An episode of House

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vestabula
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   Posted 1/8/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I caught a re-run of House the other night and there was a scene where he was working in the clinic.  A man is sitting on the table and begins to describe his symptoms...pain, fatigue, using the wrong words etc.  House asks him what HE thinks is wrong and the patient answers..."well...fibromyalgia."   House rolls his eyes, excuses himself, goes to the hospital pharmacy for pain pills, dumps the pills in his pocket then fills the empty bottle with tic tacs and gives them to the patient.
 
So there ya go!  Boo Hiss Gregory House...shame on you!
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libertykitty
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   Posted 1/8/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw that episode awhile back and thought it was very House-like. House would never let a FM diagnosis stand. Also, I've had just enough frustration with doctors to think it was funny but not enough to make me feel bad about it.

I took it as more of a comment on how people use the internet to diagnose themselves these days (though actually that is how I found out about FM and why I pushed my mom to find me a doctor who could tell me whether I had it or not instead of just saying "that's a trashcan diagnosis").

-Sandi
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SleepyBug
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   Posted 1/8/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
i have to agree-that's so house! he's a jerk. (but oddly loveable-am i the only one who kind of loves the guy??)

anyway-i would be more upset if one of the other doctors had dismissed a patient with fibro. that would seem more like a comment on the disease than a comment on house himself.

erm..does that make sense?? lol
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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 1/8/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I absolutely LOVE House! He is so cool! I love his commitment and passion. Altho he refuses to show it, medicine is important to him. Finding answers and needing to know thes answer isnt a bad thing like some people think. I love his thought of mind. Sure, he can be a butthole, but come on, look at how many rare things House has found... and his determination. He's VERY impressive if you ask me!

Love the show, he's hilariously great!
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Marlee2
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   Posted 1/8/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have also seen that episode and was upset over it. My 21 yr old grandson got me hooked on it and I still have no idea why I bother to watch it. It is one of the dumbest shows on TV but addictive. My 12 yr old grandson got me hooked on Food Challanges on the Food Network and I love them when it comes to cakes and sugar art.
 
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RedDiane
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   Posted 1/8/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I love House, too. On one recent episode a girl ended up with Sjorgren's but she nearly died, like always, before the final diagnosis. I told my kids that I have Sjogren's, but I'm pretty sure I'm not near death. Diane
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vestabula
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   Posted 1/8/2009 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   

I watch House every week with a great deal of amusement but I guess because I have fibro and have been treated like that by REAL doctors, the eye-rolling bothered me.  House doesn't give a crap about his patients or staff...he is rude and disconnected and the only thing he cares about is being right about his diagnosis and plumping up his ego. (we are supposed to believe there is compassion somewhere behind those big blue eyes and in some episodes he is right on the edge, but it just never happens)  In a the REAL world he wouldn't last ten seconds in a REAL hospital...the lawsuits alone would send him packing!  Nevertheless, I watch the show and he is HOT!

donna


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SleepyBug
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   Posted 1/8/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
hahahah. yeah, the hotness of hugh laurie is probably what keeps me coming back, too, donna. :-)
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this being human is a guest house.
every morning a new arrival-a joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awarenewss comes as an unexpected visitor.
welcome and entertain them all!
even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably
he may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
~rumi


AustenFan
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   Posted 1/8/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to be a fan of "House" but haven't watched it in awhile and didn't see this episode.
 
It really bothers me, though, that fibromyalgia was portrayed that way by a supposedly "intelligent" doctor character on a prime time show.  I think it belittles all of us who have to deal with this awful syndrome. That kind of portrayal also reinforces the belief many people have that fibro really doesn't exist, it's all in our heads, or it is a wastebasket diagnosis. 
 
Shame on the writers for portraying fibro this way.  It reminds me of the way mental illness used to be treated on t.v.
 
Having said all of that, I do agree, donna, that Hugh Laurie is hot.  devil
 
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JCgurl
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   Posted 1/8/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Lol I think the show is very unrelalistic, but I still for some reason find it intriguing and watch it all the time, it's what my husband always puts on because he knows it'll put a smile on my face.
 
I have never seen that episode though!!!!!!!! That would probably annoy me, because it goes to show how people (not House obviously, but whoever writes the show) don't even think that Fibro is much of anything... I've had people look at me and tell me it isn't "real"
 
People are ignorant. mad
 
Like LibertyKitty said, it could be having to do with how people diagnose themselves by reading so many websites (I did find out about Fibro first through the internet too)... but I think it is also kind of laughing in the face of Fibro.
 
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Grailhunter
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   Posted 1/9/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I love House. I saw that episode and was disgusted by it though. I notice more and more though that his fellows are always tossing out the same theories for everything. Which I guess would be actualy sort of realistic since they are all specialist and whatever specialist you go to, you either get nothing or you get a diagnoses consistent with their specialty. If he had a Psychiatrist on his team that person would be blaming depression for everything.

If it was realistic, that guy should have just went in and complained of horrible unrelenting all over body pain for months and asked for Vicodin straight out because he had found it as the only thing that made him functional enough to work and probably got a script for a months worth and with 5 refills.
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   Posted 1/9/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember the episode where House is in rehab and he's throwing up in te toilet and he says he wants to hurt the person that made bupernorphine (suboxone is the name brand of it and is what I take) and he made it seems like that med is terrible and makes you very sick when it doesnt at all. Actually it has saved the lifes of thousands. and also its unrealistic cause after so many years of taking hydrocodne would make him have a very high tolerence (which he takes a bunch so we know he does) I dont understand why he isnt taking anything stronger like oxycontin or something like that. I know he took oxycodone once that I remember but still, someone like that who is a doctor and needs that much pain meds know there's other stronger meds out there. Even bupernorphine (suboxone) is much more stronger and lasts longer. I guess he makers of the show doesnt know that and thinks the only pain meds out there is vicodin. I remember the end of one episode when he wrote himself a prescription for vicodin on his friend's prescription pad he wrote it for Vicodin ES but then wrote 5mgs, we all know that Vicodin ES is for 7.5mgs. Too many weird things going on in that hospital, I'm glad it's not real or I would never ever visit any hospital or doctors if they where that confused.

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Dagger
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   Posted 1/9/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I think he takes vicoden instead of something stronger because your average person knows what it is and thinks it's a strong drug. Most people wouldn't be familiar with the names of other pain meds. If he was always popping suboxone, I wouldn't have know what was.

Also, on many shows, morphine and oxycontin are drugs associated with street addicts so they have a shady reputation.

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   Posted 1/10/2009 1:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel the need to confess that not only do I watch House but I watch Discovery Health almost obsessively. I TiVo "Mystery Diagnosis" just to see if maybe something weird that's wrong with me will show up on it and I can go "OMG THAT'S IT!" Also I'm waiting for someone with fibro to be on. The only thing watching it has accomplished for me is reinforcing the knowledge that if you want an answer, you have to fight for it. And also I am vaguely concerned about Lyme because they've had at least two people on the show who had Lyme and weren't diagnosed for years. I live in a very high-risk area for Lyme but I'm pretty sure I've only been subjected to one of the many tests (and some cases show up negative on ALL the tests)... something else to complain to the doc about someday!

Does anybody else do this or am I alone in my compulsive health-show watching?

-Sandi
Diagnosed with fibromyalgia February 2008, dysthymia January 2009.
Vitamin D supplements, Provigil in the morning, and Temazepam at night
Doctors considering Effexor, Lyrica, or Zoloft

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