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Bringing PatientsLikeMe into the Doctor’s Office: An Interview with Pediatrician Dr. Jim King

You may recall that in July we shared a video about Doctors 2.0 and You, a conference focused on how physicians are using web 2.0 technology.  Today we’d like to present a real-life example of this concept: Dr. Jim King, MSc, MD, FRCPC.  A pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa, Dr. King runs a number of different clinics for rare diseases.  He also serves as the hospital’s Medical Director for Informatics.  Find out how he has used PatientsLikeMe as part of his practice and much more in our interview below. 1. How did PatientsLikeMe come to your attention? We were doing a presentation a number of years ago, in 2006 I guess. We were talking about a number of things, but more specifically the use of mobile technology in healthcare and research as well as personal health records. So we were sort of working up some information and then we came across PatientsLikeMe. We were basically looking at some of the business models around personal health records, specifically around Microsoft Vault and Google Health and those things, and we thought PatientsLikeMe had a little bit of a different spin. 2. As a pediatrician, how have …

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Coping with Nerve Sensitivity

Do you suffer from nerve sensitivity – or a feeling akin to pins and needles?  Known clinically as paresthesia, this uncomfortable sensation if often described as a tingling, pricking and/or creeping feeling.  For some people with nerve sensitivity, it can be painful for clothing to touch your skin.  Although there is no objective causes, nerve sensitivity is usually associated with injury or irritation of a sensory nerve or nerve root. At PatientsLikeMe, where more than 130,000 patients are sharing their experiences with all types of treatments including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and supplements, 36 patients current report experiencing nerve sensitivity.  Their primary health conditions range from multiple sclerosis (MS) to fibromyalgia to complex regional pain syndrome type 1.  What can we learn from their experience?  Quite a bit, actually, thanks to PatientsLikeMe’s unique data-sharing platform. For example, this symptom has a major impact on daily life, as more than two thirds rate their nerve sensitivity as severe (12 patients) or moderate (18 patients).  What are they doing to cope?  Some of the commonly reported treatments for nerve sensitivity include Potassium, Gabapentin, Neurontin and Zonisamide.  (Click on each treatment name to see how our patients rate the effectiveness, side effects, cost …

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