Patient discussion about thinking

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Q. what do you think the reason would be?

As per the latest statistics that 2 out of 150 kids born in the U.S. has autism, and the incidence rate is increasing, what do you think the reason would be?
A1The actual statistics is not 2 out of 150. It is 1 out of 150. I don't think autism is increasing, I think more children are being labeled as autistic - the condition is more well known than it was 20 years ago.
A2i think that one of the reasons (not to all but to many) is that there is much more awareness to the problem now days and more people come to get a diagnose. and there are better diagnostic tests so more people get diagnosed.

Q. what can I do if I think he/she is in trouble with drugs?

If a person is a family member, a friend or a work colleague, what can I do if I think he/she is in trouble with drugs?
AWhether this person is a family member, a friend or a work colleague, it would be very helpful if you are able to offer your support to them. That's really important. Then the individual needn't feel that he or she has to tackle this problem on their own. Most people with a drug problem have already tried that - and usually it has never worked. Then - the main thing you can do for anyone who's in trouble with drugs is to encourage him or her to ask for help. Remember - you can’t FORCE this person to do anything, but you can encourage him or her to find professional help. We would suggest that you: Talk to the person when he or she is sober or straight. Try to talk in calm, caring manner and indicate your support. Tell them that - if they would like you to - you're willing to help in any way you can. Remember - shouting doesn't help. If your support is rejected, then try not to be upset. Maybe he or she is just not ready yet to do anything about their drug use.

Q. Why do they think that the pain is all in my head?

Is there any chance which may wrongfully lead doctor to conclude that our symptoms are of a psychological nature? Why do they think that the pain is all in my head?
AIt may happen very rarely and if he is new to his profession. It doesn’t mean that all those are new to their profession does these mistakes. Doctors cannot "see" and may not understand the sources of your pain or fatigue. However, what they do observe is your anxiety and frustration with having to deal with these symptoms around-the-clock, which may wrongfully lead them to conclude that your symptoms are of a psychological nature. Also, the old school of thought regarding pain is that it is produced by tissue injury, and there is no obvious source of tissue injury in patients with fibromyalgia. Regardless, if your doctor does not believe that your symptoms are real, you owe it to yourself to find another doctor who believes in you and will work with you to help reduce your symptoms.

Q. Retirement – what do you think?

Hello, I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, and had both operation and chemo. Thankfully, The disease is in remission and I live more-or-less normally – go to work, raise my children, but I feel very tired of this daily routine. After return (from my not very strenuous) work I’m just exhausted and must rest until the evening, and then I’m busy take care of my children. I feel like I’m missing my life, and with the real (although repressed) thought about death, I wonder whether should I retire ? What do you think?
A1If you are able to retire, that is what I beleive I would do. Take this time to be with you children. May God Bless.
A2It doesn’t have to be all-or-none. Can you try to minimize your work hours? Work only part-time? Maybe take a long vacation or a sabbatical?
This way it’ll be easier for you to make this change. Work is sometimes the thing that keeps us ‘in track’.

Take care
A3It depends- How well do you tolerate free time? Some people that did that returned to work very soon, and some others felt that finally they lived the life as they’ve always wanted. Try to think about it, and remember- you’ll never know if you won’t try.

Q. What do you think about liposuction?

Is it a safe operation? Is it affective in the long run?
A1Liposuction is an operation that changes your body. It is done if there are no other ways and you gained so much weight that it’s dangerous. It is not an “easy way to loose weight”. It has consequences – there are 2 kinds of fat tissues- the one that is outside and the internal one. If you will remove fat cells from the exterior and the fat that will enter your body from now on will have to be distributed in the interior. And that is not good. This is the problematic fat- the one that does most of the truble.
A2It’s a typical American idea of a treatment- don’t do it the hard way if you can do it fast and aggressive. Liposuction is an invention that let you believe that you can ignore warning signs, and if you’ll ever need to loose weight- there is a fast way that doesn’t need you to change your life style. Well- it may work for a while but you will gain back your weight unless you do it the hard way. To loose weight you have to change your life style. HAVE TO! Take it from me- I tried every diet in the book until I just decided I have to change my way. I lost 40 lb. and keeping it for the last 3 years.

Q. Do you think the sugar in the ice cream might have caused my fibromyalgia?

I have had fibromyalgia for 14 years. For many years I ate lots of ice cream. Recently I have begun breaking out in a rash if I eat anything sweet. Do you know why sugar might cause me to break out? Do you think the sugar in the ice cream might have caused my fibromyalgia?
A1Yes, Even Bryers ice cream makes me hurt. I do much better if I avoid highly processed foods. Some nutritionals that I have found to be highly effective in keeping me pain free are:
cod liver oil
flax seed oil
raw apple cider vinegar

A2So you stopped enjoying ice cream or still continuing? If you have stopped then I have good news for you: It is rare for sugar to cause an allergic skin eruption, so your rash may be completely unrelated to your sugar consumption. Likewise, I have never seen any evidence that sugar or ice cream causes fibromyalgia. I would recommend that you speak to your own physician about both of these issues. He/she should be able to give you some insight into what's going on in your body.

Q. I am worried about the cause. Do you think acupuncture could help me?

This is Jude, aged 28. I’m often having numbness in my right arm as well as in leg and sometimes also on the left side. My doctor prescribed me some meds and I don’t want to take them when I don’t have pain. I am worried about the cause. Do you think acupuncture could help me?
A1talk to a neurologist, he might able to help you.
A2Surely, acupuncture or other Chinese herbs will help you, you have to first evaluate how your body responds to the therapy. There are so many ups and downs when you’re going through a healing process. You should definitely seek out a TCM practitioner and get some treatment. Nothing is serious with you. Take care…
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