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Aug 22, 2011 · Stress eating in Diabetes/Endocrine System

Oh boy can I understand where you’re coming from. I love food anyway. Food just seems to disappear when I am stressed and/or depressed. Food is comforting in more ways than one—it actually does affect the brain’s chemistry, so we get something out of it in that regard. However, I’ve put in lots of work to learn that it’s not actually the food that we want. Often it’s love, comfort, consolation, recognition, etc. When you’re reaching for the tasty treat, spend a few moments sitting with your feelings and trying to figure out what it is that you REALLY want. If you can figure that out, spend your time and energy finding ways to bring what you want to fruition. Update the resume, look for a new job, hunt for a class to acquire new skills, call a friend, do a hobby. The eating won’t stop immediately, but being more aware of what’s going on inside will help. And make the effort to stock the house with carrots or apples or raisins—things that won’t be quite as detrimental to your overall health as pizza, brownies, and all the other “soul soothing” things.

Aug 22, 2011 · Why am I having such a hard time getting my blood pressure under control? in Heart & Blood Health

Kari and I keep a bit of a lookout for posts like these (she and I met on these message boards). Totally agree that you need to be checked for renal artery stenosis. My BP shot up my senior year of college. I was seemingly healthy otherwise. The BP didn’t respond to meds. The problem with stenosis is that the blood supply to your kidney is reduced and so your kidney freaks out and gives off a chemical that raises blood pressure. Unless the kidney gets more blood flow, the blood pressure will stay up. Testing is easy enough—it’s just a strange thing to look for and not the first thing to come to doctors’ minds. Very best of luck!

Aug 18, 2011 · Social Media Summit Scholarship Essay – Kate Hawkes in Just Want to Talk

I love the concept of arts in healthcare. Long ago I had the pleasure of covering an exhibit of artwork created by schizophrenia patients at UNC hospitals. Best of luck with your work, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for other arts and healthcare opportunities.

Aug 16, 2011 · Social Media Summit Scholarship Essay – Sarah E. Kucharski in Brain & Nervous System

Thank you so much to everyone who has shown their support. I appreciate it more than you know! Sharing my experiences and contributing to the dialogue of patient care feels like what I am “supposed to do.”

Aug 13, 2011 · Social Media Summit Scholarship Essay – Sarah E. Kucharski in Brain & Nervous System

I hope your wife’s recovery from the stroke is going as well as possible. My stroke in 2008 was misdiagnosed at first. I was told it was vertigo. I took myself to a neurologist (because the hospital never sent me one) for the diagnosis. Recovery was slow. I couldn’t walk without a walker, had double vision, and lost pain and temperature on my right side. I also had trouble remembering certain words, which really annoyed me since I’m a word person! I pushed myself with physical therapy and found a little work I could do at home just to keep from going crazy. The stroke was in May 2008. I started working about 20 hours a week in November 2008. By January 2009 I was enrolled in grad school, which I did to challenge my brain and body. There are still residual effects, and I don’t expect much more improvement now, but I am extremely thankful for how much I was able to get back. Very best wishes. – SK

Aug 13, 2011 · Social Media Summit Scholarship Essay – Sarah E. Kucharski in Brain & Nervous System

The website has been wonderful and is what pointed me toward Dr. Heather Gornik at the Cleveland Clinic.

Aug 13, 2011 · digestive in Digestive Health

Have they tried Bentyl? I used it with great success and very little by way of side effects (other than some drowsiness).

Aug 13, 2011 · post surgical fatigue and lightheadedness in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Warning patients about outcomes is tricky. If a doctor warns a patient, will the patient come to EXPECT an outcome? Will that expectation in effect create the outcome? I know how you feel though. There were things that happened after my bypass surgery that I was like – why didn’t someone tell me this would happen?! If they had told me, I wouldn’t have been worried. But it is never a bad thing to utter three little words – is this normal?

Pushing yourself a bit is good. It will build back your overall stamina. But get too tired and you’ll crash! Do what your body tells you it can do. Even things like wrist weights around the house are good. Do you have a physical therapy program? Doctors can prescribe general strengthening PT – just don’t blow out that knee again. Water aerobics are great for resistance training in a low impact environment.

Best of luck!