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Chronic Pain: Invisible but Very Real

Chronic Pain: Invisible but Very Real

At first, Josie was grateful. She had walked away from the crash relatively unscathed, and the injuries she sustained healed over the next few weeks. Any car accident could be harrowing, but she was a young and otherwise healthy college student and had been able to bounce back without too many lasting consequences. Or at least, that’s the way it had seemed at the time. She would eventually learn that the collision had done more permanent damage than she had initially realized, though it would still be several years before her symptoms truly started to manifest. It began...
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How To Safely Seek Medical Attention During COVID-19

How To Safely Seek Medical Attention During COVID-19

Currently, it can be difficult to know how to go about seeing your physician for anything non-COVID-19 related. The current government mandates for how to handle symptoms of the virus have been clearly laid out. But what do you do if a pre-existing condition is worsening? Or what if you find yourself with new symptoms and need to see your family doctor or go into the emergency department of your nearest hospital? We’ve put together some guidelines and advice from several different clinics and hospitals to help guide you through your various health care needs during these...
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A Day In The Life With Lyme Disease

A Day In The Life With Lyme Disease

Lyme disease has recently been brought into the public eye by celebrities such as Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, and Justin Bieber. It’s an often misdiagnosed illness due to the misconception that it’s easily detectable by a bullseye-shaped rash that only actually appears in roughly 50% of cases, and because the symptoms of the condition (over 50 of them) can occur within days, months, or even years of infection. What’s more is that few people understand just what happens to someone diagnosed with Lyme disease.  Lilly, one of our recent clients with Lyme disease, was...
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The Physical & Psychological Toll Of PTSD

The Physical & Psychological Toll Of PTSD

Based on research from the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, anxiety disorders are the most prominent mental illness in the country. In any given year, approximately 9% of Canadian men and 16% of Canadian women are affected. Anxiety disorders can include generalized anxiety disorder, which accounts for just shy of 2% of all anxiety disorders, panic disorder (0.7%), obsessive-compulsive disorder (1.8%), specific phobias (6%-8%), social phobias (6.7%), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The only difference between these is that there is very little data available on...
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Planning Ahead the Key to Living With Cystic Fibrosis

Planning Ahead the Key to Living With Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a recessive genetic disorder that affects organs like the lungs, pancreas, and liver – gradually deteriorating the body over time – and those living with the condition must take constant care of their bodies through medications, treatments, nutrition, and frequent hospital visits.   One of our more recent clients, Scott, now 32, was only an infant when a sweat test conducted by his doctor detected a higher level of salt in his sweat – an early indicator of Cystic Fibrosis. Growing up, Scott was one of the more fortunate...
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Denied Disability Claim For Addiction

Denied Disability Claim For Addiction

Applications for disability benefits with invisible illnesses are often held to higher levels of scrutiny. Addictions — alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, etc are considered invisible illnesses, and are often heavily scrutinized. Leonard, a 43-year-old web developer, learned this the hard way.  Leonard was walking home when he was involved in a car accident. Someone ran a red light and hit him as he was crossing the street. Thankfully, it was a small residential area, so the car wasn’t moving fast enough to cause any broken bone but Leonard suffered severe whiplash, a...