Photo by Sam Lion on Pexels. At a certain point in your health investigations you'll discover that the majority of doctors will do the same time-wasting things over and over. This is especially maddening when dealing with a practitioner not covered by insurance. Here is a list of suggestions for getting the most out of a doctor's visit. Read More Managing the doctors
In 2014 I stumbled on a staircase, reached out to balance myself against the wall, and was rewarded with a breathtaking pain in my left shoulder that I tried to ignore for a year. Read More The summer of my frozen shoulder *
In this 2001 UK Guardian article about a covered-up mass pesticide poisoning in Spain, the journalist asserts that the same thing was behind the 1989 deaths in the US attributed to tainted L-tryptophan supplements. Read More Disturbing theories about the 1989 L-tryptophan poisonings
As I mention on my page on chronic, undiagnosed illness, my estimate of how many Americans share my experience with inscrutable health issues has evolved over the years from maybe 10,000 to at least three million. Read More Call for essays: WTF is happening?
In 2017, I spent $1,400 for a subscription to a concierge doctor, one who charges extra to offer better access for her patients and has far fewer patients than the typical hospital system doctor. Read More My year with a concierge doctor
After you've spent a few months/years wandering through the medical system with a complaint no one can help you with -- hair loss, psoriasis, fatigue, dizzy spells, insomnia, whatever -- you start to hear the same refrains from supposedly well-meaning doctors and civilians. Read More Annoying crap people will say re: your mystery health issue