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I have been having intense pain on the left side of my head. The pain is so intense that if it lasted longer then it did I could not stand it. I have no other symptoms. No pain in the the eye area, no weakness in body, nothing. The pain lasts anywhere from 10-30 seconds at a time. I have lived with it for about 20 years now. I did go to a neurologist about 9 years ago and had MRI done which showed nothing. This pain will last a week or two disappear for months and then show up again. It is not a constant pain, the pain comes lasts 10-30 seconds disappears for a little while maybe half hour and comes back. In the last two weeks this pain it has increased more than I have ever experienced. When I went to the doctor 9 years ago he did not have an answer and said they could be cluster headaches, but I do not have the symptoms of cluster headaches. Anyways. I am not sure what to do seeing how the MRI showed...
Today, May 12, 2011 is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and the month of May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. In honor of those two occasions and because a number of our community members are living with both fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, Lene Andersen , the Community Leader for HealthCentral's RA site, and I interviewed each other about RA and FM. You can read Lene's interview with me and get more information about RA at MyRACentral . Lene Andersen is the Community Leader for MyRACentra l, our rheumatoid arthritis site. She has lived with RA for over 40 years, experiencing her first symptoms at age four, and has used a power wheelchair since she was 16. She developed fibromyalgia in 2004. Lene has a Masters degree in social work and has worked in corrections and the human rights field, but changed career tracks and is now working as a writer, health and disability activist and photographer. Karen: What is rheumatoid arthritis? Lene: RA is an...
Congestive heart failure - left
The goals of treatments are:
Treat the disease that is causing the heart failure
Relieve stress on the heart
Reduce risks of worsening heart failure
You should see a heart specialist. You may need to stay in the hospital when symptoms are severe.
Treatment may involve surgery or cardiac catheterization to open blocked heart arteries, medicines for high blood pressure, and lifestyle changes such as stopping drinking alcohol.
Persons with heart failure should eat less salt, avoid alcohol, and exercise moderately.
Medicines that may be used include:
Diuretics such as furosemide (Lasix) or spironolactone (Aldactone) to help the body get rid of extra fluid
Beta blockers and ACE inhibitors to reduce the stress on the heart and to prevent further muscle damage and scarring
Digoxin to increase muscle strength and slow down abnormally fast ...
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