They say Doctors make the worst patients. I tell you what, the Doctors of Doctors make the worst Doctors. An orthopaedic specialist misdiagnosed the Right L5 S1disc sequestration in 1995 as 'just a prolapse.' The damage to my L5 S1 nerve root with anesthesia of my right foot and foot drop was dealt with by a Neurosurgeon. No MRI scan was done. This resulted in a neuropathic ulcer under my right big toe and 19 years of repeated severe septicaemia. Nobody could cure the ulcer - not even an amputation of the big toe, then the second. Eventually I diagnosed the problem: A sudden rise in blood pressure on effort was damaging the tissues and leading to fulminating infection. I managed to plead for a beta blocker and after 1 month the ulcer was healed! After 19 years. Soon after the 1st infection I had a total Colectomy and Jpouch after 30 years of uncontrollable UC. After the OP I experienced severe itching over my body. Again in spite of numerous pleas to a variety of specialists, including the Professor of Abdominal Surgery at the London Hospital, no cure as found. Again eventually thinking the whole thing through I diagnosed neuropathic itching due to severed or damaged autonomic gut plexus. Pregabilin cured it -after 20 years! No surgeon has ever heard of this complication!
The list is endless of errors and ignorance from my medical helpers. I never see the same Doctor twice at the Medical Center. After my pleas to the 5th Doctor I saw to be referred to a Dermatologist at the Hospital for the inflamed bum, I was referred to another GP at a neighboring practice. Only by seeing a Specialist Dermatologist privately was the correct diagnosis made of an extremely rare form of Psoriasis.