Staff and students from Jacksonville University’s School of Nursing are being showcased in a new regular feature in the Florida Times-Union, discussing symptoms, diagnoses and treatments based on composites of patient cases handled by instructors, students and alumni of JU’s local training programs.
The new feature, which kicked off Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the H Health & Fitness section of the Times-Union, reviews various symptoms and ailments, and then how they have been diagnosed and treated.
Michelle Edmonds, Director of Graduate Programs in JU’s School of Nursing, wrote the first installment.
Here’s a snippet:
Stiff muscles, joint pain, even discolored urine. A potpourri of symptoms, but how do you know what’s causing it? Sometimes, having the “right” combination of several symptoms can lead to the right diagnosis.
This happened in two cases handled by Michelle Edmonds, family nurse practitioner and full-time associate professor of nursing at Jacksonville University. In both cases, the patients were found to have the same condition, one that is more common than people realize but if unchecked can lead to serious kidney issues.
“People often disregard these symptoms due to their busy lives or think they are related to something else,” Edmonds said. “The signs and symptoms of this condition often have a slow onset and vague presentation so that it may go several days without intervention.”
The article then goes on to discuss two specific instances and how they were handled, revealing that in both cases, the patients were found to have “rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown and release of skeletal muscle into the bloodstream … It is often overlooked and, if unchecked, can result in kidney damage and even kidney failure. Getting timely treatment can lower the risk of damage to the kidneys.”
Read the full feature here.