Doctors Share the Craziest Cases of Faking It They've Ever Seen | 22 Words

Most people go to the doctor's office because they have a medical problem, right? But then again, some people apparently go just to start some drama. For those who love the spotlight a little too much, the doctor's office (or worse, an actual hospital) is just another stage to act on. And of course, doctors can remember the worst cases of patients faking it.

The thing is, doctors, nurses, and medical professionals know when they see a real problem. Which means they also know when someone is pretending. And as cringe-worthy as that sounds, it's also pretty hilarious to discover what people think a doctor will believe. So medical professionals took to Reddit, sharing the hands-down worst cases of patients faking it they've ever seen.

Keep scrolling to see these crazy doctor stories!


My dad is a GP, and his favorite story is from someone he works with.

A lady who had a history of being overly dramatic was complaining of feeling faint. When it became clear the doctor was doubting her, she full-on pretends fainted to the floor.

Doctor, knowing a real faint from a fake one, turned back to her desk, and just carried on working for a few minutes until the patient sheepishly got up and walked out of the office.


"I'm seizing, doctor."

EMS: I’ve had patients fake seizures before, like not even convincingly, they just kinda shaking their body and limbs like they heard the sickest beat. We asked them “what’s wrong," and they look up and calmly inform us “I’m seizing." Other patients who try to be a bit more realistic stop quickly when we crack an ammonia tablet.


It's a miracle!

I’ve also had a patient who was “unresponsive" and breathing, we eventually got them to respond a bit more and when we asked if they could open their eyes for us she said no and when we asked why not she said, “because I’m dead." -DrScienceSpaceCat

Here's a wild story:

A woman came into the dentist office where I was working reception, holding a hand over her mouth and in absolute hysterics. She said she’d broken a tooth and was in agony. I watched her have a seat in the waiting room while they scrambled to get a room ready for her, and it was like a switch had flipped.

It's like two different people!

She filled out the paperwork with steady hands, sat perfectly calmly. The second the door opened for the dentist to call her back, she started up again instantly—heavy breathing, tears in her eyes, whimpering that she was in so much pain and she needed something to make it stop. 

And yet, she didn't actually want the dentist to examine her.

She refused to let the dentist touch her. She didn’t want the tooth examined. From what the dentist managed to see, though, it became apparent this was an old injury and didn’t even come anywhere near the nerve, so it shouldn’t have been causing her any pain. But the woman begged for relief, she said she needed something strong. After a few minutes of this, one of the hygienists came running out of the dentist’s office holding a phone, saying the dentist’s mother had called and said there had been an emergency. 

She had an ulterior motive.

The dentist escaped to her office and the woman was sympathetically ushered out with the frantic assurance that she could find someone else to help her. I had no idea what to make of this at the time, and everyone kinda laughed when I asked if everything was okay with the dentist. They said that was the fastest thing they could think of to get that woman out, as she had clearly been after drugs. -maximumovarize

When you think glasses are to cool for school:

Not a doctor but a patient. I was about 6 when I had to go to an eye doctor to get my peepers checked. I had perfect vision but I always wanted glasses because I thought they were cool.

So, while taking my vision test, I would read a line and goof up some letters. Fool proof. They had to give me glasses after that. I would goof them up pretty hard too.

The eye doctor looked at me, looked at the chart and looked back at me and asked me to re-read the line. I didn't flinch. I wanted those glasses. So I said "I uh think it's an 8?" and other wrong answers that were not even close.


But it's not that easy to flub a test.

The doctor talked to my mom for a second away from me. I thought he was gonna give me some sick lenses for my dome.

She talked to me and asked if I was being honest. I was shocked. My eyes widened. I was found out. HOW DID HE KNOW. I had to come clean. It's my mom. I can't lie to her. I said I really wanted glasses and yeah I was playing it up. and they didn't laugh but gave the impression of disappointment. I wasted their time :(


What goes around, comes around!

Flash forward 21 years.

Now I need glasses and don't want to wear them because I didn't wear glasses for so long and the embarrassment of that story and the admission of getting old. I even got glasses and lost them already.

Karma caught up with me.


Remember the "knee jerk" test?

Neurosurgery resident here.

A patient comes in with her husband for followup on her back surgery, all imaging studies show the narrowing in the spinal outlet is relieved but she insists she's still in pain and surgery didn't work and she still needs pain meds etc, her husband was also on pain meds at the time, decide to check her clinically, something was off, I do the "knee jerk" test on one leg then fake it in the second, holding the hammer, she kicks her leg up on her own without hammer touching anything.. Nice try elderly couple, no pain meds for you.


But this is just NOT okay.

Not a doctor, but a patient with a reverse scenario. I went to the er complaining of extreme pain in my abdomen. I was throwing up, fainting, unable to walk, etc. Every doctor/nurse I saw clearly didn't believe me, and I saw one nurse rolling her eyes when walking away from me. They kept encouraging me to go home and telling me I was fine. I waited in that hospital for 32 hours, and in that time they did 1 ultrasound, then 'lost' the results.  -Elegant_Confusion

Because there WAS a problem.

Eventually, a doctor came in, told me that I just had period pain and I needed to leave. He told me to come back in 6 months if I still had pain. Well, my mum drove me to another hospital who took one look at me and immediately took action. I was rushed into emergency surgery. Turns out my whole right ovary had exploded.  -Elegant_Confusion

It's there a way to hold the other hospital accountable?

The doctor who operated on me was furious because he said that it could have been saved if the other hospital had done their job. It was caused by a twist in the fallopian tube which cut off all circulation. It would have been a simple procedure to untwist it. Yet I ended up having a 6-hour operation, months of recovery and only one ovary left. I was 21 at the time. I'm 26 now and praying that I will be able to have kids one day -Elegant_Confusion

Overheard in a hospital:

"The hypochondriac in room 5 is dead!"

"Well, now he is overdoing it!"


Okay, WHAT?

Not a doctor, but this chap was in the news a few years ago. He pretended to be in a coma for two years to avoid having to go to court. He was found out when videos of him walking into a shop and driving through a toll came to light. -opopkl

A few things help anxiety, but this isn't one of them!

I’m not a doctor, but when I was in eighth grade, I had a lot of anxiety about going to school and I would fake sick a lot. Sometimes, my anxiety would be bad enough that it would actually make my stomach hurt. I missed a lot of school. Finally, after taking me to my regular doctor, my parents took me to a special doctor and they decided it would be best for me to clean out my system and gave me a laxative. So I took a laxative that day and cleared myself out when there was really nothing besides normal everyday meals to clear out.

TLDR; I took a laxative to cure my anxiety.


Tried to skip work, ended up in surgery.

I'm just gonna tell my own faking at the doctor's cause the opposite happened there which was kinda funny to me.

I was 100% feeling healthy, just wanted to get a few days off so I went to my usual doctor's office for a certificate which the doctor would normally just give out to everyone without even doing a physical examination.


And the doctor's report?

That day though she was sick herself so there was a replacement who wanted to do an examination after I told them I allegedly had a cold.

I lowkey panicked & didn't know what to do so I just opened my mouth and the doctor said "Oh damn, glad you came here, your tonsils are super swollen!"


Of all the "late for school" excuses.

Not a doctor.

I was late for Jr. High School and told the office I got hit by a car. Yes, I was a brilliant kid.

They told me how serious of a lie this "would be", I left and never repeated it.


The lesson here is: don't be a slacker.

Slacker ex-brother-in-law claimed he had back problems caused by his work environment where he had to sit down all the time. He was out on temporary disability for almost 6 months. He had filed for workers comp hoping to get get a settlement. 

"If he had money he'd be rich." Well, he's not wrong!

One day he was out running or really working really hard. While he was doing this exercise, unbeknownst to him he was photographed. His claim was denied and he almost prosecuted for fraud. Years later, he sued my sister for divorce since he caught wind she was leaving him before she retired. He has stolen money from his daughters and is now living with his brother's sofa talking about how if he had money he would be rich. -muffinlover0510

New doctor, new medical conditions.

It's amazing how frequently we get patients that are new to the area just outright lie about conditions they have or what their old doctor said to them.

Every time I say let me just bring up your old notes, the sheer look of horror on their faces when they release that patients notes are digitally transferred over. I mean what did you think your records stay at your own doctors? We all have computers you know!


Simple, yet effective.

My wife is an ER nurse...they have clever ways of finding the fakers. She's got a great one by taking a pen or pencil and pushing down on their fingernail. She'll find the fakers real quick. -moxin84

Working the system isn't always a good thing.

I’m not a doctor, but I work in a clinic and I screen/triage patients. The worst people are the people who know that chief complaints of chest pain and shortness of breath are red flags, so they use those to get seen faster. It’s hard to “prove" that someone doesn’t have chest pain just from looking at them, but shortness of breath is pretty much impossible to fake for any sustained period of time, so it’s easy to tell if someone doesn’t actually have shortness of breath (to be fair though, most of the time people who say they have shortness of breath but don’t actually have it, don’t know that shortness of breath is a huge red flag and usually just been they have some pain when breathing.)  -The_Timminator

So there was this one woman...

The most egregious case of faking I dealt with was a patient who came in with a chief complaint of shortness of breath and chest pain x 30 minutes. The patient wasn’t in any clear distress, but we still hooked her up to an EKG and worked her up quick, especially because her other “symptoms" that she told me indicated she was having a heart attack. Before I hooked her up to the EKG, she grabbed my wrist to stop me and goes “wait, I also have a sore throat."  -The_Timminator

Yeah, she wasn't having a heart attack.

I knew pretty much right away that she was actually here for the sore throat, and she had looked up symptoms of heart attacks prior to coming so she could be seen faster. She ended up staying longer because 1) we had to continue monitoring her for liability reasons and 2) the providers weren’t going to address her sore throat right away since there were other more pressing issues at the moment, including her alleged chest pain. Don’t try to game the system kids, it’s not going to work in your favor. -The_Timminator

Yeah, test > videogames.

Not a doctor, but once a kid at my grade in high school was faking a migraine to avoid a test. They let him stay at the school office, turned the lights off, gave him a pillow and called his parents to pick him up because at my school parents could allow the school to give medicine for pain but he wasn't allowed to. While waiting he started to play a videogame on his smartphone and was then obligated to do the test because if he was able to play videogames he could do the test. -Sunfloragirll

Is "homesick" a diagnosis?

Story as a young patient.

During my first year of high school, I wanted to be homesick for a while to play video games or something.

My mom took me to our GP and he asked me what I had. I gave him everything I’ve got and he told me he was going to give me some medicine that made me better. My mom had to stay after my visit a little longer because she had to talk to the GP as well.


Well played, GP.

At the pharmacy I received my medication and I was shocked. The doctor subscribed 10 boxes with suppository and I had to take several daily. My worst nightmare as you can imagine.

My homesickness was cured instantly and my mom returned the boxes straight away :-)

The GP was brilliant and played it perfectly.

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