- June 25, 2014
-- Patients who contract illnesses that medical science does not yet understand have to battle not only their illness, but also the medical establishment to get well. From fibromyalgia to chronic fatigue to carpal tunnel syndrome, patients who are sick and in pain, watch their lives crumble before them as doctors deny their symptoms. While researching her book The Truth About Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome, author Jill Gambaro describes her own harrowing experience in the medicolegal system. Gambaro found that family practitioners don’t even study pain or the musculoskeletal system in medical school, but are left to self-educate once they become licensed. Her book further reveals that the recently discovered third type of pain, central nervous system pain, has yet to trickle down to the practitioner level due to a logjam in the flow of information within our healthcare system.
“Patients wind up getting blamed for inadequacies in the system,” says Gambaro, “they walk away frustrated and confused. No wonder outcomes are so poor.” Her book advocates pro-active patients who ‘quarterback’
their healthcare team. It also calls for better communication on the part of doctors. “Whether it's what to expect with an illness or tools to help patients describe their symptoms, I think practitioners could do a better job communicating with patients.” In her own experience, Gambaro found that once she created a partnership with her practitioners, she received significantly better care and better outcomes.The Truth About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
is a compelling patient account of the controversial injury called the ‘epidemic of the 1990s’. Using layman’s terms, the book describes why it’s so difficult to treat, how the author learned to manage hers, and how the medical and legal systems work in conflict to those suffering such injuries. Offering hope to sufferers and their loved ones, this book captures the reality of living with a ‘medical mystery’ and suggests ways for dealing not just with the injury but with the losses associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.The Truth About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Finding Answers, Getting Well
is now available through Rowman & Littlefield and www.truthaboutcarpaltunnel.com.