One of the biggest complaints about the American health care system is tests that are both expensive and needless. This is a report from the front lines of one expensive test that saved me from lots of grief.
I'm almost 500 miles from my home in Boulder, Colorado, passing through the little Southwestern Colorado town of Durango. Fewer than 20,000 people live here, and I didn't know any of them.
But I had a stomach ache that started at dinner Wednesday. By midnight I was feeling bad enough that I looked in the Yellow Pages for a 24-hour pharmacy where I could buy an antacid. I struck out.
Reluctantly, I realized that the only place I could buy something that would counteract stomach acidity was the local urgent care facility or hospital emergency room. So back to the Yellow Pages I went. Since the local urgent care closed at 7 p.m. my only choice seemed to be going to a hospital.
I thought that the doctors and nurses there might laugh off my trivial symptom. Instead, they treated ...
Many of the acid reflux patients I work with don't simply deal with the basic heartburn symptoms. One symptom that is frequently mentioned is painful belly bloat. Not only is this bloat painful, but when you can't fit into your jeans it's downright annoying. Most of the reasons for belly bloat can be changed with some simple tweaks. Check out some of the tips below. Slow down while eating We are a fast-paced, fast-food society. If you are eating on the run, you are likely eating too fast. Quickly wolfing down some food may be good for productivity but not for your gut. Slow down, chew your food thoroughly and don't gulp, which causes you to swallow air, and you will improve your digestion. Reduce carbonated beverages Small amounts of carbonated beverages used sparingly can help you belch and relieve pressure from excess gas, but if you are downing more soda than water it could be having the opposite effect. Reduce the amount of carbona...
Backache; Low back pain; Lumbar pain; Pain - back
Exercise is important for preventing future back pain. Through exercise you can:
Improve your posture
Strengthen your back and improve flexibility
A complete exercise program should include aerobic activity (like walking, swimming, or riding a stationary bicycle) as well as stretching and strength training.
To prevent back pain, it is also very important to learn to lift and bend properly. Follow these tips:
If an object is too heavy or awkward, get help.
Spread your feet apart to give a wide base of support.
Stand as close to the object you are lifting as possible.
Bend at your knees, not at your waist.
Tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the object up or lower it down.
Hold the object as close to your body as you can.
Lift using your leg muscles.
As you stand up with the ob...
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