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DR JAMES WRIGHT HEALTH COLUMN No. 532
Sun, 9th December 2018
 

Questions & Answers

 
HEADACHES

Q: 

Is there any proof that sex causes headaches, to confirm the oft repeated saying "Not tonight dear I have a headache?"

A: 

Yes, according to a recent study in the Lancet medical magazine. When 200 patients with severe migraine-like "cluster headaches" were examined, over-heating from any cause was noted in most. Exercise, a hot bath, alcohol, air conditioning was present in others. Intercourse, was a relevant cause in several! It may yet be a valid excuse with some!

 
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DEPRESSION

Q: 

We hear/read terrible stories about the adverse effect of some of the new anti-depressant anxiety medication. What does a person believe?

A: 

For genuine cases the relatively new family, commonly referred to as the SSRIs, may produce an amazing helpful effect. Persons doomed to a life of misery may soon return to their normal happy selves. It must be seen (or even experienced) to be believed. However, they are often abused, and over used, often for the wrong reason. This is unwise. Under proper supervision they are fine. Adverse effects are minimum and rarely seen. Their benefits outweigh risks. Keep in touch with your doctor and take medication only as prescribed.

 
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MP PROBLEMS

Q: 

Are there any natural remedies to help women with monthly problems?

A: 

The sage and chaste tree have been used for centuries. Chaste berries are made into a tea, one tsp ripe berries to the cup, used one to three times a day according to results, Michael Baines, my herbalist expert says. A fresh sprig of sage to a cup of water often relieves hot flushes and other symptoms. Angelica, chilli, and Guelder-rose have also been used. However, ideally seek some professional guidance. I am not advocating their use.

 
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DOCTOR SHOPPING

Q: 

What is meant by "Doctor Shopping"?

A: 

In its true sense, it means patients who jump from doctor-to-doctor, often for the same illness or medication. This is frequently an un-necessary abuse of the government funded health system, and is not recommended. In fact, many of these people have now been identified. There were 13,000 in 1996, but with observation and surveillance, this has dropped to around 9,500. The Computer is silently tracking your activities. Do not ask multiple doctors for sedatives, tranquillisers and pain killers. Stick with your one trusted GP.

 
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TELLY

Q: 

The more telly I watch, the more jittery I become. I thought it was supposed to be a sedative.

A: 

In a recent 30 second commercial I counted at least 70 changes of scene, wording or other rapid movements, accompanied to a shrill voice, and music that set my teeth on edge. Relaxation? Fat chance. Stress, stress, stress! Wham, Wham, bang, crash!! If you want peace of mind, go for a pleasant walk in a park, down the road - smell the roses, pat the dogs, say "Hi" to a passer-by. That is real peace of mind. Enough said?

 
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HAY FEVER

Q: 

What is the best way to treat fairly severe hay fever causing nasal blockage, running eyes, itches all over and lethargy?

A: 

Many do well on a steroid nasal spray inhaled daily. These affect only the tissues of the nose and are not dangerous. If symptoms continue, add an oral anti-histamine tablet once or twice a day. If still inadequate, referral to an allergist or immunologist for tests may result in an oral or injection desensitisation routine which may successfully last for many years. Talk to your GP.

 
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HEART ATTACKS

Q: 

Why do so many heart attacks occur in the early morning?

A: 

According to a new report in the British Medical Journal, waking up in the morning puts a strain on the heart because of a sudden surge in blood pressure and heart rate. Similarly, waking up after an afternoon siesta is no better. Also, the lack of physical exercise associated with snoozing is also a factor. Sorry for this.

 
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ULCERS

Q: 

You often extol the value of dark honey in healing wounds and ulcers. How does one go about this? Just slap on honey?

A: 

Not quite. Acute ulcers usually heal of their own accord using the bodys internal healing mechanism. Long term ones are often mucky and large and deep. Ideally, they should first be assessed by your GP or ideally an ulcer clinic, now available in most major centres. Honey may play a significant part, but ideally under the care of the physician or wound care specialist.

 
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SHOULDER PAIN

Q: 

If I go for a brisk walk using my walking stick, I often notice a painful right shoulder soon after.

A: 

Your stick is probably too long, and is at the wrong angle, constantly forcing the shoulder upwards with each step. Use the stick at 45 degrees to the footpath, so that shoulders are level. If they are not, cut a bit off the end until they are equal. I am sure this will solve the problem. Sticks are primarily to help avoid falls.

 
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HEALTH DRINK

Q: 

You often speak about your special "lime, honey, cloves health drink", but how long after adding the ingredients before drinking it?

A: 

Add 2 thin slices of lime to a cup of boiling water, half tsp dark honey and 2 cloves. Stir, mash the lime, until the green skin turns yellow. Then sip slowly. It is full of vitamin C, anti-oxidants, is relaxing, soothing, warms the body and makes you feel good. It is also a mild diuretic. Totally drug free, and beats tea/coffee hands down, in my opinion. Try it!

 
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This health advice is general in nature. You are advised to seek medical attention from your doctor or health care provider for your own specific symptoms and circumstances.

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