Funniest Chief Complaints

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    Jan 14, 2006

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  3. LadyWolverine

    LadyWolverine 10+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Hiding in your closet
    lmfao (*convulses in amazement*)
  4. yeasterbunny

    yeasterbunny crazy in the coconut 7+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    CC: Allergies

    Me: Tell me more about it

    Pt: I think I'm allergic to my tramadol

    Me: What makes you think that?

    Pt: It's causing me a lot of pain

    Me: Um... are you sure it's the tramadol? Usually people take that to relieve pain.

    Pt: Yeah, well, today I took it and later I got pain.

    On exam the patient has an acute abdomen and is rushed to the OR. Perforated ulcer I think.
  5. PenguinHead

    PenguinHead 5+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2006
    66 y/o male presents to ER with left knee pain.

    Me: So what brings you here today?
    pt: My knee hurts.
    Me: How long has this been going on?
    pt: Since before high school. :confused:
    Me: So what made you decide to come to the ER today???
    pt: Gettin' old, I guess.

  6. riverie

    riverie 10+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2004
    Houston, TX
    A variation of this I have heard is "fireballs in my eucharist," i.e. vaginal bleeding.
  7. innominata

    innominata 2+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    "i have electric panty-lines" - from a pregnant pt who's gravid uterus is expanding and stretching things out...

    "i'm volume-overloaded" - this one is my all-time favorite, from a CHF/dialysis pt who skipped several days at the dialysis center in favor of partying it up with a long weekend of chips, soda & chocolate cake. it's sad when your pts have the jargon down.... :(
  8. megi2005

    megi2005 New Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    Med student: What brings you to the E.R. tonight?
    Patient #1: My Ford Truck

    Patient #2: Came to see a pretty young thang like yourself (He's a 70y/o male).
  9. BigRedBeta

    BigRedBeta Why am I in a handbasket? 7+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2007
    In the ER at the VA:

    48 y/o male

    CC: Pt is loud and abusive to staff, police are accompanying to waiting room, pt states he thinks "orange soda is making me sterile" and he's afraid that he "won't be able to get my bitches knocked up".

    Turns out he wanted to be admitted to the Psych floor for substance abuse issues on inpatient basis despite the fact that he hadn't used illicit drugs in over 3 years, no history of tobacco use, and only minimal EtOH...

    Was actually a really nice guy and even for a vet (who tend to be pretty grateful to begin with), was extremely thankful for my rather cursory H&P.
  10. Amxcvbcv

    Amxcvbcv Radiologist 7+ Year Member

    If the psych floor at our VA has an open bed, it's not that hard to get admitted. :p Your guy is trying too hard. ;)
  11. BigRedBeta

    BigRedBeta Why am I in a handbasket? 7+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2007
    I was tempted to tell him that being sterile might be a good thing...that his life would be easier without a lot of "baby mama's drama" going on.
  12. arlingtondoc

    arlingtondoc 2+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2008
    this is one from my paramedic days.....

    at 3 am a 65 yro lady calls 911
    her complaint... "my finger nails have hurt"
    i ask... how long has that been going on
    she says... "3 years"

    needless to say i would like a refund for the half hour i wasted
  13. arlingtondoc

    arlingtondoc 2+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2008
    a guy in his 20's decides to kill himself.
    his choice, a samurai sword.

    somehow he managed to stab himself in the abdomen with the 2 to 3 foot sword. but it shockingly, it hurt "a lot" so he stopped after two inches and pulled it out.

    fear not, he was grossly obese and didn't get throught the adipose tissue. spent the night and was refered to psych.
  14. GreenShirt

    GreenShirt 10+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Two separate patients present to the ER with a deep laceration on one of their hands on the same night. Cause of both their lacerations: grass. Both had been gardening that day and cut themselves to the point of stitches trying to pull out wild grass or something like that.

    Not the craziest story, but who'd a thought grass was that dangerous?

    Here's another random one: Individual calls the ER to ask the number for 911. Apparently couldn't find the "11" button on the phone. The nurses tell me calls like this are commonplace.
  15. katiekate

    katiekate Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    May 28, 2004
    East Coast
    "disordered penis"

    "nuts not in sac"

    These were the Chief complaints according to the admit registrar.
  16. Depakote

    Depakote Pediatric Anesthesiologist Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    Nov 2, 2004
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    I'm pretty sure whoever decided the CC should be in the pt's own words really just wanted a good laugh.
  17. Avant

    Avant 2+ Year Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    This is from a Urology rotation:

    Pt: I'm here because I have a hydrocele.

    Me: When did you first notice this?

    Pt: 1981.

    Me: Ok. Has it changed recently?

    Pt: No.

    Me. Ok. Has it changed at all since 1981?

    Pt: Nope.

    Me: Are you having any other concerns - problems with urinary? sexual function [insert all the questions you can think of here]?

    Pt: No, not at all.

    Me: So what made you decide you needed to be seen about this today?

    Pt: My new primary doc told me to come here when she noticed the hydrocele.

    Me: Did you tell you primary care doc that you have had this has not changed since 1981?

    Pt: No. Do you think I should have?

    I then had to tell the urologist 4 times that this is completely unchanged - nothing, nada, zip - for the last 27 years and that the patient had no complaints - nothing, nada, zip - before he would begin to believe me. Still, his first question to the patient was "I understand you came here today for this hydrocele that hasn't given you any problems since 1981", and the patient replied, "Yep, it only worries my primary care doc".
  18. Medical Student: What brings you to the ER today?
    Pt: To have my blood pressure measured
    M.S.: ohh ok
    R3 interrupts: why, do you have any heart conditions?
    Pt.: No
    R3: Well are you feeling sick or have any symptoms?
    Pt.: No, I just came to have my blood pressure measured
    R3: Sir this is the emergency room people who have emergencies come here, if you want to have a cardiac consult go to the cardiology office right across the hall.
    Pt.: but why, I just want my blood pressure measured
    R3 is about to explode...
    M.S. interrupts: doc thats ok I'll measure his blood pressure...

  19. :lol:LOL!!!!! thats hilarious, I've gotten a bunch of those wacky names they put to whatever they have, but they're in Spanish and possibly have no translation to the English language...its not enough to learn the medical terms one has to learn the patient terms too!
  20. coppertopdoc

    coppertopdoc 10+ Year Member

    May 25, 2007
    Printed on triage sheet in clinic:

    What is the problem that brings you in?

    Answer: "***** eyes" :eek:
  21. chrisisinnocent

    chrisisinnocent Elbow deep 7+ Year Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    New York City
    From the ED:

    CC: Pt swallowed crack pipe 3 days ago. Wants to know if he will digest it.

    Another one:

    CC: Pt is victim of a complex conspiracy involving the Catholic Church, the communist party and Jesus Christ. Pt has psych history.
  22. Lacheln

    Lacheln Cavorting in the Hills 10+ Year Member

    Mar 31, 2005
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! :laugh: So true...
  23. teh t

    teh t workin' hard for da money 5+ Year Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    "i'm pregnant! Deliver me!"
  24. keisler

    keisler MSIV 7+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2005
    Tucson, Arizona
    I work on the Labor and Delivery unit at my hospital. At 4am we get a call from a nurse at another hospital's ER. She's giving report on a 25wk G3P1 that will be coming to us because their hospital doesn't have an OB department. Her CC? "I'm upset because my husband is cheating on me and doesn't care about me and the kids," so she decided to go to the hospital to make him feel bad.

    The other hospital has ordered a UA, CBC, and started her on antibiotics in case she has a UTI. She drives herself over to our hospital to be seen. Arrives, crying hysterically, and the docs order a SSE, we put her on the monitor, and then fight with her about who's going to call her husband and tell her she's in the hospital. Ugh.
  25. leagueelbow

    leagueelbow 2+ Year Member

    May 9, 2008
    9 year old brought into clinic by father.

    Father is asleep and drooling in chair. 9 year old states: "My leg is swollen. It itches too. I think I have a serious infection."

    Me: "Sweetheart...that's a mosquito bite........"
  26. DrDre311

    DrDre311 Makaveli 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2008
    Trauma CC: "F*** you doc! You're a f***ing ***hole!"

    I was putting pt's ear back together--it had been filleted into three separate parts by something moderately sharp.

    Another trauma situation:

    Me: "Hey man, who shot ya?" (this is my favorite interview question)

    Pt: "Gimme a dolla, mane."

    Me: "So you don't know who shot you?"

    Pt: "I need a dolla. Gimme a dolla."

    Me: "I can't give you any money."

    Pt: "I got to buy me some rock."
  27. doc20

    doc20 5+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2007
    patient with AKA, I am here to get my other leg cut off
    i dont know if this is sad or funny?
  28. 71263

    71263 Guest 7+ Year Member

    Jun 2, 2005
    One of my ER patients was here for schizophrenia:

    Me: So, what brought you in today?

    Him: I am hearing voices.

    Me: What are the voices telling you to do?

    Him: They are telling me to go breakdancing in the black neighborhoods...

    I wasnt sure whether that counted as self-endangerment... I told this to my attending and she laughed for a good 10 minutes. :laugh:
  29. BigRedBeta

    BigRedBeta Why am I in a handbasket? 7+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2007
    A now legendary CC at my school's OB/GYN department was from a couple of years ago when a patient who came in with abnormal uterine bleeding who claimed to have a history of "Fireballs of the Eucharist"...
    Translation - Fibroids of the Uterus...
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2008
  30. Kittenmommy

    Kittenmommy Owned By Cats 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Land of Confusion
    We should introduce her to my mother-in-law, who suffers from immaculate degeneration. :laugh:

    Edited because I evidently still haven't mastered tags.
  31. PunkmedGirl

    PunkmedGirl Freshman Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 23, 2007
    LOL Man I am dying over here.
  32. hcrunner82

    hcrunner82 2+ Year Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    This is one I had today while doing the H&P up on the floor after the ER had admitted the pt for chest pain:

    MS: what brings you in today?
    Patient: "I'm homeless and it's raining outside. So whenever the weather is bad I just go to an ER and tell them I'm having severe chest pain so I get somewhere to sleep and free food."

    ...i have to give the guy credit for honesty though, plus we thankfully didn't have to waste time and money giving him the whole chest pain workup. My ER kills me though with how lenient they are in regards to admitting patients to the floors.
  33. fantasty

    fantasty 10+ Year Member

    Part of the ROS:
    "Patient denies dick fungus"
  34. LadyJubilee8_18

    LadyJubilee8_18 7+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2005
    Houston Tx/ Dallas Tx
    This is freakin hilarious! Ok, I have some from the ER

    CC: "I just got a bad head ache"

    I then walked around the shock room bed and found blood pouring out of this woman's head because her boyfriend literally ripped her scalp off. Talk about high threshold for pain!

    CC: "I don't know what happened! I used a condom!"

    The guy got an STD and decided to put prescription strength corticosteroid cream on his balls causing massive scrotal skin peeling and horrible secondary bacterial infection. His balls were glued to his thighs with pus. It was lovely.

    This isn't really a chief complaint, but I did have to interview one of our community hospital's infamous patients. She has an esophageal ostomy bag because she drank drain cleaner in a suicide attempt. Anyway through out the interview she drank soda which drained into the ostomy bag, emptied the bag, and then drank it again. Charming woman.
  35. Kittenmommy

    Kittenmommy Owned By Cats 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Land of Confusion
    That is pretty squicky. I mean, I love Diet Pepsi, but come on! :eek:
  36. TheBlueBlazer

    TheBlueBlazer 7+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Charm City
    we get all kinds of ridiculous stuff working for the local EMS. One call in particular was for a woman who called because "there is an old lady stuck behind my sink. We keep reaching for one another, but I can't seem to grab her hand." Turns out she was demented and didn't recognize her own reflection in the mirror.

    on another note, had a great call where a woman told me her medical history included her "intestings" that "fell out through my vagina"
  37. JohnnieBlue

    JohnnieBlue Chief Resident 7+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2004
    Cerebellar dysfunction, unexplained syncope, mental retardation....
  38. .edu-MD

    .edu-MD Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    On an "I've fallen and I can't get up" call once...a nice elderly lady who explained to us this was her second time with this particular problem. She proceeds to tell us she's grateful this time because the last time it had happened, she fell on her cat and the cat never got back up. :eek:
  39. Kittenmommy

    Kittenmommy Owned By Cats 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Land of Confusion
    Yeah. I don't think that one's particularly funny, because if I'd fallen and inadvertently caused one of my cats to die, you'd probably have to put me in restraints to stop me killing myself.

    Label me crazy if you like, but consider this: would you label someone who'd inadvertently caused the death of his/her human child crazy if they wanted to kill themselves afterwards?
  40. toofache32

    toofache32 10+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    Hmmm....anyone see the My Name is Earl episode with the crazy cat lady?
  41. Kittenmommy

    Kittenmommy Owned By Cats 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Land of Confusion
    I happily admit to being a Crazy Cat Lady. I don't hurt anyone, and Kittendaddy's grandkids will grow up respecting/loving animals. I think that's a win/win situation! :cool:
  42. DickyV

    DickyV 5+ Year Member

    One of my favorites happened when I was an undergrad keeping a friend company late one night when she was an ED patient.

    At about 2 am, a guy gets brought back to the bed next to my friend's. A nurse came in to ask what was wrong, and the guy replied "my veins are leaking." Of course, he kept insisting that his veins were leaking and denying that he had taken any drugs or alcohol. :rolleyes:

    My friend and I nearly died trying to contain our laughter.
  43. UT_mikie

    UT_mikie Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    My psyche resident actually told me about this one from a homeless guy who really wanted an admission that night into the psyche wards for a place to sleep.

    CC: I am hearing voices and I want to kill everyone and myself.

    Resident concludes that the patient is malingering and tells him to leave... so the patient changes his chief complaint.

    CC: If you don't let me in I will run my car into this hospital.

    A/P: 50 yo male with HI, admit to floor.
  44. cubsrule4e

    cubsrule4e The Company Misery Loves 10+ Year Member

    Nov 24, 2004
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Not so much a CC..but in comp care yesterday a patient listed "Band-Aids" as one of her allergies. I would have liked to have been the one to see her to get the scoop on that.
  45. toofache32

    toofache32 10+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    That's actually a legitimate allergy, although I've only seen it as "tape." Some people get a pretty impressive rip-roaring skin reaction (including sloughing) to the tape we use to secure IVs, bandages, etc.
  46. TommyGunn04

    TommyGunn04 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2002
    Durham, NC
    Not to burst your bubble, but this is probably a pretty legitimate allergy. I've seen many people develop allergies to various adhesives such as those found on commonly used medical tape or "Band-Aids." Some bandages contain latex as well, which can be a very serious allergy.
  47. TommyGunn04

    TommyGunn04 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2002
    Durham, NC
    oops, you beat me to it! lol :laugh:
  48. Kittenmommy

    Kittenmommy Owned By Cats 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Land of Confusion
    There are whole wards devoted to Psyche? Wow, you guys really take your Greek myths seriously! ;)

    You both beat me to it. I knew someone who had a latex allergy, which she discovered when she had sex for the first time. Yeah, you can imagine how that turned out! :eek:
  49. LadyJubilee8_18

    LadyJubilee8_18 7+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2005
    Houston Tx/ Dallas Tx
    He was homeless yet he had a car? I'd call his bluff on this one
  50. Josh L.Ac.

    Josh L.Ac. MSA/LAc & BSN/RN --> AA-S 7+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Kansas City
    If homeless person has a car, where do they park it?
  51. soulspokn

    soulspokn 2+ Year Member

    May 9, 2007
    I've just read every single post. Love it. :laugh::love:

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