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November 13, 2007



This article gives me great hope.I am a male age 49 . Prior to Sept 2006, I never got headaches. My bullet between the eyebrows headaches have been constant for 15 months. CT,MRI and blood tests were negative..

I read Mr Lee Nelson medical story on Nov 18,2007. Prior to reading that article,all my traditional medical options had been eliminated.My Fam Dr rejected the need to see a ENT - 3 months ago suggesting.. may be its all in my head..or I am getting older. Pain medication was useless.

So now I will request an ENT appointment to have an endoscope procedure and see where this takes me based on this article.

Thank U to Surgeon Sonya Malekzadeh and Washington Post Sandra Boodman for listening, solving and communicating this Medical mystery for Mr Lee Nelson.

Mr.Lee Nelson,your 6 years of Suffering were not in Vain and will help Others like me to continue.In Life, we all travel on Life Path...Mr Nelson U are a hero in my eyes. I may not have the ethmoid nerve issue but a Hero is a Hero.

I wish there was a medical search engine whereby us lay-persons could click on symptoms...but maybe that's the problem , the intellectual curiosity of the medical community wants instant answers..and does not have the time to search out medical mysteries as the day-to day grind of the next patient waits.

Thank you again Mr. Lee Nelson...and your wife Neta for her patience and understanding.

Always hopeful for tomorrow.

Dr. Greg

I'm an Otolaryngologist, and I'm grateful to have read this clinical snippet. I hope it may someday help me relieve the suffering of one of my patients. The article highlights the contrasting joy and frustration of clinical practice.
None of the physicians can really be faulted for missing this rare diagnosis. But they can be faulted if they didn't care enough to at least TRY to help the patient find answers. Probably, most of his doctos DID, in fact, try. Hunting down a rare diagnosis is a challenge. Not all maladies have an answer today; many conditions remain a mystery. The ultimate answer here did not come through brilliant erudition as depicted in prime time TV medicine shows. Rather it came through a deliberate, organized approach and gathering of evidence by doctors at many levels. Medicine in the U.S. is being geared more and more towards "mass production", where conventional maladies are treated with conventional methods, and technology and information are replacing the personal touch of a physician. Mostly, this is a good thing, bringing more healthcare service to more people and removing much of the mystery and guesswork from medicine. But too much of any good thing can be very bad, and the price we pay for techno-medicine is often the loss of the human touch. Most doctors simply can't take the time each day to really connect with their patients. Fortunately, most of their patients don't need a great deal of attention. But we need to know when to stop and take the time to help the patient with special needs (LEGITIMATE special needs). This case shows that when we combine the human touch (a caring approach) with the power of technology (endoscopic surgery, literature databases, doctor-to-doctor collaboration) we can really get something good accomplished. As medicine in America evolves, we need to try to preserve and promote the physician-patient relationship, and not let it be completely eroded by the demands of mass production.

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it is a very nice and good post and I like it.

 ENT doctor

Glad to see this site,i have the same problem and this post make me feel more better right now.


pediatric emr

I think Nelson's persistence had also played a great part in getting to the bottom of the ailment.


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