This blog is meant to serve as a general guide for better understanding of medicine. It is not individualized to your specific health situation. The goal is to serve as education that you can use when interacting with your healthcare providers. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, including advice, diagnosis and treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog. All patient stories are amalgams of real patients that I have seen in the past. All identifying information has been removed to protect patient privacy.