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Ear Nose and Throat Doctors

Today I went to see a new ear, nose, and throat doctor and learned of some surprising things. The reason being is I have become upset with my current ear, nose, and throat doctor. I have noticed blood occasionally coming out of my right nostril, and my doctor thinks it’s because it is just dry. Well I never had any problems prior to seeing him with blood coming out of my nose. So that’s why I wanted to see a new one. Background  My current ear, nose, and throat doctor operated on me back in August of 2006 to drain my right maxillary sinus. This was because the only finding on my MRI was an infection in my right maxillary sinus. So after the antibiotics didn’t work he drained my sinus. This was hopefully going to get rid of my 24/7 headache, but it didn’t. The New Doctor  The new ear, nose, and throat doctor I saw today explained to me about how my right maxillary sinus is much smaller than the left, something that only 2% of people have. In the past, like 15 years ago, he would have performed operations to drain the smaller maxillary sinus. However, he […]

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New Cure for Chronic Headaches?

Dr. Pamela Blake, of Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital in Houston, has pioneered a new minimally invasive surgery for patients with chronic daily headaches. She said that usually, the headaches aren’t migraines or tension headaches, but, rather, an irritation of one or more of the nerves that emanate from the back of the skull.  Blake said the results are good for the more than 100 operations she has supervised. “About 64 percent of patients had a greater than 50 percent reduction of their headaches after surgery,” she said.  While I personally think these numbers are good I don’t think chronic headache sufferers should run to see her.  It’s important to try out other treatments before considering surgery. You may want to try out medication or in the case of rebound headache, ease off of your medications. There are many other options to try such as acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, and chiropractic maniupulation. Perhaps this is all you need. To find out more vist http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/Story?id=3460798&page=3

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Doctors Don’t Have All the Answers

In order to be a doctor, one must go through rigorous academics for a long time. Doctors attend four years of college, four years of medical school; complete a one year internship, and a two year residency.   Being a doctor carries a high level of prestige in society. People look up to doctors and respect them greatly and they should. However, that does not mean that doctors are not people too. They are motivated by their own desires and needs. Most honestly do care about healing all of their patients, but there are certainly some who have selfish desires. There is also a lot of controversy in different areas of medicine, where different doctors have different beliefs. So who is right, and who is wrong? We simply just don’t always know. Just because one doctor, or one dentist, or one whatever who practices some form of medicine recommends something, does not mean it is always right for you. It is important to seek out multiple opinions from different doctors in the specialty. Always go for a second opinion when it comes to your health, the single most important thing in your life. In some instances, it is even good […]

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Being Prepared For Doctor Visits

When we have something wrong with us, such as a lasting headache, back pain, the flu, etc., we want to see a doctor so they can fix it. What we don’t always think about is that there is a lot more to doctor appointments than just calling and scheduling. It is essential to arrive at your doctor’s office knowing exactly what you are going to discuss and being prepared to write down your discussion. Too often have I gone to see a doctor, and upon arriving back home I either forgot to totally mention something I wanted to discuss or forgot what my doctor told me. I am sure this happens to other people as well. What I suggest doing, and has worked well recently, is before visiting your doctor to think of everything you want to discuss. Then take out a piece of paper and write it down. This way you can refer to it when you are with your doctor in case you forget anything or to double check to make sure you discussed everything you wanted to. When you are having discussions with your doctor, often time’s doctors will not write down for example how many times […]

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