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I'm always amazed at the amount of
misinformation, or lack of information, that people have about Herpes. Often when I tell a new partner that I have
Herpes his response is a simple "I know nothing about that, so it doesn't
really bother me". I also hear
contrasting information from doctors. For example, just a couple weeks ago, a friend told me she was concerned
that she may have picked up an STD from a casual fling. Her doctor gave her tests for everything but
Herpes, saying that the Herpes test was too expensive to do and that if my friend
did, in fact, have the disease she would surely already know. I was suprised by the doctor's decision
given the statistics about the number of people who have the disease but don't
I told my friend about my
first six months with the disease in which I had a light rash above my
butt. It was so insignificant that I
tried to make an appointment with my dermatologist, thinking it was just an
allergic reaction. When I coul...
The list of tips for sore feet is not complete without mentioning the butt muscles. This group of muscles may be the laziest in the entire body. When the butt muscles become weak, the entire leg is affected, including the feet. Everything starts to turn inward. The thigh bone rotates inward causing "knock-knees." The ankles turn inward to the point that the arch of the foot can become plastered to the ground. This misalignment of the leg leads to a chain reaction of chronic pain.
Anyone with back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain should remember to strengthen the butt muscles. The easiest and most practical way to improve strength in the buttocks is to stand on one leg. Go ahead and try it (if needed, hold onto a chair for safety). Your beltline should remain parallel to the ground and your body should remain upright. If that was difficult, try it again only this time focus on tightening the butt cheek on the same side you are standing on. Once the butt muscles engage, the leg be...
It's just one of those days. Really, I'm fortunate that days like today, which used to occur up to five times a week, are now infrequent for me. Today, Migraine is kicking my butt, hard. A cold front was moving in last night, plus I slept longer than I should have. Put those two triggers together, and they can mean trouble. I've taken Axert, Phenergan, and Fiorinal with Codeine. Still, my head is throbbing, I'm nauseous, and photophobia has caused me to turn off the overhead lighting in my office. You may wonder, "So, if these days are so infrequent for you, why are you writing about today?" There are really two answers... I feel like whining a bit , and I wanted to remind everyone that even with an excellent preventive regimen, days like today just happen sometimes. It doesn't mean my treatment isn't working; they just happen. There's no cure for this blasted disease, and I'm as frustrated by that as any Migraineur. I'll keep hoping for a cure. In the...
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