Category: Pain Management

March 14th, 2016 by LiveMD

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What is a counterfeit medication?

Millions of counterfeit, or fake, prescription medications are being produced around the world and are being sold to the public with the intent to deceive people into believing that they are real. These drugs are often packaged to look like the original medications and the pills themselves are often identical as well. Unfortunately, counterfeit medications can be extremely dangerous. Many do not contain the proper amount of active ingredients or these ingredients may be expired and some may not contain any medicine in them at all. Others are made with unsafe or toxic additives and chemicals.

Why are counterfeit medications so dangerous?

Counterfeit medications are extremely dangerous and should never be taken. These drugs are often produced by people with no pharmaceutical experience and can contain ingredients that can cause deadly side effects or allergies. Poisonous and toxic chemicals and substances that are not intended to be ingested are often added, causing serious health issues.

If you are taking a medication for a life threatening condition, counterfeit medications won’t work the way that the legitimate pharmaceutical product would, causing your condition to worsen and go untreated.

How can I avoid counterfeit medications?

There are many new laws and regulations being developed to help stop the production and distribution of these fake drugs. Unfortunately, for the time being, there is still a large and dangerous supply of them on the market and it is important that you stay away from them.

  • Be very careful when purchasing medications from online pharmacies. Make sure to do your research on the company first and ensure that they are licensed and registered with your country’s governing body that oversees the distribution of pharmaceutical products.
  • Inspect your pills before taking them and make sure that they look exactly like the originals with all of the correct markings on them. If you are unsure or have any questions you can contact the manufacturer for detailed information on the proper appearance of the medication.
  • Only purchase prescriptions from a pharmacy that you are familiar with and trust or one that is recommended to you by your doctor.
  • If you suspect that you have received a counterfeit medication do not take it and make sure that you report it right away to the manufacturer and local law enforcement.

Counterfeit medications are a growing concern around the world and until the people responsible for these fraudulent activities are stopped and brought to justice, it is up to each and every one of us to be responsible for knowing where our medication has come from. If you have any questions about your medication, suspect that you may have received counterfeit drugs or have questions for one of our doctors, contact us today.  

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February 26th, 2016 by LiveMD

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LiveMD provides you with the information that you need to know about alcoholism.

Alcohol has been around for thousands of years and when consumed in moderation can actually have beneficial effects on the body. When it is consumed in excess, however, alcohol can not only harm the body but it can have severe consequences on a person’s life and relationships.

How Much is Too Much?

The maximum, recommended amount of alcohol that should be consumed differs depending on age and sex but general guidelines show that not exceeding 3 drinks on any one day and 7 drinks in any one week is considered moderate. These amounts are just guidelines and occasionally exceeding them does not necessarily make you an alcoholic. You should also attempt to drink less than this if you are taking certain medications, have certain health conditions or are at a higher risk of developing alcoholism. Alcohol should be completely avoided if you are pregnant, driving, operating machinery or are underage.

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a disease that occurs when someone develops a dependency to alcohol and continues to drink in excess. This disease can cause high blood pressure, high blood sugar, heart disease, brain damage, and can damage your liver. It can ultimately lead to death if drinking is not brought under control. Alcoholism can also cause issues to arise in everyday life as drinking takes priority over all other activities. Relationships may suffer, there may be problems at work or attendance issues. There is also an increased risk for injury or accidents and a higher number of crimes and homicides are committed by those that are intoxicated or suffering from alcoholism.

How Can you Identify an Alcoholic?

Often times, someone suffering from this disease can do a very good job in hiding it from friends and family. They will drink when they are alone and can seem to function well in everyday life. Others have a harder time and may appear to drink quite often or consume in excess when they do drink. Here are some common signs to look for when trying to identify alcohol abuse:

  • Frequent drinking
  • Drinking large quantities at one time
  • Smelling of alcohol, especially during the day or at work
  • Hiding bottles of alcohol
  • Feeling sick or experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking
  • Drinking in the morning
  • Feeling guilty after drinking
  • Missing time from work because of drinking
  • Spending less time with family or friends because of drinking
  • Trying to quit but being unsuccessful

What Can be Done to Help?

The best way to help someone with a drinking problem is to give them support. Alcoholism is a physical addiction that will require a lot of support from family and friends and help from a doctor, therapist or addictions specialist. It is something that may take a considerable amount of time to recover from.

If you or a loved one are suffering from the affects of alcoholism, it is never too late to ask for help. LiveMD has a team of trained professionals that can get you on the road to recovery. Book a phone, video, text, or in-person chat today by visiting www.mylivemd.com .

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February 17th, 2016 by LiveMD

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LiveMD offers you information on Arthritis and tips on how to deal with the pain.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a disorder, affecting close to 350 million people worldwide, that causes pain and inflammation in the joints and can affect any part of the body. There are over 100 different types of arthritis but the most common are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Arthritis can occur when there has been an injury to a joint, due to daily wear and tear of a joint, or because of an infection. It is very common in the elderly.

What are the symptoms of Arthritis?

The most common symptom of arthritis is localized pain in the area of the affected joint. Someone with this disease may also experience swelling, constant aching or pain with certain movement, inability to move the joint, difficulty walking, poor sleep quality, depression, tiredness, weakness and weight loss. These symptoms may vary depending on the type and severity of the disease and usually get worse with age and as the disease progresses.

How is Arthritis diagnosed?

This disease can be diagnosed by making a visit to see your doctor. Depending on the type of arthritis that the doctor suspects you have, they may run blood tests or perform x-rays, ultrasounds or MRI tests. A doctor will also inspect the affected joint and will talk to you about your family’s history of arthritis. It is a good idea to know your family’s disease history to determine if you are at a higher risk of developing this disorder.

How to ease Arthritis pain

To help ease the discomfort associated with arthritis, a doctor may prescribe pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs or steroid medications to help reduce the symptoms of this disease. There are also things that you can do at home that will offer relief from arthritis:

  1. Exercise and Stretch – A regular exercise routine can help to keep your weight in check and can help to keep joints moving and flexible. Low impact activities like swimming or walking combined with daily stretches can help to reduce stiffness and pain.
  2. Lose Weight – Carrying around extra weight can add strain to your joints, making arthritis pain worse. By attempting to manage your weight you can relieve joints, especially those in the lower body, of the added stress and make activities like walking much easier.
  3. Hot and Cold Therapy – Taking a warm bath or shower, using heating pads or applying ice to affected joints can help to reduce stiffness, decrease inflammation and relieve pain.
  4. Get a massage – Massaging the affected joints can alleviate pain and stiffness and can help to improve range of motion. Working with a physiotherapist or a massage therapist can help you manage your symptoms and reduce the progression of this disease.

Are you or a loved one suffering from arthritis? If you are seeking treatment options or have questions about this disease, contact one of our trained doctors or rheumatologists by visiting www.mylivemd.com today.

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January 2nd, 2016 by LiveMD

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Back and joint pain can be an extremely painful and often debilitating condition, making it difficult to accomplish everyday tasks. LiveMD has some helpful tips on how to cope with this pain and alleviate some of your suffering.

Why is Exercise Important for Pain Relief?

Exercise helps to keep our bodies flexible and strong. When experiencing joint pain, it is often most tempting to lie down and refrain from moving as much as possible but this can actually do more harm than good. Limiting movement can cause the joints to stiffen up and result in even more pain. By taking part in gentle exercises and stretches you will ensure that your body stays active and that the joints stay flexible. It also increases blood flow to the area which will help it heal even faster.

Another benefit of exercising is that it can lead to weight loss and even a moderate reduction in weight can mean better joint health. The less weight that you carry on your body, the easier it is for your joints to move properly and with less strain and effort.

What are the Best Types of Exercises to Reduce Pain?

Any low impact exercise will help to reduce pain, keep your joints moving and keep you flexible. Swimming is a great option for anyone experiencing joint or back pain as there is little resistance and it puts minimal strain on your body. Walking at a moderate pace, with good shoes for support, is also a great exercise to reduce pain.

Stretching or yoga are excellent options to help keep your body flexible and keep stiffness away. Gentle stretches should be held for 20 to 30 seconds to get the maximum benefit.

If you are experiencing back or joint pain it is very important to stay away from any high impact sports or exercises as these may do more harm than good. Activities that include running or jumping can put a lot of stress on your body and should be avoided until your pain is gone and you are feeling back to normal or until given the ok from a doctor.  

When is Exercise Not Recommended?  

It is important to refrain from any exercise if you have been injured, if there is swelling or if the pain you are experiencing is severe. Make sure to check with your doctor first to determine if exercise is suitable for you and to devise an appropriate exercise or stretching regimen.

At LiveMD, our professional doctors and specialists are here to help you. If you are experiencing joint or back pain or would like advice on creating a therapeutic exercise or stretching program visit www.mylivemd.com and speak to our doctors LIVE via voice, video or text.

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