FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
Talk about an embarrassment of
riches, in a recent phone conversation, one of my
relatives living right here in South Florida was
discussing her problems with a healthcare challenge, not
that she wasn’t able to find a diagnosis, but that
there were actually too many diagnoses.
She was told that she is losing bone
mass due to a thyroid condition that was discovered in a
recent examination. The solution was clear to the
surgeon: operate. The solution was clear to the
endocrinologist: do NOT operate, take Fosomax and
vitamin D. To a leading thyroid expert, the solution
was, by all means STOP taking vitamin D. And to make
matters murkier, a new test result just came back saying
that she may not actually have the thyroid problem that
was previously diagnosed.
This would be a funny Marx brother
sketch if not for the fact that this is someone I
greatly care about and these are all leading doctors in
their fields. My first thought was to let her primary
doctor sort it out, but he is a cardiac specialist and
does seem to be able to take sides in the battle of the
diagnoses. So I thought I would go to the real experts
and ask you if you have ever run into this quagmire and
how you were able to sort through the murk.
Cutting through the murk
How many doctors does it take to…?
Happy Mothers day to you and all of
your loved ones.