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"What to do with symptoms of concern but continually sent home by hospital?"

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My symptoms: vomiting & loose stools 3 days, irregular contractions 4 days, lower backache, decreased baby movement, on and off temperature, severe pressure and pelvic cramping


Thank you for your question. These sort of situations are very concerning for both patients, doctors, and hospitals and I encourage you to continue to speak with your doctor. Unfortunately, we all know instances where doctors end up being wrong and something terrible happens to the mother or child. This is even worse when something could have been done to prevent the problem. While less publicized, it is obviously much more common for patients to be concerned and be reassured by their physician in an appropriate fashion and then everything goes exactly as they had been directed by their doctor. The very real and concerning issue is that medicine is imperfect in many ways. Doctors don't know everything, and are simply trying to do their best. We have to work with our patients, what we have learned and seen in the past, and what the test results tell us. If everything appears to be fine, we have to go with that. As a patient, your job is to take care of you and your unborn child. Sometimes that means being insistent, and other times it means speaking in more detail with your doctor to understand exactly why he or she is not concerned. If you have questions or concerns, please speak with your doctor.

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