Patient discussion about preventive

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Q. Is there something I could do in order to prevent headaches?

I have headaches often and somebody told me that there're steps to be taken in order to prevent headaches so often... Please help...
A1I just read your question on headaches. I have them occasionally as well. I don't like to take over the counter medication for headaches, so I rely on herbal supplemnts. You are ayoung man so I'm assuming you are very healthy. This herbal supplement shouldn't hurt you. It's very safe. I take at least 2 Valerian root capsules before going to bed. It relaxes your body abd it helps to eliminate headeaches.It also lowers the blood pressure which can sometimes cause headaches. Be sure you rule out any oraganic problems which can also cause headaches. You can find Valerian root at any health food/ organic markets.Also look at your diet MSG in food gives me headaches as well. I can always tell if it's present in foods right after I eat something processed. I stick with whole foods and I do yoga which helps as well. Let me know how if this works.
Mysticwoman.
A2If you have migraines then this will help. A migraine headache is often described as throbbing and usually felt on only one side of your head, but may be felt on both. A migraine may make you feel lightheaded or dizzy and/or make your stomach upset. You may see spots or be sensitive to light, sounds and smells. If you get migraines, chances are one of your parents or other family members also have had this problem. Not all headaches require medical attention. Some result from missed meals or occasional muscle tension and are easily remedied. But some types of headache are signals of more serious disorders, and call for prompt medical care. Sensitivity to light is a standard symptom of the two most prevalent types of migraine headache: classic and common. The major difference between the two types is the appearance of neurological symptoms 10 to 30 minutes before a classic migraine headache.
http://www.healthnewsflash.com/conditions/headache.php
Hope this helps.
A3Oops...
here are the links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluster_headache

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tension_headache

Q. How to prevent diverticulitis?

I am a 43 year old man. I just had colonoscopy and my Doctor said I have diverticulosis and am at risk in developing diverticulitis. How can I prevent developing diverticulitis?
A1You have Diverticulosis, which means you have diverticulas (small pouches) on your digestive system. These diverticula are permanent and will not go away. No treatment has been found to prevent complications of diverticular disease. Diet high in fiber increases stool bulk and prevents constipation, and theoretically may help prevent further diverticular formation or worsening of the diverticular condition. Some doctors recommend avoiding nuts, corn, and seeds which can plug diverticular openings and cause diverticulitis. Whether avoidance of such foods is beneficial is unclear. If you develop unexplained fever, chills or abdominal pain, you should notify your doctor immediately since it could be a complication of diverticulitis.
A2Diverticulitis does develop from diverticulosis, though not always. Diverticulosis is very common over the age of 40 and it is small, bulging pouches (diverticula) in your digestive tract. In the US, more than 50 percent of people older than 60 have diverticula. Most diverticula occur in your large intestine. Sometimes, however, one or more pouches become inflamed or infected, causing severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea and a marked change in your bowel habits. When diverticula become infected, the condition is called diverticulitis. In order to prevent your diverticulosis turning into diverticulitis, you should eat a lot of fiber foods.

Q. How to prevent Hemorrhoids?

My brother is suffering from Hemorrhoids. I am very worried about getting them to and want to know how can I prevent them?
A1it's time to change to a healthier diet..one with fibers and vegetables.avoid causes like: Increased straining during bowel movements,portal hypertension, Obesity and Excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine.
A2In order to prevent Hemorrhoids. Eat a high-fiber diet to keep your stool soft, drink lots of fluids, and don't strain during bowel movements.

Q. Is osteoporosis preventable?

My mother had osteoporosis and I already have osteopenia which may lead to it. How can I prevent it??
APrevention of osteoporosis, in it's strict sense, is done mainly during childhood through early adulthood (third decade) - the years during which the peak bone density is determined. At older age, treatment of osteoporosis, apart from medications, include vitamin D and calcium supplementation, physical activity and avoiding smoking and excess alcohol consumption.

There are also medications to treat osteoporosis, mainly from the bisphosphanate class. However, remember to consult your doctor before you make any change in your diet or start exercise program.

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

Q. Is arthritis preventable?

A1you can find lots of info about it right here on this site!! type in "prevent arthritis" and it gives some great sites. I tried before as well...
A2Scientists do not yet fully understand what causes the various forms of arthritis. therefore- you can't stop a disease if you don't know whats causing it. alternative medicine probably have theories about the causes and how to prevent. you might as well look for some info about that...

Q. What can I do to help prevent arthritis in my older ages?

I’m 17 and a martial artist and in martial arts getting arthritis is one of the worst possible things that could happen to you and it can be career ruining. What are some foods I can eat exercises I can do to help prevent this from happening.
A1I found some info about arthritis prevention:
Arthritis Prevention Tips
http://www.arthritisinfo4u.com/category/Arthritis-Prevention-Tips.html
A2Your joints — the structures where two or more bones come together — undergo a certain amount of wear and tear as you age, but treating them with care can help keep them free of arthritis pain. Although practicing good joint protection is important for everyone, it's especially true if you have arthritis pain. Read on at the link:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/arthritis/AR00015

Q. What are some things I can do NOW to prevent arthritis later in life?

Me and my dad are just alike and neither one of us has ever had any medical problems. My dad does have really bad arthritis though now that he's in his 50's. Almost to the point where it's crippling. I just turned 25. What are some things I could start doing to prevent getting this condition as well?
A1Exercise (but don't abuse) your joints. A sedentary lifestyle makes for weak muscles and increases the odds of developing arthritis (and other health problems). Regular exercise is essential. It creates stronger and more flexible joints. Exercise doesn't have to be strenuous. Just regular (yoga can really help). Feed your joints right. Overweight and obese individuals are at greater risk for osteoarthritis, particularly in the weight-bearing joints. Losing weight cuts the risk. Improving the diet is always a tough challenge in our time-strapped society. However, the more you can maximize your intake of whole foods and minimize the refined, packaged foods, the better off you and your joints will be.
A2Reduce repetitive strain on muscles and joints. Be alert for any chronic aches and strains caused by work, hobby, or recreation-related activities. Don't ignore the signs and wait for them to worsen. If you suspect that your job causes symptoms, for instance, you may need to rotate your task or modify your office chair or workstation, or even find an alternative activity. Repetitive strain can create microtrauma to joints and adjacent soft tissue, and lead to osteoarthritis in later years. Squatting, heavy physical labor, occupational knee bending, and a history of regular sports participation that can cause abnormal wear and tear of the knee joints are risk factors for knee arthritis.
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