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Plan for Pain Before Surgery

Plan for Pain Before SurgeryWhen your doctor says you need surgery many scary things come to mind. Is my condition very serious? Will this procedure cure what’s wrong? Then, there is the prospect of post-surgery pain. How badly is this going to hurt?

It’s inevitable that some pain will come with most types of surgery. The cutting of the skin stimulates nerve fibers to signal pain. As the body begins to heal, pain should decrease and eventually stop. The amount of time pain lasts after surgery can depend on several factors such as:

  • A person’s general health
  • The presence of coexisting medical problems
  • Cigarette smoking

The good news is that there are many highly effective medications to keep post-surgical pain under control. In addition to the benefit of greater comfort, experts say well-controlled pain can speed recovery and prevent long-term problems.

In order to make sure you’re getting the best possible treatment for your post-surgical pain, experts advise taking an active role and keeping the channels of communication open between you and your doctor — starting before your operation. Talk with your surgeon and anesthesiologist about how your pain will be managed after surgery during pre-surgery testing, not after the procedure has occurred.

Some important items to discuss with your doctor before making your way to the hospital:

  • Tell them about everything you’re taking
  • Ask how much pain to expect and how long will it last

On rare occasions, pain may remain, though the cause of pain cannot be identified. This condition can become long-term pain.

Pain after surgery can be a sign of surgical complications such as the following:

  • Infection
  • A break in the wound
  • A collection of blood or other body fluid below the skin (a hematoma)
  • Vomiting or a change in your bowel habits after abdominal surgery
  • Formation of fistulas (abnormal passages between body structures
  • Lung complications
  • Chest pain
  • Bleeding
  • Chronic conditions

Contact Dr. Johnson for any General Surgery needs. He and his experienced team will work with you to design a safe and effective pain management plan for you.

Read more online at: http://surgery.about.com/od/aftersurgery/qt/SurgeryPain.htm

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Understanding and Managing Stress: Your Health Depends on it!

Understanding and Managing Stress: Your Health Depends on it!April is Stress Awareness Month, and even though it’s almost May, it’s never too late to learn about stress and how harmful it can be to your body. Stress is difficult to define because it is so different for each of us.

Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened. When you sense danger—whether real or imagined—the body’s defenses kick into high gear in an automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight-or-freeze” reaction, or the stress response. This response is the body’s way of protecting you. It helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life—giving you extra strength to defend yourself or pushing you to jump out of the way of an on-coming car.

Stress happens when people feel like they can’t manage the demands in their lives. It can be short-term or long-term. Being late for work or arguing with your partner can cause short-term stress. Financial problems or job trouble can cause long-term stress. Even happy events, like having a baby or buying a house can cause stress.

Problems arise from feeling stressed for a long time. It can seriously damage your mental and physical health. The body responds to stress by releasing stress hormones; these hormones make blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar levels go up. Long-term stress can help cause a variety of health problems, including:

  • Mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart beats
  • Menstrual problems
  • Skin problems

Everyone reacts to stress differently, but here are some common signs:

  • Not eating or over eating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Headaches
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of focus
  • Trouble getting things done
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Short temper
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Upset stomach
  • Back pain
  • General aches and pains

Try these tips to keep stress in check:

  • Get organized
  • Set limits
  • Take deep breaths
  • Stretch
  • Take time for yourself
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat right
  • Get moving
  • Connect with others
  • Get help from a professional if you need it

Even though it may seem hard to find ways to cope with stress with your busy life, it’s important to find those ways. Your health depends on it. Read more online at: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-symptoms-causes-and-effects.htm