Last week, I had my monthly massage with Ruth. I love going to see her because (a) she’s become a friend; (b) massages (for the most part) feel really good; and (c) I get a chance to analyze what’s happening with my body when she hits a pressure point or finds a muscle that’s really tight. This month, I asked Ruth to pay attention to my legs. “My hamstring muscles have been really tight as of late,” I told her during our pre-massage discussion. “They haven’t been cramping, but they feel like they are thinking about it.”
So why would they have been tightening up? Ruth’s guess was that these muscles were reacting to the extra mile that I’ve added to my daily walk with my dog. And – surprisingly – she found that my calf muscles were much tighter than my hamstrings.
So what is muscle stiffness? “Muscle stiffness is [the] feeling of tension and contraction in the muscles, that may limit normal range of motion,&rd...
During the cold weather, I hardly ever have a headache. But when the weather starts warming up in the spring & during the summer, I have headaches just about every day. I can almost put my finger on the time the headaches will cease during the fall. I take preventive medications year round such as Topamax, Propanolol, and Paxil, but I don't think they are really doing their job. When I do get a headache I either take 3 aspirin w/ caffeine or an Imitrex. I'm not certain if my headaches are tension or migraine or a combo of both. I go to a neurologist, but if my headaches are weather related, should I be going to an allergist or an ENT instead? Do my headaches sound like they are sinus related? Whenever I try to wean myself off of the medications, my headaches seem to flare up worse. I'm also very conscious of the dangers of medication overuse and watch my intake of over the counter meds. Rhonda.
Every asthmatic, as well as parents of asthmatic children, must be watchful for the four asthma triggers that come about in the cold weather seasons. While many of these triggers are difficult to avoid, there are things we can do to prevent them from triggering asthma.
Cold air : Cold air can trigger an asthma attack. I remember going sledding with my brothers when I was a kid and having an asthma attack nearly every time. This was very frustrating for me.
It took me a while, but eventually I realized it was the cold air itself that was triggering my asthma. Eventually I learned that it wasn't just me but most asthma and other chronic lungers whose lungs are affected this way by cold air.
While these may take some of the fun out of cold weather games, there are some tips for dealing with and preventing cold air asthma attacks:
Wear a scarf over your mouth and nose
Do not exercise outdoors.
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