Welcome to The Patient Doc!
I am a Family Medicine Physician who has been living with Lupus for the past ten years. I created The Patient Doc to educate and encourage others living with chronic disease by sharing my personal journey and the knowledge I have gained along the way.
As a physician, I have had the opportunity to see lupus and chronic disease from both the patient and physician perspective. My experience has enabled me to understand not only the physical, but also social and psychological effects of chronic disease. My mission is to help others living with chronic disease to not just survive, but thrive and live their best life!
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Our Latest Blogs
Tips for Managing Stress
It has been a stressful few weeks for me. I have been juggling buying a house, planning a much needed vacation for our family, and preparing to launch my book. All very positive stressors in my life, but still I feel the effects of stress on my body. My fatigue has...
Lupus in Love
If you are married, or have been in a relationship, you know it's not always easy. Throw in a chronic illness and it becomes ten times harder. My husband and I had our struggles in the beginning. When I became sick, we slipped into the dynamic of caregiver and...
Can I Get Pregnant?
Can I get pregnant? This is the one the first questions I asked my rheumatologist when I was diagnosed. In general, most women with lupus can get pregnant; it's carrying the pregnancy that can be problematic. If you are considering having a baby, you should speak...
Here Comes the Sun
The summer may be winding down, but the sun is still going full force, especially here in Florida. Many people with lupus experience sun sensitivity due to ulttraviolet rays causing them to develop rash, fatigue, and general achiness and joint pain. It's important...
Diagnosis Pt. 2-Diagnostic Criteria
In order to be diagnosed with lupus, certain criteria must be met. Previously diagnosis was based on having four out of the eleven criteria which included symptoms such as malar rash and arthritis, as well as lab tests such as anti-double stranded DNA. You could...
Diagnosis Pt. 1
Lupus can be very hard to diagnose due to the variety and vagueness of symptoms that patients experience. Oftentimes, it takes many years before a patient is correctly diagnosed with lupus. I had symptoms for many years, but they were very mild and...
Do I Have Lupus?/What are the Symptoms?
The list of symptoms that people experience with Lupus is extensive. It is often hard to diagnose Lupus based on symptoms alone because the symptoms are often very vague and mimic other diseases. Here is a list of some of the more common Lupus symptoms:...
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in various parts of the body. Our immune systems normally attack foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses, but in an autoimmune disease the immune system does not recognize healthy cells...
What is Considered a Chronic Disease?
Chronic disease is a disease that is sustained for a long period of time, typically longer than a year. According to the CDC, six out of ten people have a chronic disease. Chronic diseases are noncommunicable, meaning that they cannot be passed from person to...