Search in the areas you are interested in.
Seriously, I have gotten some excellent information from those groups.
Especially telling me about new techniques and equipment that the doctor
I was visiting didn't have and didn't tell me about. For example a
laser method in lieu of a knife!!
I've seen some really great dentists on sci.med.dentistry
Not sure what the question is. SEriously, do a google search at
www.google.com and see what you find. I'd spent about $2,000 on
ingrown toe nails and many days of missed work. One bored night, I did
a google, and found a couple web pages. No more doctor bills, I found
out all I needed to know.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
On Mon, 21 Aug 2006 00:43:34 GMT, "Stormin Mormon"
Wow, I had ingrown toenails in both big toes from before I could
remember until I was 18 years old.
They weren't a problem until I turned 13 and thought I was old enough
that I should get rid of them, and I let them grow out, leading to 5
years of soreness, etc. and maybe infection (I was never sure if all
the other symptoms meant there was in infection, or if they were only
responses to the nail.)
I had a doctor who wasn't so old, but who kept using remedies that I
later learned were not effective: Hydrogen peroxide, potassium
Then I was sent on to a surgeon, who didn't surge but put cotton under
the corners. The corners were weakened from stuff my body generated
and the corners just broke off when he put enough cotton under the
nails. Then he wanted to cut, but I wouldn't let him do it.
I finally succeeded in letting it grow out by suffering 5 years of
pain, especially every time my big toes touched something. It would
grow one millimeter and then be eathen back 7/8ths of a millimeter.
It finally healed just in time to go barefoot spring of my first year
in college, except it turned out that no one in college did that where
I was. Still, I was happy that the pain was gone.
How did you solve your problem?
**We couldn't complain though, even had we known, because for some
reason, he never charged us. I saw his books once, and on the day the
book was open to, he didn't charge about 1/3 of the patients. But the
toenail failure was small potatos. He also, when I dislocated my
shoulder, only took an x-ray to see if it was broken, but didn't put
my arm in a sling, which might have prevented recurrences and the
surgery I had to have 10 years later. He also diagnosed me with
epilepsy when I was about 13, and had me take drugs, when all I had
was feeling faint when I stood up, and actually passing out a couple
times. Apparently about half the population feels light-headed if
they stand up suddenly. (My mother wanted me to see a specialist, and
he said "If you want to", meaning he didn't think it was necessary.
The neurologist we went to confirmed the diagnosis and added a second
drug to take in addition. When my mother asked in 1960 "Is it habit-
forming, the doctor replied, "What do you think we are doing, Mrs.
Meirman, running an opium den?" and I don't think he answered her
After a month of that, my mother wanted another specialist and the GP
sent us to a neuro-surgion, who actually sat there when I had another
electro encephalograph, and told me about the Valsalva Maneuver, which
is also a children's game. A kid will breathe very deeply for a
while and another kid will put in a bear hug from behind and squeeze
pretty hard, and the first kid will faint. I'd never heard of it.
Anyhow he wouldn't contradict the first two doctors but he took me off
all the pills and I was fine. About 5 years later as part of another
wild goose chase by the GP, he sent me all the way to Chicago to see
another neurologist, head of neurology at the University of Illinois
hospitals, and an early developer of the EEG, and he examined me and
said I didn't have epilepsy and had never had it.
So yes, it pays to do your own reading, and certainly not to take your
doctor's word for everything.
OTOH he cured my pneumonia (with penicillin, which is I guess almost a
no-brainer), and all I had to do was say "My mother hasn't had a
booster shot against polio, and he nodded to his nurse who got some
from the little fridge and injected her within three minutes of my
mentioning it. No charge like usual. My mother thought that only
children could get polio, but it wasn't true.
It is a critical maneuver for a couple of dire situations - changes
pulse rate, for one.
As for epilepsy, it isn't always dramatic, as in "that is an epileptic
seizure"! There can be mild symptoms, like "absence seizures", where a
person just "tunes out" but doesn't show outward signs.
I know someone who was diagnosed with epilepsy after a grand mal seizure
while asleep - the real deal. They woke up to a room full of EMT's. It
was before anyone knew what sleep apnea was, and was corrected before
sleep apnea became a widely know malady. One can have a seizure just
from fainting, so it isn't always easy to diagnose. This person is part
of a family with low "seizure threshold". Kind of interesting to find
out that so many people in the family had had seizures from a variety of
problems - stroke, diabetic glucose level, fever, etc.
Doc's generally don't contradict each other much - not much sense to it
unless the previous doc was a real flake. They have to work together on
lots of stuff, and the second doc wasn't there when the first took info
and made a decision, so it is hard to second guess.
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