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My 17-Year Quest For The Correct Medical Diagnosis

How many times can you begin again? That's what I asked myself as I entered the Hospital for Special Surgery, just three weeks after my first lumbar spine epidural steroid injection and SI joint procedure. I was late. I spent two hours stuck in traffic during my drive from New Jersey to New York. So I was frazzled and my thoughts were scattered when I arrived. Yet, that question, can I start over again after another procedure rattled around in my head. My entire adulthood has been a long and winding road, at least medically. At 17, a sparse menstrual cycle, joint pain and spontaneous fever left doctors scratching their heads about what was wrong with me. I got progressively worse during my time at Boston College and it's been downhill ever since. Sure, I was tested for every common ailment. Since I'm African-American doctors focused on conditions associated with my race like sickle cell anemia, sarcoidosis, lupus and even multiple sclerosis but none of them proved to be the source of my deteriorating condition. So, doctors treated what went wrong with me on an individual basis. When I hemorrhaged and almost died, I was given something to help my blood clot and a D&C procedure was done. When I began coughing up blood, doctors pumped my stomach, removed the polyps from my esophagus. When my pancreas became inflamed, I got pain meds, drugs to reduce swelling and a digestive enzyme to help me process food. I did what I was told. I swallowed pills, took what I call a hospital t...
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CONCLUSION: Dutch incidence and cost estimates based on claims were consistent with previous estimates. Prevalence estimates were somewhat higher. Drug and hospital costs were highest shortly after the diagnosis. Healthcare consumption related to comorbidities was in-line with the previously reported comorbidity estimates. PMID: 29775086 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Comp Eff Res Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: This study provides the Chinese-specific health utility data for advanced NSCLC using the EQ-5D. PMID: 29775084 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Comp Eff Res Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Further discussions about the adequacy of COS for acute pediatric pain, as well as interventions to increase the uptake of COS may be warranted. PMID: 29775075 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Comp Eff Res Source Type: research
Both sides in Tampa strip club owner Joe Redner ’s fight to grow his own marijuana to treat his late stage cancer have now filed their legal arguments with the Florida Supreme Court. Earlier this week, Redner’s legal team filed a 36-page brief arguing that he should be allowed to grow his own medicinal cannabis despite an appeals court order blocking a trial court ruling in his favor. “Contrary to the Department’s claims, the right to possess a growing plant is indeed enshrined in the constitution,”…
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Authors: Oweida AJ, Phan A, Vancourt B, Robin T, Hararah MK, Bhatia S, Milner D, Lennon S, Pike L, Raben D, Haugen BR, Pozdeyev N, Schweppe RE, Karam SD Abstract Anaplastic thyroid cancer is an aggressive and highly lethal disease with poor outcomes and resistance to therapy. Despite multimodality treatment including radiation therapy and chemotherapy, response rates remain below 15% with a median time to progression of less than 3 months. Recent advances in radiotherapy delivery and gene-expression profiling may help guide patient selection for personalized therapy. The purpose of this study was to characterize th...
Source: Thyroid : official journal of the American Thyroid Association - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Thyroid Source Type: research
Authors: Styszynski A, Mossakowska M, Chudek J, Puzianowska-Kuznicka M, Klich-Raczka A, Neumann-Podczaska A, Szybalska A, Wieczorowska-Tobis K Abstract Anemia is an independent risk factor for functional decline and mortality among older adults. Since mild anemia in older people is often under-diagnosed and ignored, its prevalence needs precise determination and recognition of predisposing factors. None of the previous studies based on the data obtained from the representative elderly population identified the influence of socio-economic factors on the prevalence of anemia. PolSenior was a cross-sectional populatio...
Source: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: J Physiol Pharmacol Source Type: research
Authors: Da Silva Santos R, Galdino G Abstract Exercise-induced analgesia is a phenomenon discussed worldwide. This effect began to be investigated in the early 1970s in healthy individuals and rodents during and after an acute or chronic session of running or swimming. Thereafter, studies found this effect was also induced by resistance exercises. Over the years, many studies have demonstrated the importance of exercise-induced analgesia in relieving pain caused by different conditions, such as fibromyalgia, low back pain, neuropathy, and osteoarthritis. This review aims to provide the reader with an in-depth desc...
Source: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: J Physiol Pharmacol Source Type: research
Authors: Spiegel BM PMID: 29764343 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Medical Journal of Australia - Category: General Medicine Tags: Med J Aust Source Type: research
Authors: Kohsaka S, Katada J, Saito K, Terayama Y Abstract OBJECTIVE: To investigate the risk of bleeding events and stroke/systemic embolism (SE) among Japanese patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), focusing on the initial dosage of apixaban and patient age. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study used de-identified electronic health records-based claims data from 314 acute-care hospitals in Japan. NVAF patients newly initiated on warfarin or apixaban, with no prescription during the 180-day blanking period, were eligible. Patients were allocated to receive warfarin or 5 or 2.5 mg twice...
Source: Current Medical Research and Opinion - Category: Research Tags: Curr Med Res Opin Source Type: research
This article reviews the salient features about the mode of action, efficacy, safety and tolerability profile of approved oral DMTs in RRMS and reviews their place in clinical algorithms in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. We conducted a systematic review using a comprehensive search of MEDLINE, PubMed, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (period January 1, 1995 thru January 31, 2018). Additional searches of American Academy of Neurology and European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis abstracts from 2012 thru 2017 were performed, in addition to searches of the Food and Drug Admini...
Source: Current Medical Research and Opinion - Category: Research Tags: Curr Med Res Opin Source Type: research
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