I grabbed an opportunity to write a patient piece for a magazine in the UK, with a readership of doctors, mainly GPs (general practitioners, what I think my American friends call primary care physicians). The article can't be controversial and is very short. I'm likely to focus on things we patients want from our doctors, and I'm referring specifically to the GP/PCP and NOT the specialist some are lucky enough to be referred to. My aim is to get some information in there about things all GPs/PCPs can do to help their patients, even when we have no aetiology or widely accepted treatments. Within the confines of the current (unsatisfactory) situation where treatment is limited, what CAN our primary care doctors (not the specialists) do for us that will help, and that we appreciate? GP/PCPs are generalists by nature, but for many people it's the only doctor they have. Here's a few things that I am aware of that are appreciated and helpful, even when proper treatment is missing: - Listen to the patient, and don't jump to a conclusion they may have a psychiatric illness - Say something like "I can see how sick you are, I'm sorry we don't know the cause, but I'll still help you as best I can with your worst symptoms" - Treat sleep - Treat circulatory symptoms - Dietary & lifestyle recommendations - Monitor nutritional, cholesterol status, etc - Be alert to new additional diagnoses over time - Read the CCC/ICC Appreciate any thoughts you can offer.