A friend of mine will have to repeat M1. Anyone with a similar experience?

This is about a friend I met in M1 who's had a pretty rough year.

She was suffering from orthostatic hypotension since school began and has had a fair share of fainting spells. She had to be hospitalised twice through the year and other than stress the doctors were pretty much drawing a blank on the cause front. It's been really tough on her academically considering she missed a chunk of classes in the middle of the semester but she was pretty headstrong about giving the finals in May and getting through the year. Two months ago she was diagnosed with gall bladder stones. Massive cumulatively about 9 mm ones. Considering the size and her schooling needs the doctors were pushing laproscopy but she's pretty frail as it is so her parents opted out. Now everyone knows textbook gall bladder stones are famous for the pain. But if you haven't seen a patient with it you'll probably not get what this girl was going through. Her pain was so excruciating that she had to move out of the dorm and back home with her parents (they lived about an hour away) because every night it would worsen and she'd scream out in agony, loud enough to wake up the whole floor. She fainted once in histo and when she regained consciousness she couldn't stand up because the pain started again. She sat there sobbing quietly while a bunch of cowered around her to keep everyone from watching. So yeah, it was pretty bad. But the worst thing was - To dissolve out the stones she was put under Homeopathy. Now I know r/badscience really likes to reiterate what a field Homeopathy is but I always figured it was like an expensive placebo; if it worked for someone then hey good for them and if it didn't then, at least it didn't have any side affects or any direct repercussions. The problem was that her doctor was big on the "allopathy is the Devil's medicine" lark. Meaning he wouldn't let her take allopathic painkillers. She was put on homeopathic ones which, quite frankly, did nothing. If anything it made her feel worse and eventually the doctor gave in and put her on real pain killers. One paracetamol a day. And only if she was attending school. Not even kidding. A few weeks ago the pain worsened and she stopped attending at all. Last week her parents and sister came over to talk to the dean for a leave of absence on medical grounds and the dean agreed. So now she'll have to face M1 next year and that too if she's physically ready for it. Last I spoke to her a couple of days ago she was started on allopathic medicine. The doctors told her that considering the size it would be very difficult for them to dissolve it out but right now it's her best shot.

Honestly, Alternative medicine may cure people in a lot of cases even if it's just in their heads but after seeing what my friend went through I can't see them as anything but quacks putting down scientifically proven medicine to glorify their own. I really don't see what the need of her staying off painkillers was except as an opportunity for him to push his own drugs. It's sad and infuriating to think that she may have got better if they had kept her on allopathy and she'd probably be entering M2 with us in August if it weren't for what happened.

TL;DR Friend got Gall Bladder stones. Surgery was out of the question. Put on homeopathic medicine that restricted her pain meds. Pain got worse. Now has to retake M1 next year.

She was hospitalised twice since joining school and had several fainting incidences on campus alone. From what I gathered, it was partly due to her history, partly due to the lifelong dietary restrictions she'll have to face and in some ways the fear attached with undergoing surgery that affected their decision. It's a 5 1/2 year medical course here which substitutes for UG. She's 18 so her parents had word in the decision but she wasn't keen on surgery either.

India here. Our pre med program is covered in 11th and 12th grade , that's mostly the basics though so you have to join coaching classes to clear the entrance exam which is at a much advanced level. The entrance exam (equivalent to the MCATs) puts you up against 1,000,000 for about 40,000 seats. There's a state wide variation but that's the national picture. After UG you get an MBBS degree but to be a MD you'll have to get through PG which is another 3 years.

I also understand why people are so drawn to homeopaths considering that what they lack in scientific basis they make up in patient interactions. So even consulting with this nice, compassionate doctor who fills all the specifics of the stereotypical doctor you see on brochures would make most people feel better as compared to the infamous 15 minute GP.

Also Homoeopaths are borderline cultish about their field. I have a friend who's current doing homeopathy and when I told her about my friend's case she jumped on to talk about how she'd seen homeopathy treated with gall stones and how effective it was in cases where surgery is the only alternative.
This was during the early stages when I wasn't really familiar with the details of Homoeopathy so I figured maybe it's a real thing. Turns out the gall bladder stones she worked on were 2-3mm large. In perspective, the stones tend to dissolve out on their own in most cases if they're small enough (<3 constitutes small).

As for her parents, all I know is laproscopy has serious dietary side affects. You're at risk of fat malabsorption and facing diarrhea everyday so you have to regulate your diet to the T. There's also the stigma attached with surgery (every surgery is an invasive surgery) which is in a way a true. So I get why surgery was out but the real problem was keeping her off allopathic medicine in the first case (also restricting the godforsaken pain killers) especially seeing how bad her condition was.

The downtime will probably be good for her health but psychologically she's in a pretty bad place right now because missing out this year was her biggest concern.

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