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I have been suffering from fibromyalgia for the last 45 years. Ten years ago my husband and I were so fortunate to hear Dr. Hyams name on the radio saying that he specializes in fibromyalgia. Ever since my first visit he has been with me every step of the way. He goes to great length to help me control my pain. He is so knowledgable and always has time to listen and answer my questions. He takes care of me and my husband like he would take care of his parents. He is a gift to us. We cannot imagine not having him around. He is a top notch doctor. Now that Ashley is with him we feel even more safe. We are so grateful to have him as our fibromyalgia specialist / family doctor.
Dr. Hyams is a unique doctor who is treating the most difficult and complicated illnesses. He is persistent in looking for answers, even if it includes alternative treatments or natural supplements. He is careful in prescribing medication, very thorough in his testing, and subtle in making recommendations that include conventional drugs mixed with alternative suggestions. He keeps going where other doctors have stopped. At the same time he respects the decisions of a patient's own GP or Specialist. I am a Chronic Fatigue patient. I find Dr. Hyams to be a valuable member of my team of doctors, with many years of experience in this field, highly knowledgeable, sensitive, patient. I am thankful to be in his care, for medical and emotional reasons. May he have the ongoing strength to be available to his patients and to the Women's Hospital Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Centre. We are blessed to have a doctor like Dr. Hyams in Vancouver.
Dr Hyams, is a very gifted and talented physician. He is always up on new innovations, findings, studies and medications. I cannot speak to his new location in West Vancouver as I have not yet visited it which shows that over the last number of years he has helped me get my condtions under control and managable. I will, with some new recent health issues, be booking a visit with him soon. One must sometimes overlook the front of the office in physician offices. Medical admin staff remember have to deal with the sometimes angry, frustrated, chronic pain patients who can be rude and surly due to pain all day every day. The burnout of these staff is high in walk in clinics and speciality clinics all over the province.
I am a new patient of Hyams and I am so grateful to be so. I have been treated with compassion and openness that I am not used to. I am hopeful for a helpful future with Dr Hyams. Yes there are cancellations yes there are waits...well I would rather be cancelled and wait than not have an option at all for being helped by Dr Hyams. the good guys are very busy but kind people.
Some of the reports you read on here may not be too fair and I believe the Staff has had a welcome changeover since some of those negative comments were posted. What you do need to know is... Dr. Hyams is the most knowledgable person I have come across when it comes to treating FMS/CFS and the entire physical body as an emotional, spiritual being. He is most empathetic and spends the time required on each patient. He truly is an expert in this field and up to date where as other Dr.s I have encountered are so out of touch, uninformed, and become impatient or offer treatment that does not make sense. As much as I love him as my Doctor, I really believe he should be training the medical profession as a whole, on how to quickly and properly diagnose, manage and properly treat people dealing with these chronic pains and life altering conditions. That said, to give this kind of service, sometimes there are waits, disruptions, cancellations, even last minute, so prepare for that, but know your time when you have it will be worth it. There is a great coffee shop called Crema down the street and a beautiful ocean view park across the street. I, for one am super grateful to be a patient of Dr. Hyams and I am on a fixed, extremely low income budget (as are many of patients) and do not pay for any additional services and am treated well. There are alternative services that one can pay if you have the money and it is not because the clinic is out to rip you off, it is simply because those services are not covered by extended heath care at this time. I sincerely hope one day they might be. Just remember, a positive attitude goes a long way in your own healing ~
Recently Dr. Hyams was kind enough to admit me to his already crowded practice. I could not be more grateful. He investigates matters thoroughly, and if possible, always suggests ways in which I can help myself to become healthier and more energetic. To the person who previously wrote that the clinic was some sort of "fibro-scam," I must say that I was never more pleased to hear Dr. Hyams state that it was unlikely that I had fibromyalgia, because I didn't believe that I had it either! As for chronic fatigue, he has ordered tests to rule out any other possible causes, subsequently revealing problems that had never been investigated, and also relieving my mind by looking at possible clues such as tumor markers, which, as a former cancer patient, I had always wondered about. On one occasion, he suggested I tackle one area of deficiency with a particular natural remedy. I thought that was a great idea until I looked it up on the internet, and found that it was contra-indicated for people who had been treated for my type of cancer. For anyone else, it would have been a very sound piece of advice.
Yes, there are waits, there are cancellations, and it is sometimes hard to contact the office immediately. However, they will always get back to you. I appreciate being a part of Dr. Hyam's practice and believe him to be an expert and caring individual, who stretches himself a little to thin in order to help others, many of whom have had their concerns dismissed in the past.
I have been a patient of Dr. Hyams for almost 3 years. I owe him the world, without his skill,knowledge and total devotion to his job there are so many of us that wouldn't be able to survive.Yes there are appointments that are behind schedule but knowing that he won't leave the room until everything is sorted,checked etc makes the short wait sometimes involved worth it.
My daughter has been seeing Dr. Hyams for 2 years now and we are very thankful for his oversight of her CFS/FM during this time. He is a caring, competent doctor who listens to her and adapts his treatments accordingly. Yes, we sometimes have to wait, but that is par for the course in most doctor's offices I find, so to me that is not an appropriate complaint. We value him highly.
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