Medical Problem Revealed - Spinal metastases can be painful and if not treated can lead to metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC); this is when the spinal metastases press on the spinal cord.
MSCC is rare; between 5 - 10% of cancer patients develop spinal cord compression - but that is absolutely no excuse by GP's to suggest that misdiagnosis is in some way 'OK'.
All types of cancer can spread to the bones of the spine but it is most common in cancers of the prostate, lung and breast. If not diagnosed and treated urgently, damage to the spinal cord can lead to permanent paralysis. While this is called rare by some it is reasonable to say it is 1 in 10 people that will have spinal cord compression... its not rare once you have it yourself!
Some people have suggested that doctors presented with (and we quote) 'an overweight woman in her 60's might be hard to diagnose'. That might be one view (and it could be from a medical doctor), but for any doctor to proceed for towards two months without further investigations with available supportive equipment such as x-ray or MRI scans while the patient drifts rapidly downhill could well be folly. Don't allow your loved ones to go down the road of purely a doctors 'hunch' and always ensure that the patients back problems are investigated fully with equipment that is available to the doctor and investigative process. Being 'under pressure' is absolutely no excuse.
About the above...
It all seems like its a simple thing to 'contact your GP' as they say above as they advise. But in reality as can be clearly seen from Pat's experience both the GP's involved and the hospitals all allegedly played their part in Pat's ultimate non treatment because of the delays of GP's who had no clue and wrongfully misdiagnosed Pat, accident and emergency departments that sent Pat home the first visit (after an 8 hour wait on a gurney in the corridor) and were going to send Pat home the second time (later stopped by family members). Even when the diagnosis was made and Pat had been operated on yet another hospital (Bradwell) allowed Pat to fall Pat reports. Pat never walked again.
Make sure to remind these 'professionals' what they should be doing when they 'forget' to utilize equipment and specialist support services that are available to them or you or a loved one could easily end up like Patricia.
And ALWAYS question them if you feel not enough is being done for your treatment.
Pat felt very strongly about telling others about her appalling experiences that she included and talked about on her video and the lesson she said she learned was that you should not really trust the 'average expert'. Typically in her experience ad opinion they misdiagnose, fob you off, pass you from pillar to post, allow you to fall after a major spinal operation and maybe more. Ultimately, if what happened to Pat happened to you then your life span will undoubtedly be reduced by what most would describe as simply bad healthcare that is outside the remit of NHS care standards. Don't let this happen to you or your loved ones.
Changing hospital names to 'lose' a bad reputation it seems does not work, if only they spent the money on patient care...
Pat has authorized the release of all content on this website and it is from Pat's own words intimated in her video and off camera.