As a columnist, I get many questions about people feeling alone. They wonder if they are the only people dealing with an issue. Nearly always, I can cite examples – often from my own life – to help them realize they are part of a fellowship. That, to me, is the inherent value of storytelling, of sharing our lives with people who are in similar situations. Sharing our stories doesn’t change the person’s circumstances, but it lightens their load. They remember they have companions as they journey onward. One woman touched me deeply with the following letter: Our parents are both in their early 70’s. Mom and Dad used to be very active. In fact, they were often so busy, I wouldn’t talk to them for months at a time due to their travel schedule. In the past couple years, they have had to give up traveling, because it’s too expensive. Their health care has gotten expensive. Also, they have been going through the deaths of friends. All of this has m...
On Thursday night I got the idea to conduct a series of interviews called "100 Individuals with Schizophrenia." Over the next year, I want to showcase people who are doing well in recovery to give a voice to the nameless, faceless champions, and in so doing hopefully beat down the stigma. My inaugural Q&A features D.J.-a friend I met four years ago when we were trained to present NAMI's In Our Own Voice program. In 1980, he obtained a B.S. in economics and business administration from Wagner College, where he played on the baseball team and was the intramural athletics assistant director. He truly is a winner at the game of life. The Sunday afternoon I talked with him, his good humor was as sunny as the weather. CB: First of all, how old are you? DJ: Fifty. I'm half a century! CB: Tell us a little about yourself, what you were doing before you got sick. DJ: I worked full-time as an assistant teacher at a day care center for 13 years. And I worked on the weekends at ...
Premenstrual tenderness and swelling of the breasts; Breast tenderness - premenstrual; Breast swelling - premenstrual
Self-care tips include:
Eating a lower fat diet
Avoiding caffeine (coffee, tea, and chocolate)
Avoiding salt 1 - 2 weeks before your period starts
Getting vigorous exercise every day
You should perform a breast self-examination every month.
A well-fitting bra should be worn day and night to provide good breast support.
The effectiveness of vitamin E, vitamin B6, and herbal preparations such as evening primrose oil are somewhat controversial and should be discussed with your health care provider.
Birth control pills may be prescribed to decrease symptoms.
Diuretics (water pills) taken in the premenstrual phase may reduce breast swelling and tenderness.
A prescription medicine called Depo-Provera is available for those who experience premenstrual breast swelling and tenderness. This d...
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