"Titanium rod inserted after x-rays reveal nothing"

About: Cairns Hospital / Emergency Department Noarlunga Public Hospital

(as the patient),

I had been complaining about pain in my right thigh for close on 6 months. One GP ordered an x-ray but nothing was found, then another GP ordered an ultrasound of the area around the right knee. The diagnosis was made, a meniscal tear. However I went to Cairns and my leg kept getting weaker and more painful. This continued until I fell against the kitchen bench and found that I could not move at all and was experiencing excruciating pain. Down to the Emergency Department of the Cairns Base Hospital I went and my leg was x-rayed. It was found to have two large cancerous lesions in my right thigh! ! ! ! Also the bone was rather thinned out and was a high risk of fracture. I was admitted to hospital, a titanium rod was inserted to reinforce the leg and treatment for multiple myeloma began. It took about five and half weeks before I was even remotely well enough to return home to Adelaide. Chemotherapy continues on down here. What I would like to know is how such a misdiagnosis was made? ? ? ? The x-ray company down here was at Noarlunga Hospital.

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