Select one of the following case studies to address:
A 50-year old female complains of being waken up at night with a bitter taste in her mouth about four times per week for the past two months. It is interfering with her sleep and she is concerned.
A 48-year old male complains of severe epigastric pain that is worse after eating x 3 weeks. Symptoms are accompanied by nausea but patient denies vomiting or diarrhea at this time. Reports stools as “normal” in color and consistency.
A 22-year old female complains of 3 days of watery diarrhea with 7-8 stools per day. She is drinking approx. “3 sodas a day” because she is “trying to not get dehydrated”. Very little other intake because “eating makes me have to go to the bathroom”.
For the case you have chosen, post to the discussion:
Discuss what questions you would ask the patient, what physical exam elements you would include, and what further testing you would want to have performed.
In SOAP format, list:
Pertinent positive and negative information
Differential and working diagnosis
Treatment plan, including: pharmacotherapy with complementary and OTC therapy, diagnostics (labs and testing), health education and lifestyle changes, age-appropriate preventive care, and follow-up to this visit.
Use at least one scholarly source other than your textbook to connect your response to national guidelines and evidence-based research in support of your ideas.
In your peer replies, please reply to at least one peer who chose a different case study.