Your Health

Common Medical Complaints:

Migraines

Tips for prevention:

  • Identify and then avoid triggers
  • Get regular exercise (warm-up slowly)
  • Lower your stress level
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce the effects of estrogen (decrease medications containing estrogen)
  • Maintain a sleep routine
  • Biofeedback therapy
  • Eat regular meals

Treating:

  • Take pain relieving medications
  • Take preventive medications

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Heart Burn & Acid Reflux Disease

Tips for prevention:

  • Avoid large, fatty meals
  • Avoid trigger foods
  • Quit smoking
  • Loosen your belts or pants (to avoid pressure on your stomach and LES)
  • Lose weight (extra abdominal fat puts pressure on the stomach, causing acid to splash back into the esophagus)
  • Don’t eat three to four hours before going to bed
  • Manage stress
  • Talk to your Dr. about ALL the medications you take (some medicines make heartburn worse)
  • Keep your body upright after eating

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Allergies

Tips for prevention:

  • Shower at night to wash off pollen
  • Close doors and windows during pollen and mold seasons
  • Use air conditioning in your house and car
  • Stay inside in the early morning and on windy days
  • Avoid lawn work
  • Hang clothes to dry inside so pollen doesn’t collect on fabric
  • Use a HEPA filter or double layered bag in your vacuum if no one else can do your vacuuming

Treating:

  • See Dr. and decide what type of medications are right for you—oral and nasal antihistamines, leukotriene blockers, nasal corticosteroids, and/or decongestants

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Heart Attack & Stroke

Tips for prevention:

  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Reduce high cholesterol
  • Lose weight
  • Be active
  • Control diabetes
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid excessive alcohol use
  • Reduce stress
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Talk openly to your Dr. (it’s normal to experience anger, guilt or depression after having a heart attack or stroke)

Treating:

  • Antiplatelet agents
  • Blood pressure-lowering medications
  • Cholesterol-lowering medications
  • Anticoagulants

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High Blood Pressure

Tips to manage:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Don’t do it at all at once (make small changes over time)
  • Keep a food diary
  • Read food labels
  • Limit alcohol
  • Reduce your sodium intake
  • Ask your Dr. to help you develop an exercise plan
  • Be active for 30 to 60 minutes most days
  • Add strength training to your workout
  • If you’re overweight—lose weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Find ways to manage your stress
  • Identify your blood pressure goal with your Dr. and get it checked regularly
  • Take your medications as prescribed

Treating:

  • Diuretics
  • Beta Blockers (BB)
  • Calcium Channel Blockers (CCB)
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI)
  • Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers (ARB)

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Frequent Bladder Urges and Leakage

Tips for managing:

  • Drink enough fluids every day to keep your body hydrated
  • Practice good hygiene (always urinate before and after having sex, and remember to wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from entering your urethra)
  • If you’re overweight—lose weight
  • Don’t hold urine in your bladder (you don’t want to stretch and weaken your bladder muscles, so go when you have to go)
  • Empty your bladder completely when urinating
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid straining your pelvic muscles during bowel movements
  • Avoid foods and drinks that seem to increase your symptoms
  • Regularly discuss any bladder problems with your doctor

Treating:

  • Bladder training
  • Medications
  • Techniques to strengthen pelvic floor muscles—electrical stimulation and biofeedback therapy
  • Surgery (if no other treatment improves your symptoms)

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Insulin and Diabetes

Tips for managing:

  • Keep your blood glucose under control by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising

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