BLOOD CLOTS IN THE LUNG
Question: Four weeks after a hysterectomy, my 62-year-old mother died suddenly due to pulmonary emboli, or blood clots in her lung. Should my sisters and 1 worry that this could happen to us after surgery?
Answer: That depends. Susceptibility to pulmonary embolism, which generally develops only after surgery or prolonged bed rest, is not inherited directly. However, two risk factors for the condition—obesity and severe varicose veins—do run in families. Other risk factors include heart failure, certain cancers, a history of phlebitis (inflamed veins), and long rides in trains and airplanes.
People predisposed to pulmonary embolism may receive anticlotting medication after they’ve undergone abdominal, pelvic, or certain orthopedic operations—or if they’ll be bedridden for a long time or taking a long flight.
GOOD MOVES FOR ASTHMATICS
Question: I’m considering a change of climate to help relieve my asthma. I’ve heard that the dry air of the desert Southwest is beneficial, but also that salty sea air can help. Can you clear up this contradiction?
Answer: The best locale for asthma sufferers is one that’s free of pollutants, airborne allergens, and frigid weather: Traditionally, asthmatics migrated to Arizona for its warm, dry climate, although the benefit came primarily from cleaner air and lower pollen counts. As Arizona cities have grown, however^ the environment there has become less favorable for asthmatics. Sea air has no effect on asthma.
Question: I often have congestion in my and chest. What over-the-counter drugs would you recommend to loosen this congestion in my chest so I can cough it up and spit it
Answer: The only FDA-approved expectorant for loosening phlegm is guaifenesin. It’s found in Breonesin tablets, plain Robitussin syrup, Scot-Tussin syrup, and other over-the-counter products.
However, an expectorant doesn’t address the underlying problem and therefore should be used only occasionally. You may have a chronic problem in your amused or bronchial airways. You should be evaluated by a physician for allergies or any other problem that might cause recurrent congestion.
Question: Because of a herniated disk, I’ve been suffering from lower-back pain that radiates to my leg. Is surgery usually necessary, or could other treatment relieve the paint
Answer: Conservative treatment, including physical therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs, is often successful in relieving pain from a herniated, or “slipped,” disk. Unless the pain or numbness is severe or nerve function is impaired to the point of weakness of your leg muscles, you should try those alternatives for two to three months before resorting to more invasive techniques such as local cortisone injections or surgery.
PUSH-UPS AND BAD BACKS
Question: I’ve read that anyone with a “bad back” should not do , push-ups. I’ve never experienced any back problems that I could attribute to push-ups, but now I am concerned. Please elaborate.
Answer: Done correctly, push-ups shouldn’t harm your back at all. The key is to keep your upper body straight as you push up, whether pivoting from your toes (the classic position) or from your knees (the “modified” push-up). If you arch your back, you’ll strain it. That’s a common mistake, so people who have had back problems should probably skip push-ups.
MIACALCIN AND BACKACHE
Question: I had been taking Miacalcin for osteoporosis for two ree months when a previously mild backache became very painful and my fatigue seemed to increase. The pharmacist said that both these symptoms could be due to Miacalcin. What is it about Miacalcin that causes these side effects?
Answer: The manufacturer of Miacalcin Nasal Spray (calci-tonin) reports that about 5 percent of people taking the nasal spray complain of backache. Fewer than 3 percent report fatigue. It’s not clear why the drug, a synthetic version of a hormone made by cells within the thyroid, causes these problems. If you continue to have trouble, ask your doctor about other medications for osteoporosis. Hormone replacement therapy is a well-established treatment, but not everyone is a suitable candidate. Other medications are alendronate (Fosamax) and raloxifene (Evista).
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