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Sep 19, 2018 · No Love Involved Caregiver in Caregivers

I am so sorry for your situation. I’m glad that, as a male, you shared your story. I have certainly heard the same story from dutiful daughters who were mistreated as children. It’s good to get the male perspective, so thank you. I don’t have any tips to add, but if this happened to me I would consult an attorney who is skilled in this area. Or my pastor.

Sep 19, 2018 · UTI and Yeast Infections in Kidney & Bladder

I asked Mayo urologist a similar question: can a yeast infection be mistaken for a ut? The answer was yes and may have accounted for the high number of uti’s I reported here. Especially since I was traveling, and the doctor did not do an evaluation. My guess the answer to your question is yes, especially if you took antibiotics for a previous infection.

Sep 18, 2018 · URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS in Women's Health

I have used un scented products for a long time, on the advice of my Mayo allergist. I learned about showers only, on this site. I can’t believe how simple this is, and that no one in the medical fields told me about it. Also, I feel silly for not knowing it myself. Since changing to showers I have been uti free. I went through all the urology tests and aside from a little muscle weakness, I am fine. In fact there was a caveat on that finding because there are no age norms for the test. The urologist recommended double voiding. To add to my feeling of being a little lacking in common sense, the doctor was not sure that I actually had that many uti’s since I was diagnosed during travel at urgent care centers, on the basis of symptoms and urine tests, with no physical exam. I may have had just a yeast infection, but a new type I had never had before. Wishing all of you best of luck with your issues, and hoping the upcoming holidays are bright and happy.

Jul 8, 2018 · Anxiety and Panic Attacks in Depression & Anxiety

My husband and I have traveled the US widely. We often go to places that could be dangerous if we hadn’t prepared. I’ve noticed lately that park rangers are talking about self recovery, the notion that by preparing, a person can rescue themselves. That brought me to think about my friends and the people here who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. I realize that these problems are multifaceted and I have suffered from this myself.  But as one prong of the solution, I’m wondering if it would help to understand what happens in the body when we have a panic attack.  I have learned some about the physiology of anxiety by reading books. One of the best books I have read is entitled The Body Keeps Score.  When I have a panic attack, I recruit my parasympathetic nervous system by engaging in mental imagery. My goal is to rely on myself for taming the attacks. This is just part of the solution for me. Medication, exercise , good nutrition and a strong social network also work for me. My best thoughts and wishes to those who suffer these attacks. I’m sorry this is so long but I hope it helps someone.

Jun 15, 2018 · Stiff Heart - diastolic heart failure in Heart & Blood Health

I have diastolic dysfunction, probably due to hypertension. My cardiologist told me that in some cases it leads to heart failure down the road. So some do not progress.

Jun 8, 2018 · Anxiety and Panic Attacks in Depression & Anxiety

What a great concept. I never heard it phrased that way before. I too was taught how to manage panic attacks. It’s interesting to me that there are so many effective ways to do this. I use a visual story that I am sitting in front of a fireplace and use it to warm my hands and feet. I can cut off a panic attack quickly this way. But as you say, it helps tremendously to know that a panic attack is not dangerous.

May 31, 2018 · Coping with anxiety while waiting in Cancer

I took a class that was offered at Mayo that helped me a lot. I will highlight two ideas. The first was to designate a place in your house to feel calm. It can be a room or a chair. If knitting, praying or drumming makes you feel calm, do it there. Don’t open bills or other anxiety provoking things there. The second was to enjoy nature and see yourself in the perspective of the cosmos. Having said that, I am still anxious about my upcoming appointment with the urologist. To manage it I’m spending time with my friends, doing my favorite hobbies, exercising, and eating a good diet. Plus doing the two things I outlined.

May 23, 2018 · ~ IBS ~ in Digestive Health

I understand the way digestion can be in charge of your schedule. I had IBS symptoms and asked to see a registered dietitian. She explained the FODMAP diet to me. This diet has helped me a lot. I can now leave my house with confidence. The diet isn’t hard to follow, but it is a medical diet so you need medical advice to do it. A registered dietitian from Mayo was very helpful to me. I hope you can find answers here that are helpful to you.