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    A Patient's Guide to Chronic Pain

    Last updated 2 years ago

    A physician at your community hospital can categorize pain in a number of ways, including whether it is acute or chronic. If you suffer an injury, you will likely experience acute pain, which will typically resolve itself as the injury heals. If the pain persists longer than 12 weeks, the doctor at your local hospital may diagnose you with chronic pain. Although chronic pain is still not well understood, you can find an effective treatment plan by working with specialists at your community hospital.

    Causes

    There are many potential causes of chronic pain. Often, it involves a previously sustained condition or injury, such as a bone fracture or torn rotator cuff muscle. Sometimes, patients suffer from chronic pain due to a chronic medical condition such as arthritis. Unfortunately, in many cases, doctors are unable to pinpoint a particular cause of the problem. It is thought that chronic pain can occur when the pain signals continue to exist within the nervous system, even when an underlying medical condition isn’t causing them anymore.

    Symptoms

    Chronic pain can involve a range of types of discomfort. An individual may experience mild or severe pain that may feel as though it is burning, aching, or stabbing. Other symptoms can include stiffness, soreness, or tightness of the muscles. Chronic pain is also associated with symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, a weakened immune system, social withdrawal, anxiety, depression, and irritability.

    Treatments

    People who suffer from chronic pain are sometimes prescribed strong pain relievers. However, it’s not advisable to use these potent drugs on a long-term basis. Patients who suffer from chemical dependency because of chronic pain may wish to work with a mental health specialist at a community hospital. Other treatment options include local electrical stimulation, biofeedback, behavior modification, and psychotherapy.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa is a community hospital that has been providing a comprehensive range of healthcare services since 1972. At our community hospital, residents of the South Tampa area can work with mental health professionals to learn how to effectively manage chronic pain. Please call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400 to request a referral to a mental health specialist at our community hospital.

    A Brief Overview of Speech Therapy

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Speech therapists work with children and adults who struggle with a broad range of disorders and delays pertaining to speech and language. For example, a speech therapist can help a patient who struggles with receptive language disorders, which involve difficulties with processing language, in addition to expressive language disorders, which involve problems with the use of language. Speech therapists can help those who struggle with stuttering and other fluency disorders, articulation problems, and voice disorders. These professionals can even help those who have swallowing and feeding disorders.

    The format of each speech therapy session is personalized to meet the unique needs of the patient. First, the therapist will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s needs and areas of impairment. Then, he or she will use a variety of strategies to build skills. For example, those who have trouble forming the “r” sound will learn how to move the oral structures properly for that particular sound. Patients can expect repetition of skill-building activities. For children, speech therapists use a variety of games and other fun activities to help engage them in the therapy session.

    The speech therapists of Memorial Hospital of Tampa provide a continuum of services within a supportive environment. Florida residents who have general healthcare questions are invited to contact the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our community hospital at (813) 873-6400.

    Why It's Important to Know Your Family's Eye Health History

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Your family’s medical history can impact your risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. Did you know, though, that heredity could also affect your vision?

    This video discusses the link between eye health and family medical history. Just as with other medical conditions, eye disease can develop due to genes passed through parents to their children. As a result, it’s important to talk with your immediate family members about any eye problems that they may have. By knowing your family’s medical history and getting regular eye examinations, you can keep your vision as healthy as possible.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa offers ophthalmology services for the residents of South Tampa. For more information on our healthcare options, or to talk with a Consult-A-Nurse representative about your eye health concerns, call (813) 873-6400.

    What Are the Symptoms of Hyperglycemia?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    In a healthy body, food is converted to blood sugar, which provides energy to cells. To move blood sugar from the bloodstream into the cells, the body requires the hormone insulin. However, individuals with diabetes cannot properly use insulin, putting them at risk for excessively high levels of blood sugar in the bloodstream. When this happens, hyperglycemia results.

    Hyperglycemia can become a life-threatening condition without immediate treatment, so it’s important that diabetes sufferers pay attention to its warning signs. Many hyperglycemic individuals become intensely thirsty when their blood sugar levels rise. They might also urinate more often than usual. If these symptoms present, blood sugar levels should be assessed. Should they be higher than usual, seeking medical assistance may be necessary to return blood sugar levels to normal as quickly and safely as possible.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa can help you manage your diabetes. We offer both a diabetes prevention program and diabetes support group for Tampa residents. To find out how to sign up for these monthly events, call (813) 873-6400.

    Understanding Colon Cancer Screening Tests

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Early detection is integral to effective colon cancer treatment. This video explains the screening procedures that hospitals can use to find this disease.

    Colonoscopy is one of the most common tools used for colon cancer detection. This test introduces a small camera into the colon that can provide images of its tissues for doctors to evaluate. Because colon cancer often develops from colon polyps, a colonoscopy can find polyps and remove them before they present a greater danger. Patients can also undergo a sigmoidoscopy, which is similar to a colonoscopy. While a colonoscopy scans the entire colon, a sigmoidoscopy focuses on the part of the colon closest to the rectum.

    Do you have more questions about how physicians scan for colon cancer? Call Memorial Hospital of Tampa at (813) 873-6400 to learn more about our colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy services.




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