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Dr. Susan Rife
183 doctors shared insights

Supportive Care (Overview)

Sometimes no specific treatment is available or needed. Thankfully, the human body has an amazing ability to heal and repair damage. We can support that by helping with good sleep, good nutrition, plenty of fluids, minimizing discomfort, etc. while the body does what it can to heal itself.


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Besides supportive care, are there any effective medications that can help fight encephalitis?

Besides supportive care, are there any effective medications that can help fight encephalitis?

Yes: The etiology (cause) of encephalitis will be paramount in the decision of what treatment to institute. If it is caused by infection, antibiotics will be administered. Autoimmune diseases will be treated accordingly (steroids for example). If it doesn't have an identifiable cause, then supportive treatment may be all that is done until one is identified. ...Read more

Dr. Susan Rife
183 doctors shared insights

Supportive Care (Overview)

Sometimes no specific treatment is available or needed. Thankfully, the human body has an amazing ability to heal and repair damage. We can support that by helping with good sleep, good nutrition, plenty of fluids, minimizing discomfort, etc. while the body does what it can to heal itself.


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Could you please describe the typical meds that a cancer patient may be discharged with for supportive care therapy?

Could you please describe the typical meds that a cancer patient may be discharged with for supportive care therapy?

Combination drugs: Chemo given as neoadjuvant to shrink tumor in preparation for surgery or as adjuvant after having surgery and or radiation. They are given in combination such as CMF (Cytoxan, MTX, 5FU) or as FOLFOX in post surgery of colon cancer, or FOLFIERI in an attempt to control metastastic pancreatic cancer or now as Gemcitabine + Abranxane in metastsatic or post surgical management of pancreatic CA. ...Read more

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Giving Palliative Care (Checklist)

Make a list of medicines and times to give them
once
Keep number for doctors and other caregivers (for example hospice agency) handy
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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is empiric therapy, supportive therapy, palliative?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is empiric therapy, supportive therapy, palliative?

Multiple answers.: Empiric therapy is treatment given for a condition that generally works, but is not necessarily specific. I.E. antibiotics before cultures are back. Supportive therapy is given to improve condition just like oxygen for shortness of breath, but not necessarily medications.
Palliative therapy is therapy given for symptom management but not curative. ...Read more

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Will their be new treatments for intermediate risk MDS in 2016? Other than Vidaza and supportive care? I care abt the newest treatment for 70 yr patient

Will their be new treatments for intermediate risk MDS in 2016? Other than Vidaza and supportive care? I care abt the newest treatment for 70 yr patient

Myelodysplastic Syndromes: Common drugs for MDS include:1. Azacitidine (Vidaza) 2. Cytarabine (Cytosar-U) 3. Daunorubicin (Cerubidine) 4. Decitabine (Dacogen) 5. Idarubicin (Idamycin) 6. Lenalidomide (Revlimid). Overall, 30 to 40% of patients may benefit.
Gene manipulation of own stem cell has cured, patients with severe advanced leukemia, is the future. Pts.reported rapidly to iv infusion, was recently reported ...Read more

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Improving Personal Care (Checklist)

Brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day
daily
Exercise by walking, swimming, or biking
5x week
Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
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Do some form of meditation to decrease stress
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On n off (when on alinia or flagyl) bloody diarrhea for 3 mons. Started when I was taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for tooth infection. Tested for c.diff and other things. All negative. What next? Lost 20 pou. Scared

On n off (when on alinia or flagyl) bloody diarrhea for 3 mons. Started when I was taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for tooth infection. Tested for c.diff and other things. All negative. What next? Lost 20 pou. Scared

See: See Dentist to assure Dental infection completely cured. Antibiotic will only temporarily prevent spread of infection. Infected tooth material has to be removed. See Internist/gastroenterologist for GI problems. Please call for appointments now. ...Read more

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Are sport bra's always supportive bras?

Actually they can: Vary ; some are not that supportive. ...Read more

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Could a more supportive bra help relieve my back pain?

Could a more supportive bra help relieve my back pain?

Yes: A supportive bra won't hurt and could definitely help. Other important things to try are pregnancy yoga, wearing flat comfortable shoes, and sleeping with a pillow between your legs. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wear the supportive strap after hydrocele surgery?

How long do I have to wear the supportive strap after hydrocele surgery?

Longer the better: Rest, ice, elevation when lying down and scrotal support is important to keep the scrotum from getting swollen. 2 weeks at a minimum, but 4 weeks would be even better. If the scrotum gets swollen it can take a long time for the hydrocele to feel better (like months) so pay your dues early. ...Read more

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Can some supportive words in psychotherapy reinforce one's psychopathology?

Can some supportive words in psychotherapy reinforce one's psychopathology?

It can, but depends: Therapists should rarely, if ever, purposefully use 'punishment.' they also cultivate supportive acceptance of clients. Sometimes that even includes very unusual topics. However, acceptance is not 'encouragement.' when pathological behavior presents itself, the therapist should accept it but avoid rewarding or punishing. If the client can take it, the therapist also points out the behavior. ...Read more

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My guy friend claims to be a sociopath but he doesn't use me. He's been supportive to me with my marriage breakdown. Is he really a sociopath?

My guy friend claims to be a sociopath but he doesn't use me. He's been supportive to me with my marriage breakdown. Is he really a sociopath?

Sociopath: Pattern of disregard for, & violation of the rights of others. They cannot conform to social norms. They can be impulsive, deceitful, aggressive, irresponsible & lack remorse. ...Read more

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How do you know it's time to get a new pillow? I love my pillow but its staying to be warn down and non supportive any pillow type suggestions?

Test them: If you think its time -- its time. Go test a few and ask the mattress people about them. Check online for parameters to suit your needs. Going to feel better with a new one. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a small headache (supportive) and I don't want to use medication for it. Are naps good for this? How long is perfect? I haven't napped since 8.

I have a small headache (supportive) and I don't want to use medication for it. Are naps good for this? How long is perfect? I haven't napped since 8.

Maybe: Headaches can benefit from several lifestyle modifications. Sufficient sleep is important and is often the only way some resolve their headache. Meals that are balanced and avoid bouts of hunger. Good hydration is important. Activity in the form of aerobic exercise encourages stress relief, which is another important factor. Finally, avoid those events/agents you know will trigger an event. ...Read more

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What can I do if my local context is not supportive of breastfeeding?

What can I do if my local context is not supportive of breastfeeding?

Do what you feel...: Do what you feel is right. Breastfeeding is done for the benefit of the child, not to please other people in your "local context.". ...Read more

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Boyfriend showing signs of a somatoform disorder, probably serious hypochondriasis-- how to be supportive, what to do?

Boyfriend showing signs of a somatoform disorder, probably serious hypochondriasis-- how to be supportive, what to do?

Supportive?: It sounds like ur already being very supportive. Until medical concerns r ruled out, don't dismiss them. It sounds like ur bf, if he does suffer from hypochondriasis, would benefit from treatment with a psychotherapist & psych MD. medications like SSRIs can be helpful. Psychotherapy to understand normal bodily sensations as such, & to decrease overall anx helps. Perhaps offer to go with him? ...Read more

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What is someone with depression supposed to do when family isn't supportive and makes it worse, is it best to have no contact,?

A Tough Situation: Suffering from depression is difficult enough, then your family is unsupportive. It's like kicking you when you are down. Unfortunately this scenario is not that uncommon. Usually ignorance or poor communication is the cause. Having a therapist could be helpful. He or she can help you cope with your families attitude and might even facilitate better communication between you and your family. ...Read more

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I think my anxiety is medically related? Too much production of cortisol? What test can I do? Always feel stressed. I have a very supportive family.

I think my anxiety is medically related? Too much production of cortisol? What test can I do? Always feel stressed. I have a very supportive family.

Cortisol excess: Would be a very unlikely cause of anxiety — more often psychological in etiology. It is easy, however, for your doctor to check your levels with simple blood test if you need reassurance. ...Read more

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How to do sex?

How to do sex?

??: Need to be more specific however with the right person nature will take over and remember to protect yourself from stds. ...Read more

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Can I smoke??

Can I smoke??

No. Of course not.: Not a good thing to do. The intentional habit of inhaling burning organic material, combined with various chemicals used in the growing and manufacturing of that material (regardless of whether it is tobacco, marijuana, or any other plant) is bad for the body. Just think about it. Who would intentionally start something burning and inhale the stuff over and over and over? ...Read more

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Is lead safe?

Is lead safe?

Not if inside us...: Lead is naturally occurring on earth. Outside of our bodies, lead is not a problem. If we eat or drink too much of it, it becomes a toxic contaminant inside our bodies. Lead is everywhere in our industrialized world, which means one shouldn't worry too much about it, but be sure our families are not eating or drinking things containing lead, nor using lead-contaminated containers or toys. ...Read more

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How do I fast?

How do I fast?

Fast: I assume you are asking about fasting for a test. This is usually nothing except water after dinner. About a 12-hour fast. ...Read more

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I'm new member?

Congratulations: Congratulations for joining. We hope you find this forum to be educational and inspiring. ...Read more

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How to get fat?

How to get fat?

See below: First of all, I don't suggest getting "fat" as it brings about many hazards. But if you are underweight and want to gain weight, do so by increasing your calorie intake. You need to consume more calories than you burn. Don't do this by eating a lot of junk food. Make sure you're getting all your essential nutrients. Also, you can gain muscle mass by weight lifting or other activities like that. ...Read more

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What cause add?

What cause add?

Many things: The cause of adhd symptoms are many, allergies, low blood sugar, learning problems, nutritional deficiencies to name a few. Everyone deserves a thorough medical evaluation to look for these causes. ...Read more

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Who is at risk?

Question?: You do not have a question that I can answer. Please address who is at risk for "what"? Let us know and we will try to answer. ...Read more

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Is sex healthy?

Is sex healthy?

Sex is Part of Life: Sex is a very important part of our human experience. Sex can be used to enhance life, bring life to the world, to heal and enhance relationships. All forms of sexual activity can be used to be healthy but they can be misused and cause hurt and pain. But, being sexual is going to be part of your life experience and there is nothing unhealthy about being curious and learning. ...Read more