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Is it safe to sleep with buckwheat hull bucky pillow around your neck all night?

Is it safe to sleep with buckwheat hull bucky pillow around your neck all night?

Yes: Unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to the materials in the pillow or it is somehow contaminated with bacteria or other organisms, it should be safe. This also assumes that you do not have a condition that made your neck unstable (such as major neck trauma, severe rheumatoid arthritis). ...Read more

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What are best sleep position(s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?

What are best sleep position(s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?

Neutrality: No positions or height/ firmness are standard. You should find what works best for you, but try to maintain neutral spine, or straight spine in each position. ...Read more

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Will keeping my cellphone under my pillow eventually give me head or neck cancer?

Will keeping my cellphone under my pillow eventually give me head or neck cancer?

Not that we know: There has been no proven information that cancer is caused be cellphones. However why take the chance and don't put it under your pillow. ...Read more

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^ chronic pn @HS. bi-lat, anterior ankle/ant foot. pn>mvt. slp with feet elev under heating pad weighed dn by heavy pillow. x6mo+. ?ankle brace?

^ chronic pn @HS. bi-lat, anterior ankle/ant foot. pn>mvt. slp with feet elev under heating pad weighed dn by heavy pillow. x6mo+.  ?ankle brace?

Go to specialist: Bilateral pain in the anterior ankle for 6 months is not normal. This needs to be examined. The anterior ankle may be the result of an injured in the bones of the ankle joint, the tendons that pass over it or an impingement of nerves and vessels. Need more history but a thorough exam is necessary - may need diagnostic testing like X-ray and/or MRI depending on findings. ...Read more

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Does cheerios really help lower cholesterol like it says on the cereal box?

Does cheerios really help lower cholesterol like it says on the cereal box?

Part of healthy diet: The FDA took issue with claims that Cheerios cereal can lower cholesterol. In a 2009 letter to General Mills, the FDA says that statements made on Cheerios packaging, “clinically proven to help lower cholesterol” make the product a drug under federal law. However the data supports that Cheerios helps lower cholesterol as "part of a healthy diet". Better than a cheese omelet with a side of bacon ...Read more

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My neck muscle feels tight when I sleep wrong. Does the tempurpedic pillow help?

My neck muscle feels tight when I sleep wrong. Does the tempurpedic pillow help?

Possible: A comfortable pillow that supports your head well is important for good sleep. But if you "sleep wrong" you may still have neck pain in the morning. ...Read more

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How do you prevent chafing from DonJoy shoulder sling's pillow that rests on abdomen?

How do you prevent chafing from DonJoy shoulder sling's pillow that rests on abdomen?

Need more info: Use a body lotion frequently over the area so that the skin does not dry out especially after a shower. If significant redness & pain gets worse that it is imperative that you see your family physician ASAP to prevent unnecessary pathology to the skin. ...Read more

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Dear dr, my mother has broken her surgical nick bone, just below her shoulder , could it be put in cast ?

Dear dr,  my mother has broken her surgical nick bone, just below her shoulder , could it be put in cast ?

Probably not: I assume you meant the surgical neck of the humerus. Generally, casting is not necessary, and it should heal well with just a sling and/or shoulder immobilizer. The weight of the arm will hold sufficient traction to the fracture to allow it to heal. She should see an orthopedist for xrays to confirm that it is healing, but casting is probably not necessary. ...Read more

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Husband was swinging son upside down, accidentally hit his neck against the door frame. He has broken blood vessels on his face/neck. Is that normal?

Husband was swinging son upside down, accidentally hit his neck against the door frame. He has broken blood vessels on his face/neck. Is that normal?

Neck injury: This action is very dangerous, you should take you your child to ER ASAP, it depends on the force of the impact against the door, he might need X ray of his head & neck. Good luck. ...Read more

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37 yr male was bending back landscaping material when his thumb bent backwards. Possible dislocation , put back in himself, swollen & bruise what 2 do?

37 yr male was bending back landscaping material when his thumb bent backwards. Possible dislocation , put back in himself, swollen & bruise what 2 do?

Get a x-ray: You need to make sure it's not broken first! next, the stability of the joint needs to be assessed. If the colateral ligament is ruptured, you will need surgery. Otherwise, a splint for support should be sufficient. It will take 4-6 weeks to heal if it is just a sprain. ...Read more

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