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Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Medical Danger, Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

My Awful Six Months

I don’t know if I should do anything, and I need some advice. I don’t want to go to a lawyer, I don’t even know who to go to. I don’t know if I should be joyful or upset or truly angry.

I was misdiagnosed, seriously misdiagnosed. I was told I had cancer six months ago. This was, as it would be for anyone, the worst possible news. I had been having some bowel complaints, and when I went to my doctor about them, he sent me for some tests, which apparently (and I emphasize apparently here) came back positive for pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer, for those who don’t know, is one of the really bad ones. It’s not the light skin cancer or breast cancer sort with high survival rates. People live, but it isn’t that common.

I was terrified, of course, and my doctor calmed me down and told me to go on some new experimental drug that might keep cancer localized. He sent me to a specialist he knew who was doing drug trials.

I took my drug dutifully while I went about all the horrible things I thought I could put off for a few more decades: drawing up a will, making preparations to say goodbye to some people, writing goodbye letters, getting my possessions and finances in order.

The treatment itself I don’t want to go into. Let me just say it was traumatizing in its own right. The only way I made it through was thinking it was my only shot at surviving this horrible situation.

I did all this, and my bowel complaint continued. No easing of that problem. I just assumed that meant the drug wasn’t working, which was another stress in an already awful situation.

All of that went on for six months. Then, just last week, my doctor sent me for more tests. Amazingly, the tests came back negative! Completely negative! I was ecstatic when the specialist told me, but he was confused. He said the drug wasn’t supposed to get rid of cancer, only to confine it. I was all set to just assume it was a miracle, but after this specialist went prying through my records, it turns out it’s likely I never had cancer at all. I got what he called a “false positive.”

So, no cancer. I’ve never had it. All of this awful time and the issue is probably just inflammation of the bowels or something.

I have no idea whose fault this is. Should they have run more tests? Is it my doctor’s fault for not testing for something simpler first? Or the specialist? Or was I just thrown into this trial for the statistics? Was it some awful joke?

Right now, the question most on my mind is, how should I feel about this?

Relief, of course. Joy? I don’t know. After spending six months coming to terms with my mortality, saying goodbyes, preparing for the end, how am I supposed to pick back up like this didn’t happen? Should I be angry first? Vengeful?

I just don’t know anymore.

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Medical Danger | 0 comments

The Dark Truth About Xarelto

In 2011, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug called Xarelto. The drug is otherwise known by its most potent ingredient, rivaroxaban. Since then, it has become widely popular, especially for its use to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) for patients who had just had hip or knee replacement surgery. Worldwide, its sales are currently up to $1 billion. But there is an unfortunate truth that comes with the drug that has yet to come with its label: the side effects it causes could be lethal.

There have been several cases involving patients who had consumed Xarelto and have suffered many inconvenient and unusual side effects such as skin that has turned too easily bruised or abnormal bleeding from several orifices, muscle weakness, headaches, or severe menstrual periods for women. Other side effects include urine that has turned red, brown, or pink as well as defecating with unusual stool, often brown or black in color with the consistency of coffee grounds.

The more lethal side effects include internal bleeding, especially around the gastrointestinal region. Internal bleeding is, as the name denotes, not easily spotted but its effects are incredibly dangerous. When internal bleeding occurs, surrounding a particular organ, there is a chance that the organ might malfunction or cease from functioning entirely. Xarelto, according to the Williams Kherkher website, has also been linked to brain hemorrhaging, otherwise known as a type of stroke due to an artery in the brain bursting and causing severe bleeding around the tissues, thereby destroying many brain cells almost instantaneously. If left untreated for a prolonged period of time, these side effects could lead to permanent disability or, even worse, death.

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Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Medical Danger | 0 comments

Complications of Vomiting Blood

Xarelto, the popular anticoagulant manufactured and produced by Johnson & Johnson and Bayer, is currently under fire for the serious side effects it causes in its patients. The drug manufacturers are claimed to have concealed vital safety information from their clients about the health hazards Xarelto may be linked to.

Blood thinners are a dangerous form of medication that are known for the increased risk of severe bleeding incidents that can be fatal. Among the bleeding incidents that Xarelto causes is vomiting blood. The presence of blood in vomit is a serious warning sign of other health issues occurring in the body.

Complications of vomiting blood due to Xarelto are serious. Choking on bile is the most common complication, which can become fatal in severe or prolonged instances. When vomiting blood, serious blood loss may occur and cause weakness, further nausea, shallow breathing, or unconsciousness. According to the website of the Williams Kherkher Law Firm, severe cases of vomiting blood may lead to internal injury or organ rupture.

Xarelto is also known to cause anemia, or a deficiency in healthy red blood cells. Anemia causes severe fatigue that may inhibit the ability to perform physical activities or prevent the anemic individual from working, leading to lost wages and other work and life consequences.

Some cases of vomiting blood and anemia require costly hospital care. Blood transfusions may be required to return blood levels to a healthy standard. As dehydration is common during prolonged vomiting cases, IVs to rehydrate a patient are also frequent treatment options.

Drug manufacturers should be held responsible for the serious health risks and problems they cause their patients. If you or a loved one has suffered due to the negligence of Xarelto producers in disclosing vital health information, contact a Xarelto lawyer in your area to discuss your legal options.

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Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Medical Danger | 0 comments

Dealing with Pharmacy Errors

There has been a lot of focus on the duty of care that physicians and surgeons, even nurses and nursing home staff owe to patients, but it is seldom that pharmacy errors becomes front page news. And yet large pharmacy chains have been implicated in many cases of the wrong pills being administered. In fact, it is estimated that more than 50 million pharmacy errors are made every year in the US, but many of them go unreported or undetected. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, one in 10 prescriptions are incorrectly filled.

Most people don’t check or don’t notice that the medications they receive are the right ones. Occasionally, an alert customer would notice that the pills are a different color or size but merely return it to the pharmacy rather than report it. Unfortunately, in some cases that do get reported is because the errors had serious or even fatal consequences.

Prescriptive pharmacy errors can too easily lead to significant problems. A too strong dose of a morphine-based drug, for example, can lead to cardiac arrest, while a too low dosage of cancer medication can hasten the progress of the disease. What is worse when the wrong medication is given, and the patient suffers an allergic or other adverse reaction.

The most common cause of negligent pharmacy errors is inattention. Many large pharmacies are obliged to fill a lot of prescriptions so that it is easy to make a mistake. But while this is understandable, it is not excusable. And what more, it makes the pharmacy liable for a personal injury lawsuit.

If you have been seriously harmed from a pharmacy error, you have recourse with the law. Consult with an experienced pharmacy error lawyer in your area for help in getting compensation for this type of negligence.

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