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In 2012 I was diagnosed with viral meningitis which did not resolve for over 2 months. Since that time I have had severe symptoms arise, most of which were surounding my nerves system. I have had a significantly difficult time living a normal life since. December 2014 I was rear ended in a car accident. This causes all of my current pain to get worse and numerous other extreme symptoms arise. I can no longer work and have great difficulty caring for my two children and cannot perform household duties because of my inability to sit or stand for longer than 10 minutes. My primary care physicians have been wonderful and suggested I see a spine specialist. I wanted the best so I went to the UW. It took me over a month to get in to see Doctor Standaert, but I was willing to wait because I needed someone that would really search for what is causing all of these problems since having meningitis. I also have a history of a rare form of cancer at age 23 and I'm 33 years old now, so I am scared of my dramatic decline in health. I called almost every day and asked if Dr Standaert had any cancelations so I could get in quickly. After about 3 weeks there was an opening for the next week, so I was able to get in a week earlier. I had very high hopes that this doctor would be the one that could help me. This was not so. I sat in pain in one of the rooms for over 45 minutes, so by the time he came in to see me, my back was completely inflamed. He did a very quick examination and a slight overview of what has been going on. During that time he kept cutting me off and very rudely saying "whoa whoa whoa, slow down" which kind of caught me by surprise because I had never been to a doctor that was abrasive like that. It only got worse. When I mentioned a disease that can be caused by viral meningitis that has 9/10 of my symptoms he began to "bicker" with me, almost like a child. This disease can only be seen on an MRI with contrast of your lumbar spine. He told me that since I don't have ONE of the numerous symptoms, that he doesn't think it's possible. I asked if we could at least rule it out by doing a lumbar MRI and He refused. He said he will only order a thoracic MRI with contrast and if we don't see anything then we will look into a lumbar MRI. Like my primary care suspected, a thoracic MRI is not going to show anything. So I went in for my follow up and asked if we can do the lumbar MRI with contrast now to see if there is any damage from the meningitis and multiple lumbar punctures. He bickered with me again, I brought my Mom with me this time and she stepped in and said she will take me to a private mri facility if he is unwilling to order the MRI. At this time he agreed and said he has no problem ordering another MRI. When I returned home and noticed my orders said MRI without contrast, I called his nurse immediately. I told her that the nerve damage and scar tissue and adhesions are only easily seen by the radiologist is there is contrast. She told me he refused to order the MRI with contrast and I could make an appointment with him in 3-4 weeks to discuss this with him, but that he is not going to add contrast because he took an oath. Meanwhile I am 33 years old with no job, I can't take care of my young children, the back of my head feels like there's pressure on my skull or like I got hit with a baseball bat, I urinate uncontrollably, I have severe memory loss that effects the care of my 2 children, I am taking 80mg of narcotics a day to help take the edge off the burning tearing feeling up my spine and constant muscle spasms, blurred vision, burning feet that hurt to put pressure on, panic attacks from the severe pain, dizzy and disoriented, swollen right side of my face that is numb and tingling, throbbing pain in the bones in my arms and legs, neck spasms that cause me to not be able to turn my head lasting 2-3 days which causes me to not be able to drive. Yet this doctor is unwilling to look to see if there is any damage to the nerves in my nerves system, which can only be seen with contrast. Dr. Standaert's care has been thee worst experience and treatment I have ever received during my 2 1/2 years of suffering. I wish I could warn more patients who are going through enough, to not see this doctor because he has caused an enormous amount of stress and anxiety to my already horrible situation. I was not treated as a patient or even a human by this Doctor. I am beginning to wonder if he found one of my doctors caused the pain that has happened during one of my 3 spinal taps and Dr. Standaert is protecting fellow doctors because there is clearly a need to look into possible damage in that area and he is completely unwilling to even look.
Submitted April 20, 2015 | flag
Top Notch! The care is amazing there. I was very impressed when I had to spend a couple nights there!
Submitted March 11, 2015 | flag
Superior emergency and critical care. If you have a head injury and they can't save you there, you can't be saved.
Submitted May 22, 2012 | flag
My mother who has been dealing with mental illness most of her life was admitted to the the pysch ward voluntarily. Now they are trying to keep her there under involuntarily even though she checked self in. We have been supeneonaed for this. Come to find out this is a normal practice by this hospital, & if in court we win for her to stay voluntarily they have told our lawyer she will be discharged, even though she is suicidal,& the hospital is one that is wanting the involuntary commitment . This makes no sense at all she wants to stay to get help, they say she needs to stay , but if they don't win their case they will throw a truly suicidal woman out. Which I can tell you that is just signing her death warrant! This makes no sense at all to the lawyer or me. Also according to the lawyer she has seen this happen many times. Also the doctors spend about 5 minutes a day to talk to her and they are doing nothing at all to help her. This in my opinion is bordering on neglect.
Submitted May 5, 2012 | flag
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