Friday, August 01, 2008

First Presentation

I did my first presentation today, and it went well. We wound up discussing the patient's psychosocial issues and how they could be contributing to her problems with headaches. It's interesting that so many people have these nonspecific complaints (headaches, stomach aches, muscle and joint aches). They go to multiple doctors and no one can figure out what is wrong with them. Maybe they have some random degenerative changes on an x-ray that are related to their pain, and maybe those changes are just coincidental. It's tough to know. But regardless, there are a lot of depressed, anxious, and stressed people out there, and it's important to ask people about their moods and stress levels. You cannot be in good physical health if you are not also in good psychological health.

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