The doctor will see you now.
This one isn’t nearly as scary as the others, and I’m pretty late to the party, but here’s my story.
I have male pattern baldness, and needed a prescription for some hair growth medication from a dermatologist. The doctor said he would give me a prescription, but first wanted to do a full skin checkup, which he does for every new patient. I got annoyed by the fact that I had to strip naked in front of this guy just for hair medicine.
A few weeks later I get a call. There was melanoma cancer on my back. They caught it early enough that it hadn’t spread. That checkup saved my life. (mattigus)
Had a guy come in complaining of a cough and difficulty swallowing; he thought he had tonsillitis and just wanted some antibiotics. I noticed his voice was incredibly hoarse but there were no swollen tonsils so sent him for a chest x-ray. Huge, baseball size tumors all throughout his lungs. One of them was pressing on the recurrent laryngeal nerve causing his speaking and swallowing problems. He died within a week. (toneyoth)
When I was 12 I had a crazy bad headache that wouldn’t go away. My dad brought me to the doc and I didn’t even make it to the exam room before they turned me back and sent us to the hospital. It turns out my headache was from a burst sinus cavity… as in all the bones around my eye broke and the liquid leaked back onto my brain giving me brain meningitis. My eye was bulging out to the point where I looked like an alien and they told my parents I was not going to make it.
Obviously, I pulled through but was hospitalized for 2 weeks and missed 2 months of school. I was at the time only the 3rd known case of this happening and they had flown in doctors from all over the US and from the UK. Crazy stuff….
I thought it was just the worst headache…turned out to be soo much more. (muffinlova)