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why do legs start swelling after prolonged periods of sitting? Is this some sort of disease? How to Cure it?


why do legs start swelling after prolonged periods of sitting? Is this some sort of disease? How to Cure it?
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Your legs would swell during long periods of sitting due to the lack of muscle movement. The venous return system in your legs operates with a series of one way valves that prevents pooling and backflow. However, it is the muscles in your legs activated by walking that pump things along in addition to just regular blood flow.
try moving your legs more while seated or take breaks to get up and walk around some during extended periods. If the problem still persists, consult your physician who may recommend compressive socks or support hose. These items aid your leg muscles in pumping the blood back to your heart.  (+ info)

Is it unhealthy to take Excedrin once a day for prolonged periods of time?


I'm sure it's probably not good for one's health, but what are the consequences of taking an Excedrin once a day for prolonged periods of time. Someone in my family suffers from migraines and uses Excedrin for relief but is worried about side effects or negative consequences of prolonged usage of the drug. Thanks!
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Besides the usual worries about side-effects, NSAID pain relievers (of which Exedrin is one) should typically not be used for prolonged periods of time because they can have the effect of making one's pain worse. The reason is that your body will, over time, compensate for having the drug in your system constantly. This can cause you to be in more pain, even with the medication, then you would have experienced, had you never taken it in the first place.

Rather than taking Exedrin (or any other pain reliever) for long periods of time, it is far better to look for a medication that will prevent the migraines from happening in the first place. These preventative medications are highly effective for the vast majority of people. They include anticonvulsants (which are usually used for epilepsy), blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and beta blockers. There are literally dozens of choices, and so there is good reason for hope for a significant improvement.

For migraines that do occur, there are specialized medications -- called triptans -- which are used to abort the attack. They are also highly effective for the vast majority of people, and are a much, much better choice than taking a pain reliever every day.

This person in your family should definitely see a physician immediately. It can take a long time (weeks or possibly a couple of months) for preventative medications to reach their full efficacy, so it's best to start the process right away. If your physician is unable to help, then it's very useful to see a neurologist for further recommendations. The moral of the story: Stop the Exedrin, and instead take advantage of the large selection of drugs that are used specifically for migraine. You'll be much better off in the long run!  (+ info)

What are the prolonged effects of caffeine?


What are some of the symptoms of prolonged caffeine drinking and what are the serious side effects?
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Overstimulation of nervous system,gastric irritation and gastroesophageal reflux.
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How long does marijuana stay in the system after prolonged use?


I'm trying to help one of my clients gain employment, she has been smoking pot everyday for 20+ years. She has been pot free for 4 weeks (nearly), will it take longer for it to clear her system because of her prolonged use?
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no matter what she does, its still in the hair. not many places do hair tests.  (+ info)

How do I prevent my prolonged QT syndrome from getting any worse?


I am a 14 year old girl who has just recently been diagnosed with prolonged QT syndrome. I have been recovering from Anorexia and Bulimia, which has caused this syndrome. Many people in y direct family have weak hearts and have gone into Cardiac Arrest. I do not know how how the medication is going to work on me and have not begun treatment yet. My doctors are seriously considering a Defibrillator. Should I get other ideas before this? Is there anything else i can do?
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It never hurts to get a second opinion. You don't mention which medication you haven't started yet. Whatever it is, I say, try it and see, but trust the opinion of your doctors. If they are considering a defibrillator, go with that. It can and will save your life. And you know that you HAVE to give up anorexia and bulimia, don't you. Is this the treatment you mention? If you are at the point of needing a defibrillator, your heart will absolutely NOT be able to endure ANY more anorexia or bulimia. You'll die if you indulge anymore. You do get that don't you. Your doctors are trying to save your life. I want you to let them. And good luck to you.  (+ info)

Can prolonged condom use decrease a woman's ability to conceive?


My girlfriend just told me that a doctor once told her that using condoms for prolonged periods of time may make it more difficult to conceive once a couple decides they want to do that. She claims that it could have something to do with the lubricants. I am googling this but finding nothing. Anyone ever hear of such a thing?
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I have never heard this. Hormonal methods (pill, patch, shot, implant, etc) can have this effect because the hormones screw up your natural cycle and your body must get rid of all those excess hormones before it gets back on its normal cycle. I have never heard that condoms can have this same effect because they do not contain any hormones in the rubber or the lubricant (the lube may contain spermicide though, which I have also never heard of causing problems with conception if the couple later decides to try).

I would tell her to ask her doctor for more information if you´re really that curious: I suspect that may have misunderstood or got confused and accidentally passed on false information to you.  (+ info)

Is sleeping on air bed harmful for prolonged periods of time?


My brother has been sleeping on air bed for about 6 years. He did in college, and now he has his own apartment and a job; he still sleeps on a air bed.
Are there any short term or long term complications on a person who sleeps on an air bed for a prolonged period of time?
If you can find a website on this matter, please post it here.
Thank you.
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It shouldn't be...it should give with your movements & be good especially for the spine.

I have a bad back & my MD told me not to get hardest bed. Also I assume your brother could adjust the air pressure in the bed.  (+ info)

Why does my upper right molars ache for prolonged periods of time?


I took some pain relief (nurofen) about an hour ago however the pain in my mouth is still present. I'm unsure what the problem could be, I've looked into it (as tomorrow is Easter Sunday and thus cannot see a Dentist until Monday at the earlier) and have discovered it may be an abscess. Are there any reasons though why my upper right molars would ache for prolonged periods of time after biting on hard or crunchy surfaces; biscuits, crusts, apples etc.

Thanks.
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it is time to deploy the deadliest weapon in your arsenal


-paracetamol  (+ info)

How long is considered "prolonged use" of artificial tears?


I had a accident in which a chemical got into my eye, saw an ophthalmologist who told me my eye was undamaged but still irritated, and to use OTC artificial tears for about 2 weeks to help it heal.

When advised against "prolonged use" is a few times a day for 2 weeks considered prolonged? Or are we talking more like years?
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when it starts doing something its not supposed to, stop.  (+ info)

Is there evidence that pregnancy causes the mother to develop an autoimmune disease?


My grandmother and a cousin both developed severe rheumatic autoimmune diseases after pregnancy, when being previously fine before pregnancy. I have not been able to find any additional evidence of pregnancy causing an autoimmune disease to develop, but am wondering if anyone knows of a link between the two, either clinical or anecdotal.

I realize that pregnancy has effects on women who already have autoimmune diseases, but am trying to weigh the risks of developing an illness from being pregnant. Any additional information would be very helpful. Thank you!
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What happens is that the disease is not active, but there, and flares after the delivery. Autoimmune diseases are "triggered" and often dormant.

I have RA. It was triggered by strep throat at age 27. I probably got it at about age 23, when it was assumed I had carpal tunnels from being a pastry chef. Turns out, after having the electrical test for carpal tunnels, I didn't have carpal tunnels. I was experiencing the beginning of my RA those years back, without the full-blown symptoms I had once the strep throat came along. Now I have the full-blown RA.

Keep in mind that giving birth is a traumatic event to your body and trauma can cause an autoimmune disease. People have been triggered into RA by car accidents, believe it or not.  (+ info)

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