Next “doctor as e-patient”: Howard Luks, MD

We’ve sometimes written about doctors as e-patients. (There are a lot!) Here’s the next.

SPM member Howard Luks MD, orthopedist, had some symptoms. He spoke to his physician and GI doc, who gave him pills. It didn’t make sense to him. So he did what a lot of us do:

“Then I headed onto a few patient-centric web sites. The information I found there was enlightening. There were a number of stories that were identical to mine. There were a few simple strategies that were suggested. I adopted them, and guess what? Sleeping well, waking up rested, no pills, no medications.”

And check out what happened when he dutifully reported all this to his docs. :-)



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4 Responses to “Next “doctor as e-patient”: Howard Luks, MD”

  1. Jonena Relth says:

    Dr. Luks,
    Thanks for taking the “risk” of standing out from your colleagues and becoming part of our growing participatory medicine community of empowered patients. Jonena

  2. Susannah Fox says:

    I’m just catching up to this – thanks so much for sharing it!

  3. Howard Luks says:

    Thanks Dave… not sure I looked at this from a “risk” perspective (perhaps I should have) … but instead as a real world example of how meaningful these patient directed, patient centric sites are — for all — we are all patients :-)


  4. Lisa Fields says:

    Open your eyes, Open your mind this is a perfect title.
    i”m sorry you were openly patronized. It’s amazing one physician would say to another “It’s all in your mind.”

    Thank you for giving such a transparent vote of confidence to the e-patient community.

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