This is the story of Mom and a doctor who came close to deciding when she should die, by nearly refusing her emergency medical care, since Mom has Alzheimer's disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Last week, I wrote a SharePost about a philosophy that seems to permeate Western civilization’s health care system and its views of end of life care. Often, those of us who live in the Western civilization use the word “if” and not “when” in relationship to the death of our loved ones , as well as our own demise. That SharePost responsed to a chapter in a new book by Dr. Atul Gawande published in April 2007. In Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance , Dr. Gawande uses the chapter, entitled “On Fighting,” to discuss the medical and ethical dilemmas that doctors encounter when treating people with serious illnesses. Better notes that we rarely know when people’s last six months will be (which is also when the largest expenditures take place). Dr. Gawande writes, “...
Tossing and turning because of low back pain lately? Before you spend another sleepless night, try these secret home remedies for sleeping with low back pain.
Warm It Up : Towards the end of a long day of being on your feet and getting things done, the muscles in the low back can become very tense. Easing the tension before you go to bed can greatly improve your chances of resting comfortably. A hot bath, hot tub or heating pad for 30 minutes will help to relax all of your muscles that have your back locked in a vise-like grip.
Stretch It Out : Before, after and during the night, you might want to try to gently stretch your low back. Some people like to drape themselves over a large therapy ball, some people like to hang from a doorway; either way, you’ll want to find a comfortable way to decompress your spine. If you’re not sure, then ask your physical therapist. When it’s two in the morning and you cannot get comfortable, getting out of bed to str...
During breast cancer treatment, you may have different kinds of pain in your chest.
After surgery, you may feel a mixture of pain and numbness in your chest in the area where surgery was done. This is because nerves were unavoidably bruised, stretched, or cut during surgery. As the nerves grow back, you may feel strange, crawling sensations in your chest. Right after surgery, you may feel brief shooting pains in your chest. This is also because the nerves are irritated.
During and after radiation therapy, you also may feel brief shooting pains in your chest. Again, this is because the nerves are swollen and irritated.
If you have an implant in place and the tissues around it are stretched, you may feel more severe chest pain.
Managing chest pain
If you have chest pain after surgery or during or after radiation therapy, talk to your doctor. A number of medicines, including acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and opiates, can be used to ease pain.
Some complementary and holistic medicine techni...
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