Be Your Own Patient Advocate

Adrenal fatigue falls into a broad category of non-specific symptoms that doctors have a hard time understanding, and if they cannot offer a specific diagnosis, many physicians will assume that the patient is seeking attention or is a hypochondriac.

Patients with Adrenal Fatigue are often told that their symptoms are all in their mind. I know because that happened to me.  Yet, how do you communicate with and convince your doctor to look further?  No matter what your particular medical condition may be, you can take initiative and begin your search by just using some simple steps.

Believe in yourself and be an advocate for yourself. This could the hardest step, but if you educate yourself about all the possibilities of your situation then  this will give greater confidence when talking with your doctor.  The internet is a great resource.  It is just like the great “library in the sky”. However, don’t be satisfied with the first information you find.  Continue to research multiple sites – both medical sites and holistic.  Don’t be afraid to be the detective.  Ask questions.  I held tight to the belief that I had an actual physical problem, and I had to find my own answers.  And, I eventually did.  Educating yourself about all the possibilities is empowering and will give you more confidence when you do talk to a doctor.  Be persistent.  This is critical step. My search for help was nine years, and that took persistence. I saw many doctors, and I tried many therapies. Through that journey I also empowered myself to find answers, although it wasn’t always easy.

To be the patient advocate for yourself, you must accept that it is okay and necessary to ask questions.  I encourage everyone to keep a journal of questions and answers.

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Jennifer E. Busch, at a young age, was recruited by a national publishing company and leading trade publication. She was rapidly promoted to the position of National Sales Manager. Jennifer married Dr. Richard E. Busch III, in 1996, and together they founded and developed a leading chiropractic clinic that is now nationally recognized for its successful nonsurgical treatment of chronic and severe disc conditions, the DRS Protocol™. Jennifer is also an international marketing and development consultant for healthcare practitioners. Jennifer Busch has survived her own journey with adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia and now provides hope in her book, All in My Mind? How to Overcome Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, which she has dedicated to thousands who are suffering needlessly. Only through her determination and never-ending faith did she discover the truth and uncover the causes and then treatments that would help her once again lead a normal active life
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