Patient discussion about life

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Q. So now it’s for life?

Just like that, out of the blue my doctor told me a few months ago that I apparently I have diabetes (although I’m already 37), and that I’ll need to inject insulin to control my blood sugar. Moreover, I’ll have to restrict my diet and plan everything I put inside my mouth ahead. So far I manage with it, but it interfere with my life so much I don’t how long I can keep this way- it’s like I lost the possibility to be spontaneous in my llife. How do you cope with it?
I share similar feelings- I was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a couple of years ago at 35, and indeed I have to plan my meals ahead. I don’t have any magical solution, but I can at least tell you that’s once you (and your environment) make some helpful technical changes, it feels less of a problem.

But hey, at least we had our twenties to live freely :)
A2It is not at all easy to get used a completely different lifestyle, having to plan everything you eat, etc. However, try and remind yourself every day how important keeping the sugar levels balanced is for your health. Diabetes is very common and you can find many websites, magazines and support groups that may help you cope. You should definately consult your doctor as well as your family, regarding your feelings and possible fears.
A3You can check here for tips about diabetes lifestyle:

Take care,

Q. Is it for life?

I was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and started taking meds (MTX and others). How long will I have to take these medications?
A1sadly, i can't give you better news then mrfoot56 and brwnis65. these medication are for life. but there are all sort of new treatments that are now researched, using biological ways to reduce the immunoglobolins complexes that accumulates in your joints, here is an article about top 10 advances of 2007:
A2I hate to say I have to agree with mrfoot56, most patients are on meds for the rest of their lives. My grandmother was told she had RA when she was 26 and when she passed last year at 80 she was still on meds. It is described as the worse form of arthritis.
But that's one thing alot of people I feel forget to look at. They ask will I have to take meds the rest of my life remember it can be a long easier life with the medications! I am 43 and have to take meds from now on BUT these meds enable me to live a better quality of life so I try to stay VERY positive about it!
A3Rh,is a chronic inflammatory disease attacking joints/surrounding tissues --it is an intermittant disease with periods of remission--three times more common in females than males.the disease attacks the joint synovial membrane causing edema/congestion sometimes destroying the joint capsule and bone,afects the fingers/wrist/shoulders/knees/hips/spinal joints/neck--the bodys immune system is not working right---most patients most take drugs for the rest of ther lives to control the disease.--there is a drug if you are having severe pain/stifness called TRAMADOL 50mg(ultram) ask your DR if it is good for you.----good luck--mrfoot56

Q. Give life to her please!

Here is a really confusing question to you all. But your reply is a life for her. I know someone who is bipolar and she thinks that her ‘brother’ sexually molested her when they were kids. Can this be a delusion? Or hallucinating?
A1Im going to answer this question a little different;What if she is telling the truth,and her brother is planning on no body believing her? because she has this disease?---keep that in mind when you take her to the DR--mrfoot56
A2When people hallucinate with bipolar, they see colors or static in the air or stuff like that. When people are delusional with bipolar they have a belief that they are really important for some reason or also that they can do things that aren't really possible. If a person says that they are molested by their sibling, bipolar doesn't change anything, unless they are manic and freaking out. A better questing would be: does this person lie a lot about things like this? Or, why might she say this. Don't take someone’s credibility away just because they're bipolar. However, in times of mania we tend to do some really crazy stuff. At least I did!
A3Yes - it could be, particularly if she was manic or severely depressed when the 'memory' occurred. Either way, she might want to explore this with therapy. Be wary - some therapists, often unintentionally, encourage the release of the 'memories' whether they're real or not. Will this help her?

Q. It is wrecking my life.

Is there a meaning for life? What medicine doctors prescribe for the pain & multiple symptoms of Fibromyalgia? I find it hard to believe that the medical profession expects people to just live with it. It is wrecking my life.
APeople who really want to overcome the disorder have to live with it. That’s the fact. We don't have satisfactory treatments at this time. Consequently, we use different types of narcotics, antidepressants, muscle relaxants and whatever seems to work best in specific patients.

Q. What kinds of jobs can individuals with autism do, so that they can enjoy life?

My friend’s brother feels very bored at home and he often tells me that he is not finding any meaning for his life. What kinds of jobs can individuals with autism do, so that they can enjoy life?
AAssure him that he is not the one who is alone with these types of negative feelings. In general, individuals with autism perform best at jobs which are structured and involve a degree of repetition. Some people who have autism are working as artists, piano tuners, painters, farm workers, office workers, computer operators, dishwashers, assembly line workers, or competent employees of sheltered workshops or other sheltered work settings.

Q. Have you changed your life and diet because of Fibromyalgia and did that help?

I’m with Fibromyalgia. It is very difficult for me to deal with this disease. Anybody else have this problem? Have you changed your life and diet because of Fibromyalgia and did that help?
A1nutrition can really change your health- fibromyalgia is included. giving the body all it's needed nutrients and avoiding a few.
here is a recommended diet for FM:

hope that helps!
A2I am also with Fibromyalgia but I changed my lifestyle. I didn't change my diet, because I don’t have any digestion problem. But I changed my sleeping time, I go to sleep every day at the same time and I wake up every day at the same time including weekends. This helped me to improve my sleep and get better rest, which has helped with the pain and other symptoms as well.

Q. Do you have an outline of a specific protocol to follow to improve the quality of life when living with FM?

Hello my new friends, I have been living with fibromyalgia for more than eight years and about three years ago the symptoms got so bad that I was not able to go to work and barely look after myself. Over the last three years I have tried many different medications and treatments but have not had many long term improvements. I am currently using narcotics, Lyrica, to manage the pain and am going to massage and cranial secreal therapy on a regular basis as I have found they assist with coping. Do you have an outline of a specific protocol to follow to improve the quality of life when living with FM? Anything that may assist with improving would be greatly appreciated.
A1Hi friend, are u ready to Get Well? Our study titled "Effective Treatment of CFS and Fibromyalgia showed that over 90 percent of patients improved with treatment (p. 0001 vs. placebo), with an average improvement in quality of life of 90 percent. Many patients no longer even qualified for the diagnosis of CFS or fibromyalgia after treatment! In support of our work, an editorial in the Journal of the American Academy of Pain Management (the largest multidisciplinary society of pain specialists in United States) noted " the comprehensive and aggressive metabolic approach to treatment detailed in the Teitelbaum study are all highly successful approaches and make fibromyalgia a very treatment responsive disorder. The study by Dr. Teitelbaum et al. and years of clinical experience make this approach an excellent and powerfully effective part of the standard of practice for treatment of people who suffer from fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome”.

This link is really complete as far as suggestions and recommendations you are seeking, as well as additional links on fibromyalgia at the bottom of the article.

Good luck,

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