Seven Things I learned at ILADS 2016 "I continue to see patients learning from doctors and doctors learning from patients."

By Dr. Elena Frid

A fter finishing my training in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, I opened a private neurology practice in New York City in 2011. Soon, I found that many of my patients had peculiar neurologic presentations such as abnormal visual disturbances, intractable headaches, fainting spells, walking problems, balance and dizziness disorders, unusual seizures, and many other conditions. These patients were worked up by specialists and experts from all over the country and many remained without a diagnosis.

Although my practice grew slowly, the number of unusual patients who didn’t really fit into a specific mold of any one neurologic disorder multiplied exponentially. When some of these patients talked about Lyme disease and other vector-borne illnesses, I listened. After doing some research on my own and talking to local Lyme-literate doctors, I was hungry for more information. Thus, I was glad to find the International Lyme and Associate Diseases Society (ILADS), where I could learn more about this mysterious disease that in medical school and residency was glossed over with a motto of: “Easy to diagnose and treat.” In 2014, I started going to ILADS conferences… Join or login below to continue reading.

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