25. January 2014 · Comments Off on Heart Palpitations Preparing For Your Appointment · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

If your heart palpitations come with fainting, chest pain or extreme shortness of breath, you may need immediate medical treatment. If no serious symptoms or signs come with your palpitations or if they occur for only a short time, you still may need a doctor’s advice to see if your palpitations are not dangerous or if they’re signals or symptoms of a more serious heart problem.

In order to make the most out of your appointment, you may want to prepare well for it by heeding the following tips:

For your part you may need to:

List down in a notebook questions to ask your doctor.
Call your doctor a week or two or days before your appointment day to know if you need to adhere to certain pre-appointment requirement such as diet restrictions, medicine restrictions, etc.
Remember your regular exercise and diet routines. If you don’t have a diet or exercise routine, you can confer with your doctor on how to get started on them.
To get the best appointment experience you may want to bring a friend or family member with you. Having someone with you during the appointment can be helpful in remembering all what the doctor has said that will help you understand your condition and take care of yourself much better.  Your companion may recall information that you may have forgotten or missed.
Write down or better yet, bring all the medications including steroids, herbs, supplements and prescription or over-the-counter drugs you are presently taking with you to show to your doctor
List down important information about yourself – This means your personal and family’s medical history especially if you or a member of your family is suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, arrhythmias, heart disease; list down also your stress factors and the recent major changes in your life.
List down as well symptoms you are experiencing that may not be connected to your heart palpitations.

You can save a lot of time in your appointment by writing down questions to ask you doctor. If you are uncertain what questions to ask you doctor, listed below are some questions you can use to ask your doctor:

What is causing my heart palpitations?
Could there be other conditions that may be causing my symptoms?
What steps do I need to take when my symptoms recur?
What tests do I need to undergo?
Is treatment needed for my palpitations?
What type of activity can I do everyday?
Are there other ways in lieu of the main course of treatment you recommend?
How can I best manage my palpitations and my other health problems?
Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
Do I need to see a specialist?
Can you prescribe generic medicines in lieu to the brand names you prescribe?
Can you provide me reading materials regarding my condition? Are there websites you recommend to know more about my condition?

If you come up with questions other than the ones above, do not hesitate to ask them to your doctor.

Your doctor in turn will need to ask questions in order to understand your condition much better. Some of his questions may go like these:

When was the first time you noticed your palpitations?
Are your palpitations infrequent or continuous?
Do your palpitations abruptly start and stop?
Do you notice a pattern with your palpitations like their happening in a certain time every day or when you’re doing a certain type of activity?
Do you still have a normal heart beat during your palpitations?
What factors worsen or better your symptoms?
Do you experience these symptoms: dizziness, fainting, chest pain or shortness during your palpitations?
Were you diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or other heart rhythm irregularities?

While waiting for your appointment, try to better your condition by avoiding stress factors or activities that might give you palpitations. Also try to avoid things that can cause your heart to palpitate like cold medicines, supplements or energy drinks that contain stimulants or too much alcohol or caffeine. Try also to avoid panic attacks or anxiety or anything that may cause you heart palpitations.

 

Bailey & Haun Acupuncture
608 Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: (760) 803-6725
http://www.baileyhaunacupuncture.com/

25. January 2014 · Comments Off on Tinnitus – Preparing for Your Appointment · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Making a specialist or doctor’s appointment allows you to proactively comprehend better what condition you are suffering from and to know the steps that will help you feel better. Providing inaccurate or ambiguous information may result in you getting a poor quality of treatment.

 

So in order for the doctor to come up with a correct diagnosis, you need to provide the doctor all the right information he needs.  A checklist listed below can help you to better prepare you for your doctor’s appointment.

 

You may need to prepare a guide specific for your condition to submit to your doctor. These can include:

 

  • All the medicines that you are presently taking including steroids, herbs and supplements.
  • Your medical history that can include any past diseases, ear infections, blood flow conditions, loss of hearing and any neck or injuries you may have.
  • A description of your symptoms and when you first noticed them – Include the severity of your symptoms especially if the noise increased in intensity. Include the suspected triggers and the factors (drink, food, exercise, music, sound, etc.) or things that can make the noise either better or worse.
  • A list detailing your daily or regular exposure to loud noise – State if your occupation is in a noisy environment or if you frequently go to clubs or concerts
  • A description of the noise you constantly hear in your ear. Is it a hissing noise, a washing machine type of noise or if the noise is a constant tone or a pulsating beat.
  • The loudness of the noise and how much does it affect your everyday life.
  • If the noise is heard in both ears or only on one or if the noise seems to emanate exteriorly or inside your head
  • The regularity of the noise – If the noise comes or goes or is it always there in your ear

 

Your doctor will need to ask you a number of questions in order to get a better perspective of your condition and make a correct diagnosis. The questions may go like these:

 

  • When was the first time you noticed your symptoms?
  • What kind of noise do you hear?
  • Is the noise heard in both of your ears?
  • Does the noise comes and go or is it continuous?
  • Do you hear a soft or loud noise?
  • Does the noise bother you a lot?
  • What things or activities seem to better your symptoms?
  • What things or activities worsen your symptoms?
  • Are you regularly exposed to loud noises?
  • Do you have a history of head injury or ear problem?

 

Upon diagnosis of tinnitus, the doctor may most probably refer you to an otolaryngologist (threat, nose and ear specialist) or to an audiologist (hearing professional).

 

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL. 

25. January 2014 · Comments Off on Sore Throat – Preparing for your Appointment · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

To make the most of your sore throat appointment with your doctor, make a list beforehand of pertinent questions and relevant information related to your sore throat condition. The following questions can help you glean more information about your sore throat:

 

  • Is it OK for me to work even if I have a sore throat?
  • How long do you think is needed for me to know exactly the cause of my sore throat?
  • Do you think that warm mist humidifiers are better for my condition than cold mist humidifiers?
  • Is my sore throat and fever a sign that I suffer from strep throat?
  • Can you recommend anything that substantially relieves my discomfort and pain?
  • What do you think is the cause of my sore throat?
  • Is my sore throat condition severe enough to go to a doctor?

 

If you have a family or personal physician, you may want to visit him first. If he thinks you need to see a specialist your physician may recommend an ENT doctor, an allergist or a pediatrician if your child is the one with the sore throat.

 

Along with list of questions, the other important things to include in the list are all of the medications you are presently taking. They can include over-the counter and prescription meds, nutritional supplements or steroids that you may be presently using even in a not-so-regular basis. The dosages of the meds you are taking should also be written down.

 

The doctor will also come with a number of questions for you or for your child he expects you and your child to answer honestly in order for him to come up with an accurate diagnosis and a correct treatment approach. Some of the questions may go like these:

 

  • Do you have any allergy? If so, what are you allergic to?
  • Do you use allergy drugs?
  • Do you have any allergy to certain drugs? If so, what kind of drugs?
  • Are you a smoker? Are you or your child often exposed to second-hand smoke?
  • Do you notice any other signs that may seem unrelated to your sore throat condition?
  • Does your sore throat stop and come back frequently?
  • What makes your sore throat worse? Is your sore throat more painful when you swallow?
  • Are there things you have tried to lessen your sore throat symptoms? Have they been effective?
  • Do you develop a fever when you have a sore throat? Is it a high fever?
  • Do you experience hardness of breathing when you have a sore throat?
  • Has your sore throat progressed slowly or did it begin immediately?
  • When did your sore throat symptoms start?
  • What other symptoms have you felt other than your sore throat?

 

BodaHealth
1245 West Broadway #302
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7, Canada
(604) 733-2632
http://bodahealth.ca/

19. January 2014 · Comments Off on Sexual Dysfunction Complications · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

People suffering from sexual dysfunction that may seem chronic or long-lasting are highly susceptible to emotional problems like depression. The impact of the sexual problem for both the person and his/her partner needs to be known since if not properly addressed, the sexual dysfunction of one partner can result in arguments and conflicts that may end up in a relationship breakup.

Interestingly, when both partners are affected by low sexual desire, the problem of their sexual dysfunction may not strongly impact or be problematic in their relationship.  However, the poor sexual desire can be a gauge in measuring the emotional health of the couple’s relationship.  In certain instances where a loving and excellent relationship exists, the poor sexual desire of one partner may cause the other to feel unwanted and hurt. This may potentially lead to feelings of resentment and can cause the partner who’s been hurt to emotionally distance himself/herself to the other.

One thing that sex is capable of doing is to either bond the couple together or to become a factor that can slowly drive them apart. If one partner shows real disinterest in having sexual relations with the other partner and it becomes a cause for friction and conflict, the couple should seek counseling or advice from a doctor or a psychologist before the relationship becomes strained beyond help.

A couple should discuss all possible therapies with a qualified healthcare provider or read materials that will help understand each other’s problem, desires and needs.

 

Acupuncture Health Center
1303 Astor St #101
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 715-1824
http://www.bellinghamacupuncturecenter.com/

19. January 2014 · Comments Off on Psoriasis Complications · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Some of the possible complications of psoriasis can include:

Folate deficiency –   Psoriasis sufferers are at a high risk to have folate deficiency. Folate is a B vitamin and is an important factor for normal nerve function. Folate is also essential in preventing birth defects as well as regulating the levels of homocysteine, a body chemical that in high levels increases a person’s likelihood for heart disease.

Cancers – Psoriasis patients who suffer from severe psoriasis and who take systemic drugs have a high likelihood of forming lymphomas and skin cancers.

Diabetes, obesity and heart problems – A large number of people who suffer from psoriasis have developed one or more of these three conditions. Medical researchers are uncertain if there is indeed a link between psoriasis and these conditions. Some researchers explain that psoriasis patients have fat cells that produce cytokines that increases the resistance of insulin in the muscle and liver. This eventually causes the death of beta cells that produces insulin in the pancreas.

High blood pressure – The World Health Organization suggests that physicians should check patients with psoriasis for hypertension. Some experts state that early treatment of psoriasis effectively lessens the risk of psoriasis patients for high blood pressure.

Abnormal body temperature regulation – Individuals suffering from erythrodermic psoriasis can encounter problems in their body’s power to properly regulate temperature.

Zumbusch psoriasis – This condition can come about when a person has both pustular psoriasis and erythrodermic psoriasis. Zumbusch psoriasis can arise all of a sudden and this it can lead to weight loss, muscle weakness, chills and fever. There may even be signs of electrolyte imbalances, protein loss and edema from this condition. A person with Zumbusch psoriasis should go to a hospital to correct his fluid and chemical imbalances and normalize his body temperature. This type of psoriasis is particularly dangerous in older people.

Psoriatic arthritis – The likelihood of psoriatic arthritis can likely increase in psoriasis sufferers. Psoriatic arthritis includes symptoms like:

  • Arthritis mutilans – This is a type chronic rheumatoid arthritis albeit a rare one and it happens when the bones are reabsorbed by the body that can lead to the death of soft tissue. Sometimes arthritis mutilans affects the hands and when it does it causes a condition called telescoping fingers. It can also affect the feet. Besides psoriatic arthritis, people with rheumatoid arthritis in the joints of the fingers or osteoarthritis are also at high risk to get this condition. About 20%, at most of those with psoriasis will acquire psoriatic arthritis.

Emotional and psychological consequences – Some patients with psoriasis suffer from social and emotional problems. Their symptoms cause embarrassment and because of this they eventually become depressed. These make some of them to completely withdraw from society. Also some psoriasis sufferers who experience severe symptoms are forced to leave their jobs making them sadder, distressed and depressed. A national survey published in Psoriasis Uncovered showed statistics of people suffering from the most extreme forms of psoriasis. The statistics reveal that

  • 20% of psoriasis sufferers have lost a job or was forced to resign because of their psoriasis
  • A quarter of psoriasis sufferers blamed their psoriasis for ruining an intimate relationship
  • 43% of those with psoriasis said that their condition had hindered their ability to make new friends.
  • 83% of psoriasis patients said their current treatment has not satisfactorily addressed their problem.

Many health care professionals are aware that psoriasis plays a negative role in the psychological and emotional life of the patient. It is thus essential for the patient to talk to his doctor any anxiety and concern he has regarding his psoriasis. Psoriasis patients can also avail assistance from support groups that can help them mitigate feelings of isolation and get back their self-esteem among others.

 

Vital Gate Acupuncture
107 W 82nd St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-4244
http://www.vitalgate.com/

 

15. January 2014 · Comments Off on Heart Palpitations Lifestyles and Home Remedies · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Diet

Lessening caffeine intake – Since caffeine is a stimulant, taking in too much of this substance can increase the rhythm of the heart. Certain individuals have different degrees of sensitivity to caffeine and if you are the one who experiences palpitations from the intake of stimulants, then you need to cut down your intake of fizzy drinks, tea and coffee containing caffeine.

Cigarette smoking cessation – if you find it difficult to completely stop smoking tobacco, try to limit it. Tobacco smoking can dramatically change your mood as well as your intake of oxygen.  Talk to your physician on how to quit smoking either abruptly or gradually.

Balance your electrolytes – Inadequate levels of electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium and calcium can lead to effects such as heart palpitations. Make a diet list for a week that should include foods rich in electrolytes. You can do some online research and select the foods that appeal to you and integrate them into your regular diet. Your physician can help verify any nutrient and electrolyte deficiency in you using a simple blood test. Your physician or a nutritionist can assist you with the proper dietary suggestions.

Healthy foods like lean meats, vegetables, seeds, nuts, pulses, beans, whet-rich bread, milk, apples and bananas should be included in your diet list.

Do not take in fatty and sugary foods – These unhealthy foods will provide ‘spikes’ of energy that elevates your heart rate dramatically, and then after a short while crashes it back down. They are foods your body does not really need.

Medicine

If you are presently using drugs that include anti-depressants, blood pressure meds or beta blockers that may have side effects that adversely affect the beat of your heart then chances are high that you will experience palpitations. If this is so, then you need to consult with your doctor about this problem.

Keep yourself hydrated

Be sure to drink at least about 8 full glasses of water each day. Water is essential to utilizing the electrolytes in your body and helps provide the electrical requirements of your heart. Slight dehydration can be sufficient enough to bring about heart palpitations.

Cold water

If you are experiencing palpitations, throw cold water on your neck and face or better yet take a very cold shower. Cold water induces you to take sharp intakes of breath that can dramatically stimulate your nervous system helping to stop your palpitations. You can get the same affect by simply coughing. Some people use coughing to ease and arrest their palpitations

Exercise

Strange as it may sound but exercise can help stop and prevent heart palpitations. Since your heart is a muscle, exercising benefits it as well.  Through exercise, your blood pressure as well as your heart rate will decrease. It can likewise serve as a distraction from keeping you fixated on your symptoms. If you do not regularly exercise or have not exercised at all, then you can start by taking brisk walks.  You need to talk to your doctor first if you are anxious about performing strenuous exercise.

Relax

Relaxing is a very important factor in helping stop palpitations. Try to relax by closing your eyes, lying down and breathing slowly through your nose.

Bear Down

When you have palpitations try to clinch your stomach muscles in a manner that mimics the act of going to the bathroom and forcing out a bowl movement. This activity helps stop or at least slows down your heart beat a little.

Valsalva Maneuver

Oftentimes the reason for heart palpitations is problem in the vagus nerve.  Stimulating the vagus nerve can stop palpitations and may help bring your heart beat to a normal level. The Valsalva maneuver entails holding your nose and closing your mouth while you try to breathe out with force (like blowing up a balloon). When done properly you can attain quick relief from your palpitations.  The Valsalva Maneuver is quite similar to the Bearing Down technique.

Deep Breathing Exercises

These types of exercises are very effective in the treatment of anxiety and for sure can assist in slowing down your heart rate, which in turn can stop or lessen heart palpitations.  You can try yoga which is an activity that focuses on your breathing and adopts correct deep breathing techniques.

 

The Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine
6501 N. Federal Highway #3
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Phone: 561-353-4150
http://lotuscenteroforientalmedicine.com/

13. January 2014 · Comments Off on Symptoms of High Blood Pressure · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

High blood pressure or hypertension is usually termed as “the silent killer” because it shows no noticeable symptoms that can prove fatal to the person having this disease. High blood pressure can also result in kidney damage or loss of vision. The only way to ascertain if you have high blood pressure is if your doctor uses a sphygmomanometer to measure your blood pressure and see if your readings are higher than the normal blood pressure levels.

 

Dyspnea and Headaches

 

Dyspnea or breathing difficulty and headaches are often felt by people who have blood pressures reaching 180/120 mmHg and above although a lot of people who have normal blood pressure levels may have these problems as well. Practically every individual will or have experienced headaches due to various factors like infections, tension or anxiety to mention a few. To determine whether dyspnea and headaches is caused by high blood pressure or something else, the physician will monitor your blood pressure first before ruling out or diagnosing you with high blood pressure. Headaches suffered by someone with high blood pressure is a dangerous sign of impending damage to the blood vessels in the retina or the brain and may entail immediate implementation of blood pressure management to impede major or even fatal complications. Difficulty in breathing is often caused by excess weight or obesity. However, if your blood pressure suddenly falls involuntary or if it has risen beyond any control, then your dyspnea may likely be an indication of early heart failure.

 

High blood pressure can heighten the risk of massive arterial bleeding in the retina that can cause loss of sight or extensive arterial bleeding in the brain which cause stroke. The likelihood of experiencing this is further upped when people who have blood pressure reach 50 yrs old and above. These are valid reasons why doctors call for immediate treatment for their older patients with high blood pressure.

 

Subconjunctival Hemorrhages and Nose Bleeds

 

Subconjunctival hemorrhages and nose bleeding do often happen in individuals experiencing high blood pressure. These symptoms are quite common and not need be causes for alarm. The term subconjunctival hemorrhages may sound a bit fearful but are simply a tiny amount of bleeding seen in the white part of your eye. They may manifest during typical bodily functions like straining during stool passing, sneezing or coughing and is seen as a tiny red part on the white of the eye. They usually banish after a few weeks. Subconjunctival hemorrhages are innocuous symptoms that are totally unrelated to retinal hemorrhages. When you suffer from high blood pressure, the blood vessels in your nose can rupture during a bout of high blood pressure leading to a nosebleed.

 

Hyperventilation

 

The above symptom is both suffered by people with high blood pressure and anxiety. When it manifests in a person already diagnosed with high blood pressure, it unfortunately can only add to the worries of anxious people who have high blood pressure.

 

Oftentimes the symptoms of people diagnosed with high blood pressure are different from person to person. It is not advisable to diagnose yourself with high blood pressure and you need to consult with your doctor to better assess your overall health and to make sure you don’t suffer from any underlying cause that may be causing your symptoms.

 

If you think you have high blood pressure here are some other symptoms to watch out for:

 

  • Weak vision
  • Poor sexual appetite or desire
  • Emesis or vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Sleeplessness
  • Tinnitus
  • Pounding in the ears, neck or chest
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain in the chest

 

Any of these symptoms should prompt you to see a doctor as soon as possible since they may indicate that you are experiencing a hypertensive crisis that eventually can result in a stroke or heart attack.

 

Acupuncture Plus
11851 Jollyville Rd #102
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 453-5352
http://www.acupuncturistaustin.com/

13. January 2014 · Comments Off on Gastritis Risk Factors · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The risk factors that can cause a person to be more susceptible to gastritis can involve autoimmune disease, reflux of bile to stomach, old age, stress, alcohol abuse, regular use of painkilling medicines, bacterial infection (Helicobacter pylori),  and other medical conditions.

Autoimmune Disease

When you have an autoimmune problem, your body’s defense mechanism fights your own body particularly by working against your cells that eventually might lead to a particular type of gastritis called autoimmune gastritis. People suffering from specific autoimmune diseases like pernicious anemia or Hashimoto’s disease are highly prone to developing gastritis.

Reflux of Bile to Stomach

Stomach acid (bile) can go back to the esophagus due to a condition in the lower gastric sphincter (the sphincter that prevents stomach bile from flowing back to the esophagus) or due to a gastrointestinal surgical procedure. These two situations can cause chronic gastritis.

Old Age

Seniors (people 60 years and older) are at high risk for acquiring gastritis. This is so because these individuals are more prone to Helicobacter pylori infection and due to the weak condition of their body caused by wear and tear their body has undergone through the years.

Stress

Conditions that are quite distressful like burns, serious injury, major surgical procedure, etc. can precipitate the development of acute gastritis; when the stressful condition is taken away from the picture, the gastritis often goes away.

Alcohol Abuse

The abrasive nature of alcohol can damage the natural lining of the stomach when alcohol is taken in. This makes the lining vulnerable to irritation and inflammation and damage from digestive juices like hydrochloric acid in the stomach and other harmful agents. Excess and even regular alcohol consumption is a very typical reason for people getting gastritis.

Regular Use of Painkilling Medicines

Typical over the counter pain relieving medicines like ibuprofen and aspirin among others are harmful to the gastrointestinal tract when taken on a regular basis. Without competent medical advice and proper precaution, the daily intake of these medicines can cause problems in the GI tract like ulcer and gastritis. These drugs cause damage to the stomach’s natural protective mechanism that protect it from acids and other harmful substances which can lead to ulcer and gastritis. If you need to take these medicines on a regular basis, you need to take them on a full stomach.

Bacterial Infection

People infected with the Helicobacter pylori bacteria are at high risk for getting gastritis with the gastritis tending to be a chronic one. One interesting thing to note is that about half of all people in the world are infected with the H. pylori bacteria. This can clarify why gastritis is quite rampant all over the world. This bacterium can be disseminated through person to person contact. However, not all the people infected with the bacterium suffer from its complication that may include gastritis or peptic ulcer. Scientists do not know the reason why this is so.

Other Medical Conditions

Individuals suffering from AIDS, HIV infection, parasite infection, etc. are more prone to developing gastritis than people having none of these conditions.

 

AcuHealing Medical Center
2700 SW 3rd Ave #2
Miami, FL 33129
(786) 449-9026
http://www.acuhealingonline.com/

05. January 2014 · Comments Off on Insomnia Tests and Diagnosis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The physician typically diagnoses insomnia based on his or her analyses of your physical exam and sleep and medical histories. The physician may request  a sleep study if, for example, the basis for your insomnia is unknown.

Medical History

In order to know the cause of your insomnia, your doctor may ask you a number of questions that may go like these:

  • Are you experiencing a sudden life change like a death of a loved one or a divorce?
  • Do you have a history of psychosis, anxiety or depression?
  • Are you currently on prescription or over-the-counter medicines?
  • Do you suffer from health conditions like or arthritis or have painful injuries?
  • Do you have any current health issues?

Your doctor may likewise ask you questions regarding your leisure or work habits. He or she may want to know about your exercise routines, if you drink alcohol, smoke tobacco or take in caffeine. They may also ask you about any long-distance travels you may have done. Your answers may provide him insights to the cause of your insomnia.

The doctor may also want to know what stresses you and if you have personal problems or if you are starting out on a new job. He can also be interested if any members of your family have sleeping difficulties.

Sleep History

Knowing your sleeping habits is one of the most important factors your doctor may need to know to help him diagnose your sleeping problem. In order to provide your doctor with a good perspective of your problem, you may want to think about the ways to describe your problems. Some of these may be about:

  • How often you have trouble sleeping and when did this sleeping problem begin.
  • The time you go to bed (during weekdays and weekends and/or days off) and the time you wake up in the morning (also during weekdays and weekends and/or days off)
  • The amount of time needed for you to fall asleep, the number of times you wake up at night, and the amount of time needed for you to go back to sleep
  • Whether or not you snore. If, so how loud. If you suddenly wake up gasping for air or feeling out of breath
  • Knowing when you wake up in the morning if you feel refreshed and if you feel tired during daytime
  • Problems keeping awake during daytime and if you often doze off during daytime especially when driving

The doctor may also want to know the possible factors that may be causing or worsening your insomnia. He may ask:

  • What things (like computer or TV) are in your sleeping room that may be distracting you from sleep.
  • What is the temperature, lighting or noise level in your home and in your room especially during your sleep time.
  • What routines you perform before going to bed.
  • If you take medications or drink or eat prior to going to bed and what kind medications, food and drinks are they.
  • Whether you worry about not getting enough sleep, staying asleep or falling asleep

To make the most of your doctor’s visit, own a sleep journal or diary for a couple of weeks or for even just a week. In this journal, list down the time you take naps, wake up, and go to sleep. (You can write, for example, going to bed at 9 p.m., waking up at 3 a.m. and can’t seem, to go back to sleep, short 2 hour rest at 1 P.M, etc.)

Include in you journal how much sleep you get each night, and how whether you feel very sleepy at different times during the day.

Physical Exam

The physician may perform a physical exam on you to exclude other health problems that might cause insomnia. Blood tests may be needed as well to see if you suffer from thyroid problems or other conditions that may cause your sleeping difficulties.

Sleep Study

The doctor can also perform a sleep study on you named a PSG or polysomnogram test if he suspects you have an underlying sleep condition causing your insomnia.

The PSG is often done while you stay for one night at a sleep center. This diagnostic test monitors and lists your blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, muscle activity breathing, heart rate, eye movements and brain electrical activity.

 

Linda Lesperance is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of The Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine in Boca Raton, FL.

 

 

05. January 2014 · Comments Off on Influenza Prevention · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

One of the most effective steps in preventing influenza is by getting immunized each year with a flu vaccine.

Healthy individuals from 2 to 49 years of age can opt for nasal spray such as FluMist (which is the nasal equivalent of the vaccine) rather than getting a flu shot. Individuals who have chronic (long-term) conditions like lung or heart problems should not be given this nasal spray vaccine since added to it are certain live viruses that can exacerbate these people’s already frail condition. For these individuals and also for people with problematic immune systems, a flu shot is a highly preferred option compared to the nasal spray vaccine particularly when outbreak prevention is required. The risk of infecting these people with an activated flu virus is then avoided. When nasal spray vaccine is inadvertently given to this high-risk group, proximal contact with them should be avoided for a week.

Nasal spray vaccine is not to be given to people:

  • Less than 20 years of age who are using aspirin or products having aspirin ingredients
  • Who are pregnant
  • Who suffer from conditions like cerebral palsy or seizure disorder that may entail swallowing or breathing problems
  • Using medications or have a disease that compromises their immune system
  • Having kidney disease or diabetes
  • Having lung disease that includes asthma
  • With heart disease

Sometime a flu shot may not successfully prevent flu but it can help lessen the severity of the symptoms and greatly reduce the likelihood for complications. Statistics reveal that people given flu shots missed fewer absences from work and had lesser doctor visits regarding respiratory infections. They also experienced lesser flu complications like pneumonia. The flu vaccine also allegedly helps safeguard the babies of pregnant women from the flu virus.

A flu vaccine also is known to cause serious side effects in some people and others said that it really is not effective in preventing flu.

You may need to consult with your physician prior to getting a flu shot if:

  • Your child had suffered a seizure before
  • You suffer from a condition known as Guillain-Barre’ syndrome
  • You had an allergic reaction from a previous shot of flu vaccine or are allergic to eggs

Some other recommendations to lessen your likelihood of flu infection or developing complications can include lifestyle and diet changes like:

  • Availing of probiotics – Using probiotics can lessen the need for antibiotics in children and to help prevent the symptoms of the flu
  • Smoking cessation – Your lungs, sinuses and nose can be easily irritated by cigarette smoke and make your immune system weak making you highly vulnerable to flu complications
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a balanced and healthy diet
  • Avoiding your hands from touching your mouth, eyes and nose – Your hands are vectors for the flu virus and other kinds of pathogens. Therefore you not only need to avoid them touching those areas but you also need to wash them frequently particularly during winter season where flu infection is at its most rampant

Flu Prevention with Antiviral Medications

Oseltamivir and zanamivir are two antiviral drugs that are used to help prevent infection caused by the influenza A and B viruses. They effectively shorten the duration of your illness provided they are taken less than 2 days after the onset of symptoms. These two drugs can also be given along with the flu shot for two weeks when there is a flu outbreak to hold off the viruses while your body develops antibodies to battle them. Oseltamivir and zanamivir are either used orally (by pill) or inhaled (inhaler).

Acupuncture Plus
11851 Jollyville Rd #102
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 453-5352
http://www.acupuncturistaustin.com/