For many family members overloaded with the 24/7 challenges of providing care to loved ones with Alzheimer's disease, it may seem as though one day rolls into the next, one year rolls into the next. But, it is a new year, a new decade-and a good time to look ahead with a fresh set of eyes. A look back at some of research studies that emerged in 2009 plants the seed for five resolutions that, although they may require squeezing out some time from a busy day, may help ease the role of caregiving in 2010: 1. Get some help. A comprehensive report on caregiving in the United States (National Alliance for Caregiving, November 2009) confirmed the scope of caregiving-65.7 million caregivers of people aged 50+. Caregivers cited Alzheimer's disease and old age (each 15 percent) as the main problem or illness for which a relative needs care. The good news is that, compared to a similar study five years ago, caregivers reported getting more help from unpaid caregivers. But some of the bad news ...
Alternative Names Swelling of the ankles - feet - legs; Ankle swelling; Foot swelling; Leg swelling; Edema - peripheral; Peripheral edema Prevention Avoid sitting or standing without moving for prolonged periods of time. When flying, stretch your legs often and get up to walk when possible. When driving, stop to stretch and walk every hour or so. Avoid wearing restrictive clothing or garters around your thighs. Exercise regularly. Lose weight if you need to. References Goldman L. Approach to the patient with possible cardiovascular disease. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 48.
Swelling, also called edema, happens when fluid builds up in body tissues.
Swelling is a common side effect of many breast cancer treatments:
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole)
Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane)
Femara (chemical name: letrozole)
Evista (chemical name: raloxifene)
Fareston (chemical name: toremifene)
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant)
Other medicines you may be taking during treatment, including pain medications, bisphosphonates (bone-strengthening medications), and steroids also can cause swelling.
If the swelling is severe, accompanied by pain, or if your arm starts to swell after surgery (which could be a sign of arm lymphedema ), talk to your doctor right away. This type of swelling could be a sign of infection or other serious condition and needs to be treated as soon as possible.
If your swelling is mild, try these tips to ease it:
Elevate the swollen area . If poss...
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