Any serious diagnosis thrusts patients and their families into an unfamiliar world of doctors, tests and treatment options. Here are my suggestions as you begin the journey through illness.
“I’m desperate for help”
Richard had suffered for six years from severe, intractable pain in a specific part of his body. For years, he had been conducting his own research into the cause with no luck. Unfortunately, during this time, he had undergone an unnecessary hip replacement due to a misdiagnosis by an orthopedist.
Even when he sought out surgeons in various states and underwent three other procedures and surgeries, his condition hadn’t alleviated.
By the time he contact us, his condition had deteriorated to the point where he could not bear the thought of a lifetime of pain and he was desperate for help.
Taking a fresh look at Richard’s medical history and research, we managed to uncover the answer by meticulously combing through the footnotes in a journal article: a surgeon who could help Richard, based in his own community.
Although Richard has a long road ahead of him, his pain has already diminished and he has hope for his future once again