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Two recent shareposts, “The Depression-Mania Two Step” ( Part I and Part II ), zeroed in on a crucial fact that tends to be overlooked by clinicians, namely: Despite the fact that depression and mania present as polar opposites, the two can hardly be viewed as unrelated. For our own health and safety, they need to be seen together as part of the same cycling phenomenon. Today’s depression is tomorrow’s mania, but there is another twist: Too often, depression fails to clear the room. Too often, mania doesn’t wait to be invited in. The two show up at once. The dance is over. A free-for-all breaks out. The experts refer to the condition as a “mixed” episode or state. Sweet mania turns sour. Vegetative depression becomes animated. Those who have been through either describe the experience as akin to wanting to crawl out of your skin, of feeling the urge to grab the world by the throat and wring it. I used to joke: “I get road rage a lot - ...
The use of prednisone is a topic that is highly charged in some circles. My point of view is that we all need to weigh the pros and cons of using steroids in light of our own individual circumstances.
Prednisone was the first medication that gave me relief from the unrelenting pain that was making my life a nightmare. It was prescribed by my orthopedic doctor while I was waiting to get in to see a rheumatologist. That was in March of 2010. I have not been completely off of prednisone since.
I know several people who cannot take prednisone because of other health issues, and I feel for them. My best friend is has Type 1 diabetes and uses an insulin pump. Her blood sugar levels get dangerously high if she is given prednisone. She can take Toradol, an NSAID, which is a blessing for her.
One of the biggest “issues” with prednisone is the weight gain factor. Prednisone actually causes weight to be redistributed to the face, abdomen and back, and it makes a ...
Generic Name: CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS - ORAL Calci-Mix Oral Uses
This medication is used to prevent or treat low blood
calcium levels in people who do not get enough calcium from their diets. It may
be used to treat conditions caused by low calcium levels such as bone loss
(osteoporosis), weak bones (osteomalacia/rickets), decreased activity of the
parathyroid gland (hypoparathyroidism), and a certain muscle disease (latent
tetany). It may also be used in certain patients to make sure they are getting
enough calcium (e.g., women who are pregnant, nursing, or postmenopausal,
people taking certain medications such as phenytoin, phenobarbital, or
Calcium plays a very important role in the body. It is
necessary for normal functioning of nerves, cells, muscle, and bone. If there
is not enough calcium in the blood, then the body will take calcium from bones,
thereby weakening bones. Having the right amount of calcium is important ...
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