At times, it may seem difficult to choose a sleep apnea treatment that works. With so many choices, it can be tough to know which apnea treatment method works best and which does not. An individual who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea requires a prompt apnea treatment in order to avoid the serious complications that are often associated with the disorder. Among them, heart disease, a greater likelihood of a stroke or other serious medical condition.First and foremost on your mind when selecting an apnea treatment should be safety. Is the product or procedure safe? What type of risks or warnings are associated with its use? If you are considering the use of an anti-snoring device, this may help you to have better quality sleep but these products are not intended to be a cure for sleep apnea on their own. For instance, the Sleep Genie is a doctor recommended anti-snoring device that may help sufferers enjoy a better quality sleep. While supporting the jaw, it helps the mouth to remain closed using a comfortable nylon lycra blend. It is important to understand that the Sleep Genie is not intended to be a cure for sleep apnea, but rather a product that can help the sufferer to rest better throughout the night.. In addition, apnea sufferers who use the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine may benefit from the added use of the Sleep Genie, which helps to keep the mouth closed. Users of the CPAP machine need to sleep with their mouth closed in order to keep the air, provided by the machine, from escaping during sleep.Other natural sleep apnea treatment methods include the removal of household allergens with the help of air filtration devices, sleeping on your side instead of your back, giving up cigarettes and/or alcohol and paying close attention to your diet. Obesity is one of the leading causes of snoring, which is a direct sign of sleep apnea. Therefore, if you are overweight or have been diagnosed as being obese, it may be time to consider a medically supervised diet and exercise program as the next step in your apnea treatment search. In addition to being a good sleep apnea treatment, losing weight will help to improve your overall health.This article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be used as, or in place of, professional medical advice. Before beginning any treatment for snoring, please consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and remedy.
Though LASIK is a safe and effective procedure, with the latest technological equipment at its disposal, it is simply not suitable for everyone. There are several factors that might preclude the possibility of LASIK surgery for a particular patient. One such crucial aspect is pregnancy.A woman is not suitable for undergoing LASIK surgery if she is pregnant or nursing. In addition, a woman who has conceived of late or is expected to be pregnant within the following six months is advised to postpone surgery. Typically, a nursing mother should defer for at least two months in the wake of the nursing period. Pregnancy entails significant hormonal changes, which typically cause dramatic fluctuations in a womans refractive state. As a result, a preoperative examination conducted during pregnancy might not reveal a truly accurate refractive error. Therefore, the measurements are all askew and so is the determined amount of surgical correction to rectify the refractive error. Consequently, the patient is operated upon based on a false reading and the induced correction is inappropriate. Moreover, if the refractive fluctuation occurs during recovery from eye surgery, it would be impossible to decipher whether the change in vision is due to pregnancy or LASIK surgery.Another prominent reason to decide against "eye surgery" during pregnancy is that the surgery is believed to worsen the dry eye condition in pregnant women. LASIK also has potential complications, which might add to the discomfort faced during pregnancy. Furthermore, the medication administered to counter complications may be hazardous for the fetus in a pregnant womens womb or may pass to an infant through lactation in the case of a nursing mother.You must adhere to the advice of your eye surgeon as to when you may undergo surgery, bearing in mind your pregnancy issue.
Although there is no exact treatment for fibromyalgia, but some preventive measures can be taken to get rid of it. Presently doctors are concentrating on managing pain, relaxing muscles and reduced depression. Doctors prescribe patients, low-stress exercises such as walking, swimming, water aerobics, and biking rather than muscle-straining exercises such as weight training. Some other measures are heat applied to sore muscles, stretching exercises (Pilates is one form.) and massage.As there is no specific medicine for fibromyalgia, doctors try to reduce the pain and increase the sleep. In order to achieve that following types of medicines are prescribed:Analgesics: Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) may reduce the pain and stiffness caused by fibromyalgia. However, its effectiveness varies with individuals. Tramadol (Ultram) is a pain reliever medicine that may be taken with or without acetaminophen. Doctors often recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen sodium (Anaprox, Aleve) in combination with other medications, but NSAIDs haven't proven to be useful in control the pain in fibromyalgia when taken by themselves.Antidepressants: Doctors advise antidepressant medications, such as amitriptyline, nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor) or doxepin (Sinequan) to help deep and uninterrupted sleep. Fluoxetine (Prozac) in mixture with amitriptyline has also been found efficient. Sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) are also effective for the patients suffering from depression. These medications may be beneficial by affecting serotonin levels in the brain.Muscle relaxants: Taking the medication cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) at bedtime may help to take care of muscle pain and spasms.Doctors strictly oppose consumption of sleeping pills and pain killers. Patients sometimes take them for quick relief, but the effect is very short term while the side-effect lasts for a long term. These medicines are type of narcotic, so these are very harmful for the patients.Some self made measures can also be effective to prevent fibromyalgia. These procedures can be exercised in home. The measures are: * Proper workout include walking, swimming, biking and water aerobics. A physical therapist may help you develop a home exercise program. * Stretching, Free-hands, Good posture and relaxation workouts are also helpful. * Develop a plan to avoid or limit over-exertion and poignant stress. Give yourself time each day to rest. * Exercise stress lessening techniques, such as deep-breathing exercises, meditation and Yoga. * Leading a very healthy and simple lifestyle can also help to prevent fibromyalgia.
Most of the people associate ultrasound with pregnancy diagnostics. This may be a popular idea but ultrasound is being widely used in many other medical treatments and diagnostics like tumors, cancers, kidney stones and several others. It is interesting to note that ultrasound is not only used for medical applications but also in industrial field, as a weapon and as a disintegrating element. Ultrasound is a sound that has a frequency greater than the upper limit of human hearing. The frequency is approximately 20,000 hertz.Medical Ultrasonography is one of the main applications of ultrasound. It is a diagnostic imaging technique that is used to visualize the internal organs. The size and structure of the organ is analyzed in order to understand the complications (if there are any) or determine the features and nature of the organs. Obstetric Sonography is widely used during pregnancy.In the medical field ultrasound has some effective therapeutic applications. Treatment of benign and malignant tumors and other similar disorders is a very common feature. This is done through high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), or focused ultrasound surgery (FUS). The treatment for tumors is guided by MRI, as in magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound.Ultrasound is used in various applications by varying its frequency and intensity. More powerful ultrasound is used to clean teeth (in dental department) or it is used to heat up biological tissues, hence researchers have devised an effective cure for cancers through ultrasound.Focused ultrasound is widely used to break the stones that develop in the kidneys. This method eliminates any possibility of surgery. Cataract treatment is also possible through ultrasonic Phacoemulsification (generally less powerful waves are used).Recently researchers have found various other applications of low-intensity ultrasound. It has been discovered that it has the ability to stimulate bone-growth and it is also capable of disrupting the blood-brain barrier for delivery of the drugs.Besides that, ultrasound is used for industrial cleaning and for locating flaws in different materials. They are also used to disintegrate many micro-organisms like bacteria. Killing bacteria in sewage has become very easy. Ultrasound has been very useful in scaring away the rodents that destroy many food materials and other objects. Rodents have the capacity to listen high-frequency sounds also they can be bombarded with ultrasonic waves to get rid of them. Many nations have also developed ultrasound weapons that are fatal and capable of causing mass destruction.
Copyright 2006 John YoungHis toes were on fire.Trying to ignore the searing pain in his right foot propped against the accelerator, Pete gritted his teeth and focused on the heavy rush hour traffic.The tingling in his toes had begun about a year ago, and he had had no idea what was causing it and it kept worsening. Finally, he mentioned it to his coworkers, some of whom thought it might be gangrene.Panicked, he went to the doctor who diagnosed it as "Peripheral Neuropathy", and checked his blood sugar levels.Dr. Hammond explained that Peripheral Neuropathy was usually caused by nerve deterioration in the extremities, and began with a tingling sensation in the toes or fingers. The "wiring" in his body had become damaged, and was now transmitting sensations that weren't there.He prescribed Neurontin, a drug originally developed to control seizures, but had been discovered to work as a "pain manager" in the condition of Peripheral Neuropathy."It's not a cure," he said. "We have no idea how it works. But it'll reduce the pain and keep you functional"Pete didn't like the words "it'll keep you functional." The phrase definitely had an ominous ring to it.He took Neurontin faithfully according to prescription, and for awhile it worked, but it wasn't too long before he began to see what Dr. Hammond was alluding too. The painful sensations increased, and it seemed like it was getting more difficult for the drug to handle them.Then, one day, he forgot to take his medicine, and he vowed he would never do it again. Without the pain manager, the pain level ramped up several orders of magnitude, and Pete discovered that the full extent of his condition had been masked by the drug.Neuropathy had taken over half of his foot.Sledgehammers slammed against his feet. Hot blowtorches seared his toes. Hot rocks were jammed inside the soles of his feet. Once ... worst of all ... a white hot band saw tried to cut his foot half off.Now he knew he was now entirely dependent on the Neurontin. Without it, he couldn't endure the pain...And he almost couldn't walk at all.THERE'S DAMAGE OUT THERE SOMEWHERESo what do we mean by the term "Peripheral Neuropathy"?The nervous system of the human body is broadly divided into the Central Nervous System (CNS) and the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). The former consists of the brain and spinal chord, whereas the latter is divided into the Somatic and Autonomic Nervous Systems.Peripheral Neuropathy affects the PNS, and can result in nerve damage to the Somatic or Autonomic Systems. Translated, Neuropathy can develop not only in the feet or hands, but in the nerves regulating the lungs, heart, digestive and sexual organs.In other words, it can develop anywhere and have very serious and far reaching consequences to the body. It can take the form of:-- Polyneuropathy (Peripheral nerves throughout the body)-- Autonomic Neuropathy (the cardiovascular system, digestive tract, bladder, or genitals)The painful sensations of Polyneuropathy, burning, itching, "electric shock", or hammering, may develop in the feet and legs either gradually or suddenly. You may or may not get a warning before they appear.THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUTToday, there are three classes of medication on the market that can treat the pain resulting from neuropathic nerve damage:-- tricyclic antidepressants such as Amiriptyline (Elavil)-- anticonvulsants such as Gabapentine(Neurontin) and Pregabilin (Lyrica)-- Serotonin and Norepenephrin reuptake inhibitors such as Duloxeten (Cymbalta)Blocking uptake of neurotransmitters or blocking pathways in the spinal chord prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. Sodium and Calcium channels may also be blocked to keep the brain from registering pain from "cross talking" neurons.None of the medicines can be thought of as a "cure", and if the causes of Neuropathy are not addressed, it will continue to progress.So, if Medical Science has thrown three balls at us and none of them are a "cure", is that it? Are we stuck with merely "managing the pain" and hoping we don't end up down the line with a foot amputation?In Part II of this series, Pete will learn more