Patient discussion about bit

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Q. Don’t you feel a bit insincere?

I work as a nurse in the ER, and last night a well-known alternative “healer” came to the ER with complaints of bellyache (which turned out to be kidney stones). Now I wouldn’t mind that, except that this healer always speaks against using painkillers and claims that doctors don’t treat the person as a whole like he does. He has no shame to convince patients to avoid hospitals, but when it comes to his own body, he doesn’t seem to believe in his own medications. It’s so frustrating!
A1well, i'm not sure about what line of alternative healing this guy practice but from what i know - the main idea is that alternative healing is usually for preventing illnesses, and it's very good at it. it's main effort is changing way of life and restoring balance. but it will never compare to western medicine on emergency treatments. it's wise to avoid taking pain killers - but it's wiser to take them if you really need it. today people in the U.S take medicines like they were candy and every medicine has side effects.
my brother is an MD and studied Chinese medicine - he practice both and there is a great advantage in using both to complete the therapy.
A2Well, finally someone speaks out loud. Why spend almost 10 year on studying medicine when you can just entitle yourself a “healer” and start taking money. Of course, because you know what you do doesn’t help, you wouldn’t try it on yourself. And the people you treated? Who cares??? I totally agree with you – such behavior is outrageous and dishonest.
A3Do doctors always act according to what they preach to their patients? Have you never seen a smoking doctor? Alternative medicine can be very helpful in helping suffering patients, many times after the western medicine failed. However, a good healer\therapist knows the limits of his capabilities, and will refer the patient to the appropriate doctor if he or she feels the problem is too dangerous or complicated

Q. if a bee bit me and i am allergic , what would happen to me , and what is the best treatment?

AIt depends on your previous exposure and response to the bee sting, but it may result in a severe, life threatening response called anaphylaxis. It includes intense itching and rash, runny nose and mouth, abdominal cramps, vomiting, but the life threatening responses are the closure of the throat and airways and collapse of the heart. It's treated with adrenalin and other medications.

It can be prevented first by avoiding the offending agent, and also by carrying an ready to use adrenalin injector in order to treat it quickly. Also, the allergy can be ameliorated by a series of treatments called immunotherapy, in which the allergic individual is exposed to the allergen in minute amount to make him or her not sensitive any more to this allergen.

You may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000844.htm
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000005.htm

Q. I want to understand why these differences? I'm new to this, and a bit lost...

I have indication of mastectomy plus post-mastectomy radiation. I've heard of women in my situation that were prescribed chemo and that's it. No radiation and no breast removal. My doctor said this is not an option for me, but didn't explain anything, although I insisted. I want to understand why these differences? I'm new to this, and a bit lost...
AYou know I got an oncologist who explained me on these. Let me tell you. I was on my last stage of breast cancer. I did chemo followed by right modified radical mastectomy with lymph node dissection followed by radiation. I will continue to take Herceptin and Zometa for the rest of my life. You will have breast removal and then radiation which means your cancer might be at an advanced stage. Removal is done to remove the tumor and radiation to kill cells which may enter other body parts. In your case it’s entered into other body parts so they are using radiation as the best treatment for you.

Q. I am bit worried that she should not fall within the brackets of ADHD?

My only sweet daughter is hyperactive with an extremely high activity level. She is 2 ½ years old. I think she is showing the signs of ADHD but is too early to conclude for her age. Most 2-3 year old kids tend to be hyperactive. I am bit worried that she should not fall within the brackets of ADHD?
AHello! Diagnosis of ADHD is complex at this age, and it is extremely difficult to identify even with all the tools available. And smart kids are often the hardest to deal with. Just make a casual visit to your physician to clear your doubt.

Q. I am a bit allergic to dogs, but would still want to get one

are there dog breeds that are better allergy wise?
AI don't know about it, and usually the best measures to treat allergy is the avoidance of the pet, but there are several measures to reduce the exposure to allergens of pets:

* Reduce reservoirs: remove carpets, reduce upholstered furniture to a minimum, replace drapes with blinds, or/and vacuum clean weekly using a cleaner with good filtration, ie, double thickness bags and filtration of air leaving the bag.

* Room air filters: HEPA or electrostatic (maintenance rules are better defined for HEPA).
* Washing dogs twice a week may help.

However, this is only a general advice, and allergy is a serious condition, so before you make a decision about having a dog you should consult a doctor (e.g. an immunologist).

You may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/allergy.html

Q. my husband suffers from night mares ... is there any kind of treatment that can help him a bit?

AAlthough usually no treatment is needed for nightmares, there are several medications that can be used to suppress the kind of sleep that generates nightmares (REM sleep, read more here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003209.htm ). Among them are the tricyclic antidepre4ssants and benzodiazepines. These medications require prescription so consulting a doctor may be wise.

Q. i have fear from hightes ... is there any way how to treat it and make it go a way or at least help me a bit

AYes. It's possible to treat it, usually through sessions with a psychologist in the form of behavioral therapy or psychotherapist. It should be done by a professional, of course.

You may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/phobias.html
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