Dr. Kursteen Salter Price, MD, BS, MS
After I was told by a Dermatologist at OHSU that I was "...doing this to yourself...." I was both relieved and dismayed when Dr. Price had told me that I had Mastocytosis. However, she was so understanding at that first appointment and normalized my feelings. I went home with a list of medications and treatments that I followed religiously. It has been two years now, and I truly believe that Dr. Price saved my life. I went from from 180 pounds down to 130 pounds (size 16 to a 7/8) and I haven't changed anything. It has all been Mast Cells. Now I can move, and while the pain is still there, it has diminished. Dr. Price has changed my diagnosis to some form of MCAD. It doesn't matter to me what it is, what matters is that it is being treated and I am feeling so much better. While I am not 100%, I know I am headed in the right direction. My breath test in 2016 was around 50, today it was 110. Believe me, I can tell the difference.
Dr Price has always been punctual and usually has time to answer all my questions. When she has been rushed, it was because of the needs of other patients, and I know that when I have needs her, she has always been there for me. I don't mind waiting for another appointment when my questions are just informational. I'm one of those patients that wants to learn everything I can about what I have so I can take control of my recovery. It has helped me get the most out of my baths, and I have learned to recognize when I have mast cells degranulating, so I can use meditation and breathing to mediate the effects and not get as sick as I used to.
Dr. Price's team has been helpful in working with the Asthma Association when I was able to find grants to help pay for some of my medication. When I told her that they had quit paying for one of my medications and I hadn't had any for over a week, she had her staff bring me a dose immediately and enough to get me through until I could get some on my own. They also arranged for me to to get some other medication through the mail that I had not renewed due to the cost.
I am a retired Social Worker. I am not a fan of doctors since I became disabled. I have been treated very poorly by many doctors. When I find a good doctor, I stick with them until they either move so far away I can't drive the distance or they retire. Dr. Price is one of those doctors. I am so grateful that my Rheumatologist referred me to her. As I said previously, I truly believe she save my life. …read more