Headache, pain, lethargy, fatigue, and the answer is “You are delusional.” Have you ever complained of a health condition and the answer came to you from those around you that “You are like a horse, you do not complain about anything, but you like to insist and be pampered.”.. Pampering is a classical word.
Answers that may seem normal from their mouths, but what if the doctor said them?
The hashtag “Medical Gas Lightning”, which is invading social media, collects the miserable experiences of many patients, most of them women, whose doctors underestimated, belittled and ignored their medical conditions.
They considered it to be just stress and anxiety, which had serious health consequences and led to the exacerbation of medical conditions and sometimes led to death.
Clip from the movie
The name Medical Gas Lightning is derived from the 1944 movie Gaslight, in which a husband tries to make his wife believe that she is imagining many things that are not true.
In medicine, the husband’s situation may apply to the case of some doctors or consultants, who treat their patients’ reports as if they are not credible, especially if they are women.
Although it is known that heart attacks are the number one killer of women, they often do not receive appropriate medical care in hospitals if they complain of chest pain, and they are not directly classified as an emergency, and their heart symptoms are often attributed to mental or psychological illness. This is according to American data.
The same thing happened with women who suffered strokes or appendicitis. Surgical operations were often postponed and postponed.
According to US Census Bureau data, seventeen percent of women suffered from long-term Covid symptoms and did not receive medical care or attention.
This is what some doctors do. They attribute women’s diseases to their psychological and mental state or to their hormones, but have you asked yourself as a doctor, what if all of this stopped?? “I want to put a heart tracker on and make a sound like when it stops the pulse and the heart..”
In an interview with Sabah “Sky News Arabia,” a member of the Council of the General Syndicate of Physicians in Egypt, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Zayat, explains the reasons that may be behind the incorrect medical diagnosis.
There are well-established medical rules, including respecting the patient’s complaint, but the doctor may belittle the complaint, for many reasons, including that sometimes the patient’s complaint is not clear. The doctor must take all complaints seriously and use the proper medical framework. Of course, there are medical errors in all professions, and doctors are exposed to a lot of professional pressure while working. There are priorities in dealing with patients, and we must find ways to reduce such errors. The quality of the complaint is very important. Therefore, the patient must explain what he feels to the doctor so that the doctor can know the illness he is complaining about. The lack of training and continuing medical education is one of the very important reasons, because the doctor begins his education after graduating from college, in addition to the lack of capabilities and extra efforts that doctors make while working.