Liars are everywhere. No matter where you go or what you do, there will always be someone trying to lie their way into a better situation. These examples have to deal with the medical world. Doctors have to deal with liars more than you would think, and sometimes its pretty hard to sniff them out. From lying to get some prescription drugs to just being a straight up drama queen, you’ll be surprised at what some of these Reddit users had to say.
This male, who was quite clearly in good health, walked straight into my damn ER and was spouting utter dross about having a heart attack. I know this is about faking it and he’s just a paranoid wanker, but it turned out he ate his Subway too fast and was experiencing bad heartburn. Gave the lil f**ker a sympathetic smile and some Gaviscon and he was on his way. (HellaTrill420)
“I’m allergic to everything except dilaudid.”
“The only painkiller that works is the one that begins with a ‘d.'” (This one is said innocently because they don’t want you to know that they know what dilaudid is).
And my favorite, asking them what their pain is on a scale of 1-10. Patient sitting in bed, calmly playing on their phone: “it’s a ten.” A 10, by definition, is the worst pain you’ve ever felt in your life. (carolinablue199)
Nurse here. I had a patient who I felt was faking her personality disorder. It was very text book but felt like she was an actress. I googled her name and found her blog. About her art project, to “infiltrate the health care system as a psych patient” and write about what its like to pretend to be ill but actually be very aware of what’s going on. (gottattleva)