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Doctor insights on: How To Change My Life For The Better

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I need to change my life for the better?

I need to change my life for the better?

We all do: The worst thing you can do is turn inward. You have a duty to learn some new skills (occupational, avocational, interpersonal, even basic time management and organization). Learning to be helpful rather than critical was the most important and helpful skill that improved my life. Choose friends who are happier and better people than you, and learn to do what they do. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can exercise change my life for the better?

How can exercise change my life for the better?

BENEFITS OF EXERCISE: I will list benefits of regular exercise according to the Mayo Clinic (1) prevents obesity and controls weight (2) improves mood (3) boosts energy (4) combats health conditions and diseases (5) improves your sex life (6) helps you sleep better (7) is a fun way to spend your time. I recommend my patients to do the physical activities which gives them pleasure as well, like dancing, and various other fun activities. ...Read more

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How can I adapt to the changing demands of caregiving for my parent?

How can I adapt to the changing demands of caregiving for my parent?

Lots of self care: It is critical to continue to take care of yourself when you are the caretaker for others. Make sure you have good sleep habits, good eating and exercise routines, and continue to be involved with others socially. Caretakers are at greater risk of developing health problems as a result of increased stress. Monitor your stress levels and seek the support of others to maintain your mental health. ...Read more

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What the steps can help me to change my life still or bad habits?

Lifestyle change: The first step that you are willing, this is positive. The second step put on papers what your goals are. Second step put time frame to realize your goals, last step you have to start working on them, and it is better and very helpful if you find a supporter that will help you go through this new change that usually is hard .Good luck. ...Read more

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How should I adjust to the life style change after heart surgery?

How should I adjust to the life style change after heart surgery?

Cardiac Rehab: Follow up carefully with your cardiologist, attend cardiac rehab until you 'graduate' and consider seeing if your insurance provider has a program like 'silver sneakers' at an area gym so you can continue to improve your conditioning and thereby support the medical therapy you will be receiving. ...Read more

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What can I do to change my energy level for the better, and lose the caffeine addiction?

What can I do to change my energy level for the better, and lose the caffeine addiction?

Increase exercise: Exercsie and sleep will increase stamina. Stay hydrated, avoid tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine. Expect the first few days off caffeine to be difficult as you are withdrawing. Eat fruit and vegetables for your glucose and avoid candy if possible. If you are starting an exercise regiman the increased protein in your diet will help. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for your body to get used to a change in birth control?

How long does it usually take for your body to get used to a change in birth control?

3 months: Typically it takes your system up to three months sometimes to adjust to a different form of pill ...Read more

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What can I do to allow more peace in my life and get off of anxiety medications?

What can I do to allow more peace in my life and get off of anxiety medications?

Great question: First things first. Before tapering anxiety medications, consider practices which may help center you no matter what's going on around you. One of the best i've found is mindfulness meditation -- and there are many mindfulness-based stress reduction courses available these days. Also you can work in psychotherapy on your anxiety -- this would give you additional self-awareness & calming tools. ...Read more

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What is the key to a long and ~ happy life?

What is the key to a long and ~ happy life?

Finding : Happiness in life and happiness within yourself. Healthy eating and exercise help. Find friends and stay active in body and mind ...Read more

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Been on celexa (citalopram) 30mg for a month. Doc wants me to go back down to 20mg. How long will it take for my body to adjust to the change?

Been on celexa (citalopram) 30mg for a month. Doc wants me to go back down to 20mg. How long will it take for my body to adjust to the change?

It depends: I'm not sure what you mean by my body adjusting to the medication change. Typically it takes two weeks to establish a new steady-state with this particular antidepressant. If you're experiencing muscle stiffness increased heart rate increase blood pressure or confusion you might feel better within 48 to 72 hours. ...Read more

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I want to do the surgery that removes the old acnes and i like to know how long it takes to heal, how long the surgery is, and how much it costs.

I want to do the surgery that removes the old acnes and i like to know how long it takes to heal, how long the surgery is, and how much it costs.

Multiple treatments: Acne scars are difficult a deep chemical peel can cost from 600 to 1000 depending on location. Resurfacing lasers can cost a few hundred to a few thousand dollars and require about a week of downtime and several weeks of red appearing cheeks. I would suggest a good board certified dermatologist who performs these type of procedures above a non medical " medi spa" ...Read more

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How much time will it take for my new tooth to grow in ?

How much time will it take for my new tooth to grow in ?

"months": A new tooth--if you mean by an adult permanent tooth coming in after a baby tooth has come out, it will be only a few weeks at most, before a new tooth come in. How long will it take for the permanent tooth to erupt ("come in") COMPLETELY, it often takes months. During this young age, all other teeth are still erupting, and complete eruption may take years before teeth stop moving. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the birth of a child affect the parents life style and goals?

Can you tell me how the birth of a child affect the parents life style and goals?

Life-changer: Very interesting question that can take a whole book to answer. Children are the best gift life has to offer, they need both parents to be healthy, loved and available physically and emotionally. Most of the dysfunction we see in the USA is due to poor family communication and unhealthy dynamics. Children change life styles and goal priorities in many positive ways. make them a priority, worth it ...Read more

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Is it ok to use medication to get back on your feet for anxiety , with intention to make changes to eventually get off them? Don't want life long.

Is it ok to use medication to get back on your feet for anxiety , with intention to make changes to eventually get off them? Don't want life long.

Combo is key: Research tells us that a combination of medication and therapy is key to helping with difficulties like anxiety. Medication can help with the intensity of your symptoms, while therapy can help you learn the tools to overcome anxiety. ...Read more

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How do I tell the special people in my life that i'm going away for a while to get the help that I need?

How do I tell the special people in my life that i'm going away for a while to get the help that I need?

Just Tell Them: The "special people" in your life will be supportive of you getting the help you need and you cannot tell them in a wrong way. Try writing down what you want to say; find a quiet time and simply tell them what is on your heart. ...Read more

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How long does it take for zeprexa and Effexor to leave the body after last taking either? How can we check how much of either are left in our system?

How long does it take for zeprexa and Effexor to leave the body after last taking either? How can we check how much of either are left in our system?

It Depends: Drugs clear the body at different rates depending on the form given, how much was given, how long you took it, what other meds you take and your own metabolic rate. Effexor has a half-life (time for half the dose to clear body) of up to 6 hours and Xyprexa's half-life is up to 30 days. These 2 meds usually are dosed for a long term and should not be stopped without MD supervision. Check with MD. ...Read more

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My mother had an accident and broke five ribs, what is the best treatment for a full recovery? And how many time does it take to get better?

My mother had an accident and broke five ribs, what is the best treatment for a full recovery? And how many time does it take to get better?

Takes time: Rib fractures will heal on their own over time, but they are painful. She needs to be encouraged to ambulate and to try to breathe as normally as she can. Pain meds such as Ibuprofen will make it less painful for her to breath deeply. You didn't say how old your mother is, but you want to encourage her to try to stay active. She must avoid developing pneumonia. ...Read more

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How long will it take for the atropine to wear off and my pupils to shrink back to normal size?

How long will it take for the atropine to wear off and my pupils to shrink back to normal size?

Atropine for eyes: The duration of action for Atropine can last up to two weeks. If vision is blurred, protect eyes from bright light & do not drive or operate dangerous machinery until the atropine's effects have worn off. Many eye docs do not use Atropine because of this long duration of action. ...Read more