Talk to your family doctor, specialist, support group, family, friends, or a trusted religious leader about getting help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or actively seek it out. As fibromyalgia expert Dr. Michael McNett says, “Fibromyalgia patients need a lot of emotional support.”
You deserve support...Read More
The general objective of all hormone therapy is to block or remove the effects that your body’s production of estrogen and progesterone is having on your cancer cells.
There are different types of hormone therapy, and each works slightly differently. The main treatment options are:
Tamoxifen Aromatase...Read More
Indigestion can be a burning pain, and angina is severe chest pain. Both may feel like a heart attack, but neither is likely to spread to other parts of the body. Pain shooting down your arms, especially if you don’t normally suffer from indigestion or pain, may be the sign of a heart attack.
Your doctor will probably talk about exercise, diet choices, weight management, and smoking cessation. By asking about your personal top priorities, you will know what to tackle first.
Changing all your unhealthy lifelong habits at the same time is nearly impossible. The experts recommend setting...Read More
Dr. Paul Schyve, the Senior Vice President of The Joint Commission (the highly-respected independent watchdog group that evaluates hospitals) recommends, "Once you have your surgery that’s not the end of the story. You may need significant follow up care in the hospital itself. You are likely to have...Read More
Hormone therapy involves either drugs or surgery. The most common hormone therapy for early stage breast cancer is the drug tamoxifen. A newer class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors is also available exclusively for postmenopausal women. Surgical therapy involves the suppression or surgical removal...Read More
Dr. Richard Stoltz, the director for military and family health at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, comments, “The failure to acknowledge the potential difficulties of adjusting to changes can contribute to a person becoming overwhelmed.”
Seattle-based fibromyalgia expert Dr. Patrick Wood offers more wisdom,...Read More
Many people cope with chronic pain and insomnia by pretending it isn’t happening. But this coping strategy may be costing you lots of your limited energy that could be better used for proactive approaches to alternative treatments, like taking a water aerobics or yoga class.
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As in other health professions, most practitioners don’t treat all types of cases all the time. For example, Dr. Tess Hahn, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s (NCCAOM) 2008 Chair of the Board of Commissioners and an Idaho-based professional acupuncturist, says, “I know I’m...Read More
Ask yourself: Would my great-grandmother recognize this food? Foods are transformed from their original state (like raw vegetables or fresh meat) into marketable food products called processed foods. Eating too many highly processed foods is a major cause of weight gain because they often contain...Read More
Move over, road rage. Here comes desk rage. And it’s getting worse. Anger in the workplace stemming from grumpy coworkers and insulting supervisors in addition to intense feelings of frustration, fear, and being overwhelmed, is growing.
The American Institute of Stress states that job stress is...Read More
In advance, check online menus for healthy selections. Ask for a take-out container for oversized restaurant portions or order from the children’s menu. Resist upsized offers at fast-food restaurants (the dollar meal deal, etc.), and skip all-you-can-eat buffets.
Instead of choosing the tastiest menu item,...Read More
Do not automatically assume that a dementia diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease. This is such a well-known household term nowadays that many people - including doctors - are biased toward making this diagnosis.
But, there are a surprising number of other dementias, including:
- Mild cognitive i
Listen for the following phrases from the person who referred you to this doctor:
- I didn’t feel rushed when I talked with him.
- He explained everything slowly and used words I could understand.
- He acted like he was really listening to me.
- He made me feel comfortable.
- I could finish my sentences without
You can find a cardiologist or heart surgeon by asking for a referral from your primary care physician, family members, or friends. You shouldn’t assume that just because you’ve gotten a referral from your current doctor, this new doctor will automatically be great. There are hundreds of potential reasons...Read More