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Some books by Benjamin Natelson, M.D.

May 8, 2012

Recently I’ve been reading a couple of books by Benjamin Natelson, M.D.  Dr. Natelson is a physician and researcher who has devoted his career to study of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.  He practices at the Pain and Fatigue Study Center at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

My sister gave me a copy of Facing and Fighting Fatigue: A Practical Approach a few weeks ago.  Someone else recommended another book by Dr. Natelson a couple weeks ago, Your Symptoms are Real: What to do when your doctor says nothing is wrong.  His main focus is chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, however I’m finding much in these books applies to other chronic illnesses.  In particular, I find his advice about communication with doctors helpful.  Dr. Natelson breaks down the doctor-patient communication in terms of what each expects from the interaction and where disconnects happen.  He talks about the reasons for some doctors’ frustration dealing with patients who have difficult to diagnose illnesses.  He encourages us to keep trying to find the right doctor and insist on treatment for our problems, as illustrated by this quote:

I’ve laid out some of the reasons for doctors’ inability or unwillingness to communicate not to scare you, but to show you why you need to be careful not to fall through the cracks of orthodox medicine.  If you already find yourself in this situation, I hope you’ll see that your frustrations do make sense and shouldn’t be dismissed.

-Your Symptoms are Real: What to do when your doctor says nothing is wrong

It is refreshing to see a doctor talking about the importance of caring for patients with chronic illnesses.  It’s so easy to get discouraged after multiple disappointments trying to convince doctors something is wrong and trying to get help from them.  There may not be a cure for what ails us, but we can certainly be helped to cope and live more productive lives.

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  1. May 9, 2012 9:37 am

    I look forward to reading this author’s books. Thanks for the review!

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