In April, I turned 43. Yes, I'm a Taurus. Living in the middle of what I hope to be a
long life, I'd like to give you some observations about recovery at mid-life.
When I was in my twenties, I had a rocky time of
it. My first psychiatrist, Dr. Santiago,
told me, "Your thirties will be prime time."
It turned out that he was on to something. That was the bridge decade-between sickness
and health. Now that I'm older, I can
honestly say that our forties are the victory lap. Your forties are going to be some of the best
times of your life, a time when the symptoms hopefully attenuate.
I talk every so often in here about "ultimate goals"
to strive for in recovery and I'm not sure the one that takes center stage, but
this one is up there: forgiving yourself and letting go. What I know: at 43, I'm more open and kind
and generous, towards myself and others.
I'm not so concerned with how I look, and with other people's appearan...
Medications are the most frequently recommended treatment for l ow back pain . Research has shown that 80% of primary care patients with low back pain were prescribed at least one medication when seen by the primary care provider; more than one third were prescribed two or more medications.
The most commonly prescribed drugs for low back pain are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Motrin and naproxen, muscle relaxants, and opioid-based pain killers. Other medications regularly prescribed for chronic low back pain include benzodiazepines such as Valium , cortisone-type drugs, anti-depressant medications and anti-seizure medications. Of course, many patients use over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, aspirin, and NSAIDs such as Advil.
A challenge to many health care providers involves the choosing of the safest and most effective medication for a given patient. A more disturbing thought involves the possibility that many of th...
I never much cared for anatomy class. Dead bodies, the cold, and the smell were just not the way I liked to spend an afternoon. Every first year medical student spends hours in the anatomy room because learning the parts is important, but even more important is knowing what those parts do and how they work—functional anatomy. Thankfully, studying functional anatomy requires warm, live people who don’t usually smell. Let’s learn some parts without the smell because if you understand the parts, then you will understand the treatment. Getting down to the framework of your body is the skeleton which holds you upright, otherwise you would be a blob of gooey mush. As part of the skeleton, the spine is your backbone that bridges the span between your head and your butt. Because it is a bridge, the spine has passive, stationary structures (bones, ligaments, and discs) which don’t “do” anything except provide support for the whole body. However, these parts o...
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