Test me for everything

An Annual Physical is one of my favorite visits. It’s an appointment specifically designated to review your health – both where you are now and where you are heading. It’s the body’s status update. It’s also where I feel I get to know a person a little better, more about your life in general, not just […]

Thyroid Disease – a little gland – big effects

January was Thyroid Disease Awareness month and thyroid disorders are very common.  Unfortunately, it’s usually not the answer to the 10 pounds you are trying to lose. What is the Thyroid? The thyroid is a gland located in the neck near the “Adam’s Apple”.  It’s job is to produce Thyroid Hormone (T4, T3) – which […]

Cold, Flu, Allergies or worse – what’s my diagnosis?

I’ve been sick for 2 weeks, nothing is helping! It is the peak of cold and flu season and it is likely that you and at least 3 people you know have probably said this.  Regardless of the climate you live in, it’s cold and flu season, not to mention allergies. Do I need antibiotics? […]

What is a Diagnosis? A rose by any other name?

You go to see a doctor with a painful shoulder. You tell the doctor that you can’t sleep because of the pain, and the doctor starts to make assumptions about your symptoms.  Before you get a chance to tell the doctor your story, you are told you slept on it wrong, and given a prescription […]

Making a diagnosis – Who am I?

As you sit in the doctor’s office for the first time, your eyes note the array of diplomas and plaques on the wall. You have never met this doctor before, but your friend said they were good, or you picked them out of a book, or you were referred by another doctor, and you are […]

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