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Author: Seema Marwaha
Date: May 16, 2022
From: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal(Vol. 194, Issue 19)
Publisher: CMA Impact Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 525 words
Lexile Measure: 1060L

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My health deteriorated over a period of 6 years. My symptoms escalated from easy bruising, hair loss, high blood pressure, skin thinning and flushed skin to rapid weight gain in my midsection, a puffy face, fatigue and severe joint pain. I had become unrecognizable. I was diagnosed with resistant hypertension and started medications for the first time. I was referred to several specialists by my family doctor--a cardiologist for my blood pressure, a dermatologist for the bruising and thin skin, even an allergist.

One day, I tripped over some shoes, fractured a bone in my foot and ended up at the hospital. I followed the recommended directions, but I think the fracture never fully healed. I told both my orthopedic surgeon and family doctor that I thought there was a greater...

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