As flu season rapidly approaches, doctors continue to urge patients to get a flu shot. The flu vaccine represents the best defense against flu syndrome. For those who require further protection against respiratory infections, particularly pneumonia, other vaccines are available. A significant percentage of people who experience severe flu syndrome endure complications of pneumonia, which can be fatal.
It’s enough to suffer from the muscle aches, fever, sore throat and headache, only then to be hit with the cough, shortness of breath and chest pain that may signal pneumonia.
Patients 19 years or older who have asthma and certain other chronic diseases are recommended to get a pneumonia vaccine. For years doctors have advised patients to get the Pneumovax every 5 years in order to maintain a good defense against pneumonia. Recently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed their recommendations on how often and when to vaccinate for pneumonia, as well as what vac...
Today is day three of the Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blog Challenge, and today’s prompt is:
Tell us about a recurrent dream and what it might say about, or mean to your diagnosis of migraine and/or other headache disorders.
I wrote a poem a few years ago about a recurrent dream that involved my kids. I wrote the poem about my small daughter, but I never truly knew which child would be in the dream, or indeed if both would be there. I believe my dream recurred because I was afraid my kids would suffer the same fate I have been living. My diagnosis was episodic migraine, until I became chronic in the mid 1990’s. At the time of the poem, I also had a diagnosis of chronic cluster headache, and trigeminal neuralgia. (Please keep in mind that I know nothing about poetry.)
Ultimately, my kids are why I am still here. I couldn’t give in to my own pain because I felt the need to find answers that would keep them from my fate. My son was diagnosed with Migr...
Alternative Names Pneumocystosis; PCP; Pneumocystis carinii Prevention Preventive therapy is recommended for: Patients with AIDS who have CD4 counts below 200 Bone marrow transplant recipients Organ transplant recipients People who take long-term, high-dose corticosteroids People who have had previous episodes of this infection References Feinberg JE. Pneumocystis pneumonia. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine . 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 362.
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