Doctor Talk

doctor talkIt is obvious that most of the information accumulated by your doctor comes from you.  Therefore you are best qualified to keep your own organized records in a notebook, a file or on your computer. These records should include any allergies, sensitivities, unusual bleeding or discharges, pain or other symptoms experienced by you and any unusual events in your life such as trauma (physical and emotional), falls and injuries.

The next step is to look at all your prescriptions and to record all the details listed on the label, including dates, dosages, contra-indications and other recommendations. Next record all medical treatments, hospital stays, procedures, surgeries, dental treatments and doctor visits and the reason for these in details.

When blood tests or any other testing is required a copy of the results should be obtained by you and a proper explanation by your doctor should be given. It is often beneficial to review these tests results and  to compare them to earlier test results.  By comparing them  to normal ranges and values,  you may have the opportunity to make lifestyle changes or add supplements before the issues become serious and must be treated with prescription drugs or surgery.

Keeping these records for you and your family does not eliminate any visits to your doctor but is very helpful in providing all relevant details when needed.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal tunnelCarpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in between the tendons and the forearm muscles. This compressed nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.

There may be a sudden, sharp pain shooting through the wrist and up your arm. Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers. The fingers may feel useless and puffed up with little or no swelling present.

The symptoms often first appear in one or both hands during the night and a person with carpal tunnel syndrome may wake up feeling the need to move their hand or wrist. As symptoms worsen the tingling may also be present during the day. A decrease in grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks.

The current recommendation by the medical community, if symptoms persist for more than 6 months is surgery which involves severing the band of tissue around the wrist to reduce pressure on the median nerve.

Before submitting to surgery the treatment option is vitamin B-6 (75mg a day) and Zinc (50mg per day).

 

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