In June 2018, Eric Gordon, MD and Wayne Anderson, ND sat down to discuss the issues in diagnosing GMA’s complex patients. We think you would be interested in what they had to say.
On the use of symptoms in diagnosing a complex illness:
Dr. Gordon: Many times we forget that there can be a trigger that perhaps precipitated the illness, but that now may be gone. And now we’re dealing with what has come in afterwards, or what had been latent before and now is expressed, and that’s where your history taking and the completeness of it is so important. I think that’s what we always have to remember as clinicians and as patients, is don’t get too excited over the one symptom.
On coming to a diagnosis:
Dr. Gordon: The problem is when patients come in, and all they can report are diagnoses that they have come up with or they’ve been given, not realizing that we really need their range of symptoms.
Dr. Anderson: And they can have an idea and call it a name, but we have to challenge that. We have to get into the details here.Read a Transcript of the Complete Talk