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What can I do for my anxiety before surgery?

What can I do for my anxiety before surgery?

Talk to your Doctor: You didn't mention what type of surgery and whether this was elective or not. It is important that you communicate your concerns with your surgeon. He/she can then determine whether these are normal preoperative fears and concerns or whether this represents something more and recommend treatment or referral. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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What can I do for my insomnia?

What can I do for my insomnia?

Agree w excellent: Input by dr. Jacobson. Some specifics on sleep hygiene: retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w. ...Read more

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My doctor recommended that I have weight loss surgery. But I am afraid. What can I do to not stress out about it?

My doctor recommended that I have weight loss surgery. But I am afraid. What can I do to not stress out about it?

Relax and research: First, you can relax knowing that the surgery is fairly simple these days, about as safe as taking out your appendix. Then, do research. Learn about the procedures. Learn about the regional doctors. Find one who is experienced, has a good followup, and is compassionate. Knowledge and preparation take away fear. ...Read more

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What can I do to get of marijuana and I have bpd, i take my meds i see a phycoarist i try my hardest but need new ideas on how i can try.?

What can I do to get of marijuana  and I have bpd, i take my meds i see a phycoarist i try my hardest but need new ideas on how i can try.?

Need to know what: You didn't specify what you tried to do to get off mj. You didn't say if you were self medicating for the anxiety that's always a clinical issue in bpd. Please expand your history. ...Read more

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What can I do to calm my nerves about getting my first surgery?

What can I do to calm my nerves about getting my first surgery?

Be comfortable: You need to be comfortable with the procedure, the need for it and the surgeon and the place of surgery. If it is all on chekc there is no need to be nervous. ...Read more

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What can I do for treating constipation after getting surgery?

What can I do for treating constipation after getting surgery?

Fluids, stool soft: Surgery is constipating for many reasons: e.g. Inactivity, narcotic pain meds, decreased oral intake. To combat post-op constipation try these remedies: increase fluids (water is best), walk as tolerated ('to get bowels moving'), change to tylenol (acetaminophen) as soon as tolerated, use colace 2x/day for stool softner, add sennakot up to 2 x/day. Consider MiraLAX 17gram/day. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an illeostomy bag and I was wondering if I can go tanning for my upcoming dance season. what can I do?

What to do if I have an illeostomy bag and I was wondering if I can go tanning for my upcoming dance season. what can I do?

Consider the risks: The ileostomy bag is no obstacle to tanning, but remember that excessive UV exposure, such as in a tanning both or prolonged sun, can increase the chance of melanoma. The incidence is increasing rapidly in the US. Melanoma can make an ileostomy seem like a minor inconvenience. ...Read more

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I have to have surgery on my foot soon. What are some things i can do to alleviate my worries of having surgery?

I have to have surgery on my foot soon. What are some things i can do to alleviate my worries of having surgery?

Many Ways: Anxiety before surgery is to be expected. I suggest methods of relaxation such as meditation, music, exercise, sexual activity (protection), moderate use of alcohol (if ok with surgeon), family/friends support. I also ask patients to remember that objectively speaking, they should be aware that they will be safer during the time of surgery that driving on the freeway. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a minor surgery tomorrow. What can I do to prepare and what should I expect?

I have a minor surgery tomorrow. What can I do to prepare and what should I expect?

Follow instructions: You must have relieved preop instructions. Please follow them to the letter. These instructions come from years or experience. They are designed to protect you and reduce your surgical risk. ...Read more

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What should I try before resorting to surgery for my heartburn?

What should I try before resorting to surgery for my heartburn?

Many things: 1. Diet modification. Avoid foods that loosen the lower esophageal sphincter. Those foods include caffeine, alcohol, mints and spearmint, acidic food, tomatoes based products and chocolate. 2. Stop smoking as nicotine loosens the lower esophageal sphincter. 3. Medications that reduce acid such as proton pump inhibitors are also effective. ...Read more

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I am having my first vaginal ultrasound for my first baby! What can I expect what wil they do and what can I expect for pain?

I am having my first vaginal ultrasound for my first baby! What can I expect what wil they do and what can I expect for pain?

Should not hurt: Transvaginal ultrasounds should not hurt. Perhaps a little uncomfortable but not hurt. You might get to see what is happening inside you. You should be able to see the baby. ...Read more

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What can I do for anxiety?

What can I do for anxiety?

See below: Is it a new sx? If yes, talk to you physician to asses if there's a physical basis for anxiety. Practice relaxation, meditation, guided imagery (you can google it); keep a diary of the events when you happen to be anxious -- what happened (the event), thoughts you had; things you've done to decrease anxiety; how you body responded (where did it feel in your body). ...Read more

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When I have to talk in front of my class have really bad anxiety about it for weeks before and days after. What can help me get through? I get sick.

When I have to talk in front of my class have really bad anxiety about it for weeks before and days after. What can help me get through? I get sick.

Move Up Fear Ladder: Imagine different groups of people/audiences - people u think likely 2 judge ur performance (a) very critically; (b) somewhat critically; (c) neutrally; (d) somewhat uncritically; and (e) very uncritically. Practice speaking 2each type of audience (one or more people), working your way up from the least to the most critical. Once you feel comfortable with one person/group, graduate 2 next level. ...Read more

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I want to enhance my glutes. What options or procedures can I do for this? I an considering getting a procedure done to enhance my gluteus area but I am not knowledgeable about the different procedures i can do for this. I also want to know approximately

I want to enhance my glutes. What options or procedures can I do for this? I an considering getting a procedure done to enhance my gluteus area but I am not knowledgeable about the different procedures i can do for this. I also want to know approximately

There : There are a few options to fill the gluteal region. The most well known is a gluteal implant procedure. Gluteal implants are similar to breast implants. However, these implants are infrequently embraced by legitimate plastic surgeons because they are associated with a complication rate nearing 50%. Fat transfer is gaining popularity, but still is an imperfect procedure. Fat transfer involves the harvest of fat from a donor site (usually the abdomen, thighs, and/or lower back). The fat is then separated from any blood or tumescent fluid. It is then transferred through small cannulas into the recipient region. In this case, it would be the gluteal region. The down side is that very thin people are not good candidates for this procedure. Additionally, some of the recipient fat is reabsorbed or nonviable. It is generally accepted that 30-70% of the fat will be reabsorbed at one year following the procedure. ...Read more

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My hemoroids really hurt. What can I do before i can get to a doctor?

My hemoroids really hurt.  What can I do before i can get to a doctor?

Fiber!: Increase the amount of fiber in your diet. The best way is with metamucil three times a day taken with a glass of water. ...Read more

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I have no one to help me so after a arthroscopic surgery of left knee can I drive myself home?

I have no one to help me so after a arthroscopic surgery of left knee can I drive myself home?

Ill advised: After surgery you will likely not be able to drive due to the anesthesia. Your knee will also not be in good condition to drive. I would suggest a taxi or a rideshare program in your community. ...Read more

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I have anterior knee pain. How to treat this? What should I do? What I shouldn't do? Can I be fully recovered and fit again after treatment? Help me

I have anterior knee pain. How to treat this? What should I do? What I shouldn't do? Can I be fully recovered and fit again after treatment? Help me

Need eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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I woke up and i can't talk i don't know why i have had shunt problems what can be doing this? and what should i do?

I woke up and i can't talk i don't know why i have had shunt problems what can be doing this? and what should i do?

Go to ER!: Shunt malfunctions can progress and should be dealt with expeditiously! Go to your nearest ER or if possible speak to your Neurosurgeon. Best Wishes. ...Read more