Cramps are an inevitable part of almost every woman’s life. Each month, without fail, you feel your period before it begins. Cramps are usually felt in the abdomen or the lower back. They last anywhere from one to three days. For some women, cramps are merely a nuisance, something that is annoying but doesn’t affect your life. For other women, severe cramps send them to bed for a day or two each month. While you probably can’t totally rid your life of cramps, there are some things you can do to help ease the pain.
While you are having cramps:
Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, usually help to lessen the pain.
Use a heating pad or a hot water bottle and apply heat directly to your abdomen or lower back.
Try different positions. You might find lying on your side with your knees bent helps relieve the pain or you might find another position feels better. Try sitting and lying down in different positions to find what works best for you.
Did anyone notice the FDA warning about stomach medications issued earlier this year? This new safety alert states that certain medications called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) which are used to treat upset tummies can in fact increase the risk of bone fractures in the hip, wrist and spine. With this new warning, labeling on several over-the-counter and prescription medications will change. These medications include Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (Lansoprazole), and Nexium (esomeprazole). Although the FDA did not mention another class of stomach medications called the H2 Blockers , this warning might extend to another family of popular stomach medications which includes Tagamet (cimetidine) and Pepcid (Famotidine).
The H2 Blockers might also increase the risk of fractures especially in those who are already at risk for osteoporosis. With this new information, those who have osteoporosis or those at risk for osteoporosis should pay attention to the way they use stomach medication...
Definition Breath odor is the scent of the air you breathe out of your mouth. Unpleasant, distinctive, or offensive breath odor is commonly called bad breath. Alternative Names Bad breath; Halitosis Considerations Some disorders will produce specific, characteristic odors to the breath. Bad breath related to poor oral hygiene is most common and caused by release of sulphur compounds by bacteria in the mouth. A fruity odor to the breath occurs as the body attempts to get rid of excess acetone through the breathing. This is a sign of ketoacidosis , which may occur in diabetes. It is a potentially life-threatening condition. Breath that smells like feces can occur with prolonged vomiting , especially when there is a bowel obstruction . It may also occur temporarily if a person has a tube placed through the nose or mouth to the stomach to drain the stomach contents (nasogastric tube) in place. The breath may have an ammonia-like odor (also described as urine-like or "fishy") in people with chronic ki...
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