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Archive for October, 2017

Lauren’s Story – Why a Good Doctor is Worth the Drive

Being a critical care nurse, I know a good doctor when I see one. And that is Dr. Abdelshaheed. I have been a patient of Dr. A’s for years now. In my numerous appointments with him throughout the years, he has always made time to listen to me. Even squeezing me in when I have an emergency. No matter how much his practice has grown, he never refuses to see his patients. He even still visits his patients in the hospital! That “old fashioned” type of medicine just isn’t practiced anymore.

Lauren Thone - Patient Story Picture

 

I was a nurse in Portsmouth years ago when I first started seeing Dr. A; and in 2012, I moved to New Hampshire, where I am a critical care nurse at a large hospital. Every few months, I travel to Virginia to have my doctor’s appointment with Dr. A.

People ask me, “why do I still do that? Why not just get another doctor?” The answer is simple to me- it’s continuity of care. In the medical field, I see the negative effects of a patients’ medical information changing hands frequently. And with Dr. A, that just doesn’t happen. He oversees his patients’ total care, thus eliminating risks of misdiagnosis.  It is worth the travel time for my peace of mind about my health.

Dr. A is one of the most thorough Primary Care Physicians I have ever experienced, even in my career as a registered nurse.

Dr. A is one of the most thorough Primary Care Physicians I have ever experienced, even in my career as a registered nurse. He will check and double check his patients, and leave no question unanswered. I trust his medical judgment completely.

I look forward to coming back to Virginia for my appointments with Dr. A. Even when I am sick or have a health concern, he always reassures me with his calm and kind persona, years of experience and medical wisdom.

I have seen other physicians in my life, and they just don’t compare to Dr. Abdelshaheed.

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Botox for Migraines

Botox is famous for smoothing out wrinkles on the face and also has medical uses. In 2010, the FDA approved Botox for treatment of migraine headaches.

Botox has been shown effective in the treatment and prevention of debilitating headaches. Twelve percent of Americans suffer from these types of headaches, which cause intense pulsating or throbbing pain, accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Chronic migraine is the most disabling form of headache. Patients who suffer more than 14 days of the month with such headaches can greatly benefit from Botox treatment.

Botox for Migraines

Migraines are an under-recognized neurological condition that can be debilitating. Botox prevents headaches and migraines before they even start.

Chronic migraines can impact family, work and life. Having options for treatment is a great benefit. Those who suffer from this condition should discuss it with their doctor to see if Botox is appropriate for them. Migraines are an under-recognized neurological condition that can be debilitating. Migraine patients may mistakenly self-diagnose their symptoms as headaches or infrequent migraines, and treat them with drugs that provide rapid but temporary relief rather than seek diagnosis and treatment from a qualified specialist. One of my associates, Dr. Reineke-Piper, has been successfully treating patients with such ailments for years.

Dr. Kristen Reineke-PiperDr. Kristen Reineke-Piper

Botox prevents headaches and migraines before they even start. It is given 12 weeks apart to determine how well it may work for each individual. The needle is small, and the injections may feel like tiny pinpricks. It must be injected by a doctor who is experienced in treating with Botox. It only takes about 15 minutes, right in your doctor’s office.

To schedule your appointment, call our office today at 757-488-3333. We look forward to helping you!

~ Dr. Abdelshaheed and the FMHC Team

 

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