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My Personal Story with Best Doctors

Patient Background

At two years of age, Guy had frequent falls and complained of leg pain. Initially, his family thought it was related to the normal aches and pains of a growing child. At about five years of age, although his growth in other areas appeared normal, Guy did not show any progress in his motor development. He was still having difficulty climbing stairs, he ran on the tip of his toes and had trouble getting up from a sitting position. Following a discussion with the family physician, his father Jack, requested further investigations and testing.
 
After receiving results of blood tests, Guy’s family doctor referred him to a neurologist. A subsequent genetic analysis confirmed the diagnosis of Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (DMD), a severe form of muscular dystrophy that is characterized by rapid progression of muscle degeneration eventually leading to loss in mobility, paralysis and death. Although Guy's mother was found not to be a carrier, the family was informed that Guy’s DMD was the result of genetic mutation.
 

Best Doctors Investigation 

At a bi-yearly visit with their advisor, Jack mentioned Guy's diagnosis and was reminded that his critical illness insurance gives him access to Best Doctors® services. The advisor suggested Jack contact Best Doctors to see how they could help. Jack turned to Best Doctors for help in two areas - to find a local specialist with neuromuscular expertise through the Best Doctors FindBestDoc~ service and to have Guy's case reviewed by a Best Doctors specialist through their InterConsultation** service.
 

Member Impact 

The report from the Best Doctors specialist who reviewed Guy's medical data explained in simple terms that, based on the genetic testing, Guy had Becker muscular dystrophy, a milder form of muscular dystrophy. Experimental treatment of the milder form is currently offering some hope in delaying the progression of the disease and improving life expectancy. The report recommended this treatment program for Guy.
 
"We appreciated the speed with which we received very pertinent information specific to Guy’s case. In addition to the diagnosis and the treatment recommendations, the report included pertinent medical articles and web sites for us as resources to help us understand Guy's specific condition. Despite the fact that we never met anyone face to face, we felt very confident about the whole process. Things were handled in a professional manner and the confidentiality of the process was reassuring.
 
Best Doctors found us a specialist in a nearby city. We now understand that Guy is still developing his muscular mass and due to this factor, remains stable. In a couple of years, at the end of his growth spurt, he will gradually decline physically and will eventually require the use of a wheelchair. We have also been told that Guy’s life expectancy will be about 20 to 25 years.”
 
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