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Is it better to use a wheeled walker or a stationary walker if unstable?

Is it better to use a wheeled walker or a stationary walker if unstable?

Stationary walker: The wheeled walker can more easier, but may be a concern if you are unstable. Discuss with your doctor as to what might be best for your situation. Dr l. ...Read more

Crutches (Definition)

Crutches are devices held beneath the armpits to support the body in walking after an injury to ...Read more


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Can I use scrubs as an alternative for a microdermabrasion?

Can I use scrubs as an alternative for a microdermabrasion?

Controversial: The particles in scrubs at generally larger than those used in microdermabrasion and do not always accomplish as uniform an exfoliation. ...Read more

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Is it better to use ice first or heat first with a recent injury?

Is it better to use ice first or heat first with a recent injury?

In acute injury ice: First day or two, heat should be fine after that. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to use dessert as a treat or reward?

Is it harmful to use dessert as a treat or reward?

# 1 cause of .......: C'mon. Everything in moderation. And a scotch of love & nurturence never hurt nobody, no how! ...Read more

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Would an elbow replacement work just as well as a regular one?

Would an elbow replacement work just as well as a regular one?

Nearly yes: An elbow replacement done well will provide near normal usage for your elbow assuming that you use your elbow normally without excessive load or strain. ...Read more

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As long as I use a vaporizer I can use an indoor propane heater?

As long as I use a vaporizer I can use an indoor propane heater?

There's a lot of: issues with this. There has to be enough ventilation, the production of carbon monoxide needs to be checked. A lot of people have reactive lungs to the fumes and that's damaging even with the nebulizer ...Read more

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When should one chose to use a narcotic analgesic or a non-narcotic analgesic?

When should one chose to use a narcotic analgesic or a non-narcotic analgesic?

Opioid or non opioid: Its not a choice on the menu. You physician makes the determination based on his evaluation and assessment. It's always a good idea to use a non opioid first. The best is to talk to your physician. ...Read more

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Is a non stimulant laxative such as Phillips safe to use once a week. Miralax doesn't work for me.

Is a non stimulant laxative such as Phillips safe  to use once a week. Miralax doesn't work for me.

Yes: No harm in using it once a week or even more often if needed. IF you have renal disease be careful because magnesium can accumulate and causes magnesium intoxication. ...Read more

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Is it good practice to use a disinfectant such as Barbicide to sanitize new grooming/personal items such as a Nail clipper or Safety razor?

Is it good practice to use a disinfectant such as Barbicide to sanitize new grooming/personal items such as a Nail clipper or Safety razor?

If shared w/ others: If you are the only user, there is no need, although it wouldn't hurt anything. You really shouldn't be sharing such instruments with other persons, such as roommates. But if that's going to happen, or if you're in a commercial setting (e.g. barbershop, manicure salon, etc) they should definitely be cleaned and disinfected between customers. I assume Barbicide®) is reliable and effective. ...Read more

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Is it bad to use alcohol as a crutch to keep the family together?

Is it bad to use alcohol as a crutch to keep the family together?

Yes: Sweeping things under the rug does not solve family problem. Stop tiptoeing around and honestly address the problems. Get family counseling if needed. ...Read more

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Is it better to use a humidifier or a vaporizer?

Depends on the need: In the south we have ac but no one has a furnace with built in humidifier like some places up north.During real cold snaps, a humidifier is a must, to counter the dry heat, often plunging humidity to 10% which produces headaches, coughs, nose bleeds, sore throats, etc.I recommend they be on if the heat is on.Vaporizers make a mist which helps wash the airway with droplets, this can really help coughs. ...Read more

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Will a orthofix bone stimulator off ebay work just as good as good as a new one?

Will a orthofix bone stimulator off ebay work just as good as good as a new one?

Hopefully: This is like asking if a tv or dvd player or other electronic device on ebay will work like a new one. If it is in good condition it should work as well as a new one but I have no way of knowing how good a condition it is in. ...Read more

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Can there be such thing as a comfortable wean off suboxone?

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Yes: Under physician supervision, you can be weaned off suboxone without withdrawal symptoms. The key is slow weaning process. If you develop some withdrawal symptoms, your doctor can slow down the weaning process or give you some medications to help you with those symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it better to use heating pad r an ice pack on a swollen arm?

Is it better to use heating pad r an ice pack on a swollen arm?

Good question: Western medicine says use ice/cold to decrease swelling and then warmth after a coupe days. Eastern medicine does not like cold at all as it causes constriction and keeps toxins local where heat increases circulation and removal of toxins. Do what makes it feel better for you. If injured, take homeopathic arnica. It helps. If it is not an injury, please be seen. ...Read more

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What can I use as makeshift dressing for a wound?

What can I use as makeshift dressing for a wound?

Honey & hand towel: After washing open wound, important to keep wound moist-not crusty/scabbed and keep it covered to reduce secondary infection. Regular table honey has been used for millenia as a wound dressing. Apply it liberally and cover are with hand towel or paper towel. If there is a lot of drainage use feminie pad or baby diaper. If these product aren't available any clean dry cloth will protect wound. ...Read more

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