'White Lies' Not So Harmless
If you have ever seen television's Dr. House in
action, you know one of his favorite sayings is, "everybody lies."
Well, not everybody does, but a survey by WebMD shows that at least half
of those responding admit that they fib to the doctors.
They may say they take their medications every day when they miss once
or twice a week. They don't report all the vitamins and medications they
take. And they don't tell the whole truth about their drinking, eating
and exercise habits.
Doctors at the University of
Washington say people don't intend to lie.
they want to be respected, they say what the doctor wants to hear, which
can keep the doctor from making an effective treatment plan.
In the case of missed medications, the doctor may prescribe a stronger
dose, which can cause problems if the patient begins taking it
regularly. Not reporting all medicines and supplements could lead to a
dangerous drug interaction.
People tend to omit facts
and actually lie when they feel judged or ashamed. Doctors quoted in
Arthritis Today say mental illness, sexual dysfunction and domestic
abuse are some of the subjects patients don't want to talk about. In the
case of diet and exercise, it could be a matter of selective memory. Or
people just don't realize how much they eat and how little they
Some people will deny having the symptoms of
a condition that is diagnosed because they don't want to have it. That's
Doctors should let people know it's OK not
to be perfect. Patients should find a doctor they are comfortable with
so they can tell the truth.
Tendonitis and Wrist Sprains
In the middle of your wrist is a tendon called the scapholunate ligament.
It usually works very well, but if you play golf and tennis, go fishing
and maybe work in the garden all in the same week, you could end up with
some serious wrist pain.
Tendon injuries, including
sprains and bone chips, are most likely to occur if you participate in
activities where snapping the wrist is involved.The tendons are fibrous
cords that attach muscles to bone.
They are covered
with a slippery membrane that allows them to move smoothly. Either the
tendons or the membranes, or both at the same time, can become inflamed.
The usual symptoms are pain, tenderness and sometimes swelling when you
move the affected area.
Another problem in the wrist
involves the tendon. It runs on the outside of the hand from the lower
forearm and down into the thumb. This area of the hand is used in many
activities like opening doors.
Inflammation can cause
pain and swelling. Without rest or treatment, the pain can spread into
To treat these conditions, use heat, ice
packs or nonprescription pain-relieving drugs. Avoid movements that
cause pain. Wearing a splint or brace to restrict hand movement can
help. If these steps aren't effective, see your doctor. The ligament
could be separated from the bone, or the bone could be chipped. For
extreme pain, get emergency care immediately.
wrist problems are different from carpal tunnel syndrome, which can
cause pain, numbness and eventually weakness if not treated.
A Caution on Flavored Waters
They look good, taste good and are hydrating. But
some have almost as many calories as a bottle of regular soda. And the
sugar and fructose corn syrup sweeteners are absorbed differently.
Purdue University reports that when two groups were fed the same number
of calories from jelly beans or drinks, the candy group compensated by
eating less, but the soda group gained weight.
depend on flavored waters that are fortified with vitamins, herbs,
minerals and caffeine. Some have no studies backing up their claims.
Others may take you over the recommended daily allowance when combined
with food and a daily supplement.
If you must have
water in a bottle, plain water is good enough on its own.