"Missed diagnosis in A & E"
About: Glasgow Royal Infirmary / Accident & Emergency Glasgow Royal Infirmary Accident & Emergency G4 0SF
Posted by canadianjojo (as ),
I am not writing this to complain, just to educate.
I was seen on August 16 in the A & E. I had bad pain on my left side, left central back and left abdomen. The pain was all over and seemed to move around. I also had an angry-looking rash across my left abdomen, at side, and on the left part of my back. The rash was kind of spread out so it did look more like bites than a rash. The rash was also painful.
The staff were extremely nice and took blood, urine, examined me etc. I was told that I had no sign of infection and that the CIPRO I was taking must be dealing with the infection. (I was on vacation and had some CIPRO with me in case I got a urinary tract infection so I had started taking it). I was told that the rash was likely bug bites, probably midges.
I got some codeine on my own for the pain and some insect sting/bite cream for the rash. I was in pain and discomfort the rest of my vacation and my pain didn't seem to improve. When I returned to Canada I went straight to the Emergency Dept at my local hospital and it turned out that I had shingles.
Even if I had been correctly diagnosed in Glasgow it was too late for the anti-viral shot but I might have started feeling better sooner.
So just letting you know - the young doctor I saw had maybe never seen shingles before.