The Take-Charge PatientMartine Ehrenclou, M.A.
Martine tested every strategy in this book, in person over 16 months. She consulted with 12 physicians, 3 alternative practitioners. She was given 11 diagnoses, 22 medications, and more than 15 procedures/surgeries to cute her pelvic pain.
Everyone of us knows someone or is that someone who had problems in the medical area. I suffered more than 3 years after I had my gall bladder out, had complications of being a rare person with an extra bile duct, and finally had to cut certain things from my diet.
My health file is huge I think. After reading this book, Martine emphasized knowing what was going on, how to ask questions, and to always have someone there to support not only you but your medical rights. I am going to ask for all my medical records soon, especially when she stated how important it is. She even walks you through what to do if you are having problems getting them!
Another chapter that stuck out to me was finding a doctor that is understanding to your needs. She went through so many doctors until she finally found one she liked. Some people just settle on the first doctor they meet with - don't! Only do that if you are certain they know what they are doing and they respect you! I had a GI doctor from UPMC who was absolutely amazing. From the beginning when I was referred to him he told me it may be my diet that is a problem, even if I never had it before. Unfortunately, he moved to NY :( A few years later and another GI doctor at WVUH said the same thing! I am a persistant little thing though, always saying I want this test and this one done ... It may also help that my hubster is super smart and in the medical field himself.
As a reader, this book gave me ideas on how to confront those doctors that say it is basically "their way or the highway" and get angry when you ask many questions. I loved the part where she guides you getting medical records, even down to contact the board if they will not give you a copy of them.