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Enviro Stress Medication
Stress removal: Are you confusing stress and anxiety/depression? None of us was born with a Prozac (fluoxetine) deficiency! It all starts with nutrition and a healthy gut to make normal neurotransmitters to helps us deal with stress. Stress is toxic relationships, bad work, finances, poor nutrition, lack of sleep - these can be changed but require effort to give up what causes the stress. Start by eating better and exercising. ...Read more
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
I am unable to deal with stress in my life and have tried a lot of different methods. I don't want to take medication. I am feeling hopeless.
Need therapy: You may benefit from working with a psychotherapist who can help you learn to deal with your stress. Psychotherapy can also help with depression & hopelessness -- but if you have a full-blown major depressive episode, medications may still be suggested. The therapist would not be able to prescribe them, but starting there would be a reasonable path to getting well. Good luck. ...Read more
If there's an: Anxiety disorder then medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or Buspar (buspirone) can be helpful. I don't usually recommend medication if the only issue is stress. Lifestyle changes can be helpful for both. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night ; good nutrition with 5 servings of veggies ;. ...Read more
Stress headaches: For "constant stress headaches, " please see your physician for evaluation & help with their cause. There are over the counter medicines like aleve, tylenol, (acetaminophen) etc that can be used; also some find peppermint herbal compresses on the forehead helpful. Ideally, explore & deal with your stress triggers with a therapist -- no meds needed, and what you learn serves you for a lifetime! Be well. ...Read more
Can stress make me angry? I feel like punching a wall at work. Is there a way to control this? Medication, or otherwise?
Get help: Yes, stress can make a person angry. Ask your doc to refer you to a therapist or psychiatrist for eval/proper diagnosis. Meantime try to distract yourself, distance from what's setting you off (if possible) and find ways to clear your head to calm down. Be with a good friend or family member for support. Stay safe and don't let anger control you. With help you can get through this tough time. ...Read more
I have lost over 30lbs. In the past year due to stress. Is there any over the counter medications that would help gain my weight back?
Just eat healthy: But if you want a pill try Periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) ...Read more
What are things that raise your bp temporary? Without having to take medication. My bp raises when I'm stressed or panicking about something. Normal?
I am having severe pain on back of my head whenever I get stressed by some work or after some tiring journey. What medication should I take?
Stress/anxiety have gotten to the point where the physical symptoms are almost unbearable. Is there any way to fix this besides taking medication?
Manage stress with: E-a-s-e. 1)eliminate the stressor from your life (be assertive; delegate; take breaks & vacations) 2)alter the impact of the stressor (problem solving; time management; social/group action); 3)shift your outlook (reduce unrealistic expectations, irrational beliefs & negative self-talk); & 4) ease your response (relaxation, exercise & good nutrition). Talk to a professional who treats anxiety. ...Read more
I have been experiencing a funny smell, like dust or chemicals for a few weeks. It went away for a while but came back the past week. Can it be stress? Or due to current medication?
Smell: Distortion of smell or presence of odors that others can't smell can occur with certain brain lesions, but the fact that the symptom cleared for a period of time is reassuring even though the symptom recurred. If you're quite disturbed by this symptom, consult an Otolaryngologist for careful examination of your nose and mouth. ...Read more
Sudafed, or ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate): Can help to tighten bladder neck. Anticholinergics eg oxybutinin er, Detrol or vesicare (solifenacin) relax bladder musculature and may help. U should try kegel exercises 5x/day & squeezing ball between knees. Consider seeing uro-gynecologist or urologist. Urethral slings or bladder neck suspensions are extremely effective surgical procedures. Former is simple op operation with minimal morbidity. Good luck. ...Read more
Stress management: Look at the things that you can/cannot control. Relaxation, exercising, sleep hygiene will help with stress reduction. Establishing routine for yourself will help you make environment more predictable and help reduce stress. You can also talk to a psychotherapist to help you guide through the process. ...Read more
Depends: I generally treat patients with high BP if his or her average pressure is greater than 140/90. If someone is having temporary stress, for example going through a divorce, I rarely treat high BP that develops during that time, but rather wait for the stress to abate. If u have stress all the time, and your AVG BP is >140/90, generally u would be treated, a beta blocker would be a good choice. ...Read more
Can anxiety go away w/out medications, w/out stressing yourself? I experience dizziness everyday. Can it be anxiety?
Yes it likely is: You need to practice yoga or meditation. A daily morning walk can do a lot of good. It will brighten your mood and give you fresh energy. Practice it for 3 months and you will see the remarkable benefit in developing a positive morale. Let me know how you did on this advice. ...Read more
What is a good non prescription medication for depressions and relaxing? I'm 44 and have very much stress. Not work thank you for your answere
CAM: Cam, complementary alternative medicine, (referred to as "adjunctive" medicine in western medicine)should be primary, as it is preventive and treatment! For stress, depression, & anxiety: omega 3 fatty acids 1200mgepa+1000mgdha/day and vit d3 3000-5000iu/day both taken with food/liquid with some fat for absorption; vit B12 1000mcg/day; vit c 1000mg/day &probiotics to help immune system. ...Read more
Sever anxiety and stress- it's taking over me and my life Will therapy be enough or do I need medication too? What kind of medication is for what?
What is the best anxiety medication? My only symptoms are sob. I have stressed anxiety. Currently on. 25 of Xanax (alprazolam) twice a day and isn't doing enough
Can Stress cardiomyopathy be treated/cured without medical treatment/medication? I.e I eradicating the stress?
Time: It tends to get better, all by itself, with tincture of time. ...Read more
I am extremely bloated and full of gas, I lost my son 4 months ago so very stressed what medication would be best?
Sorry for your loss: So sorry for your loss. This situation is obviously very stressful. For the bloated and gas- you could take an acid-blocker, or antacid-combined with an anti-gas formula or both. Acid blockers such as zantac (ranitidine) or pepcid- are histamine blockers, and Prilosec or Prevacid are proton pump inhibitors and will help reduce the acid. Simethicone will help with the gas. Mylanta or Gaviscon are antigas/antaci. ...Read more
If I have gastritis and the stress of possibly getting sick makes me feel worse. Would anti anxiety medication help at all?
It depends: Gastritis comes from many possible causes, with "stress" among them. However, antianxiety medication is not the first thing i'd reach for. You may benefit from some help with self-calming -- a good therapist can help you with this. Also breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, and other things you can do on your own. See http://www. Healthjourneys. Com/ for some helpful recording you can get too. ...Read more
No doctor can find the cause of my headaches eliminated stress food related medications I don't know what else to do nextneuro app avalib in March?
March????: That's an awfully long time! Is there a neurologist within traveling distance? If not consider getting copies of your test results & any scan results you may have & uploading them. Then you can get a second opinion from a neurologist on Healthtap Concierge. Or, if a neurologist in your state, has a Virtual Practice, then you may be able to consult with him and arrange for mostly virtual visits. ...Read more
How do I improve erection I have soft erection I can sustain erection but its soft? Any medications that can help? I'm 94 kg. Please help I'm very stressed
94 kg: It sounds like you may improve your overall health (and possibly your erections too) by getting into better physical condition. I do not know whether you are diabetic or have other conditions leading to obesity and trouble with erections. However, speak with your physician about a general conditioning plan, and how you may improve your diet with proteins, less processed foods, veggies, fruits, etc ...Read more
My period is 11 days late, and its almost always late I am a virgin I am not taking any medications I am not under stress what am I suppose to do, I f?
See a provider: Congrats on your abstinence. It helps to rule out many possibilities. Count your days of your menses from day 1 of bleeding to day 1 of bleeding. This is called a cycle. If your cycle is <21 or >35 days this may be irregular if you have been having menses for longer than 1 year. Discuss with a medical provider. ...Read more
Stress doesn't really age you, does it? If so, then I am screwed because I am 17 and have a lot of issues and chronic stress and no matter what I do, what medications I'm on, I am always a stress head. Please tell me that aging is just genetic and stress d
Eustress?: The french say that the best grapes do not grow from the best soil. If you are in a difficult situation and succeed in emancipating yourself from it and avoiding similar future difficulties, you life will be far better than most people's. If you force yourself to develop skills that make you valuable and independent to escape, and stay smart at work & in relationships, you'll be happy long-term. ...Read more
It depends.: Stress incontinence is caused by changes in a woman's pelvic floor, often after childbirth, but women who have never been pregnancy also suffer from stress incontinence. Talk to your physician about exercises and timed voiding before moving on to procedures. There is a new, noninvasive procedure called renessa you will want to look up. Medication will not help stress incontinence but will urge. ...Read more
Extensive tests weren't done but in general I'm a healthy person & don't take any medications. But my appetite is INSATIABLE. CANT STOP EATING for weeks already! I'm not even stressed out or depressed. I'm pretty happy with my life. I keep gaining weight!
Appetitie: Glad to hear that you are otherwise healthy. Even though you've been to doctors you need to continue to be monitored by one. Was your thyroid checked? Has your lifestyle changed? How is your self-control in other areas of life? Ask doc about a low carb food plan w/higher fat content. GOOD (coconut oil & olive oil) fat helps curb appetite. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Thallium: It is safe for a well treated epileptic to have a thallium perfusion study. ...Read more