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Describe Your Symptoms

My recent letter I wrote to help my doctor visits goes smoother has prompted me to look for information on this. Bring an up-to-date cumulative patient profile with you to the interview. You can create one by summarizing your medical history on a page. Include dates of, and reasons for hospitalizations and surgery. You may not end up needing to refer to it, but if questions about your medical history come up, having one will maximize the time you can spend discussing your current medical issue(s). Bring your current medication bottles, which list the name & dose information, including herbal supplements if applicable. Describe your basic reasons for the visit in one or two sentences. Most doctors will start with the interview with something like, “What brings you here today?”. Preparing an answer to this question in advance will facilitate the visit. Some common symptoms include: Pain, weakness, Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, fever, confusion, breathing problems, or headache. Recall the onset and timing of your symptoms. Include starts, stops and frequency. (“I get bad pain right in between my menstrual periods that lasts about three days.”) Be prepared with dates and times, if possible. (“The first time I remember feeling […]

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Letter to the Mayo Clinic

I am planning to go the the Mayo Clinic next week because of my frustration,  lack of diagnosis, and belief that something can be done. The following is a letter I typed up to help my doctors and I understand the problem. Up until two days following the extraction of all 4 wisdom teeth, I was totally healthy and was experiencing no symptoms. I had a headache possibly once or twice a year and had no problems with chronic pain.  I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted on 6/23/06. I was given anesthesia and my blood pressure dropped rapidly. Because of this I was sedated, given laughing gas, and awake during the entire procedure. I remember laughing while the teeth were being removed and pieces of the teeth coming out of my mouth. Two days following the extraction I awoke with the most severe pain I have ever experienced. It was a pulsating headache, coming from inside of my head, slightly to the right, and top. It did not go away and was made worse by running.  I saw a pediatrician, he recommended an MRI of the brain with contrast. The MRI showed a completely opacified right maxillary sinus. I […]

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Genetic Testing

My father had colon cancer at a very young age. Because of this I am going to have a colonoscopy in a few weeks. Colon cancer is certainly a cancer that can be stopped before it becomes serious. All that needs to be done is finding a polyp and removing, but if a polyp is not found due to not have a colonscopy, then you can have colon cancer. In recent years genetic testing as become a tool that parents can use to determine if their sons or daughters are more susceptible to certain types of cancers. However, it is important to remember that even if you test negative for a certain disease, the risk does not go away. A year or so ago my father can genetic testing done on him to determine the likelihood of his children to develop colon cancer. Even though the tests results did come back negative, I still have a higher risk of developing colon cancer. The Mayo Clinic offers a lot of advice surrounding genetic testing. To view their thoughts and suggestions click here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/genetic-testing/CA00088

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Midwest Misery

As you may know from the about me section, I live in the Midwest of the United States. This past week has been really awful as far as thunderstorms go. My house had some flooding through the window well in the basement earlier this week. But yesterday was the worst I have ever seen it. A real downpour occurred yesterday afternoon with lots of rain, thunder, and lightning. It rained so hard that my gutters could not handle the water and nearly a foot of water was outside of my house over the window wells. To make matters worse my neighbors sewer was forced to backup somehow. As time went on our entire front yards began to flood. The road in my subdivision flooded. It was impossible for cars and even trucks to go through because it got so high at one point. In my basement and my neighbor’s basements water began rapidly coming out from the drainage holes. About a foot or two of water eventually made it into my basement causing the carpet to be ruined and everything on the ground that we couldn’t save in time. After about 3 hours the heavy rain passed, and everything outside […]

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Wisdom Teeth Removal Really is Serious

I wanted to say that I am not messing around here. Oral surgeons and dentists really can change your life for the worst. If it happened to me, it can happen to you. I have suffered 24/7 everyday since my wisdom teeth were removed. My head is always pounding and it’s a struggle to live normally anymore. My quality of life is substantially diminshed and I am not doing what I want to be doing with my life right now. I see doctors all the time, try all sorts of medications, do a lot of research, and it doesn’t change anything.  For 1 in 100 people wisdom teeth removal causes permanent nerve damage. That’s pretty good odds that you or someone you know could be damage pretty substantially. Also you or someone you know could have a headache that does not ever go away.  If you are thinking about having your wisdom teeth removed or know someone who does ask yourself the question, is health important or not. It should be, and therefore only the wisdom teeth should be removed if they are causing serious problems, and only then, only have the teeth removed that absolutely have to be removed. […]

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