Will a Hysterectomy Affect My Life?

Will a Hysterectomy Affect My Life?

Aug 17

A hysterectomy can most certainly affect your life in more ways than one. After all, it is the surgical removal of a woman’s womb – it is bound to have effects in the long run. Several women with varying opinions can provide some personal insights as to how the procedure can affect you, should you choose to get the procedure done.

For example, it goes without saying that a woman without a womb can no longer conceive and give birth to children. Women who consider hysterectomies must take this into consideration and must have no further plans of having children through natural means. This, however, does not necessarily mean that a woman will automatically be menopausal after the procedure is done. This may have been true some years ago but current methods allow for just the necessary noncancerous growths to be removed without damaging or needing to take out anything else. In fact, there is such a thing as partial hysterectomies these days.

However, some caution needs to be taken when considering this procedure as there are dangers that lurk in its shadows. There are some cases stated by women who have gone through this procedure as they then claim, according to the website of Williams Kherkher, that hysterectomy with the use of a morcellator by Johnson and Johnson have then caused for them to get endometrial cancer.

If you are considering getting a hysterectomy, it is recommended that you consult with your most trusted physician in order to know if this procedure is the right thing for you. After all, there are several sources that claim that less than 2% of the women who have gotten procedures of this nature done have not, necessarily, needed a hysterectomy in the first place. Usually, it was done in order to remove a painful but otherwise benign growth from the body, like uterine fibroids. But the procedure to remove just the fibroids and not the uterus itself is called a myomectomy and that is another conversation entirely.

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Feb 20

Some people’s idea of swimming has always been treading water just well enough to not drown. Learning proper swimming techniques is not a part of everyone’s childhood summer. The good news is it is never too late to learn. Swimming can be a lot of fun and a great workout, but before you can go jumping into the water expecting instant results, you first must get some background on different swimming styles.

The most common style is the freestyle stroke. This stroke provides the most speed and involves kicking your legs as you swing your arms over your head and into the water one at a time. In order to achieve the correct form, you must keep your body as straight as possible.

The backstroke is like freestyle in the sense that you are still kicking your legs and alternating swinging arms. However, you must float on your back as opposed to swimming with your chest in the water. Make sure than when you begin, all parts of your body except your lungs are under the water.

If you have ever seen a frog in water, you already have a good idea of what your form for a breaststroke should be. A breaststroke involves bending your legs and pushing them out underwater and pushing water outward from your chest.

The butterfly stroke requires core strength, because you must stabilize your core to keep good form. The butterfly involves swinging your arms over your head at the same time and a dolphin-style kick, which entails keeping your legs together while kicking.

Make sure that while swimming you stay safe. A day at the pool can often end in injury. There are many ways a person could be hurt at the pool. Diving boards can break, people can slip and fall along the edge, and there’s the danger of drowning. Know your limits and do not swim alone, especially if you do not have a lot of experience doing so.

Juvéderm: The Best Solution to Nasolabial Folds

Juvéderm: The Best Solution to Nasolabial Folds

Jul 11

In June 2006, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Juvéderm, the only hyaluronic acid dermal filler and the first gel formulation with smooth consistency, to treat and eliminate smile/laugh lines or nasolabial folds, which are creases of the skin that run from the sides of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. Juvéderm is actually a family of hyaluronic acid (a substance naturally present in human skin) dermal fillers that offers smooth, long-lasting youthful facial skin, without the wrinkles and the folds.

Unlike any other hyaluronic acid dermal filler products available, which have granular consistency gel, only Juvéderm has smooth consistency, making it flow easily into the skin (upon injection) to fill scars and hollow places on the face. Juvéderm formulation also contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic; this is to provide comfort to patients during treatment.

For ultimate, beautiful results, an expert would highly recommend the combined application of Juvéderm and Botox, for while the latter treats wrinkles, which form with muscle movement, the former focuses on static lines and wrinkles, those that appear when the muscles of the face are at rest.

Besides treating nasolabial folds Juvéderm is also used to enhance the cheeks and the lips, to give these the added fullness for still greater looks (the lips also lose fat and shape as a person ages). Lip enhancement, using Juvéderm, usually last for about six months; treated areas where thicker formulations of hyaluronic acid are injected into the facial skin, the duration is between six to twelve months.

Juvéderm, though, is not recommended for patients who have allergic reaction to bacterial proteins or to those who have severe allergies or have had anaphylaxis in the past (anaphylaxis is a delicate allergic reaction to antigens). Juvéderm treatment, especially when combined with Botox, is guaranteed to provide any individual with beautiful looking skin that will always make him/her look good and feel good.

Potential Uses for Medical Marijuana

Potential Uses for Medical Marijuana

Apr 03

The jury is still out regarding the efficacy of medical marijuana, but studies indicate that it may be a better alternative to currently accepted pharmaceutical products for certain conditions. Like with so many chemical treatment protocols, however, cannabis is associated with undesirable and sometimes serious side effects.

One of the most common uses of medical marijuana is the alleviation of the nausea associated with chemotherapy, called appropriately enough as chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). Cannabis is believed to be more efficacious in controlling CINV than standard antiemetics including metoclopramide and promethazine. Short-term side effects may include increased appetite, dry mouth, hallucinations, muscle twitching, ocular problems, mild depression, and dizziness. Ironically, it appears that with prolonged used of cannabis, the patient may develop a condition called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. The main symptoms? Nausea and vomiting.

Cannabis is also often used as an analgesic to ease chronic pain associated with neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. There is no definitive risk-benefit analysis for cannabis use for chronic pain, but it is considered a safer alternative to opioids in some severe cases.

Spasticity (involuntary muscle movements) is also thought to be something that can be controlled with cannabis and cannabinoids, so it may be a possible treatment for conditions such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and Tourette’s syndrome. Because of the potential for unwanted side effects, the cannabis option is usually only considered when other treatments have proven to be ineffective.

However, because of the bipolar legal status of cannabis in the US, patients use this alternative treatment at considerable risk. A quadriplegic man in Colorado (where medical marijuana is legal) with uncontrollable muscle movements was terminated from his job because he smoked marijuana at home to control his symptoms. The man sued his company for wrongful termination. Historically, state courts have upheld the right of employers to terminate employees for use of medical marijuana even outside the workplace. The Colorado case is no different, but the Colorado Supreme Court has surprisingly granted a hearing to consider the ruling of the lower courts. If the Supreme Court decides to overturn the verdict in favor of the plaintiff, it would set a precedent that would potentially benefit registered medical marijuana users in Colorado.