"Broken Sternum misdiagnosed as a 'pulled muscle' at a GP Clinic in Taringa."

About: Taringa Family Practice

(as the patient),

I had an accident. I couldn't breathe properly and quickly left to drive home in severe pain. At home my mum took me straight to the dr at Taringa for a consult because I was in such pain I was crying and gasping for air - because each breathe felt like knife was ripping through my body. When I eventually saw the doctor after an hours' wait the doctor examined me and said it was merely a pulled muscle in my chest and to take panadol for a few days and it would go away. I requested an X-ray but the doctor said it wasn't needed. We went home, and for the next week I could not move, talk or breathe without a severe shooting pain ripping through my chest. Sleeping was agony and no matter what pain medication I took nothing helped. In the end my mum took me to another dr at Indooroopilly who on one look at me sent me straight for an x-Ray and confirmed I had broken my sternum (chest bone) completely in two. I was in a body cast for six weeks and in so much pain because it had moved around so much in the week prior to being re diagnosed. The original dr I saw would not send me for an X-ray and brushed off my symptoms as me overreacting. I will never go back there again.

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