If you or a loved one has ever been seriously injured or ill, you probably understand how important it is to have a doctor
OK, it happened. It’s been nine years, and I’m in my mid-twenties now. I was 16 when, one Monday morning at work, I found
If someone of a CDC/IDSA centric view were to have confirmation bias, they may interpret this data as a wake-up call to better
When to Take Matters in Your own Hands In a perfect world, you would visit your GP with a problem and come out with a "spot
He talked over me, had no interest in learning, and ultimately muttered that although he is sticking to his guns about not agreeing with my diagnosis (but having no other explanation for my ongoing symptoms and subsequent resolution of them), he "can't argue" with my progress.
He listened for 10 minutes and calmly said, "You have Lyme. Lyme does all kinds of weird things, but you'll get better. Amazing that I am only the 12th doctor you've been to. Most find me somewhere between 20 and 100."
Yet it's not the best Geraghty's doctors could have done. There have been other documented cases of Lyme disease being at
I knew I couldn't continue on following the lead of my doctors because they or whatever mystery condition I had was killing me. Still, I didn't take charge of my own health until the head and neck surgeon told me he suspected I had lymphoma. I knew then I wasn't ready to die, certainly not at 39.
"Crazy Eyes," the nickname for character Suzanne Warren on Orange Is the New Black for which actress Uzo Aduba won her second Emmy last month, is probably the greatest lesson on the reality of mental illness in women behind bars.
Patient empowerment is a crucial part of the solution.
Here are three things to watch for as you discuss your brain health with your doctor: 1. Doctor rushes to diagnosis without
And how do I know that? My 26-year-old fraternal twin daughters were diagnosed with Late Onset Tay-Sachs this past November.
That's a question I would have asked as recently as early November of this past year. Unfortunately, I am now all too familiar with what it is. I have 26 year old fraternal twin daughters who were just diagnosed with this devastating genetic disorder. My husband and I were unsuspecting carriers of a recessive gene.
Today, our son is 21 and he will tell you the worst part of his illness is the stigma. Why do we as a society stigmatize our friends, family, and others by branding them with a mark of disgrace?
The day arrived, and I lay on the bare operating table, with my eyes closed and my mind at peace. When I opened them three hours later I knew that someone had just received the gift of life. I smiled as I knew that I had just joined the smallest club in America.
The wonderful thing about being a writer is that everything that happens is grist to the mill.
1. Chronic kidney disease Before 2002, about 1 in 58 adults had chronic kidney disease, putting them at risk of eventual
Although these rates were small, "delayed cancer diagnosis is believed to be one of the most harmful and costly types of
You don't need to be an M.D. to take charge of your own diagnosis in this way, but you do need to be patient, persistent, and knowledgeable enough to share the right information and ask the right questions of the right medical partners.
I know almost every one of my pet loving clients has searched the Internet to better understand why their pet is not feeling well. I would speculate that around 50-60 percent of the time my clients are in the vicinity of the right diagnosis. However, nearly 40 to 50 percent of the time they are not.