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Can a person have body dysmorphic disorder and see things that are not there without obsessing?
Can one have body dysmorphic disorder and see body problems that arn't there and not obsess over them?Or in order to say one has this do their whole lives have to be focused on the issue?
jill@doodle
07/15/07
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  The diagnostic criteria require that the patient suffer "clinically important distress" or "impaired work, social, or personal functioning." Admittedly these are rather vague descriptions, but I believe they both reflect some degree of obsession. [In fact OCD is sometimes comorbid with BDD].

So if a (hypothetical) patient perceived some imaginary disfigurement and wasn't particularly concerned about it, I suppose BDD would be excluded as a diagnosis. The answer to the question would then be: a person cannot have BDD without obsessing over their appearance.

That hypothetical case seems very unlikely to me, but I have no proof that it couldn't happen.
TFV
07/15/07
why body dysmorphic disorder can be frequently confused with addiction?
I was my chatting with my friends when our topic shifted to body dysmorphic disorder. I know this is a disorder where you dislike your own body, but most of my friend associate this is addiction. How can this be associated with addiction? Any insights is appreciated.
Grace
03/17/09
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  I think that it depends on the context that body dysmorphic disorder is in. I think that it is the cause and an addiction is the effect. Say, for example, that someone doesn't like the way they look, so they develop body dysmorphic disorder. This might drive them to be anorexic and/or bulimic, which are both serious eating disorders and the effect of the body dysmorphic disorders; anorexia and bulimia are both considered special types of food addictions. If this happens, then I would say that it could lead to an addiction, but wouldn't necessarily be an addiction in of itself. However, I'm strictly talking about a dislike of someone's body with respect to weight. If we're talking about body dysmorphic disorder because of something like an acne breakout or someone's skin tone, then I wouldn't call it an addiction at all; I'd call it a complex. However, I can see where the argument for an addiction would come from.
Travis K
03/19/09
How do i know if i have body dysmorphic disorder?
How can i tell if i have body dysmorphic disorder My mom thinks i do and all my friends think i care too much about my looks, but im not sure what to think. I am only 15 so i didnt think i could have this disorder. I am already saving up to get plastic surgery but i didnt think it was that big of a deal. How do i know if i have it, and how can i get help if i do
Breana
08/26/10
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  View: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Body_dysmorphic_disorder?open Only use a small hand mirror to check appearance, so just a small part of the body may be seen at a time, yet anything wrong will still be immediately apparent; cover (taping over/painting) full length mirrors. Check out www.bddcentral/mainpage2.aspx and http://www.ocdla.com/bodydysmorphicdisor… and www.mental-health-abc.com and www.psychforums.com/viewforum.php and http://p066.ezboard.com/bbodydysmorphicd… and http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/b… and http://bddvictims.lefora.com/headlines/ and http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/search/?cx=partner-pub-0124503147806353%3A98oafg-am73&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=bdd&sa=Search#1023 Practice a relaxation method, daily, and when needed, such as www.drcoxconsulting.com/managing-stress.… or http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody… and/or Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. Other things worth trying: Enter "EFT" in the searchbar, at www.mercola.com (free), & "EFT therapists (professional is recommended) a good tryout, to see if it helps you. There is a version for use in public places, (you could claim to have a headache, as you use the acupressure massage/tapping on your temples, but you would then be restricted to subvocalising: repeating to yourself in your mind): "Even though I have a distorted body image, I deeply and completely accept myself". All of these things are designed to bolster the central sense of identity, enable emotional centering, and changing the focus from that of a person's appearance. When you notice something negative, such as: "Why can't I be beautiful, like those in movies, and magazines?", or a disturbing image, recognise that this is generated by the negative part of your mind.

After identifying it, visualise a large red "STOP!" sign, and/or possibly a stern faced person wagging an index finger at you in a negative manner, then say to yourself as forcefully as you can, even aloud in a big voice, if alone: "I know this tactic: GO AWAY FOR A WHILE !!!" You may want to use either: "ruse", "ploy", "game", or "trick", instead of "tactic". In the case of an image, visualise a large "STOP" sign, or your preferred version. Some people go so far as to keep a wide rubber band in their pocket, then put it around their wrist, when they catch themselves backsliding, stretch and release it, as a method of reprogramming their mind sooner, but I don't regard it as being strictly necessary. Remember to remove it, afterwards, if you use this method. It may well be worthwhile going to the Groups, at Myspace, Google, and Yahoo, and discuss it with them. Read "Picture perfect : what you need to feel better about your body" Jill S. Zimmerman Rutledge. by Health Communications, c2007, & The BDD Workbook: Overcome Body Dysmorphic Disorder and End Body Image Obsessions - Paperback 2002 by James Claiborn and Cherry Pedrick, & The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder - Paperback 2005 by Katharine A. Phillips M.D., & The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks by Thomas F. Cash from your bookstore, or Amazon.com Try the support groups, chat sites, and forums: www.bddcentral.com & http://www.thebddfoundation.org/self_hel… & http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/…
Jerry
08/26/10
Can perfectionism connect to body dysmorphic disorder?
I have been a 'procrasinating perfectionist' sense I was around 10. Could this be connected to body dysmorphic disorder? I have recently seen stuff about myself that I have'nt seen before. Like my face is too wide and my skin is a mess, my eye aren't bright enough, my teeth aren't white...so on so on. Could these be connected?
XD
08/11/11
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What makes body dysmorphic disorder an obstacle?
I'm doing a research project on Body Dysmorphic Disorder and one of the questions is: What makes it an obstacle/ What difficulties are experienced? I don't know how to answer this. please help me. (:
Janna
12/09/10
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  If someone has body dysmorphic disorder, every day can be a challenge. Doing simple things like going to a grocery store or even looking at yourself in a mirror can be extremely stressful. Being seen by other people is usually a huge stressor. People with this disorder can't stand the way they look and do not want to be seen by anybody, even themselves.
Tori_Biohazard
12/10/10
What do I do when I have body dysmorphic disorder?
http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-body-dysmorphic-disorder

Of course, my mom doesn't believe me. She says people just like to "diagnosis themselves". It's so annoying. I already know that I have BDD. I'm definitely sure because it fits perfectly with how I act about my looks.

I heard you have to see a psychiatrist/therapist? How do I do that when my mom doesn't even believe me? It's like I have no one to talk to. >.<
Me :)
06/05/09
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  go to doctors and ask them!
if ur mum wont listen to u then u need some1 who will thats y its best to see people who no wat there doing! ie. [doctor]

dont diagnoise urself, EVER!

If u think theres something not quite right then go to ur doctor and tell them everything ur feeling! dont be embarressed either cuz its all private so nobody will no that u have been!
Mataos
06/05/09
can you still have Body Dysmorphic Disorder BDD if you eat?
i have all the signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder BDD , ecxept i still eat, so does that mean i cant have it? or does it still mean i have it?
Chocolate_Love
08/24/09
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  From what I've read (which wasn't much so...) BDD isn't the same as an eating disorder.
You obsess about some part of your body which is 'ugly' and you keep worrying about that part...so much so that disrupts your daily life.
People with BDD don't necessarily starve themselves because it's not their weight their obsessed about but 'how bent their nose looks' or 'how small their fingers are'...random examples :P

So ya...you could still suffer from BDD but I'd seek professional advice if you really want to be sure.
Sihiding
08/24/09
How do you get body Dysmorphic Disorder?
I'm asking seriously, I think I may have it. How does someone get it? How do you know if you have it? What are signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder? Heeelpp.
Rachelle
10/09/10
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  Body dysmorphic disorder for me was false realization that because I wasn't the way I'd like myself to look, I'd never get anywhere in life. It came spontaneously, but I have a feeling high school bullying over a slow and long period of time had a prominent effect.

About a year ago, my skin was covered in severe acne. I cried every night in heart break and jealousy of people with decent skin. About nine months ago, I developed body dysmorphic disorder. I would literally spend hours upon hours looking in the mirror, crying my eyes out. My lowest point was in June, when I tried to kill myself by overdosing on pills.

Don't worry, I know where you're coming from. I think lack of people truly knowing where you're coming from is a dangerous down side to this disorder, at least for me. It caused severe loneliness and isolation, which I think is why the disorder stuck with me so significantly.

I used to passionately despise people who treated the situation like a simple fix, ignorant people who didn't know where I was coming from, or the severity of the situation. I'm a lot better now, and I was surprised by how fast I progressed, and how quickly this horrible mentality of mine went away. Do you want to know what cured me? Activity, dedication, goal, love, and a passionate sacrifice. That sacrifice for me was art. Did you know most people who suffer from this disorder are artistic?

While these duties may seem simple, they require a lot of emotion and motivation. I encourage you to work on them as a distraction, it will pay off in the long run.
Exo
10/12/10
Can anyone give me some information on Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
Can anyone give me some information on Body Dysmorphic Disorder? I'm curious what are some common signs one might have it, some symptoms, etc? Thank you!
Pisces Sweetheart
05/03/11
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  When someone is EXTREMELY worried about how they look to the point that they get depression. Not getting enough potassium, copper, iron, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin B5, and/or vitamin B2 could make Body Dysmorphic Disorder worse, because these nutrients effect our emotions.
skittlesss
05/03/11
This girl I have recently gotten very close with just told me she has body dysmorphic disorder how can I help?
This girl I have recently gotten very close with just told me she has body dysmorphic disorder how can I help?
Cubbies wha'ts another year?
02/09/10
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  That's very considerate of you. Don't give her a hard time about it, and don't try to rationalize with her. She doesn't see what you see when you look at her, really. Keep her distracted from her inner world wherever possible and don't make any issues about appearance. Help to build up her self esteem and make your moments together happy ones.
Ben 2.0
02/09/10
How effective is the EMSAM patch in treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
My doctor is talking about possibly putting me on this in 4 weeks. Anyone tried this before? How did it help you?
Also, will it interact with my birth control pill (Yaz), since it's an MAOI?

Yes, I'm in therapy. Please do not suggest that. Thanks! :)
MJ
04/07/07
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  I have heard of the patch and it may be effective. Be sure your doctor knows all the medicines you take and use the same pharmacy with a drug interactions computer.

I have been told by the drug reps that it does not have the MAO interactions at lower doses, but check with your doctor.
spiritualjourneyseeker
04/07/07
do i have Body Dysmorphic Disorder or am i ugly?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_dysmorphic_disorder


i look in the mirror and see something HIDEOUS. then my friends and family say i'm beautiful and they say there's lots of guys who like me. But it doesn't make sense, I mean is there something wrong with my eyes because i physically can see how ugly I am? WTF?
Phoenix Lightman
10/18/10
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  You most likely suffer from BDD. I know, it's weird, but trust me...I've heard this story before a million times...Girl is absolutely convinced she's horribly deformed but actually isn't and her friends and family just don't see it...Your ugliness is probably all in your head, but I don't know how ugly you are. If you WERE ugly, then someone would've told you that.
Gnoll Gnerd
10/18/10
Will a CT Scan show Attention Deficit Disorder?
I have what I think is major depressive disorder, but having recently switched psychiatrists my new one now wants me to go for a CT scan to rule out any possibility of another disorder - which I'll soon be attending. The only other disorder that this could possibly be, at least from my perspective, is Attention Deficit Disorder. Would a CT Scan show the brain abnormalities associated with the disorder?
endlessnameless111
10/21/08
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  No, your doctor wants to rule out physical abnormalities with your brain. Mental disorders don't show up on CT scans because they are problems with the neurotransmitters and are not like tumors or strokes. I have schizoaffective disorder and my CT shows a healthy brain when I went in for migraine headaches.
Pick A Winner
10/21/08
What is the best way to support someone with panic disorder?
What would be an example of a supportive person or friend to someone who has panic disorder? I have panic disorder, and sometimes it feels like I have lost those who were the most important to me. What are ways people can support those with panic disorder? I am just so scared all the time, and it is also a load to have to take care of others (not children, mind you, but other people's problems).
ellagirl
02/18/11
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  I guess a friend would support you by reaching out to you regularly, whether in person or over the phone, so that you would not be so isolated. A panic disorder is worse when you are alone all the time. Although millions of people struggle with panic or anxiety, if you are the one with the problem, you often feel all alone. You often feel ashamed of this "weakness" so you don't have the courage to reach out to others. It's important that those who care about you help challenge you to get out. I would say a walk, or a trip to the gym would be great activities.

A supportive person also knows or learns how to set healthy boundaries. They can't be JUST a sounding board if you (the one with anxiety) want to constantly talk about and vent your anxiety. They should know how to set healthy boundaries - it's good for both of you. An example would be saying firmly but kindly, "I'll listen to you complain or vent for 5 minutes, then you'll need to switch the subject or I'll be getting off the phone for now." The truth is, the person trying to "run the anxiety through you" is not served well by dwelling on the anxiety either. They need to learn to think about other more positive things; it will help them feel more "normal" and lessen the isolation as well because more people will want to be around them.
Miriam M
02/21/11
Bipolar DIsorder?
Can Untreated Depression or Major Depressive Disorder turn into Bipolar Disorder and/or psychosis?
I nd Help
07/14/08
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  its not the un-treating it makes it turn into bipolar but more that the manic side of bipolar was just lay dormant waiting for something to trigger it off.
take care good luck
lisa1cares
07/14/08
Panic disorder?
I havent been diagnosed with panic disorder yet but Im sure I will be as I have them everyday and I have done for about 6 to seven months and they just keep getting worse.
What Im worried about is sometimes I get extremely depressed, is that part of panic disorder and will medication for it help it go away?

Thanks in advance
x
Cellar Door.
10/06/07
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  My mom is on zoloft to help with her depression and anxiety- panic attacks. She's been on them for about a year and she hasn't had anymore panic attacks. She seems like a much happier person now.
mommyof2
10/06/07
What is the difference between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?
I see some symptoms in common between the 2, but is bipolar disorder more extreme? and how can borderline personality disorder be cured?
Lola
09/17/10
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  Bipolar is a chemical imbalance in the brain and Borderline is a set of learned behaviors and thoughts that were developed to cope with a traumatic childhood. Borderline does not have a chemical component so meds do not help with Borderline. The mood swings in Bipolar last for weeks or months and do not have triggers. The mood swings in Borderline are triggered by events and only last hours or at most a couple of days and they can change in a flash. People with Bipolar can be overly emotional and dramatic but usually only when in a manic episode. Borderlines are like that all the time. People with Borderline tend to self harm and have eating disorders while you do not see this as much in Bipolar. Those with Borderline tend to be very dramatic and have certain behaviors and ways of seeing things that are unique to Borderline, they have an intense fear of abandonment, they tend to see thing in black and white only (things are either very good or completely evil, nothing in between), they love you one minute then hate you the next without much in between. They tend to self harm and threaten suicide as a way to manipulate people, ie: threatening suicide during a fight then swallowing a handful of tylenol in front of the person who made them mad... knowing the person will stop them and that the tylenol will not hurt them. Someone with Bipolar who is suicidal will more likely isolate themselves and attempt suicide quietly and with conviction. Really the only similarity is the mood swings but even those are very different in the two disorders. What make is difficult is that people with Bipolar often ALSO have Borderline. As Bipolar runs in families someone may have also had a parent with Bipolar and developed Borderline as a way to cope with their tumultuous childhood.....

It is impossible so say which is more extreme as people have anywhere from ild to completely debilitating cases so an extreme case of Bipolar is worse than a mild case of Borderlien and visa versa. Bipolar can be treated with medication but Borderline can not. Meds can be used to treat some of the symptoms but not the disorder itself. The only cure for Borderline is therapy and until recently even that was not very helpful. People with Borderline tend to see their disorder as being part of who they are. For instance, my sister in law (ex sister in law) has it and she just says she is a "hot tempered latin chick" and she thinks it is sexy.. she refuses to admit that it might be her fault that she cannot maintain a relationship and cannot keep a job for more than 6 months because she is so nasty to other people.... She likes how she is. They usually end up seeing the therapist as the enemy who is trying to take away their personality and they stop going to therapy... or they see it as hopeless and cling to that, "I CAN'T get better, it's not my fault I have a disorder, pity me". Those with Borderline get a bad rap (so do those with Bipola but more so with Borderline), they can be EXTREMELY difficult to be around but they are in tremdous pain..... that does nto change the fact that they are difficult but they are not just bitchy and manipulative as some people think.

I once heard Borderline described as being "an emotional burn victim", they have no protective skin over their emotions.... they are always on the surface and always raw and they have little control over them.
Rebecca Morgan
09/17/10
INVEGA ER (Paliperidone) 9mg Have you used it and for which disorder?
say's its used for Schizophrenia , bipolar mania, and Schizoaffective disorder. Now i was prescribed it for a mood stabilizer For IED (Intermittent explosive disorder ) and Bipolar Disorder NOS .I also have severe ADHD (being treated for successfully) and anxiety and extreme insomnia ( have a temporary solution for now Clonipin )But what has your experiencee been with this drug ?what side effects has it caused ? weight gain or headaches? would you recommendd it for my diagnosis ?what was you treated for with it ? how old are you and what sex are you .Thank you so much or any input***NOTE SPELL CHECK ISNT CO_OPERATING SO PLEASE NOTHING RUDE ON MY GRAMMER thanks
gsmom
02/02/10
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  Paliperidone is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia. It may be used alone or together with other medicines to treat patients with schizoaffective disorder. This medicine should not be used to treat behavioral problems in older adult patients who have dementia.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Take Paliperidone exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

Take care as always!
canada_winnipeg_man
02/06/10
Bipolar disorder?
I'm writing a book. Anyone have any experience with living with a parent/loved one with bipolar disorder? I'm particularly interested in the mania stage of the disease. The mother in my book has it and rarely, if ever (I'm in planning stages) goes through the depressive stage. Mainly just mania. Any comments/anything I need to know?
I may describe the depressive side, but it isn't actually required to have the disorder. I do know a little bit of what's required for diagnosis, but I don't know what it's like to be around someone who has the disorder.
barlow_girl87
01/28/06
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  I dated a woman once who was bi-polar. Every time she went through a depressive stage I would hold her in my arms all night long and tell her everything was going to be ok. She would tell me about why she was sad and I would stay with her until it was over. One time I asked her what was wrong and she told me she didn't like her toothbrush. That was when I realized that she would never be better, that I couldn't take all her pain away, that I was helpless with her problems.

Later, I went into healthcare. At one point I got one of my MR residents diagnosed as bi-polar (they incorrectly thought he had obsessive compulsive disorder). When he was manic he would be easily distracted, in the middle of a conversation he would start cleaning his apartment because it was dirty. He would do this for hours at a time even if there were other more pressing things to do. When he finally had a depressive episode he would lie in bed and lack the energy to even get up. The medicine helped but left him feeling like he couldn't experience emotions (it took the highs & lows away).

I remember a third person who was obsessed with germs, when she was in a manic state she would shower dozens of times a day. She would actually run her books and notebooks through the dishwasher to keep them germ free.

Manic Depressive behaviour often looks a lot like OCD, except in OCD people realize what they are doing is silly - they just don't feel comfortable not doing it. With bipolar they don't realize there is anything wrong with thier behaviour.

It can be very difficult to live with someone with Bipolar, and it requires a special kind of love.

Good luck with the book :-)

NOTE: manic / depressive cycles are very long, usually weeks or months... shorter cycles (hours or days) are a different disorder.
fthnature
02/04/06
Chemists/ Doctors. If someone had an eating disorder that the doctor didn't know about...?
My friend has an eating disorder, she is with me now, and she hasn't told the doctor. If the dr. has prescribed her maxolon tablets (metoclopramide hydrochloride) and prochroloperazine and omeprazole, which one would be the best one to take? to stop an eating disorder? need professional advice please.
Meg M
11/12/08
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  Wait - omeprazole and metoclopramide are for heartburn and nausea - they won't stop eating disorders. But never take any medications with eating disorders that you haven't told your doctor about - some medicines we prescribe need food to dissolve and take effect.
arnypal
11/12/08
What do you think about Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit HyperActivity Disorder?
I am working on a presentation about ADD/ADHD and I need some personal feedback. What do YOU think about this ADD/ADHD phenomenon? Do you think it’s over-diagnosed? Do you think it even exists? Are you diagnosed with it? Can you tell me about some of your struggle?

Any opinion about Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
Ashley
03/12/08
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  I am 14 years old and I have ADD.
My elementary years were terrible...i wasn't a behavior problem (most girls aren't) but I couldn't keep my mind on one thing. I fidget all the time... I multi-task and I have a very short attention span. I was diagnosed with ADD last year and at first I was upset. Why LABEL me with this disorder? I found out more about it and it's actually a breath of fresh air to know that that was the reason I couldn't keep many friends (communication problems) and that's why I always felt different.

My older sister has it too...diagnosed when she was 18. She's 27 now. She says that when she makes love, its hard for her to enjoy it because she has so many racing thoughts and that creates relationship problems.
Ashley
03/20/08
How can someone get drugs for bipolar disorder for free or at a reduced cost?
A friend of mine is unable to pay for a psychiatrist to prescribe drugs for her bipolar disorder. She has been clinically diagnosed and her bipolar disorder is seriously affecting her quality of life and she is unable to function normally. She is having suicidal thoughts and she really needs help. Are there any gov't agencies that can help her?
Princess Anne
02/02/09
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  If you are in America there are usually psychiatric emergency departments at a hospital. They will either give you samples, or a prescription to be filled at that hospital for low cost. It's usually a long wait to be seen, and the hospitals are usually teaching hospitals - but she will be seen and hopefully helped.

Also, check out local agencies in your area, such as clinics, case management, and behavioral services.
TIAJ
02/02/09
Can anexsia be prescriped if it helps patient with eating disorder?
my good friend has an eating disorder. She was prescribed Anexsia for another physical pain. She said since being on the medication, she no longer has the urge to purge, or binge and feels totally normal again, and eats normal! Could this become a treatment for the eating disorder she has had for 7 years?
Zigmo
07/17/07
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  No. This medication is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen which is a narcotic used for pain. It is very habit forming so she would be trading one problem for another. It would not be a healthy or beneficial solution. She really needs counseling to deal with her eating disorder whic would be far more wise than forming an addiction to a pain killer!
ilse72
07/18/07
Bipolar Disorder?
I saw a web site for Bipolar disorder people to date,In other words, Bipolar disorder dating site.Is this a good idea,2 people with the same diorder.Would like feedback on this.
Cherokee
12/02/06
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  I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder myself, and quite honestly, I think it is a horrible idea for two people with this disorder to date.

I want to be able to have a normal love life, not a relationship that focuses on Bipolar.
karthrevived
12/03/06
How soon will Depakote help someone with bipolar straiten their moods out, What about Borderline Personality D?
My husband has been on Depakote for about a week now and I was wondering if anyone knew what kind of effect it would have on each disorder. He is being hospitalized now and they diagnosed him with Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar. What effects will depakote have on each disorder and how soon will I see a difference?
I Love Richard KHC
11/12/10
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  I may not answer your question the way you would expect but telling you what happened in my case may be helpful to you.
I was put on Divalproex Sodium (Depakote) for the same diagnosis as your husband. As far as my agitated mania was concerned it proved to be useless. It was difficult for my psychiatrist to ascertain whether this medicine was having any therapeutic use in my case at all. Even if Depakote would have shown clear therapeutic efficacy, the serious problem was the rapid weight gain. I gained so much weight that I was diagnosed with 'Postural Hypertension.' This is reversible, as it was in my case, after I was taken off of Depakote.
Later I was put on Lithium which has proved very effective in controlling my mood swings. Carbemezepine, an anti epileptic drug is also considered as potent drug in treating Bipolar Disorder.
As far as Borderline Personality Disorder is concerned I am doing really fine. No drug is really indicated for this problem. In my opinion to suggest a drug, or prescribe one simply does not make sense. Psychotherapy is what usually works, as it did in my case. Most important is reflection, introspection, which would end up working. These words may seem complicated but the actual process of reflection, introspection become very natural as time goes by.
I hope this helps atleast somewhat. Good luck, hope your husband feels better.
Nigam
11/13/10
bipolar disorder?
My 14 year old brother has bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, fetal alchol syndrome, and oppositional difiance disorder. He and i were severely abused by my biological mother for many years, and all of the non-genetic disorders are results of the abuse. My biological mother also had many mental disorders, including the bipolar, which she passed on to him. I managed to escape the situtation with only bad memories and bruises. Why does he have so many problems and i have none? I am not saying that i want any of them, just wondering how i managed to not get them.
We have since been adopted and our entire family is in therapy. The therapist says that i have moved past my issues and have "healed", but because of my brother we are still in therapy.
hardcore_angel
06/27/06
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  The reason it passed you by is because the universe wants and needs you to be there for your brother. Coming from the background that you did I am so glad that you are both in counseling.
diaryofamadblackman
06/28/06
How do you cope with seasonal affective disorder?
I have seasonal affective disorder. I have a hard time wanting to get out of bed and do anything in the winter time. Does anyone else have this? Any ideas how to cope with this disorder?
Does anyone know where you can find those lights to aid SAD?
Realtorific
02/03/09
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  I absolutely hate winter and the grey skies. It's so despressing. Try guided imagery. There are CDs out there for relaxation/mediatation purposes. Get one where the person talks you through the "imagery" Many will talk about peaceful, warm, sunny beaches! This does help. Also there are special lights sold to mimic the spectrum of the sun. These also help. I try to do things outside (shop, doctor's appt, etc) on days when it's not TOO COLD. Then when it's totally unbearable i try to stay indoors, and do activities I find entertaining. Or, when possible have company over.
Bunnee
02/03/09
Cymbalta??
Has anyone had success with the body aches/pain part of cymbalta? Has it relieved your anxiety and depression? How would you rate it on a scale from 1 to 10 of other anti-depressants you've tried? I just got put on it because of my body pain along with social anxiety disorder and i was starting to get depressed. Just want to gather some information!! Especially about the PAIN/ACHES part... I really want to know if that helped you!!! Thank you!!!!
only people that have taken the medication...yes i have talked to my doctor.
james_bishop_917
02/25/08
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  I just got put on cymbalta last week for depression. Even with taking as short as I have, I've noticed a change. I feel a little more lively and not as achy as I have been. So far I think I'd rate it at an 8, but that's only after 1 week. I think that it will get better the more I take it.
~*J£$$i©Ã*~
02/27/08
Have clotting disorder, how do I get rid of this odd infection?
I have a myeloproliferative disorder (thrombocythemia) or high clotting factor and polycythemia vera due to JAK-2 genetic mutation and Lupus anticoag positive. I'm on a lot of medicines. Currently taking 1000mg Hydrea (Hydroxyurea) daily as well as 14mg Coumadin and an 81mg baby aspirin, Lamictal 150mg (for epilepsy), Benicar 40mg/12.5 HCT, Protonix for reflux daily. I'm having an odd problem which I'm not sure how to fix because I'm very limited in what antibiotics I can take. I keep getting repetitive yeast infections each month. They go away on their own right around my period. My last CBC showed a 12.7 white blood cell count, platelets were finally normal range at 347. Could the Hydrea be changing the Ph in my body to where certain bacteria are overgrowing and then the hormonal change is bringing them back in check? It's becoming an aggravating issue because I can't seem to shake these infections for longer than a couple or three weeks at a time. Up until I started the Hydrea I'd never even had a yeast infection. I've also been getting minor skin infections on various body areas as well. Is there any way to combat this issue without having to get an antibiotic that will screw my INR up? Sorry I'm so complicated, but I can't help it. There's got to be an answer right?
Adrienne
01/28/11
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How many panic attacks does one have to experience to be diagnosed with Panic Disorder?
I was curious about this. I have been recently diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder and I think I have been also diagnosed with Panic Disorder, but I am not sure. How many panic attacks does someone have to have to be diagnosed with Panic Disorder?
conjunto31
10/22/08
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  Negative emotions (like sadness, stress, anger, etc.) causes your Serotonin production to be low; when your Serotonin level is low, you are more prone to getting Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression, etc.

Medication like Antidepressants (SSRI - Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) helps to boost Serotonin level.

But there are natural ways to do it without medication. There's this strange herb called "St John's Wort" - it is said to be more effective than Prozac. No, it is not for mild depression only and ignore those sayings. In fact, it does help anxiety and panic-attacks as St John's Wort works like prozac. Other natural ways will be exercise, diet, more exposure to light, etc.
The problem is that, even if your Serotonin is balanced... you have that "learned behavior" in your mind. You need to break that initial cycle to destroy that learned behavior - Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) does this. A technique that you can use without CBT will be Distraction... There are several other techniques to help cope them!
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efxdc x
10/22/08
Does luvox cr even do anything?
I used to be taking citalopram 40 mg, which didn't help much at all, then I was switched to luvox cr 100 mg, which so far does absolutely nothing.

Has anyone tried this medicine for panic disorder and social anxiety disorder?
Zachary S
11/06/08
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  Welcome to the wild, wacky world of psychiatric meds. The bad news is that finding the right med or combination of meds is something of a crap shoot. Shrinks look at the statistics of what seems to work for people with a given symptom(s). Then they try to match the symptoms with what med works for the majority of patients. However, patients often react to the same meds differently, so shrinks often have to try another med or add a 2nd med.

40 mg is an average dose of citalopram (celexa) and might help many people with your symptoms. Both celexa and luvox cr are SSRIs, like prozac and paxil. They usually take about 3 weeks to start to work, but sometimes 6 or even 8 weeks.

Since celexa was not helpful, your shrink tried luvox cr. This is chemically similar to celexa. However, 100 mg is a low dose usually given to new patients. The full dose is usually 300 mg. So you have a time lag between the med starting to work, plus you are on a low dose.

One suggestion is just to give the luvox a month or two to see if it helps. You can also express your lack of progress with your shrink. He/she might want to try a different med, possibly one that is not an SSRI. I ain't a doctor but I suggest giving xanax a try. However, it can be habit forming if overused.

Finally, research shows that psychotherapy plus meds usually works better than meds alone or therapy alone. Also, there are many alternative medicine treatments for anxiety. Also, please make sure your doctor is a psychiatrist, not a regular MD. I wish you the best.
YA Junkie
11/07/08
Does anyone know how long it takes Depakote ER to get out of your body once you've stopped taking it?
I have been taking Depakote ER for about two years now for Bi polar Disorder and i suddenly developed a allergic reaction to it. I have now stopped taking it and I am having trouble starting my new medicine. does anyone know how long it takes for all the medicine to get out of my body. because it is causing me to not be able to take my new medication.
.~*Jessica Lea*~.
09/07/08
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  The great or, in this case, not so great, thing about modern psychotropic medication is that it...takes...so...long...to...get...out...of...our...systems. This is true for virtually all of them that were developed later than 1989. All I can recommend is to impress upon your doctor that this is distressing you and you need to start your new meds ASAP. Maybe he/she can help...? Sorry.
brette737
09/07/08
I'm very curious on what my pills for my Disorders and Phobias can do for my body.?
I Suffer from Multiple Disorders and Phobias and I'm curious wat risks can my pills can do for my body.

These are my Minor Disorders and Phobias:

1. Amnesia (Due to Stimulus Thoughts; ADHD)
2. Claustrophobia
3. Tourette Syndrome (Due to Uncontrollable Rage; Intermittent Explosive Disorder)

These are my SEVERE Disorders and Phobias which my Doctor Magnifies:

4. Bi-polar Dis.
5. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder(ADHD)
6. Intermittent Explosive Disorder
7. Obsession Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
8. Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks)
9. Social Phobia
10. Insomnia (Due to Stimulus Thoughts)

I'm Taking these pills and I want to know what they do, what Disorder or Phobia it's having an effect on, what risks I'm taking, and what are the side effects:

Clonazepam - 0.5 MG
Geodon - 80 MG
Bupropion SR - 200 MG
Amitriptyline - 25 MG
Ambien CR - 12.5 MG
Adderall XR - 30 MG (I'm really curious about this pill cause this is new to me because my Doctor just Prescribed a New ADHD pill for me after concerta and vyvanse)

I've been taking everything except Adderall XR for 3 Years and I didn't do much research about my pills, some have been switch with MG and pills and I need a good source that can give me good detail about my pills.

So far I've Taken some Medicine that has affected me to some degree and I got off it like:

Zoloft; (I got a Urinal Tract Infection and went to the Hospital and they stuck something up my pee hole and I had to carry a bag in my leg that was attached to my bladder for a whole weekend, oh boy this is embarrassing)
Lamictal; (My Brain got mini seizures and I kept hearing "BZZT" noises in my Head)
Depakote; (I could literally feel my organs, I can't say much but I think I felt my liver, not really sure but I felt a squeezing pain above my stomach in the right side)
Concerta; (I lost a TON of pounds and muscle which I regret so I asked my Doctor to prescrib me something else and he prescribed me vyvanse and me being a dumbass didn't tell him I was losing muscle and weight and he prescribed me now Adderall XR I hope this one does the trick for my ADHD)

I get my Blood Tested every 6 months and I recently got my Results and I'm as healthy as the next guy now (Thank God) So I'm kinda scared Adderall will have a Major effect like Concerta

If I'm in the wrong section of yahoo please direct me to the right one.

PS. You don't have to write me a whole summary I will give anyone a thumbs up if you put effort and thought in your opinions and sources.
Glen Eric
07/10/09
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  Well I have worked in a hospital pharmacy for 7 years so I know what drugs your talkin bout. I think the very best thing to do is speak to your pharmacists were you get your prescriptions from. As you know the ambien is to sleep and will make you fall asleep fast and the amitript. Is for depression or a mood in hancer. Clonazepam will relax you. Geodon is to help with your other issues. As for the addreall it will make you concentrate like crazy. Lots of people abuse this drug for the speed effect it has. I'm sure the harm to your body is very minimal compared to the benefit. Sometimes it takes a long time to get a right combo. I'm sure every thing will turn out fine for you. Also go to webmd.com or google each drug for a list of side effects and more info. ♥
♥*QuEeN_MeEeG*♥
07/10/09
Besides WLS, are there other proven solutions to obesity? (Need citing references and no "just diet" answers)
For severe obesity, weight-loss surgery cannot be the only solution! Are there any other options? Are there any coaches out there who can help with weightloss, fitness, nutrition, re-training the family, re-training attitude and beliefs about food, etc.?
Added after the 1st two answers were pretty useless:

I too believe that it is about curbing the diet and excersing. I also believe that the body can get addicted to food. That is why I call it a disorder.

Once again, can someone provide PROVEN ways that has helped someone conquer this disorder by re-training the mind & habits, fitness, etc.?

As in the original question, PLEASE do not provide a "just diet" answer, and PLEASE provide citing references.

Thank you so much!!!
truprazer
04/16/06
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  Below are some links; however all do stress diet and exercise. I know there are hospital-like places for severely obese people to go and learn how to eat and exercise. Andover Village Retirement Community is one I've seen on TV.
Rosie Young
04/17/06
I feel really disturbed and detached, please help?
my anxiety is gone but its been replaced by some other feeling. something i can't even describe. my body is foreign. i don't feel real, i don't even sound real. its so ****** up. i can't remember anything.

all i remember from the past is that i've always believed in some part of my unbalanced mind that every couple of days, months, years a new conciousness would take over my body. i don't really know how to word it, i guess the closest thing to this conciousness is a 'soul'. but even that doesn't seem right. i don't know, my point is i'm starting to think that wasn't just part of the wild imagination of a child. this is not normal, and i don't mean that in the way that all teenagers say it. i mean i know, in my mind, on a logical level, that i'm ****** up. its not hormones. its not even anxiety, really. its so much more than that.

but it all makes sense. at times, i've felt like there's so much going on with me as a person, as far as thoughts and characteristics go, that there's no way there was just one subconcious being? in my mind and body. and other times i feel like i'm an empty shell of a person. like i'm the plain, basic subconcious and all of these other ones come and go. sometimes at the same time. sometimes there's too much, and then other times its too quiet. and i'm just left with myself. i'm getting so frustrated because i can't explain it. and i get desperate and frantic about it when i'm alone like this.

but when i go to the doctor's to talk to him, its like i'm a totally different person. i'm friendly and polite. but i don't even mean to do it. its like my mind shuts off this part of me thats taking over right now, and i don't even realize it until i have a breakthrough like this.


i know its everywhere and random, but i needed to get it all down before a calm wave came over me. i just wrote all of that less than an hour ago. i've been diagnosed with generalized anxiety and major depressive disorder. but i don't think thats whats wrong with me. i had panic attacks, which is why i was written off as someone with GAD, and my doctor put me on aplenzin about two months ago? but i think that was just because i'm detached and he wanted me to quit smoking. i never told him how detached i am though, for the reason i explained above.

like i said, i have these breakthroughs. but they're usually smaller than this, i think. but since i started on the medication, i've been having complete meltdowns.

my dad has a lot of mental distubances. but he abused cocaine and alcohol for a majority of his life. as far as i know, he has bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. i'm really afraid, because i know there's something wrong with me, but i don't know what. i'm only 18. if anyone has any idea what could be going on based on what i've written here, i'd appreciate any advice or information
i don't see how my spelling and ability to write correctly has anything to do with my mental state. i know many well intelligent, mentally unstable people.
lydia
05/09/10
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  You're the adult child of an alcoholic (ACOA) and addict. You will find help in Al-Anon. It's free, in the phone book, nearby, and you will find good strong people that know exactly how you feel. Al-Ateen can also help you and there will be kids there your age going through what you're going through.

The detachment you keep talking about can be labeled dissociation, or dissociative identity disorder (DID). It accounts for lost time, lost memories, lost feelings, even a lost childhood. It's common in addicted families, living around bipolar and borderline personalities, which are just psychiatric/scientific labels for addicted personalities.

Anxiety and Panic disorders, dissociation and major depression account for your symptoms, yes, those are scientific terms for what's happening to you. But a deeper cure lies in the 12 step-programs of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) and Al-Anon family groups. Healing is that simple.

I hope you get the little book; Opening our Hearts, Transforming our Losses by Al-Anon Family Groups. Good luck. You're certainly not alone.
Jody
05/16/10
How long can you live with Urea Cycle Disorder?
I have to do a project on this disorder and i cant find anything saying how long u live. And also, is it just new-borns that are diagnosed with this? I was looking for an age range and it just kept saying newborns. I just want to check and make sure.
LaughingSweetie
01/15/09
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  12 seconds.

Give or take.
Leer
01/15/09
Is there anything natural I can do/take to relieve symptoms of bipolar disorder?
Is there anything natural I can do/take to help with bipolar disorder.?
I am afraid of the long term affects of all of the medicine I take! And I do take a lot! Lamictal, pristiq, aplenzin, and trazadone.
Stephanie P
07/30/11
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Is the autoimmune disorder that causes Graves/Hashimoto's Thyroiditis always present even if thryoid is stable?
I carry both antibodies and wonder if the autoimmune disorder can cause symptoms even if my thyroid itself is stable.
Yentl
09/29/10
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  I have the same question to be honest. my tsh & t4, t3 & all other levels are in normal range. However, I have elevated antibodies & was told I have thyroiditis. I do feel I have symptoms. I do believe you can because even if the levels are "normal" your thyroid is still being attacked & there is an autoimmune issue happening. I have googled & read alot & found people who do feel both hyper & hypo with thyroiditis. Thats why they go on meds. My dr at this point doesn't feel i need them but will watch my levels. I feel aweful! hope u feel better.
meohmy
09/30/10
New ideas for treating seasonal affective disorder?
There is a member of our family who has seasonal affective disorder. We have the lights and he has seen the doctor, any suggestions?
Aunty Pat
10/06/08
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  Other things you can try are over the counter melatonin supplements, meditation, regular exercise, and generally anything to counter the depression.

Most people don't have it forever and everyone suffers a mild form of it in dark rainy climates. Try to keep the person positive.
nutritionallyfortified2
10/06/08
panic disorder????????????????
I have panic disorder and anxiety.Its driving me nuts.My whole day is consumed of me worrying that theres something wrong with me and that i will lose my mind or go mental and end up in a mental hospital.i do take prozak,buspar,and klonozapin.does any1 else have this problem?what would help me get my normal life back?
kahlien05
04/08/10
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  Well, first of all your taking 3 prescriptions. Try something more natural and take 1 instead of 3. Look online for more natural alternatives. There's lots of things that you can get a walmart for example, ginko biloba, kava kava, st. johns wort, and these are all in easy pill forms. I have anxiety and it sucks. Its like you think and over analyze everything, but remember your just thinking too much to yourself, No one is thinking as much as you do. Hope it helps. Your not the only one : ) ....(did i write that okay? did that sound stupid..the over analyzing me.) lol
Ashley
04/08/10
BiPolar Disorder?
I'm a 12 year old girl. I think I have BiPolar Disorder.
Ever since i can remember i have had anger issues, occasionally ( like every 6 months) i get very frustrated, angry, or outraged and afterwards i have a complete melt down... Then after about and hour and thirty minutes I'm ok again! (Weird huh?) Well this week it has happened twice! And right now im on top of the world... Bipolar disorder seems to be the only answer...
Example:
Earlier today I was having tons of troubl with my algebra homework. I was cursing, out loud, tearing and stabbinng at my book, pulling my hair out, and plain just beating things ( even my own hand with a pencil...
So my sister offers me help soo i except it because i was SSOO confused. Well she helped but my behaviorgot even worse. So i get introuble with my dad.
Then of course had a melt down... then got better

How can i tell my parents i think i am bipolar and them take me to a doctor?

Do you think im bipolar?

What are the symptoms?
Delilah W
10/19/07
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  What you descried doesn't seem to indicate bipolar disorder. I do think you should talk to your parents and explain to them that you feel like your behavior is out of your control and that you don't want to behave this way and that you feel that you need help. Maybe you just need someone to talk to, pinpoint where your anger is coming from. Also they can teach you ways to deal with your anger without letting your emotions get the best of you. Just google bipolar and you can find the symptoms easily.
Angela S
10/19/07
How long does Depakote remain in your body?
Hello friends,

I take 750mg of Depakote ER daily for bipolar disorder. It has caused severe side-effects and I was wondering exactly how long, after I quit taking this medication, it remains in my system/ blood stream. I appreciate your answers.
Keepsie
04/02/07
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  Wrong. At your dose, Depakote's half life is 9-16 hours. It's out of your system in 2-3 days.

Check out this site:http://www.crazymeds.org/depakote.html
riptide_71
04/02/07
Any alternatives to keppra or depakote for siezure disorder?
I have had siezures in the past but my body cant tolorate keppra or depakote is there anything else or are there others with the same problems? I also was diagnosed with narcolypsey and prescribed modafinol but again i could not tolorate the side affects is there anything else i can try?
billis
03/23/10
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  Neurologists diagnosed me with Epilepsy back in 1993 and initially they put me on Dilantin, and was on it for over ten years. But it never helped me because I was still having seizures and it was so distressing. Then in 2003/2004 they put me on Keppra which worked better but Keppra is documented to create significant mood changes. (when I was on it I felt like punching people in the face and everything made me mad, even though I'm normally a docile and kind person) But in 2005 after a visit to a Neurologist specializing in Epilepsy he put me on a drug called Lamictal (generic name: Lamotrigine). I haven't had a single seizure since! It's been a god-send! Lamictal is prescribed for a couple of different afflictions, including people with severe depression or who are bi-polar. However, the mental effects are far less significant than Keppra.
sederot
03/23/10
Is seasonal affective disorder something to be concerned about in warmer areas?
I can understand people having seasonal affective disorder in areas where the weather change from summer-winter is more dramatic.

But what about warmer areas or areas where the season change is not so dramatic (such as Texas, Louisiana, Florida, etc)- would seasonal affective disorder still be something to be concerned about?
Crystal
01/03/09
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  Probably not as much, but it can still be a problem. These areas don't get cold and snowy, but they get a lot of rain. My father has it. He lives in Arkansas and built himself a workshop outside with electricity and a heater and it really helped. He probably couldn't do that as easily here in Colorado where I live. It just gets too cold and snowy
Kristee
01/03/09
Does anyone know how to relieve the pain of degenerative disc disorder?
Tank Lady has been diagnosed with a mild case of degenerative disc disorder. She can feel it on a pretty regular occasion. Does anyone have any sure fire ways to relieve the discomfort that she has?
Tank Man
03/15/07
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  degeneration of the disc normally occurs due to wear and tear beyond its ability.. the best thing is to take complete bed rest for a week and simultaneously you can have hot packs and later start some strengthening exercises for the back muscles.. avoid forward bending.. if still you are not happy try to meet a good physiotherapist
drjdhanas
03/15/07

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