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Now that you are seated comfortably with improved posture , how do you get up? The sit-to-stand maneuver is critical for performing activities of daily living like toileting and getting out of bed. Besides, sitting all day is not good for the body. However, muscle weakness and pain can create a serious roadblock to arising from a seated position. With some simple strategies, you might be able to stand up more comfortably.
1. Create an Adequate Base of Support : Two legs are better than one leg, three legs are better than two legs, and four legs... well, you get the picture. With an adequate base of support, this stable platform can be the launching point for you to maneuver from a seated position to a standing position. While seated, look at both feet and make sure to place them at shoulders width apart. If the legs are too close together, then the two become one and more unstable. Two legs may not be enough for some people. Sometimes, a hand placed ...
CFS; Fatigue - chronic; Immune dysfunction syndrome; Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
Symptoms of CFS are similar to those of the flu and other common viral infections, and include muscle aches, headache, and extreme fatigue. However, symptoms of CFS last for 6 months or more.
The main symptom of CFS is extreme tiredness (fatigue), which is:
Lasts at least 6 months
Not relieved by bed rest
Severe enough to keep you from participating in certain activities
Other symptoms include:
Feeling extremely tired for more than 24 hours after exercise that would normally be considered easy
Feeling unrefreshed after sleeping for a proper amount of time
Joint pain but no swelling or redness
Headaches that differ from those you have had in the past
Mild fever (101 degrees F or less)
Muscle aches ( myalgias )
Q. I definitely want to avoid lymphedema. Is there anything I can do to ward it off, or is lymphedema totally random? A. The very best thing you can do to help prevent lymphedema is to make sure you get full range of motion back in your arm, whether after surgery or radiation. Favoring the arm on your affected side, hunching your shoulder protectively, being too stiff to stretch your arm up over your head and around towards your back–these are all things that will make it easier for lymphedema to gain a foothold. I have a friend who’s a physical therapist specializing in lymphedema treatment. In fact, we became close as she gave me daily massages to relieve my own swollen arm. (Just as getting a tummy tuck is the silver lining of a tram flap reconstruction, a daily massage is the big plus of having lymphedema!) This friend says that women who’ve had surgery, particularly a mastectomy with lymph node removal (even if just a single node) need physical thera...
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