January of 2010 initiated me into the life of a chronic pain patient. For sixteen months I plunged into a diagnosis journey that brought with it ten misdiagnoses by eleven respected physicians, fifteen procedures and tests, twenty-two medications and crushing pelvic pain. People have asked me if I am angry about it all; the misdiagnoses, prolonged pain, time spent, needless tests and sometimes painful procedures. Anger is not the presiding feeling, ...

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An excerpt from The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care (Lemon Grove Press) which will be released May 15, 2012.  Here are a few suggestions that will help you make the most of your relationship with your doctor. They are for your benefit as a patient, because the more you know, the more empowered you will feel. Remember That Doctors Are Human Beings Almost every health care professional emphasized ...

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An excerpt from The Take-Charge Patient: How You Can Get The Best Medical Care (Lemon Grove Press) which will be released May 15, 2012.  Your Relationship with Your Doctor “A good relationship with your physician can lead to better medical care.” -Zouhdi A. Hajjaj, MD, internal Medicine, Yarmouthport, MA Your relationship with your doctor is an important one that can last for many years. It is a partnership. You and your doctor collaborate to maintain your ...

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