such diseases “fair game” for “punitive procedures” and ridicule
I realize these are older posts but they clearly illustrate an issue that chronically ill patients (especially those whose illness includes chronic pain) have been talking about for years; that medical workers treat them poorly and many do it on purpose.
I am terrified of going to the ER/ED because these are the kinds of nurses and doctors that I've run into most often and I know how these attitudes can easily lead to my dying or being permanently injured because they refuse to act on someone they consider "beneath them", a chronic pain patient.