Doctors repeatedly dismiss woman's claim of having migraines leaving her blind in one eye
After years of trying to get help from doctors with the terrible headaches she suffered so frequently, it took an optician to point her out to what her real problem was. The discovery saved her life, but not her eyes.
24-year-old Abbie Trinder from Wednesbury, UK, had to endure constant migraines for years and lost the sight of one of her eyes because of doctors who didn’t take her symptoms seriously until it was too late, according to Daily Mail.
Trinder started to suffer from intense and persistent headaches in 2015, but even when she urged doctors to find out what was causing them, the health professionals kept sending her back home untreated and undiagnosed.
It was only in March 2016, when Trinder’s vision started to become blurry when she turned to her optician, who came to the conclusion that the problem was originating in her brain and that she needed to have it examined urgently.
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“Sadly, my doctor kept turning me away, and told me to ‘stay hydrated’ – on one of the occasions the GP laughed at me and told me I wouldn’t be sitting in front of him if I had a real migraine and I had recently noticed blurred vision on my right eye.”
-Abbie Trinder, MDW, 2018.
Following her optician’s advice, Trinder went to the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, where the poor woman’s fears were confirmed as she was told that there was something wrong with her brain.
She was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham weeks later, where the patient was diagnosed with a non-cancerous brain tumor growing on her optical nerve.
“It had been there for years and now I have almost completely lost my sight in my right eye. Strangely, it was a relief to finally know what I had, after months of tests and scans,” Trinder said.
“I was ready for my operation and had prepared myself as best I could for the aftermath,” she added.
In order to stop the tumor from keep growing and cause further damage and pain on Trinder, she had to undergo a craniotomy in August 2016, a procedure that involved removing part of her skull to access to her brain.
Five days after the invasive surgery that left her with a swollen face and 30 staples in her head, Trinder was sent home, and during her long recovery process, she entered into an emotional turmoil that undermined her confidence and will to live.
“I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror and I slept the weeks away,” she said.
“I had to move back in with my parents, I wasn’t fit to work, and I didn’t want to be sociable; I didn’t have the energy to be either,” she added.
But after months of feeling like she had hit bottom, Trinder started to focus on the positive aspects of her life and with the support of her loved ones she overcame her depression.
“Now, I appreciate life. I appreciate a lot; the good people, good memories, the things you can't buy. I'm a lot more grateful for the things I have, and I feel happier than ever because of this,” she reflected.
But when it comes to fall victim of a wrongful diagnosis by neglectful physicians, not everybody has the luck of walking out of it alive to tell the story and grow from the experience as Trinder did.
Sometimes, the doctor’s failure to take his or her patient’s symptoms can result in the person losing his or her life.
That is what happened to 21-year-old Tim Manson, who was sent home untreated from the emergency room mistakenly diagnosed with a viral infection and was dead after a few hours because of a septic shock.