One wonders how many people actually use something to sleep at night. Whether it's a prescription, over the counter (OTC) or alcohol, nearly ALL of us will use something to help us sleep at some point. Each of us is likely to suffer from at least one bout of insomnia in our lifetime. We have become a society where even a little loss of sleep can cause panic which leads to more than a single bad night.
Take into account how the world's news, current family issues or personal struggles can leave us sitting up at night worried. I have worked with many people who complain of sleep deprivation from worries, chronic pain, or mood disorders and they ask for some quick fix.
Unfortunately, there are those of us who cannot get any sleep without some kind of sleep aid, and I have a number of patients who take Ambien or Lunesta , which are a vast improvement over the old benzodiazepines. At least these two "new" drugs aren't as addictive or problematic. Allegedly. A...
Our readers ask some great questions about Migraine disease and other headache disorders here on HealthCentral's Migraine community. Ellen and I both answer questions in our community question and answer section . Dr. Krusz and I answer other questions in our Ask the Clinician column .
Some of the questions apply to many of our readers, and are great topics for discussion. So, every week, I bring you our Question of the Week. I hope you'll take a few minutes to look at these questions and the answers, then join us in discussion. One of the best things about online communities is the opportunity to share information and experiences.
This week's Question of the Week:
How would a benedryl shot help a 16+ hour migraine?
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Everyday allergy moms around the world balance their children's need for safety with their need for a "normal" life. For most of us, summer camp was part of that normal life, and while you might think of camp as "Mission Impossible" for your food allergic child, it really boils down to just a few steps. So here is my CAMP guide to help you prepare your child for the fun this summer.
C Communicate with the Camp Director Explain the extent of your child's allergies and make sure they are willing and able to accommodate your child's special needs. Do they have safe foods or meal options? How is food stored, prepared and served? What is their experience with severe food allergies?
Find out if the staff is trained to handle allergic reactions; how far the nearest medical facility is; how your child would be transported; and if any activities would take him or her out of cell phone coverage or far away from the camp site. Remember th...
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