My The 33-year-old son has had migraines since he was nine. Seizures usually last three to four hours. Symptoms include vomiting with an extreme headache and sensitivity to light, followed by about 20 hours of sleep.
Over the years we have seen family doctors and he has been advised to take acetaminophen, which he cannot even suppress. The attack lasted 48 hours, so we called an ambulance.
They tried to convince us that it was food poisoning. Is there a specialist we could see? I would be willing to pay.
The mother of a 33-year-old man sent Dr. Ellie wrote to seek help with his migraines that have plagued his life for more than 20 years (picture of model).
Migraines affect one in seven people – and symptoms, which include headaches, can be debilitating. As this letter shows, it is often mistreated.
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In the event of an acute migraine attack, high-dose ibuprofen or aspirin can be used. Soluble aspirin – 900 mg – is especially useful when dissolved in a sugary drink and should be taken at the onset of symptoms. These drugs can be used with an anti-vomiting drug – there are some you should try, and they may come as a tablet that dissolves in the mouth called a buccal preparation.
Triptans are migraine drugs that can be used for seizures with or without normal pain relief. Sumatriptan is the most common and something that a family doctor can prescribe in one of two doses. Other triptans are available if that doesn’t help, and they can be a tablet, but also a nasal spray or “melts” that dissolve on the tongue, which can be useful if vomiting is a problem.
In addition to treating seizures, general practitioners should offer preventative treatment to reduce the severity and frequency of migraines.
This would certainly be considered if migraines have a significant impact on the quality of life and functioning. Those affected can prevent migraines themselves by avoiding triggers such as caffeine, dehydration, and lack of sleep.
Beta blockers can be prescribed to help prevent migraines, and national guidelines for treating migraines suggest that acupuncture and the vitamin riboflavin can also be of benefit. The Migraine Trust (migrainetrust.org) provides excellent support and advice to anyone with a migraine.
Does odor training actually work against anosmia? I lost my sense of smell after getting Covid last December and it still hasn’t come back. I’ve seen these kits online, but they’re pretty expensive. I just wonder if it is better to wait as I am told that it will get better on its own eventually.
Loss of your sense of smell has become one of the defining symptoms of Covid, and for some it persists for more than three months.
It is believed that half of the people who had Covid had a loss of sense of smell caused by the virus’ effects on nerves.
Professionals recommend anyone who has had more than two weeks of odor loss to explore odor training. It works and slowly helps the nerves to recognize smells again.
Loss of your sense of smell has become one of the defining symptoms of Covid, and for some it persists for more than three months
You may find yourself sniffing at least four different smells twice a day for several months. Although expensive kits – small jars that essentially contain perfume – are sold, there is actually a free online program developed by the AbScent charity and supported by the British Rhinological Society. It’s called Nosewell and can be found at abscent.org/nosewell.
They sell kits, but they also offer advice on how to make your own out of things you may already own or that are easy to get, like lemon, floral scents, eucalyptus, and cloves.
Even before Covid, the loss of the sense of smell was recognized by doctors as a serious illness.
Failure to enjoy food or pleasant scents can have a significant impact on a person’s life. More importantly, people cannot smell, or even taste, smoke, fire, or gas leaks, or smell whether the food is out of order.
Without a sense of smell, it is important to be aware of these dangers and to take precautionary measures in household security measures, e.g. B. with smoke alarms.
For more than five years I have suffered from digestive problems that lead to extreme gas and gas. When it started I had a lot of tests and none of them found anything. Right now I’m going through a bad patch where I’m very bloated. When I cross my arms, I can let them rest on my stomach. What could help
Bloating is a difficult symptom. It seems minor but is very uncomfortable and can be a sign of something serious.
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It is important to distinguish between gas, which occurs and occurs at different levels, and gas, which is always there.
In a woman, puffiness that is always there without pacing up and down can be a sign of ovarian cancer and must therefore always be discussed with a doctor.
Colon cancer should also be ruled out.
Flatulence, which goes up and down at different levels, possibly related to food, can often be due to irritable bowel syndrome.
Other symptoms include abdominal pain and abnormal bowel habits.
Triggers can be high fiber foods like bran, brown rice, carbonated drinks, and even caffeine and alcohol.
If problems persist, a referral can be made to a nutritionist to investigate what is known as the low-FODMAP diet. FODMAPs are an umbrella term for a wide variety of foods that appear to be healthy, but actually cause a lot of gas and symptoms in the gut.
These include apples, nectarines, broccoli, and cabbage.
Few are “not suitable” for a vaccine
I keep hearing people claim they couldn’t have the Covid surge “for health reasons”.
Readers have written to me and I heard on the radio that they have high blood pressure or an autoimmune disease and are therefore not eligible for the sting. I am concerned that a misunderstanding has occurred here.
The only groups excluded from vaccination are people with a history of severe allergic reactions to vaccines or any component of the Covid sting.
Even pregnant women are now a priority after studies have shown it is perfectly safe to do so.
A much greater danger to your health is not getting vaccinated. People with underlying diseases are at high risk of serious illness and ultimately death if they contract this dreaded virus.
Get the second push ASAP if you are taking intestinal drug
Patients with bowel disease who are taking a specific drug need to be extra careful after their Covid shock.
Studies have shown that people taking infliximab, which is prescribed for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, have minimal response to the first dose of vaccine.
Infliximab, which is also prescribed to patients with certain types of arthritis, dampens the immune system that powers these diseases.
Studies have shown that people taking infliximab, which is prescribed for Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, have minimal response to the first dose of vaccine
However, the study results show that, unfortunately, it can also interfere with the immune response to the vaccine.
Research has shown that the second dose of Covid vaccine properly boosts the immune system and provides good protection against Covid.
Those on infliximab who received only one dose shouldn’t worry – but they should continue to take precautions against Covid and give their second dose a priority.