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Re: I Will Find a Way to Live bookgurl99

Posted by Mark H. on July 2, 2002, at 16:54:11

In reply to Re: I Will Find a Way to Live, posted by bookgurl99 on July 2, 2002, at 8:27:01

Bookgurl,

I think it is important and entirely responsible for you to explore the possibility of an endocrinological basis for your symptoms. I know a professional woman whose personality very gradually deteriorated until few people could remember whether she had always been so "out of it." Her health continued to fail while she was traveling overseas, and it was fortunate that a French physician -- sensitive to different causes than most American physicians -- immediately recognized her on sight as having Graves' disease and sent her home for treatment and rest. Within less than a year, she had fully recovered her strength, sanity and good health. Her regular physicians here -- and this woman had been a Hospice nurse with extensive connections in the medical community -- had completely missed it.

My advisor in college experienced something similar. Whether because she was exceptionally brilliant or despite it, her doctors kept giving her tranquilizers and telling her she was just being neurotic. A good internist finally took her seriously and located a perished ectopic pregnancy that had been producing potentially life-threatening toxins.

For some of us, the answer never comes. What the field of medicine doesn't know is still far larger than what it does know, and it is frighteningly easy at times to discover its limits. At those times, we must find our own ways to endure and adapt.

I very much admire your courage and spirit.

Please keep us posted.

Best wishes,

Mark H.


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