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How does your doctor go about figuring out what is wrong with you and arrive at the correct diagnosis? Let's begin with a story, something that happened to me not long ago...
“Well, it’s one of three things,” said the doctor. It could be caused by a medication, it could be Adie Syndrome, which could go away anytime or you might have it forever…or it could be a brain aneurysm.” I lost it, broke down and cried, right there in front of the doctor and the nurse. The doc patted me on the shoulder and handed me a tissue. “We’ll figure it out. Stay right there, we’ll try the eye drops and see if that helps.” I’d just returned from a wonderful vacation, my first time ever on a cruise. As we were heading home, my left pupil, the middle, black part of my eye became huge. That’s what brought me in to see the opthomologist that morning. ~~~~~~~ They say it’s not necessarily what your doctor says – but what y...
What is asthma?
Asthma is a disease in which the airways become blocked or
narrowed. These effects are usually temporary, but they cause
shortness of breath, breathing trouble and other symptoms. If an
asthma attack is severe, a person may need emergency treatment to
restore normal breathing.
About 15 million Americans have asthma, including nearly five
million children under age 18. This health problem is the reason
for nearly half-a-million hospital stays each year. People with
asthma can be of any race, age or sex. Its treatment costs billions
of dollars each year.
Despite the far-reaching effects of asthma, much remains to be
learned about what causes it and how to prevent it. Although asthma
can cause severe health problems, in most cases treatment can
control it and allow a person to live a normal and active life.
What Causes Asthma Attacks?
Things in the environment trigger an asthma attack. These
triggers vary from person to person, but common ones include cold
Definition Percussion is a method of tapping body parts with fingers, hands, or small instruments as part of a physical examination. The purpose is to evaluate the size, consistency, and borders of body organs, and the presence or absence of fluid in body areas. Percussion of a body part produces a sound -- like playing a drum -- that indicates the type of tissue within the body part or organ: Lungs sound hollow on percussion because they are filled with air. Bones, joints, and solid organs such as the liver sound solid. The abdomen sounds like a hollow organ filled with air, fluid, or solids. Information
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