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Swedish man had ‘stick’ in stomach for 25 years

TT/Rebecca Martin · 23 Jun 2011, 08:16

Published: 23 Jun 2011 08:16 GMT+02:00

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“I have been admitted to hospital more than a hundred times over the years for the pain,” said Ove Sohlberg to local paper Västerbottenskuriren

Sohlberg thinks that the object was left in his body after a surgical procedure 25 years ago, when he was treated for stomach ulcers.

He had to go through six operations before he was pronounced well again, but symptoms kept returning and he suffered from recurring constipation and soreness.

“I felt like there was something in there and I was in constant pain,” Sohlberg told the paper.

But last weekend, a surgical team finally found and removed the object from Sohlberg’s abdomen.

It measured six centimetres and resembled a toothpick with sharp and jagged edges.

Sohlberg is happy to finally be rid of it after a quarter of a century of pain and troubles.

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“But it seems a pity I had to live with it for so many years,” he told Västerbottenskuriren.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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08:56 June 23, 2011 by hjoian
very reassuring.........
09:01 June 23, 2011 by Keith #5083
It seems such a shame that this man suffered for so long,unnecessarily. But then, so often we are busy looking for something and never see what is actually there - because we were not looking for that.

The old adage holds true, we see what we want to see! Does wood not show on x-rays?
09:07 June 23, 2011 by Dazzler
Thats some stellar diagnostic healthcare!
09:10 June 23, 2011 by lahlily
They probably never did MRI or CT scan... I am sure he was told it was nothing numerous times. I am all for "health care for all" but this is one of the problems with socialized medicine.
09:24 June 23, 2011 by Keith #5083
#4 lahlily

Oh please, don't start listing all the catastrophic errors made by the 'privatised capitalised system'....this website would suffer a denial of service overload.

We have enough tragedy just this year with the 'privatised' ambulance service in certain areas of the country.
09:39 June 23, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg
Your stomach is not in your bowels.
10:40 June 23, 2011 by engagebrain
09:10 June 23, 2011 by lahlily

............... but this is one of the problems with socialized medicine.

absolutely nothing to do with universal medical provision.

However there was a story yesterday about a man in Louisiana who robbed a bank of 1 dollar, to get a prison sentence - once in prison he is entiltled to the medical treatment he could not otherwise afford.
12:03 June 23, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
How did the "toothpick" get in there in the first place? This story begs the question.
13:50 June 23, 2011 by jacquelinee
Not a surprise. I went to the hospital with a skin problem on my head and they INSISTED it was not on my head and looked at my hands instead and said, "No you have no skin problem, your hands look fine" whereupon I said (YET AGAIN!) "It is not on my hands, it is on my HEAD!" Then the medical expert (hahah) said without looking at my head. "Nope you don't have it on your head." I had to order medicine from Canada to clear up my non existent problem.

And another incidence was at a Vard Central where I went with a growth on my arm that was rapidly growing and changing color. The Doctor ( once again hahaha) diagnosed it as exema (it looked NOTHING like exema) and sent me home with skin cream. A week later it had nearly doubled in size, so I pleaded to get it removed and the same doctor asked me if I was on any anti depressants. I am not, but what the heck has THAT go to do with my arm? So I nearly begged, until they removed it. And it took 1 day to get the bill for the visit and over 6 weeks to get the results. Oh yah! By the way.Melanoma! I never knew Nivea was a cure for melanoma but apparently the Swedish health care system thinks it is,
13:52 June 23, 2011 by Snoopy!
If only I could post a picture to this article , indeed Pont-y-garreg not only is some of the journalism on TL questionable ,some degree of ineptitude is obviously in evidence when distinguishing parts of the Gastrointestinal tract .
16:18 June 23, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
Oh man that would totally suck!
16:44 June 23, 2011 by Blazing Saddles
He's had a stick up his ass for 25 years. That sucks.
23:41 June 23, 2011 by Da Goat
@ snoopy you gotta be a little forgiving of TL

After reading what Jacquelinee wrote I am starting to think it is not the local that is inept and don't know their rrrs from their elbow but it maybe the medicos, now that is indeed worrying!

I am surprised the stick lasted for so long, it did not digest,rot or cause serious infection or even peritonitis (if bowel perforated!)
11:50 June 24, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ Da Goat

Thanks, both true. Do your best to stay healthy and research your symptoms online. You will get a better diagnosis.

@ Blazing Saddles

Inspite of the seriousness of the article....

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