Fishing Trip

Well the past few days I have been away in the backcountry of the Midwest. There are lots of many interesting wildlife in the area, such as mountain lions, wolves, coyotes, bobcats, and wild turkey. I only saw wild turkey, but I did hear coyotes at night. I ended up going fishing a lot. My friend is really into fishing and it was his place that I was staying at. I ended up catching a lot of bluegill and carpi. My friend got a lot of bass. We were trying to catch a giant catfish, but it never happened. We were also planning on going four wheeling; however, we could not get the ATV to start up for some reason. All in all it was a good trip, pretty relaxing, I just wish I didn’t have a headache throughout it all.

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Why do we have wisdom teeth?

While there is no way to verify this, some dentists speculate that wisdom teeth are a vestige from the days when our ancestors literally bit off more than they could chew on a daily basis. It’s thought that the Stone age diet often consisted of coarse, rough foods that required more chewing power. As a result, the jawbones of our ancestors were larger and accommodated 32 teeth with ease. In addition, in the wild, teeth had a tendency to fall prey to decay or get knocked out. If someone lost a tooth, the wisdom teeth would usually push the rest forward to fill in the gap. However, evolution continued and the human diet changed to include softer, more processed foods that were less challenging to our pearly whites and jaws. Losing teeth became less of an issue, and wisdom teeth served less and less of a purpose. The source of this is

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Occipital Neuralgia

What is Occipital Neuralgia? Occipital neuralgia is a very specific type of headache, where the pain is in the back of the head, at the very top of the neck and behind the ears. This location relates to an area supplied by a nerve, called the occipital nerve, which usually gathers information about pain and touch from this exact area. In occipital neuralgia this area can also sometimes not feel normal sensations as well as usual. While it is usually only on one side of the head, it can sometimes be on both. Predisposing Factors Often the exact cause of occipital neuralgia is not found, but some of the more common causes are: Trauma (damage) to the back of the head ‘Pinching’ (entrapment) of the nerve by overly tight neck muscles Osteoarthritis of the bones in the neck, compressing the nerve as it leaves the spine Lesions (eg. bone cancers) in the neck (very rare) Probable Outcomes Occipital neuralgia can last for a very long time, but it may stop by itself after a while. Generally, occipital neuralgia is a long-term condition that requires treatment to lessen the pain. Presentation The most important questions the doctor will ask will be […]

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Staying Healthy – Style

Here’s some tips on how to stay healthy. This is especially important for all of you freshmen who just went or are about to go off to college. Eat 4 or 5 meals a day. If your still doing the breakfast, lunch, and dinner thing, that’s good. However, try to eat less for these meals and add another 1 or 2 meals in a day. Eating more frequently helps keep off weight  Exercise for at least 20 minutes a day at least 5 days a week. If you don’t have a gym membership, go get one. Not only can you keep the weight off at the gym, you can meet other people. If just can’t afford a gym membership take a walk, run, or go for a bike ride. If you’re worried about the weather, buy a treadmill or exercise bike. Eat foods that you know are healthy for you, especially fruits and vegetables. If you don’t know how to cook take the time to, it’s really not that hard.   Get outside and get some sun. It can help with your complexion and skin. Don’t burn yourself though, that will give you skin cancer. Stop smoking and quit drinking. […]

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Describe Your Symptoms

My recent letter I wrote to help my doctor visits goes smoother has prompted me to look for information on this. Bring an up-to-date cumulative patient profile with you to the interview. You can create one by summarizing your medical history on a page. Include dates of, and reasons for hospitalizations and surgery. You may not end up needing to refer to it, but if questions about your medical history come up, having one will maximize the time you can spend discussing your current medical issue(s). Bring your current medication bottles, which list the name & dose information, including herbal supplements if applicable. Describe your basic reasons for the visit in one or two sentences. Most doctors will start with the interview with something like, “What brings you here today?”. Preparing an answer to this question in advance will facilitate the visit. Some common symptoms include: Pain, weakness, Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, fever, confusion, breathing problems, or headache. Recall the onset and timing of your symptoms. Include starts, stops and frequency. (“I get bad pain right in between my menstrual periods that lasts about three days.”) Be prepared with dates and times, if possible. (“The first time I remember feeling […]

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