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COMMUNICATION
Dear Doctor, We need to talk about communication.  Entering medicine is all about high grades, high intelligence and a mega work ethic to get through those many years of hard training. Right?  Yep, sure, absolutely.  But there are some glaring omissions in medical training.  And one of the most important would be the importance of...
opioids for chronic pain
Finding a good primary care physician / GP can be tough, especially for those of with chronic conditions.  People with chronic conditions often have complex care needs, multiple co-morbidities and need a supportive, caring doctor who has the patience to work through multiple issues.   According to a new study, for people taking prescription opioids for chronic pain, finding a primary...
lose weight
Today is the day after I went to gym and the group exercise class instructor left me in tears after class.  It was a spin class.  Sprint class, HIIT training.  Perfect for me because you can choose to make the class as hard or as easy as you need to, by turning the resistance dial on...
My rheumatologist and I have what I call a hostile relationship. It’s not physically or verbally combative, I liken it more to a ‘hostile witness’ on the stand in your favourite legal thriller.  It’s a loose analogy.  He’s treating me but he doesn’t believe in the treatment, or my illness it seems. In short, he is...
You’re with your doctor discussing a symptom or a complication or some aspect of your health.  Your doctor makes a diagnosis and outlines a treatment plan briefly.  He or she tells you what you should do, writes a script, brushes off your concerns and shuffles you out the door before you can say “but what about…”. You don’t like...