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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

It's a lot easier to say COPD than chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and that is likely why you hear it called by its letters on TV commercials and in medical discussions. Whichever name you use, it's good to understand it and how to prevent it. After all, it is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 11 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, but millions more may have the disease without even knowing it. In short, chronic inflammatory lung disease causes obstructed airflow from the lungs.

Although COPD was generally described as a "man's disease" for years, statistics prove that wrong. Deaths resulting from COPD are higher in women, and for the following reasons:

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

It's a lot easier to say COPD than chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and that is likely why you hear it called by its letters on TV commercials and in medical discussions. Whichever name you use, it's good to understand it and how to prevent it.

Join us here on Thursday to learn how to identify early warning signs of COPD and keep it under control!

 

Arthritis: A Misunderstood Disease

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is pain and inflammation in the joints. It is not a single disease. When you say "arthritis," you could be referring to any of over 100 types of arthritis. Though it effects mostly women and is more common in older patients, it can hit all ages, sexes, and races.

More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is the #1 cause of disability in America.

Arthritis Symptoms

The more common symptoms are swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. Its course can be unpredictable in that symptoms may come and go. The disease may stay the same for years, or may worsen over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities, and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs. In some cases, you can see the changes, such as knots on the fingers. In other cases, the changes are only seen on x-ray. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys, skin, as well as the joints.

Different Types of Arthritis

Degenerative arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. This is when the cartilage wears away and you are left with the pain, swelling and stiffness of bone-on-bone. The joint can lose strength and become chronically painful. Risk factors are excess weight, family history, age, and previous injury.

When it is mild to moderate, osteoarthritis treatment can include:

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Arthritis: So Many Types, So Much Pain

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is pain and inflammation in the joints. It is not a single disease. When you say "arthritis," you could be referring to any of over 100 types of arthritis. Though it effects mostly women and is more common in older patients, it can hit all ages, sexes, and races.

More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is the #1 cause of disability in America.

Join us here Thursday to find out how to identify and manage the different types of arthritis.

To Breakfast or Not to Breakfast?

Are you a breakfast person? Maybe a late-starter? Is that based on your body's natural tendencies? Your work or family lifestyle?

In years past, your Mother would remind you that breakfast is the most important meal, and that you must eat before you go to school so that you can think more clearly.

The experts on a variety of morning shows also echoed that breakfast is the most important meal, that it sets up your metabolism for the remainder of the day.

But reports from patients find those who advocate for breakfast, and those who don't. On the advocate side are those who insist that a good breakfast "anchors" them for the rest of the day helps curb indiscriminate eating. Others report if they eat breakfast, it stimulates their appetites, and they're likely to eat more throughout the day.

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Breaking the Fast

Are you a breakfast person? Maybe a late-starter? Is that based on your body's natural tendencies? Your work or family lifestyle?

In years past, your Mother would remind you that breakfast is the most important meal, and that you must eat before you go to school so that you can think more clearly.

The experts on a variety of morning shows also echoed that breakfast is the most important meal, that it sets up your metabolism for the remainder of the day.

But reports from patients find those who advocate for breakfast, and those who don't.
Join us here on Thursday to find out if you're doing breakfast the right way.

Step by Step

You might have heard Dolly Parton sing, "Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen ..." in her song 9 to 5. If that sounds like you when you first hit the floor in the morning, you might have plantar fasciitis. That is a fancy way of saying heel and instep pain.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing, or after rising from sitting.

The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that originates at the heel bone and runs along the bottom of the foot, attaching to the base of each of the toes. This is your foot's shock absorber. When it becomes inflamed or torn, there can be pain with literally every step.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Days: On Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning November 7th.
Time: 6:00 till 8:00 pm.
Duration: Class will continue for six weeks.
Cost: $60 covers the six weeks of classes.
Class Instructor: Brittney Elliott

To sign up for classes, please come by the office:
Greenville Medical Clinic
50C Parkins Mill Road (behind Fowler Pharmacy on Laurens Road)

Every Step You Take

You might have heard Dolly Parton sing, "Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen ..." in her song 9 to 5. If that sounds like you when you first hit the floor in the morning, you might have plantar fasciitis. That is a fancy way of saying heel and instep pain.

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing, or after rising from sitting.

Join us here on Thursday to find out how to diagnose and treat this very painful condition.

How to Get Your Husband to the Doctor (Without Nagging)

A Million Reasons Why They Won't Go

  • They feel invincible.
  • They see it as a sign of weakness to see the doctor.
  • They fear what the doctor will say.
  • They are too busy.
  • They believe that medical care too expensive.
  • They are embarrassed about the illness or medical condition.
  • They are fearful of painful medical procedures.
  • They have had a bad experience in the past with a particular doctor, healthcare facility, or medical procedure.
  • They are in denial about their current health status.

The list is endless. Perhaps your significant other has a reason not to go to the doctor that is not on the list.

The trick is how to get them to the doctor ... without nagging.

Right. That's the tricky part!

Here are some thoughts about what you can do ... and what you shouldn't do ... when your spouse refuses to get necessary medical or psychological help. I say spouse here because it is more often men who refuse medical intervention, but some women are also resistant to the idea.

What You Should Say and Do

  • Tell your spouse that you are worried. Talk to him or her about the fear you feel over this situation.
  • Talk to your spouse about your own feelings related to the impact this refusal of help or treatment has on you.
  • Accept your role as spouse and not as your spouse's mom. Your spouse is an adult and capable of making personal medical decisions.
  • Tell your spouse that you want him/her to see a doctor because of your love. You can also offer to go with him/her.
  • Ask if you can set up an appointment for your spouse to see a doctor.
  • If you believe your spouse's refusal to seek medical or psychological care is life-threatening, then you need to get professional help in getting your spouse the help that is needed.
  • Consider seeing a counselor on your own to help deal with your mixture of feelings. It is important that you take care of yourself and accept your own feelings of frustration, anger, etc.

What You Should Not Say or Do

  • Do not nag.
  • Do not set up an appointment with a doctor without your spouse's okay.
  • Do not continue to have endless arguments about this issue.
  • Do not manipulate your spouse into getting help.
  • Do not threaten to leave the marriage (unless you really mean it).

On average, your husband will live a shorter life span than you by about 5 years. Why? Because of the ideals of masculinity: Men are supposed to be strong, tough, resilient, hard workers, good providers, good lovers, partners, husbands, parents, and bosses.

Wanting never to appear weak can in the end lay you low. It's pain that motivates most men to seek help, and by then, it is often too late.

The combined force of changing attitudes, access to affordable health care, strong public awareness campaigns all help change behaviors.

But the reality is, even if men become more receptive to the messages about prevention, women are a long way from shedding their frequent role as the family's primary guardians and gatekeepers for health care. So keep up the honest concern for and the honest talk with your spouse (or husband, as the case is likely to be.)

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New Walk-in hours, Effective Sep 18, 2017
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday - 9am-5pm
Thursday & Friday - 4pm-9pm.

  • Specializing in adults 18 and older
  • Offering consultation, prescriptions, blood work and testing, referral to associated physicians and more
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  • Closed: Sunday
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  • 50-C Parkins Mill Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
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