Medical Notes From Marvin

A couple of health links from Marvin: one about a new method of combatting carpal tunnel syndrome, a problem I’m increasingly suspicious I’m developing:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. ?After a long day on the job, tired minds and sore feet look forward to a long night of rejuvenating rest. A new study finds that nocturnal rest can do a world of good for your hands and wrists too, especially if you are one of the millions of American workers who are just beginning to feel the common pain and discomfort linked to carpal tunnel syndrome.

And here’s another note on something relevant to me, about the possible link between gut bacteria and asthma:

In the January 2005 issue of Infection & Immunity, U-M researchers report new evidence suggesting that changes in the normal mixture of microflora ?bacteria and fungi in the gastrointestinal tract ?can intensify the immune system’s reaction to common allergens, like pollen or animal dander, in the lung and increase the risk of developing chronic allergies or asthma.

Now, that information sure can’t do me any good, but it’s interesting to know why I might have developed this condition at some point… or at least, to know how antibiotics may have played a part in it. I wonder if that’s why I’m more short of breath these days, too.

3 thoughts on “Medical Notes From Marvin

  1. Er… is it hypochondria when I’m talking about real symptoms? My girlfriend winces at the sound my wrists make when I turn them a little, and they hurt sometimes enough to make me unable to sleep. And as for the asthma, it’s been diagnosed and the diagnosis has been confirmed. I’m even using medication for it, which a doc gave me. And another thing, I’ve noticed it’s worse in cold weather (which isn’t unusual) and that it’s still worse when I have some other infection (which may or may not make sense). It’s very easy to call someone a hypochondriac, but it’s also offensive when the symptoms the person is talking about are not in his head, and not the sort that one can just sort of manufacture. I mean, other people notice when I cannot breathe, or when I’m wheezing continually until I take my medication. It’s not just me.

    And I took your test. Ahem:

    Results of “The Test”
    How much of a hypochondriac are you?

    Your score = 15

    What does your score mean?
    According to your answers, you don’t generally obsess about your health or overreact to commonplace symptoms and ailments. Your physical well-being may very well be important to you (as it should be) but you know that distressing excessively about it won’t protect you from health trouble – if it comes, you’ll handle in then. Why waste your time worrying? As a result of your attitude, you’re able to stay relatively calm and collected when you’re feeling a little “off”. As long as you put in the necessary effort to maintain a healthy body, your perspective is serving you well.

    I actually do get sick easily, and it is real symptoms. Every time I see a doc they look at the spot where I’m having actual, palpable pain and see what’s wrong rather quickly.

    It’s pretty hard to fake or imagine tonsilitis, or an infection in your gums, or anything else I’ve seen doctors for. I’ve just had a bad run of infections the last six months, because of stress and complications related to a wisdom tooth I’m going to have pulled as soon as possible, so I can go a few months without being sick, have the energy to exercise again, and so on… That’s all.

    And it might strike you as sensitive of me to reply in this way, but you know,I had to fight my folks as a kid to get my asthma diagnosed and to get treatment. (They were convinced I had some kind of fungal problem in my lungs, for some reason.) You try living with untreated asthma for a few years and see how it feels. You’ll be a lot more sensitive to your general health, and more careful to get problems treated promptly instead of avoiding treatment, after that.

    When I broke my finger last summer in a bike accident, and didn’t realize it was broken, my girlfriend told me to go see a doc, just in case. I poo-pooed it. Well, turned out she was right and it needed a splint. Now I’m not so easger to just overlook real symptoms and the like.

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