Francis Bevern, (name changed to protect patient identity) had to stop wearing her wedding ring. Even though her husband had died a few years back, she wanted to keep wearing the ring as a reminder of their relationship. But taking off the band was a necessary step because it didn’t fit her swelling finger. She had trouble fitting into her jacket and blouse sleeves and she experienced an odd and restrictive feeling in her arm and shoulder.
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This is our first summer season with new FDA regulations for marketing sunscreen without using misleading claims of effectiveness. 2 million Americans have a skin cancer removed every year. It is the most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S. Due to Colorado’s high altitude skin cancer diagnoses are much higher than the national average. Throughout the U.S., the rate of new diagnoses has tripled over the past 35 years.
Can’t you just hear it? The words of your mother as she catches you slumping at the dinner table.
Let’s face it. Getting injured in a car accident is not the same as other kinds of injuries.
To ensure that you are selecting a long term care community that meets the needs of your family it is worth the time to conduct due diligence on the community, its ownership, and care process. Basic reconnaissance can be accomplished by contacting the local Ombudsman who is assigned to that specific residential community. In addition, there is a lot of fundamental information that can be obtained by visiting the community unannounced during different times of the day and week.
Many people do not know their patient rights if they feel that they are being discharged from the hospital too soon. If you think that it is medically necessary for you to stay in the hospital a little longer or if the transition to post-hospital services is not acceptable to you, you can appeal the decision for your discharge.
One of the most crucial relationships in one’s life is the personalized relationship one shares with his or her dentist. As it should be everyone’s lifetime commitment to take excellent care of their teeth, choosing the right dentist for your dental needs is extremely critical. This simplified article may be useful in helping you narrow down your choice of your dental health care provider.
The 2012 presidential election process has come to an end. Much time and rhetoric has been allocated to our country’s economic crisis and healthcare reform. Unfortunately, little time was spent discussing an investment in research that could greatly help reduce overall U.S. health care costs and improve the quality of life for many Americans.
“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because, as has been said, it is the quality which guarantees all others.” ~Winston Churchill
Chronic low back pain is the most common cause of disability and lost work days among US adults. Over 80% of our population will experience an episode of low back pain at some point during our lives, and once low back pain occurs, it is likely it will happen again if left untreated. Most people experience recurrent episodes within one year and lifetime recurrences are likely for up to 85% of low back pain sufferers.
Are you or someone you know the 1 out of the 3 people that research indicates are affected by hospital medical errors? Health care misdiagnoses, improper care and/or lack of priority for the best care available are common scenarios that can be managed.
The Internet has made it possible for consumers to buy just about anything without ever leaving their homes. Whether looking for a pizza or a car, consumers can find whatever they need with a few clicks of the mouse.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world. It kills one out of every three Americans. Eating a heart healthy diet should not be reserved for those who have been diagnosed with a heart condition; rather a heart healthy diet is for anyone with a heart! Once thought of as an adult disease, children and teens, because of the foods they’re consuming, are also clogging their arteries.
Fifteen year old Brad was an avid soccer player. During one of his practice games, his opponent's shoulder struck Brad's mouth with considerable force. Brad immediately held his mouth and fell to the ground bleeding. When his team's physician examined him, Brad had cut his lip and broken his two front teeth in half.
Cavities are a problem for adults and children alike. Some people seem more susceptible to cavities than others, and the pH of the mouth and other factors may play a role in the formation of cavities.
It’s the kind of call you never want to get. My sister phoned to tell me her husband – my brother-in-law – had been diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma on his nose and was going to need surgery.
As the Colorado summer quickly approaches, it is important to remember to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. While we are blessed with over 300 sunny days per year on average, our high elevation curses us by putting us closer to the sun and at higher risk for sunburns, sun damage and skin cancer. Colorado has the highest skin cancer rates in the nation — nearly 30 percent higher than the nationwide rate, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment — so it’s important to stay informed and diligent about sun protection.
Colleen was going to the bathroom - again. It was the third time this morning she had felt the urge to have a bowel movement, only to have a small amount of loose stool with mucous present. Her abdominal bloating had been distracting her for days now. Last week it was constipation, this week she was experiencing frequent stools that were loose. Her symptoms seemed to be worse after eating, especially if it were a large meal. At times, her symptoms kept her awake at night.
When it comes down to it, many people are unaware of the signs of someone who abusing a substance, compared with someone ‘having a good time' in a recreational or social way.
Ralph was in trouble. He had been working all day in the summer heat cleaning out his backyard; since his time at home was so limited, Ralph had decided to get as much done on his day off from work as he possibly could.
Rochelle was having severe leg pain. Her symptoms had started about a week ago, with gradual and persistent swelling of her left calf. At first there was no pain, but now the steady throbbing was getting worse with sitting or standing. The pain was less severe if she was lying on her back with her leg elevated.
A year before one of my patients, whom we will call "Jane" to protect her privacy, came to my practice for a dental visit, she had faced a personal tragedy.
Perhaps you have seen the stage hypnotist doing a show and making innocent people bark like a dog for entertainment. This is what a lot of people bring to mind when they think of hypnosis. But while it is intended to be funny as an act on stage, hypnosis has many benefits for everyday applications.
It was fourteen years ago but I remember it well. It began as a classic gorgeous sunny Colorado spring day but by noon, the clouds had rolled in and within a few hours a heavy downpour had commenced with, of course, the obligatory hail.
Jerry was having a hard time breathing. It was the middle of the night, and it was impossible to be flat on his back due to the feeling of not getting enough air. His wife could hear a faint wheeze as he exhaled. Occasionally Jerry would have a coughing fit, where he would bring up a foamy material from his lungs.
Kristie was dreading warmer weather. Summer meant open toed shoes, and the thought of exposing her toenails to the public made her cringe inside. For the past several years, her nails had become thickened, yellow, and had lost their smooth outer surface. Worse yet, the condition had spread to her other toenails as well.
Adrenal fatigue is a collection of physical signs and symptoms that are the result of inadequate levels of adrenal hormones from too much adrenal stress. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands become unable to meet the stress demands on the body and can no longer produce adequate levels of the ‘stress’ hormones it normally manufactures.
“Here’s looking at you, kid!”— Rick’s famous toast to Ilsa in “Casablanca”— will be forever etched in our memories, thanks to the genius of Humphrey Bogart. Not long after this famed Hollywood moment, however, Bogart— who was a heavy smoker and drinker— developed esophageal cancer. It was only six months from the time his symptoms presented to when he was finally admitted to a hospital, but it was also six months too late. Despite complete removal of the tumor, adjacent lymph nodes, a rib, and radiation and chemotherapy to stop the spreading cancer, the inimitable Bogart succumbed to this lethal disease. He was only 57.
Sandra woke up feeling groggy and in pain. Her entire body ached, and her joints and muscles seemed stiff. This was nothing new for Sandra, who had had similar symptoms for the past two years following a traumatic experience at work that she was still struggling to deal with. Besides the pain, an overwhelming fatigue was present most days of the week.
In our modern world of cell phones, IPads, and Starbucks, it is hard to imagine that we have within us a direct link to our past. As we get into our cars and drive to the grocery store, the idea that we once had to hunt for our food and gather what we could find is so far from our consciousness that it seems like the plot of a Hollywood movie.
Dr. Szarka: “So Mrs. Smith, what are you doing for your weight management?”
As Dr. Oz says there are some topics that are tough to talk about…even to your doctor. But you shouldn’t have to suffer in silence.
Pierce was having problems with his vision. No one noticed at first, since the changes had been so gradual. Pierce’s daughter was the first to ask if he was seeing things okay. He had some near misses while driving, due to not seeing objects off to the side. Pierce had absolutely no eye pain, so he ignored the tunnel vision he was developing until it started to interfere with his reading the newspaper. Reluctantly, he agreed to a complete eye examination. A device was used to measure the pressure in his eye by applying a gentle puff of air to the eyeball. Later, the eye doctor examined Pierce’s eye carefully. The diagnosis of glaucoma was made, and appropriate eye drops were prescribed.
Good nutrition plays a big part in maintaining healthy teeth. In turn, sound and healthy teeth contribute to an increased quality of life.
Martin was having a hard time catching his breath. He was standing on the landing of a flight of stairs. Shortness of breath had caused him to stop before he had climbed a single floor. His labored breathing was accompanied by a fast heart rate. As he slowly regained his breath, Martin instinctively felt for his pack of cigarettes in his breast pocket. Forty years of smoking had taken a toll on his body, but all attempts to quit in the past had been unsuccessful. Climbing the remaining stairs seemed as daunting as scaling a high mountain peak. With deliberation, Martin grasped the hand rail and started once again.
According the the Center for Disease Control, it is now flu season. The Influenza virus, or the flu, rears its ugly head each fall and winter causing distress in the form of work loss, missed school days, and many symptoms throughout the whole body. Are you ready?
It is very early in the morning and your elderly mother sits up in her bed. She has slept poorly this night, and decides her insomnia has been caused by her full bladder. Slight dizziness accompanies her as she stands from the sitting position on the side of her bed. Feeling her surroundings are familiar in her home, she does not turn on the light as the gropes her way in the dark towards her bathroom.
Paige had been experiencing severe pain in her upper abdomen area after meals for the past several weeks. About an hour after eating the pain began - slowly at first, but gaining in intensity until she was completely immobilized for about 45 minutes. When most severe, the pain would often radiate to the tip of her right shoulder from her right upper abdomen. Taking a deep breath and bending over only made the pain worse.
Carolyn Gensler never counted on experiencing two distinctly different types of heartache that would turn her life upside-down.
Mark was shaking with chills. It was a warm day outside, so there was no reason to feel cold. Mark went indoors to wrap a blanket around his shoulders. The chill made his entire body shake, and a hint of body aches were also present. After about 15 monutes, the chill seemed to go away. Since it was late afternoon, Mark ate a light dinner and went to bed.
A 30-year romance came full circle at Sky Ridge Medical Center with a transformation that began under a doctor’s knife.
Jose has been experiencing persistent pain on his mid back area for several days. As he was getting ready for bed, his wife noted a small cluster of blisters on his mid back, on the right side. The area looked very similar to a series of insect bites, but this was the winter and no bugs had been seen in the home. That night Jose developed a mild fever, and an increase in the back pain made him sleep poorly. The following morning, his wife phoned the doctor to make an appointment.
It was 6:30 a.m. on a Monday, and Lydia's alarm clock was buzzing fiercely. She awoke from a deep sleep and immediately wanted to hit the snooze button. As Lydia rolled over, the room suddenly started spinning. Confused, she closed her eyes tightly, without effect. Now she was doing "bed rolls" as she instinctively clutched her blankets in an attempt to steady the ride. Nausea was developing as she became motion sick. Slowly over the next several minutes, the spinning sensation slowly improved, as long as she remained perfectly still. Every attempt to turn her head to the side was met with a new wave of debilitating vertigo.
Fever can be present in the course of many childhood illnesses. Fever is usually a sign of illness; however, a fever itself alone should not cause alarm. Fevers are your body's natural response to cleanse itself and once detected, should be monitored regularly. The body's thermostat generally keeps the body temperature below 106 degrees F. Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees F (37° C), but the body temperature can vary between 97 degrees F and 100 degrees F. Fever is defined as an oral temperature above 100 degrees F, or an axillary (underarm) temperature above 99 degrees F.
Molly was doing her usual Tuesday morning housework. As she bent over to clean under the table, she suddenly felt a little dizzy - not enough to pass out, but as she stood up, she grasped for a chair to steady herself. The remainder of the day her heart would flutter on occasion. This was especially noticeable when she was sitting quietly in the armchair working on her needlepoint, or when lying in her bead trying to take a nap. Molly really did not have chest pain, but there was some chest discomfort present that worried her.
Peter was feeling very cold. He took the opportunity to warm up and get outdoors with a hike alone in the remote backcountry of the Colorado mountains on a sunny spring day.
Winter's arrival coincides with the arrival of other things as well. The holiday season. Snow days from school. Weekends spent skiing and snowboarding with family and friends.
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