- Producer08/08/2016Military Hot Wheels, Munchausen, and Malingering / by Dr Margaret Aranda / As a doctor on a military base, "Oh! The stories I could tell!" But I first have to mention what a privilege it was to be exposed to both the personnel and the race car hot wheels, now built to withstand roadside bombings...
Comments08/08/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#1 #2 Thank you both. Sometimes my brain injury gets in the way as I shift from jeeps to Invisible Illnesses to Malingering...but as an ER doc, I was always so afraid I would "miss" something. You know, you don't get follow-up so you never really know. I tried to do my best, and I was fresh out of med school with a stack of medical books and just jumped into that ER with only my new medical license! Learned so much...wouldn't trade it for the world. And yes, there is a long, long list of Invisible Illnesses, the 2 most common being heart disease and diabetes. Killers, both. ALL about it in my book ~ 500+pages. I focus on Immunonutrition. Perhaps I'll start posting some of those chapters in brief here.....:-).08/08/2016 #1 Jeet SarkarThank you Madam @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD for this informative and intriguing post. I din't know much about that disease, but Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis Depression and Mental illness all are invisible illness. In this illness, people externally seems normal but internal problems are massive, specially in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cancer. The cost of medical treatment in this disease is very expensive, i am not sure but I heard it! However, Great post Madam. Thank you for sharing it!
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- 30/05/2016You Are Allowed to be an Independent Thinker of Your Own Diagnosis
You are allowed to search for the diagnosis by visiting 25 doctors, chatting with 25 FaceBook groups, or doing Google Searches on your symptoms. It is all okay. After all, you are the one that lives in your body. Welcome to a place where you are accepted, loved, and encouraged to fight for yourself! I know what it feels like, because I went through it several times, myself.
The hard way: As a physician who became a patient. We all learn to hate the Emergency Room, you know? And we're all tired of being told, "It's all in your head." I've been made to feel like a liar, a pretender, a 'malingerer,' and have been judged so very corruptly by others who knew perfectly well that I fainted to the floor and had purple lips. But hey, I'm not their Judge. They'll meet their Maker.
So.....Don't let anyone tell you who you are or how you need to behave, not when you know there is something WRONG with you and no healthcare professional can find it! You are so correct in fighting for your survival! So rest, take a deep breath, and know that we totally "get it."
~ Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
Former: USC Medical School Grad, Stanford Anesthesiology, Stanford Critical Care, Cenegenics Age Management Medicine, Watertown Univ PhD, Forensics.
Current: Traumatic Brain Injury with DI (x2), Dysautonomia, Vertebral Artery Dissection with Aneurysm (extracranial), gastroparesis, spinal fusion for spinal stenosis and left with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), occulo-vestibular dysfunction, vertigo, pre-syncope, nausea, brainstem hypoperfusion.
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Comments30/05/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDWhat is Dysautonomia?
In short, it's something that hardly any doctors even know about. It is not usually taught in medical schools. So most regular physicians are unable to diagnose it.
Dysautonomia is "dys"function of the "automatic" or Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS control center is in the core of the brain, controlling all the things you don't have to think about: breathing rate, heart rate, blood pressure, even food digestion. Well, those of us with dysautonomia have stomachs and intestines that don't even like to move food forward well. Some people live on liquid meals going straight into their intestine.
All of us stand up...and then we Faint! We may get "gray-outs" first, where everything looks gray. So while you can get up and go get the door without "thinking" about it, people with dysautonomia have to crawl on the floor so they don't faint. That's pretty much it!
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