Sunday, December 23, 2007

Holiday Blues

"Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays" sometimes don't make you feel so merry and happy. Holiday blues - feeling sad and lonely - is common during this time of year. The causes are many and include unrealistic expectations, memories of past holidays, having to deal with family or inability to be with family, stress, finances, and fatigue. Often these symptoms are short-lived, but they can be intense.

Some helpful do's and don'ts from University of Maryland Medical Center are:
Do give yourself a break - everything doesn't have to be a Hallmark moment. It's OK if the meals aren't perfect or you haven't found time to decorate the house. Do let go of the past and create new ways to celebrate. Do spend time with people who care about you. Organize your time and set realistic expectations. Find someone to talk to, a friend, family member, doctor or counselor.

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Holidays and thank you for your blog. It is helpful.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Razavi,

I was temporarily on Lortab for extremely severe menstrual cramps/contractions. I'll most likely start birthcontrol in the coming month which my doctor thinks will help regulate the pain. I do wonder why, though, I still feel the pain while on Lortab. How do our bodies work to painkillers and why do they sometimes not block the pain? Many of the painkillers I have been prescribed in the past either work temporarily or not at all. I am puzzled...and a little concerned that if I ever need to have surgery that the painkiller in the anesthesia will not work for me. Just trying to figure out why I find little success with pain meds for controlling pain.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Razavi,
I posted the above email about pain med. I have been asked to participate in a new clinical study where pain medication is inserted into the vagina followed by a tampon for analgesic purposes. I have never participated in a clinical study before and am wondering what you would suggest one to take in consideration before participating in clinical trials. I would be participating in the Phase II of the trial. I am in my childbearing years and want to protect the ability to have children. What would you recommend I ask or do in regards to a clinical trial? I know it's a personal decision but any input would help me feel better that I am asking the right questions and considering things appropriately to make an informed choice.

Answer only if you can and have the time.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Sorry. I didn't realize you had so many readers. Please delete at least the last comment/question I wrote above. It is a little too detailed.
Thanks.

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It stated that it had found positive pain reliving results using a magnetic bracelet. This was an independent study, which has been widely reported in publications and on the Internet.

The study did not name the product but it was the Bioflow Magnetic Bracelet that was used and until now it has only been available from sources in Europe. Now it is in the USA for the first time, which gives American consumers a higher level of protection if the product does not live up to expectations.

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Two groups were given non-magnetic or low magnetic bracelets. They felt little change in their condition.

But those given a Bioflow magnetic bracelet felt a significant reduction in pain. Changes in pain were recorded using a recognized pain-scoring scale.

No one in the study knew which type of bracelet they were wearing.

The Arthritis Research Campaign of Great Britain funded the study

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The study took place over a 12-week period at Peninsular Hospital, Plymouth, England

The BMJ insists on a high level of integrity in any trial they publish. For full details of the report go to www.bmj.com

While the FDA in the United States has not approved the use of static magnets for the relief of magnetic pain they do not warn against it. In a 1999 study of patients it was found 18% had used magnetic or copper devices to relieve pain. It was estimated then that Americans spent $500 million per year on such products making this the second most popular alternative therapy for pain relief after chiropractic.

The FDA goes on to say that in the studies that did find benefits from magnetic therapy, many have shown those benefits very quickly. This suggests that if a magnet does work, it should not take very long for the user to start noticing the effect. Therefore, people may wish to purchase magnets with a 30-day return policy and return the product if they do not get satisfactory results within 1 to 2 weeks.

Given this advice it is understandable Americans would be a little wary about buying the Bioflow magnetic bracelet from a source in Europe. Now there is a company that has a stock in California and is offering a full 90-day money back guarantee. By:Lee Strong

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precoms said...

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