While it would be absurd to suggest that family doctors should be aware of the more obscure side effects of all the drugs they prescribe, this situation is rather different. Bendroflumethiazide is one of the commoner drugs prescribed for raised blood pressure and it is well known to cause diabetes in almost 10 per cent of those taking it. So for her family doctor to fail to make the connection is definitely a bit odd. She did the sensible thing and binned her pills. Gratifyingly, her “diabetes” has since cured itself, and for good measure, her blood pressure has also remained satisfactory.
Physical trauma or injury is the most common cause of foot pain, often resulting in sprains (injury to the ligaments) or fractures (injury to the bones). Such injuries often occur when the ankle turns, twists or rolls over, far beyond its normal range of motion . Sports fans see plenty of these in the NFL or NBA. But it happens to common folks too, just in the course of a normal day. Sprains are painful, yes, but rest and time can be miraculous healers. We can assist the healing process by employing . — rest, ice, compression, elevate.
How it works: According to Dr. Edwards, stress produces chemicals in the body that increase inflammation. “With relaxation techniques, you have stress reduction and therefore decreased inflammation and less pain,” she says. Meditation also relaxes muscles that tense up with pain. Dr. Edwards suggests meditating for 20 minutes once or twice a day. For moments of acute pain, she also recommends “meditation minutes.” For example, take four to five deep breaths, counting to 10 with each inhalation and exhalation. “Just doing that four to five times a day can decrease depression and improve outlook,” she says.