Supportive Advocacy When It Matters Most

Research points toward women experiencing more medical mistakes and misdiagnoses than men. Healthline reports that some physicians may disregard their female patients’ pain symptoms. Legitimate and serious issues could remain overlooked.

Doctors, for example, may provide their male patients with treatment or medication for pain symptoms. They may, however, instead offer women a recommendation for therapy. Mental health professionals may then dismiss a woman’s physical symptoms. By misdiagnosing female symptoms as depression or anxiety, practitioners could ignore serious health issues.

Both men and women may experience gender bias

A physician’s bias toward a patient’s gender may influence the outcome of medical treatment for either sex. While a doctor may view some female symptom complaints as “hysteria,” some male health issues may also go ignored.

A patient’s expressed symptoms of a migraine headache, for example, may receive a different diagnosis based on gender. Some medical professionals may believe that their female patients exaggerate their complaints. Men, however, may receive medical feedback based on an exaggeration of masculinity. Male patients may hear that they do not need treatment or medication; men have a greater tolerance for pain.

Women may face under-representation in medical research

As reported by, heart disease researchers typically conduct studies in which women represent less than one-third of the participants evaluated. During cancer trials, women account for only 38% of the subjects studied. Because of the lower numbers of women in studies, research reports could reflect biases that lean toward treating men. Doctors may misdiagnose female patients based on research conducted primarily with male subjects.

A wrong or missed diagnosis may result in a serious medical condition remaining untreated. The consequences could lead to patients facing life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Affected patients of either gender may require a legal action to recover from the harm caused.

Wisdom tooth removal is a notorious procedure that causes pain and swelling. Some people see it as a rite of passage, but is it really necessary to remove these teeth?

The Mayo Clinic explains that for most people wisdom tooth removal will help avoid problems in the future. However, it is not always mandatory.

No removal required

You will not need to have your wisdom teeth removed if they are healthy, positioned correctly and fully grown in. They are like any other tooth in that as long as you can keep them clean, and they do not bother you, they can stay in your mouth.

A doctor who rushes to say you will have to have them removed may not be thinking of your best interests. You should always ask why the removal is necessary. You can specifically talk about the three points to see which one concerns the doctor.

Potential problems

If your wisdom teeth do not come in completely, they can allow for bacteria infections and lead to pain and suffering. If they fail to come in all the way, you usually will need to have them cut out.

Sometimes, your mouth is too small and the wisdom teeth lead to crowding. This can cause movement of your other teeth, impacting your bite and leading to pain. This is another case where removal is a good idea.

Finally, if they only partially come through the gums, they are more susceptible to decay because you cannot clean them properly. This will introduce infections and can be painful.

You should expect a full x-ray and examination before a doctor decides to remove your wisdom teeth. Remember that it is not always necessary, so ask why the doctor is making the recommendation.

Erb’s palsy is a serious condition that affects one or both of your baby’s arms and shoulders. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons explains that this birth injury while occurring in only about 0.02% of US births, happens when your baby’s neck becomes stretched during a difficult delivery.

Specific risk factors include the following:

Brachial plexus

Erb’s palsy, named for the doctor who first described it, is one type of brachial plexus palsy. The brachial plexus is the network of nerves in and around your baby’s neck that allows him or her to move and feel his or her shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. The word “palsy” is a medical term meaning weakness. Thus, Erb’s palsy causes weakness in your baby’s brachial plexus network that can hinder his or her ability to move or even feel his or her arms.

Erb’s palsy symptoms

In rare cases, Erb’s palsy can cause complete paralysis of one or both of your baby’s arms. More likely, however, it will affect only one arm. He or she may be able to feel and move his or her fingers, but will not be able to feel or move his or her shoulder. In other words, your baby will be unable to use the affected arm when reaching upward for an object. Rather, the affected arm will appear rotated in toward the body, and the fingers may remain in a curled position.

Physical therapy

The good news is that most Erb’s palsy babies respond well to a course of daily physical therapy exercises. This means that, in all likelihood, your child will eventually recover both sensation and movement in his or her affected arm.

Establishing a relationship with your doctor in California can help you feel more confident about your treatment. If you feel unhappy with your treatment or concerned about your health, having a good relationship with your doctor may make it more comfortable to verbalize your feelings.  

A good doctor who respects you will listen intently to your concerns and help you identify promising solutions.  

Build a relationship

Building a relationship with your doctor will take time. In fact, you may cycle through a couple of health care providers before you find one that meets your expectations and understands your needs. According to the American Migraine Foundation, one of the best ways to gauge the likelihood of forming a good relationship is to analyze how you feel when you speak with your doctor. 

You should feel comfortable talking with your physician. You should feel as though your health concerns matter. Your medical records and health history should play an integral role in determining your treatment options. You should feel heard and valued.  

Advocate for your health

Once you have established a good relationship built on respect and trust, you can advocate for your health. You will undoubtedly encounter situations where you feel concerned about the direction of your health. Having the confidence and level of comfort to address your concerns without fear of judgment or disregard can aid in identifying a promising solution without wasting precious time.  

Forming a good relationship with your doctor enables you to work together as a team. You can each express concerns and ideas. A team approach to implementing sustainable solutions will give you more control of your health and your future.  

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