Having practiced yoga for more than thirty years, Audrey Pearson had always felt fit, strong, and flexible. Then one day in October of 2004, she awoke to flu-like symptoms, unable to move her limbs. These symptoms never decreased and only inflated. She was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR), a mysterious autoimmune disease; and was treated with the steroid drug Prednisone. Written in diary format, My Four-Year PMR & Prednisone Challenge describes Pearson's daily struggle not only with the disease but with managing steroid treatment and her painful journey of withdrawing from Prednisone use. She attributes her successful recovery to her long-term practice of yoga, a gentle way to optimize the flow of life energy to help a person feel their personal best at any given time. The yoga practices helped her understand the counterintuitive healing purpose of the presence of the autoimmune disease in her life. Though the four-year experience was difficult, Pearson realized that PMR was an important and strict teacher who arrived at her door to teach her tolerance and acceptance. In My Four-Year PMR & Prednisone Challenge, Pearson relates how PMR and Prednisone withdrawal was tolerated, embraced, and experienced as an opportunity for personal and spiritual transformation.
Here is an engaging way to sharpen diagnostic skills: a selection of 150 clinical case studies in internal medicine--some demonstrating more than one point. Readers will be challenged by common manifestations of uncommon disorders as well as uncommon presentations of common problems. Each case provides clinical aspects of history taking, physical exams, and differential diagnosis, and represents any one of ten top subspecialties in internal medicine. References are included for each case, both for substantiation and for additional information.
*The only resource that focuses on key clinical content in PA practice as well as what is likely to be covered in certification and recertification exams *Features contributions by more than 90 outstanding physician assistants *New to this edition: expanded coverage of substance abuse, including tobacco; new chapters on dermatology, pediatrics, OB-GYN, infectious disease, respiratory disease, and more
Proceedings of a September 21-23, 2001 conference. The papers in this volume examine the basic biochemical pathways from hormone metabolism to immune and inflammatory responses, as well as the effects of cytokines and glucocorticoid interactions in inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Additional papers study the CNS and stress response involvement in autoimmune diseases including SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus). Included are two overview articles that review the basic and clinical progress made over the past ten years in understanding and treating the rheumatic diseases.
Focuses on the most current therapies for the full range of allergic, immunologic, and rheumatologic diseases seen in adults and children. Details all of today's best-evidence treatments as well as emerging and alternative approaches, explains how to modify treatments at different stages of disease, as well as how to anticipate, prevent and manage complications