I like sitting down with our patients to talk, plan, problem solve.
Originally posted on Helane Fronek, MD Coaching and Consulting:
Recently, I visited a friend in the hospital. As her condition improved, the nursing staff suggested it was time to discuss discharge planning and called the social worker to make the necessary arrangements . The social worker entered the room, remaining close to the doorway, and announced that she had very little time since she had many other things to do. We certainly didn’t feel confident that the plans would go well.
As we rush through our days, we frequently feel just like this overworked social worker – too much to do in too little time. Our patients, on the other hand, are frequently worried and need not just our expertise but our time and reassurance.
Fortunately, there are concrete things we can do to help us balance these opposing demands.
Research shows that when we sit down at the bedside, our patients perceive that we are spending more time with them than…
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Friends can help; we need to reach out to family and friends for support .
Do your legs hurt so bad, you can’t stand all day? Do you feet or ankles swell?
Does restless legs keep you awake at night? These can depress you too. Call us.
Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:
Most of us don’t realize how strong we are. It seems as if we start off as being invincible. Or at least feeling as if we are. And life starts to happen, and we fail, time and time again, and suddenly we grow afraid of failure, oftentimes afraid of success just as much.
The trick is not to hide your pain behind a smile.
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Ask you vein doctor, phlebology specialist, about new FDA approved sclerotherapy medications. These medicines are not painful.
No painful saline injections needed for many, many years.
Originally posted on rvcmds:
Sclerotherapy is the umbrella term for use of injections to shut down varicose veins of any size. A number of agents are available for use, but the common factor is inducing an injury reaction in the wall of the injected vein and thereby get it to stop functioning.
The most common side effects experienced with sclerotherapy include:
- Itching – if this occurs it is mild and lasts 1 to 2 days
- Transient hyperpigmentation – up to 30% of patients undergoing sclerotherapy notice a discoloration (light grown to greenish streaks) for several days to several weeks after injection. This discoloration relates to the breakdown of blood cells in the affected veins. In rare cases the discoloration may persist for as long as 4 to 12 months
- Sloughing – this rare side effect occurs in perhaps 1-2% of patients receiving injections, and consists of a small ulceration at the injection site that…
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We came across a great article in News Medical that describes medical vein disease, leg ulcers and the use of graduated compression stockings. Leg ulcers and Chronic Venous Insufficiency treatment will be studied by scientists at Sheffield Hallam University. The article states “The medical condition means veins in the legs cannot pump enough blood back to the heart. It can cause pain, social isolation, inability to move, reduced quality of life, and treatment of venous ulcers is costly to the National Health Service. Sheffield Hallam experts are examining the use of exercise in treating the condition.” Leg ulcers can be prevented by treating Chronic Venous Insufficiency, aka vein disease, and wearing graduated compression stockings. Seek help from a Phlebologist, who is a medical professional that specializes in veins.
Another death from a blood clot was reported yesterday in the news: Michael Johns was an Australian singer and American Idol finalist. He passed away at 35 years old. “Fans are wondering why a simple issue could have turned fatal?” Quoted from yahoo health: “blood clots are an under appreciated killer in this country.” Genetics, vein disease, blood disorders, cancer, major accidents and surgeries can play a role in forming blood clots in the legs known as DVTs. A venous ultrasound, without any use of dyes, can diagnose blood clots in the leg. Many can be treated in an outpatient setting using compression stockings, ice, anti-inflammatory meds or Lovenox injections, leg elevation alternated with ambulation. After initial treatment of the phlebitis or DVT, these patients need to have their underlying vein disease treated and wear medical grade compression stockings for long airplane rides and car rides. Many of these patients have undiagnosed vein disease and could benefit from a vein screening from a professional phlebologist: vein specialist. Call Morrison Vein Institute at 866-GRT-LEGS for a screening. Also, buy graduated compression stockings and look up http://www.phlebology.org to learn about Phlebology, which is the study of veins and vein disease.
A recently published article, titled “Role of compression stockings after endovenous laser therapy for primary varicosis” in the Journal of Vascular Surgery concludes wearing compression stockings for several weeks after medical vein procedures reduces pain and inflammation. Morrison Vein Institute has followed this protocol for 19 years. Our providers measure for and prescribe medical grade, graduated compression stockings for all varicose and spider vein treatments.
Great to see compression hose mentioned in blogs about travel and style. The author says “…recently realized need to wear compression hose on long flights [something I have done for years either to board or put on once airborne]. There is absolutely no reason safety and comfort must replace style … being fashionable always an option if only effort and thought given the matter. Why even my compression hose come in sexy lace topped thigh highs.”
Originally posted on Teréza Style ™:
In Jane Austen’s iconic book, “Sense and Sensibility” the main theme is how the family central and the women characters prevalence of excessive sensibility renders them without venue to betterment in their life fraught with difficulties. How connected to ones travel attire you ask? Well actually quite a easy analogy … far too often attempts at what some claim as “sensible” is no more than what is most readily available and as such in no need of forethought or planning. Frequently these choices render wearer as uncomfortable as they appear untidy and unattractive – this too leaving one expending energy in defense of being assured their choice was perfect. The options are plentiful and should include practicality, protection and good taste – difficult you might be thinking to combine all these into a single travel attire choice. No dear readers – it just…
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