Still Dealing With Urinary And Digestive Problems After Your C-Section? What Are Your Options?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Still Dealing With Urinary And Digestive Problems After Your C-Section? What Are Your Options?

Once reserved only for the most complicated birth, cesarean sections (or c-sections) are now becoming much more commonplace, with nearly one in three new mothers undergoing this procedure. While a c-section can provide some advantages over vaginal birth in certain situations, it can also pose some complications you may not have expected — after all, moving (and sometimes even briefly removing) some of your digestive and reproductive organs is often necessary in order for the obstetrician to access your uterus, and these organs don’t always go back quietly. Read on to learn more about some of the urological and digestive issues that may be plaguing you after your c-section, as well as some steps you can take to promote quicker healing. Inability to urinate Although many new moms have come to expect a bit of minor incontinence as their pelvic muscles reconnect and the pelvic floor strengthens, some find themselves dealing with the opposite problem — an inability to urinate without assistance. This can sometimes be simply due to the shock of having your bladder poked and prodded at from the inside, or in other cases you may have suffered temporary damage to the nerves and muscles that control your urine flow. If, despite your most valiant efforts, you aren’t able to pass urine on your own after your catheter is removed and your epidural wears off, you may need to be recatheterized temporarily to give your bladder time to heal. Your doctor will be able to examine you to ensure there aren’t any other physical impediments to urination (like a piece of tissue caught in your urethra or a blood clot blocking the entrance to your bladder) before making the recommendation to re-insert a catheter. In most cases, you’ll be able to change your catheter yourself (or with some help from a spouse or partner), so needing urinary help a bit longer than some other new moms shouldn’t require you to stay in the hospital — instead, you’ll be able to recover and recuperate in the privacy of your own home using urological supplies. Your health insurance plan will often cover the cost of disposable catheters for at-home use for a period of time after your c-section.  Inability to pass gas or have a bowel movement After you’ve had a c-section, you may be instructed that you need to pass gas before you’re permitted to eat — this ensures that your digestive system is still operating well at both ends. Unfortunately, the amount of gas introduced into your abdominal cavity during any type of surgery combined with the rush of hormones that can often cause your bowels to seal shut for a few days can lead to a perfect storm of digestive troubles. Compounding these issues is the fact that many of the typical methods to relieve gas pain and pressure (like bicycling your legs or drawing them up to your chest) are all but impossible while you’re dealing with a painful pelvic incision.  Fortunately, in many cases, these issues can be resolved with a brief regimen of over-the-counter stool softeners and gas relievers. The active ingredient in gas relief medication helps break down large gas bubbles into smaller ones that are more easily passed through the intestines, providing you with relief within just a few hours of...

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Panicked By Your Cataract Diagnosis? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Panicked By Your Cataract Diagnosis? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be

If you’ve been told that you have the beginnings of cataracts, those cloudy clumps or yellowed proteins in the lens of the eye that can rob you of your vision, you may feel understandably frightened and depressed — but don’t panic. While a cataract diagnosis should be taken seriously, your visual future is much brighter than you may think. Here are some heartening thoughts to help you face your situation with a smile. You May Not Have a Problem for Years While some types of cataracts are associated with eye trauma, diabetes or other abnormal situations, the majority of them are age related. If your cataracts are in an early stage now, chances are that you’ve got many years to go before your vision becomes so clouded that you need to look into cataract replacement surgery. Your optometrist will monitor your eye health and visual acuity from year to year to check the rate of the cataracts’ progress. Regular changes to your corrective lens prescription can keep you enjoying decent vision well into your 60s, which is when cataracts tend to start impairing quality of life significantly. At this early stage of your cataract development, you can also take some effective steps to slow or even arrest this condition’s progress. First and foremost, always shield your eyes from UV rays whenever you’re out in the sun by wearing sunglasses. Make sure the sunglasses are designed to filter both UVA and UVB rays, and look for a “UV 400” label indicating that they block light waves down to 400 nanometers in length. Other healthful anti-cataract measures include smoking cessation and a diet high in antioxidants. Cataract Surgery Is a Cinch Once your vision reaches the point where glasses or contacts can no longer correct it adequately, your optometrist will probably recommend that you undergo cataract removal surgery. By this time, you’ll be more than glad to trade in that foggy lens for a crystal-clear artificial intraocular lens (IOL). Some people are scared stiff by the prospect of eye surgery, but cataract surgery is actually astonishingly easy for the patient in this day and age. Modern cataract replacement surgery takes only a few minutes is completely painless and is usually done as an outpatient procedure. In a standard cataract replacement procedure, you’re given a sedative to keep you still and calm, along with numbing eyedrops as a local anesthetic. The surgeon then makes a tiny incision in the capsule that contains the lens, breaks up the lens with ultrasound waves, removes the bits of cataract-ridden lens and inserts the artificial one in its place. Cataract laser surgery is an even quicker and more accurate variation on the procedure, partly because of the laser beam’s pinpoint precision and partly because the laser helps breaks up the lens. New Treatments Are Being Developed As painless and streamlined as cataract laser surgery may be, there’s a chance that someday you may not need surgery for your cataracts at all. Medical science continues to advance, introducing some exciting new concepts for conservative cataract treatment. These include: Eye drops – Studies indicate that eye drops containing a steroid called lanosterol can dissolve cataracts. This approach has succeeded on animals, leaving human studies as the next logical step. Stem cell therapy – Scientists have successfully regenerated human...

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How To Take Good Care Of Your Oral Health While Pregnant

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on How To Take Good Care Of Your Oral Health While Pregnant

When you are pregnant, going to countless doctor appointments and preparing for your new baby can take up a lot of your time. You have so many thoughts running through your head that you might neglect to properly take care of your teeth and gums. However, pregnancy makes you more susceptible to dental health problems, such as gum disease and tooth decay. These dental health issues can become serious if they aren not treated promptly. To avoid experiencing any oral health problems, follow these helpful tips: Floss More Diligently  Flossing every day becomes even more critical when you are pregnant. According to WebMD, hormonal changes will cause about 40 percent of pregnant women to develop gingivitis. Because your body is producing more progesterone, your gum tissue will become more sensitive and prone to infection. Gum disease can also increase your risk of giving birth to a premature baby. If you floss thoroughly every day, you will remove plaque and be less likely to get gum disease. However, if you still experience red, puffy or bleeding gums, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. Do not Eat Too Many Sugary Treats It is pretty common to crave sugary treats during pregnancy. However, overindulging in sweets can have a negative effect on your teeth. All the sugar can eat away at your enamel and increase your risk of tooth decay. When you are craving a muffin or donut, try eating something healthier, such as carrots or apples. If you still want to have sweets on occasion, always rinse your mouth out with water once you are finished eating. Wait to Brush Your Teeth After Vomiting Although it is normal to vomit during pregnancy, it can make your mouth feel really yucky. You just want to brush your teeth as soon as possible. However, you should hold off on that. If you brush your teeth directly after vomiting, the stomach acids can erode your tooth enamel. The Australian Dental Association recommends waiting at least an hour before you brush your teeth. If water is not enough to rinse that icky taste out of your mouth, try using a fluoride mouthwash. If brushing makes you feel like gagging, consider using a toothbrush with a smaller head and brushing more slowly. Eat More Calcium Rich Foods Another effective way to maintain good oral health while pregnant is to increase your calcium intake. Calcium makes your teeth stronger, making them less susceptible to decay. Dairy products are not the only foods that contain lots of calcium. Almonds, spinach and broccoli are also packed with calcium, so be sure to add those foods to your diet. Ask your doctor how much calcium you should eat on a daily basis. If you are not getting enough calcium from food, your doctor may recommend taking calcium supplements.  Make Dental Checkups a Priority Now is not the time to skip your dental appointments. Your dentist will thoroughly check your teeth and gums for any abnormalities. If he or she detects signs of gum disease, for example, you can start treatment right away. If you have noticed any changes in your teeth or gums since becoming pregnant, do not forget to tell your dentist. Also, let your dentist know about any types of medicines or vitamins you are...

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