She was the last patient on my Saturday morning schedule. I groaned silently to myself when I saw the name. This teenage girl had a myriad of major medical problems. As a youngster she had been diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri. With the onset of her menses she developed severe migraine headaches. Nothing seemed to blunt the pain; and subsequently, she got hooked on oxycontin. In the midst of all this she spiraled into a clinical depression and was hospitalized for several weeks. more»
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