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by Maria A. Braun, MD
Family Medicine Associates of Wyomissing
Overall, with some exceptions, patients' Diabetes control has
worsened, with higher A1c's and more weight gain as a result
of confinement, stress, more calorie intake and less exercise
during the pandemic. Some patients have skipped or delayed
necessary visits and testing with lab and imaging centers, afraid
to go near medical facilities despite our best efforts to educate
them on safe practices. Home isolation, social distancing, job
loss and economic uncertainties have awakened anxiety and
depression in many patients that never had it or worsened it in
those that previously had a diagnosis. Not to mention the pain
and suffering of our patients and their families who have lost a
loved one to COVID, and the stress of families with survivors
of hospitalizations due to COVID, and many more that need to
isolate and are unable to attend work, school, and other activities
during quarantine. The snowball effect of the pandemic on
health is huge.

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In general, most patients have been well informed and are
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of the rest of the state and country, and I have encountered some
patients that believe the virus threat is exaggerated, are very
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* Jaw Pain

We try our best with patient education and reinforcing safe
practices. We try to offer each patient who calls the option to
cancel their appointment and choose an easier alternative in
the form of a telephone-video encounter. This alternative to
an in-person office visit allows the clinician check on them, see
how they and their families are coping, and review any gaps of
care in their health maintenance. With this information we
can help them prioritize care that is necessary right now and
what can safely wait a few months. We provide patients with
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* Insomnia
* Ear Pain without 	
Signs of Infection

Our philosophy involves a conservative,
non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical
approach to management with an
emphasis on multidisciplinary care.

Tammy Balatgek, DDS, MS
Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
Diplomate, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain

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