Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Medical Diagnosis: Wheelchair Induced Drama

New Medical Diagnosis: Wheelchair Induced Drama (WID)

Signs and symptoms include: Pt is ambulatory until placed in a wheelchair, at this point the pt is unable to even stand up w/o significant assistance. Pt's minor symptoms often become much more aggravated and magnified. Pt often begins to complain of needing to “lie down” and of requiring additional narcotic pain medications. Allowing the patient to lie down, even temporarily, usually results in “nesting”, in which the pt then refuses to exit the gurney w/o the administration of pain medication and/or talking to the doctor. 

WID seems to be directly related to WCA (White Coat Angina) and Triple I (aye, aye, aye!)

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