A 43-year-old woman was involved in a car accident and suffered debilitating symptoms for more than a year, despite being seen by many physicians, including several subspecialists. She had severe light-headedness, frequent disabling headaches, and persistent nausea.
Her doctors could not offer her effective treatments or explain why she had these symptoms. Eventually, she was dismissed by the treating physicians, who told her that a “real medical problem” could not be found, and that she needed “to learn to live with” her symptoms
In her words…
“My story begins almost a year and a half ago. I was involved in an auto accident. The other car ran a red light going about 40 MPH and hit me on the side of my car while I was driving. Luckily, I escaped with only a concussion, neck injury, few dislocated ribs, and various muscle and tissue injuries.
A few months after the accident, I was still suffering from some nasty side effects and went to my family doctor, who suggested physical therapy. From that day on, it has been one specialist after another. In the meantime, my symptoms of frequent dizziness, near-fainting, nausea, and headaches became more severe. I could barely stand up and the room would spin. My whole life had come to a standstill – one orthopedic surgeon after another, several visits with neurologists, two rounds of physical therapy, an appointment to see a neuro-opthamologist, a psychiatrist who helps people with brain injuries, and on and on with test after test after test. My own family doctor told me that my problem was just that I needed glasses! One neurologist said, “I just need to get over it and move on” and to come back in 6 months or call sooner if I had any questions.
Then along came PHA and my PHA Physician Guide. Talk about a knight in shining armor!!! He listened to my symptoms, asked a few simple questions, and before I knew it, I was at the Cleveland Clinic consulting with a cardiologist. He facilitated securing an appointment with a world’s specialist in my condition. When my PHA Physician Guide told me not to worry because he was in charge now, I think I improved just hearing those words! I later learned that I had a condition called dysautonomia.
I think PHA is a service no one should be without. With PHA, I know there is a health care professional who is actually concerned about me getting the best care possible. I know with my PHA Physician Guide in my corner, my health will improve and quality of life will improve. No one should ever think twice about using this service. It may save their life or the life of someone they love. I don’t know how you could put a price on the service. I’ve already told all my friends and business associates. Imagine all the time and money that could have been saved by not allowing doctors to just keep seeing you over and over again about the same issue, with no resolution. Or imagine a patient suffering needlessly because they have a doctor who is not willing to look deeper into a problem.”
A.T., Line Worker,