A Black woman’s tweet is sparking some major conversation over how Black women are not believed by medical professionals about physical pain they describe.
Danielle Radford, a comedian, tweeted that she was hit by a bus, was knocked out and suffered a concussion a while back. She claims she was only prescribed Advil to deal with the presumably horrible pain.
I got HIT BY A BUS. IN MY BODY. After a couple of tests, the hospital prescribed me ibuprofen and sent me on my way.— Danielle Radford (@danielleradford) October 4, 2018
Lemme repeat that. A BUS HIT ME IN MY PEDESTRIAN BODY, I WOKE UP IN A GUTTER AND THE HOSPITAL GAVE ME ADVIL https://t.co/acW3bcgGVr
Me needing an Advil, according to the hospital pic.twitter.com/g6C76HT7S1— Danielle Radford (@danielleradford) October 4, 2018
I don't understand why people expect patients to advocate for themselves in emergency room situations. You get run over by a bus (a bus!), the highly paid professional doctors ought to know better and actually *check you out*. I'm infuriated on your behalf— Ghostly Gunnar Gissel 🎣 (@monknomo) October 4, 2018
That is insane! The educational system for doctors should definitely be taken a hard look at. It is inhumane to do things like this and every doctor who does should be deeply, deeply ashamed of themselves. I am so sorry you are still dealing with the effects of it. Gentle hugs.— Peter V. Baikun (@PVBaikun) October 4, 2018
Sis, if you have the means, please sue. Bc you deserved much better and bc I’m beyond tired for you, myself, and other BW. TIRED.— Bass. (@BrianaNavy) October 4, 2018
I know you’re lying!!!! (Statement of shock, I believe you 100%)— moranda reaux 🖤♿️🌹 (@emjay1216) October 4, 2018
Can think of two incidents where the white male doctor did not want to even touch me, stood far away, and just asked me to explain my symptoms. Do not let people treat you like shit.— Clamteller 👌💦💦💎 (@En2045) October 4, 2018
I'm in the process of trying to switch doctors after the most amazing assessment by a doc who's a WOC. My usual GP was on vacay.— LadyPolitik (@Ladypolitik) October 4, 2018
I've wasted YEARS letting him fake-assess/under-assess me....just got used to the nonsense. NO MORE...
I went to have gallbladder surgery ave they found out I had a dangerous deformity to my arteries connecting to my liver so they had to transfer me..... first they had my mom drive me to the new hospital an hour away straight out of anesthesia. The new hospital tried to say we— ⭐️Hannah ⭐️ #SPNCLE 🌊 (@HannahHorsch1) October 4, 2018
I kept telling my doctor something wasn’t right after they abruptly took me antidepressants but she kept saying “it’s just anxiety”...it wasnt, the antidepressants were having an adverse affect on my body and as a result I literally went crazy.— Paris✨💋 (@_lapatronne) October 4, 2018
While hundreds of women have their own personal stories, there’s actually data to back up their claims. The Washington Post reports that a 2000 study out of Emory University found that at a hospital emergency department in Atlanta, 74 percent of white patients with bone fractures were given painkillers compared with 50 percent of Black patients.
They also highlighted a 2007 study, which found that physicians were more likely to underestimate the pain of Black patients compared with other patients.
Have you experienced a doctor or health professional who didn’t believe pain you were experiencing? Let us know in the comment section below.