Strain On The Strings: Helping A Spouse Who Is Emotionally Affected By A Health Condition Diagnosis

Was your spouse recently diagnosed with a medical condition that seems to be having an effect on their emotional and mental well being? If so, you may feel confused by their behavior changes or mood swings, especially if their condition has not changed their physical appearance. The following are suggestions that can help you to better relate to your spouse’s illness and strengthen your marital bond. Educate yourself about their condition. One of the perks of living in these times is that people can research almost every disease and condition known to man. Educating yourself on what is expected for people with the condition your spouse has will give you a “glimpse” at what they may be experiencing that is causing them to change emotionally. For example, a person may lose interest in sex due to side effects from medications prescribed to treat their medical condition. Watch your words.  If they have exhibited signs of depression or sadness, it may be best not to make too many well-meaning “cure” suggestions to them. This is because they may have already secretly tried the suggestions and feel hopeless because they did not work for them.  Refrain from using statements such as, “You don’t look sick. You look normal.” Accepting a new diagnosis is hard enough, and some people may question whether there is really something wrong with them or not. Comments of this type can also come across as callous to someone who is battling a debilitating condition. Talk with your spouse about lifestyle changes for your household. Sometimes people receive diagnoses that result in their doctors making specific lifestyle changes to them. For example, a person who has experienced a mild stroke or heart attack may have to change their eating habits. Offer to become an active participant in the lifestyle changes that are offered to your spouse.  Scheduling for chores may also need to be reviewed. For example, a spouse who stays home and maintains it that has a newly diagnosed medical condition may no longer be able to keep up with all of their daily chores. Not being able to keep up with things as normal may lead to depression or affect self-esteem. Establishing a routine will ensure that things continue to get done by someone in the household even if it is not the ill spouse who performs the chores. Consider counseling. Couples counseling and individual counseling are the best resources to use as you go through hard times with your spouse. Counseling will equip you with the skills you need to effectively communicate with your spouse. It will also equip you with the coping skills needed to be a primary portion of their support system as they battle their condition and fight to improve their mental and emotional health. Contact Dr Jed Turnbull for more information about...

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Stressed About Pain In Your Foot? Get To A Specialist And Get Image Testing Done In Advance

If you have a severe pain in your foot that aches at night, but is barely noticeable during the day while you use the foot, talk with your doctor about seeing a podiatrist to determine if you have stress fractures. Stress fractures in the foot can be incredibly painful and can get worse quickly if they go without treatment. To determine if you have a stress fracture your physician will talk with you about your symptoms and do a physical examination of the foot. Here are three different imaging tests you should consider getting done before you see the specialist so you have the images in hand at your appointment. X-Ray The x-ray is the quickest option and some orthopedic doctors or podiatrists have an x-ray machine in their office, but stress fractures don’t always show up on these films. If the doctor can see the stress fractures or other possible problems like bone spurs on the x-ray, other imaging tests probably aren’t needed. MRI The MRI isn’t just going to show the bones, but also the tissues like the muscles and ligaments. It will show if you have a pinched or torn ligament in the foot that needs repaired, or if there are arthritis problems in the foot because the tissues are deteriorating. It can take more time to schedule an MRI and to get the results, in comparison to an x-ray. Ultrasound An ultrasound can be taken in-office if the foot specialist has one, or taken before the appointment at an imaging center, such as at EVDI Medical Imaging. This is a great option for diagnostic purposes when dealing with stress fractures, and also for treatment as well. Some physicians prescribe ultrasonic treatment to help relieve pain and heal the bones that are suffering with fractures, along with massage therapy and other things. Stress fractures can take a long time to heal and a foot specialist may want you to stop walking on the foot completely until the fractures are gone. This may include wearing a walking boot, using crutches and other treatment. Call the foot specialist and ask them what type of imaging test they want you to have done before you go into the office, so you can get the test scheduled and completed with the results right away, or plan on going to your appointment early to have the image taken in office. Don’t waste any time getting into the doctor because small stress fractures can turn into large...

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