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I got diagnosed with a damaged L5 and L6 disc in my lower back about 8 years ago and I thought writing about my experience might helps others facing the same problems. Keeping your back straight when lifting or moving heavy things was a thing I already learned and followed during my school times and as you might have guessed it helped to keep my back healthy - at the expense of my knees... But the knees are a different story, today I want to help you understand lower back problems caused by damaged or bulging discs and how this will affect your life. For me it began with a little shock. One day I got out of bed, wanted to grab something I dropped and got stuck half way up. Knowing that there are some nerves that can cause the same issue and that a simple injection will fix me I called a cab to be dragged laying down on the back seat to my GP. As you might have guessed his diagnosis was a bit worse than what I wanted to hear... Many painful hours and some scans later it was confirmed that my L5 and L6 disk have collapsed on one side and started to push on the nerves next to it. Funny side not that I never really checked was that my doc said not everyone has a L6 disk... Anyways, as with most first "accidents" involving your lower back the so called recovery was long and painful. Sure the painkillers help to numb the worst, the anti inflammatory stuff covers some pain too but actually I did not want the full pain free package deal. Pain is the bodies way to let you know something is wrong, so I kept the pain medication at a level where I got that information when making a wrong move... The first 6 months I was literally confined to my bed, the shower and the toilet. I tried to keep a position with the least amount of pain for as long as possible and for obvious reasons was not too happy that my body not only required food intake but also the disposal of the waste products - getting out of bed and onto the toilet meant experiencing huge amounts of pain every time. But after those 6 months I started to adjust, to the pain as well as what my limited body was now capable of in terms of movement. Needless to say that all this time of not doing anything really meant my scale started to scream tripple digets at me one day... Luckily around the same time my pain levels went to a level that allowed my to walk around 500-600 at slightly slower speeds than normal before the pain got too much. My doctor also got quite concerned about my blood work and body weight recommending to loose a lot if I every intent to get back to a more normal life. So I started to walk several times a day, no matter how bad the weather was, just a bit up and down the street. The distance got longer, the fitness a bit better and the pain levels a bit lower too. Using my old weight lifting belt to keep the back supported helped me a lot during these times, especially when driving or doing housework. During those times I was still on 6-8 panedine forte tablets (paracetamol and codein) plus 2-4 tablets of 20mg oxicontin and not happy about the last anyway. Despite the added levels of pain I started to reduce the level of oxicontin and started to exercise more. My focus was getting the core muscles stronger and to get better support for my back. Also started riding my bike again, although I had to replace it for a bigger model to allow me a more upright position with less stress on the lower back. The kilos started to tumble very slowly but I was already quite proud when I got bak to 90kg. :( Good thing was that I got motivation to continue as every kg I lost and every little bit more on distance I got out of my walks and rides without getting too painful also meant that my average pain level went down too. Two years after it all happened I got rid of the oxicontin completely and reached the 80kg mark. My doc was happy too, my blood work looking good but of course he still suggested to loose a few more kg. Being able to move around again also meant being able to work again and with that came more food, less exercise and a lot more stress. I did manage to hold my 80kg but after about 6 months or working I noticed my back problems started to limit me again. My back belt covered for me and I was able to keep going a while longer but in the end I got hit by another attack on my back. The diagnosis was not good at all as now on top of the pain goind through the back and leg I also hab numbness and a feeling like ants crawl over the leg and chew on it every few mm. As with most lower back "revenges" this one only needed strong pain killers for a few weeks until I was back to something more normal in terms of pain and movability. Sadly the ongoing side effects did not go away the way they did the first time. This meant especiall finding the right position to sleep with the least amount of pain was becoming a nightmare on it's own. Either you got pins and needles keeping you awake, you lost your feeling in the leg to the point where it becomes useless or the pain in the back is just stabbing you all the time. Starting some projects here on Instructables kept my mind busy and gave me some welcome distraction from the daily routine. Eventually I manged to find a job again that allowed me to have enough different movements with only a bit of lifting so things started get back to normal. My doc put me on some amitriptyline to help with the pain at night and although it took some time to get used to the stuff it really started to help after about two weeks. The job was only for a fixed term but it gave me back some confidence that not all is bad or lost. Life went on and I actually manged to get down to just 75kg and only used some painkillers once or twice a week if it was really bad. Then, a few weeks back I started to notice that the top of my foot and the outside of my leg felt different to touch, especially in the shower with some brush or rough sponge. Not being happy already I agreed to some new scans to check if the discs started to cause problems or if the nerves are just inflamed. You might have guessed already, the scan confirmed that my two discs desintegrated further putting more pressure on the already suffering nerves. With the "help" of some quite strong anti inflammatory stuff, cortisone and other meds my doc managed to get me back to "normal" but he also informed me that this won't last forever. The current outcome (without surgery but more on that later on) I have two choices to keep going: a ) I continue with pain killers and other meds to keep the problems at bay. b ) I limit myself to basically not doing anything involving the movemnt of my lower back, keep to a strict calory intake and hope for the best. The first option won't do me any good in the long run except liver, kidney and digestive problems. The second option will allow me some sort of a normal life at the expense of never finding a job to support me again. So once again we soldier on knowing that it will only make things worse as giving up and relying on social services is no option for me. Hoping that you might just had your first encounter with lower back injuries and pain I will give some advise on the things that helped my most so that you might not have to suffer as much I did and still do. So read on please... Diagnosed with a damaged or bulged disc in the lower back - what does it acutally mean? If you check all the available images of the human skelleton you will quickly notice one thing: Our lower back is not really straight and not designed to carry a lot weight when it is put on the wrong way or direction. Noone with a sane mind would use a support beam shaped like that but the human body adapted to this problem caused by changing from using all four limbs to walking on just two legs. The muscles and tendons in our back work in such a way that they support the fragile construction of discs and bones that keep us upright. Sadly modern life, personal decisions and only too often a busy work shedule prevent us from using our body the wa we should. Be it too much lifting, being far too short for your weight or simply laziness the factors causing our muscle to degrade are too many to count. But once you are in the worst pain you ever felt and your doc tells you that there are damaged discs you suddenly wish you had it all done differently years ago - trust me, I have been there and I have done it ;) Or it might be like in my case that a healthy and fit person just cracks one or more discs for no obvious reason. Either way it means you have to change your life to be able to keep going. Pain killers help to ignore the problem and pretend all is good but they should be used with great care as most are highly addictive and the long term side effects are no fun either. The one thing you must never forget is although being a life sentence it must not mean you will be crippled forever! What can I do once it happened to help the pain and my sanity? Nerve pain is one of the worst pains there is and there are only two more or less working medications to deal with it. The first meds are opiates to literally numb the pain but due to source of the pain very high levels are required until the body adapted to deal with the wrong pain information. The second group of meds that offer help and that are often used together with pain killers are old sty anti depressants like the try-cyclic (was that right?) amitriptyline. Back in the days they were not really good for the advertised job but one of the common side effects was how they worked on the pain centers of the brain. In much lower dosages as used to treat depressions these meds help the brain to deal with the pain caused by the damaged or pinched nerves. As a long term solution they should be prefered over opiates so that the strong pain killers are only taken when really needed. If you are anything like me than not getting enough sleep over weeks on end will take a toll on your mood. So being able to sleep at least a few hours in one go is a real thing to aim for unless you prefer to harm your body with pain killers. What is there to help with the pain so you can sleep? I know that you now already think you tried it all and that nothing good comes out of here but keep reading as you might be surprised... The first thing that jumps into mind when it comes to sleeping is a bed - be it you by yourself or with a partner. And here also is the first point to improve! In many countries a bed for two persons has one bad feature: A single mattress! Any movement from the person next to you is transfered more or less onto your body - you don't want that! So if you own a big bid that you share with someone think about investing into a bed with seperated matresses and support frames. That brings us to the mattress itself. A lot of people think being soft and flexible is a prefered thing, not so much if you have back problems. You want enough support to keep the back straight without everything feeling like you sleep on wooden floorboards. Keep in mind though that when changing from soft matress to something much firmer you will need to adjust. Really the best option is to seek professional advise in a bedding studio or similar. And no, you don't have to go to the most expensive place to buy a mattress, you just try them out, get expert advise and use that new knowledge to find a suitable mattress to fit the budget. With no offence meant: If you are over the normal weight you really want to loose the excess and that means selecting a new matrress on your weight goal and not on your current weight! It is also good to have adjustable supports under the mattress itself, this way you choose a thinner and bit softer mattress but still get the firmness your back requires - again seeking proffessional advise on the right combinations is highly recommended here! Ok, your bed is sorted but still there is that nagging pain in certain positions or the tingling in your leg preventing you to go to sleep. Believe it or not but what you do before you go to bed affects how you feel when you hit the sack. So sitting like a bag full of water in front of your TV until just manage to crawl into bed won't do you any good. Same for having your dinner and hour or two before bedtime... What does help is to move your body and to burn a few kalories! If it helps you use a weight lifting belt but just a walk around the block with a little bit of bending and flexing will get the tension out of muscles. A nice partner giving you a proper massage might help too but I doubt you will get one every night ;) And before you start to complain: Yes, I know there are times where simply can't do any exersise as you will be happy to make it to the toilet or to make some dinner. For those times and especially during times of experiencing higher than normal pain level ther is something you can do to ease the pain. Some doctors will tell you but a lot of them wont: Cold actually helps to numb the pain and the symptoms like tingling, pins and needles or the constant stabbing when you made a slightly wrong move. But you need to apply the cold in the right way to get the benefit! The key here is timing. Using real ice in a suitable wrapper, so no vegetables or meat, you apply the cold where the damage is - not where the pain is! You want to cool down the area around the damaged discs for about 5 to max 10 minutes. Put the icepack back and repeat every hour! Nothing will happen after the first two or three round but then you will notice improvement - how much depends on the individual and extend of the damage of course. When I have bad days I usually start around mid-day and keep going every hour until either the pain is gone or it is time to drag myself to bed. The worst you can do is o apply heat! A warm (not hot!) bath can help to ease some muscular tension but hot packs or heat lamps will make your pain get worse quickly. Just imagine and inflammation somehwere else, the area is already hot and painful so you really don't want to add more heat, do you? ;) What can be done to keep mobile and improve? As said earlier the key is support for the damaged areas and of course a limitation in movements that put additional stress on the damaged dics - this includes weight, be it from your own body in terms of excess fat or simply be lifting things! You will have times of no pain and where you think you are 20 years younger again but never use that as an excuse to think your discs have improved! Once damaged they stay damaged and everything putting more stress on you dsic(s) will make things worse. A friend of mine loves to play golf - if you have back problems you want to find a different hobby! Coming from three digits I can tell you without being offensive in any way that being fat means having problems that you don't want to add to your list caused by a bad back! So like it or not you really need to loose all the excess you can find wobbling around your body! For me every single kg I lost was a step forward to being more fit and being able to more things for longer before my pain got too much. And no, there is no excuse for keeping those kilos if are able to leave the bed for more than a few hours. Turst me, you will feel better, need far less medication and like yourself much better once the benfits of less weight kick in! Exercise is the key to getting your life back to a more or less normal level! If you are a "first offender" than you have a good chance that a change of habbit and maybe job will make sure it stays a single incident and that you can have a pain free life after the initial recovery! Getting a higher core strenght and overall fitness level helps your body to heal but most importantly gives you the option to gain muscles where needed to support your back. You might think there is nothing you can do if you are in pain and can't really move anyway but if you do then you are wrong. I am not a personal trainer but I found a lot of ways to use my muscles without using my back for it... There is enough info on the web for exercise methods without any training gear and if you think "really hard" you might notice you can use a lot of positions to exercise your arms and legs without stressing you back ;) And even for the back you can do good without damage: If you lay flat on your belly you just slightly lift your arms and legs off the ground - this will need the support of the muscles in lower back! No need to actuall lift anything high, just enough to only slightly bend your back up - you might not even notice any bending at all. What you don't want is exercise like running, jogging or even contact sports, really nothing that might force your back to move more than what is possible without stressing your discs... Better fitness and more strenght means you will get better flexibility and movablity but never let that fool you into thinking the damage is gone! I can not stress enough than even if you don't need medication and feel fine a single wrong move can make all null and void! What are the options if despite loosing weight and excercise my pain is not going away or syptoms get worse? Well, we can ignore it, we can hope it all goes away but the sad reality for most is that sooner or later you reach the point where the damage is too much too handle. The first one to tell you that your lower back is now due for a pit stop is your foot. The pain might be more than what you ever experienced the pins and needles might drive you mad but as long as it just that you are fine, really :( For me it was during some light gradening when I got my "first hit" so to say. I brushed it off thinking I tripped over something that got kicked away while I struggled to keep my balance. A few days later I noticed that I had to put some extra efford to prevent my toes from scraping the floor while walking. It was there when I also realised that most of the feeling on top of my foot was gone. Same story for the outside of my calf by the way... For me, thanks to a non working medical system and no private health cover the story ends here... Since you might have more luck: Modern medicine has gone a long way when it comes to minimal invasive operations and they are the key to performing operations that otherwise would be impossible or require months of recovery. For the "treatment" of damaged discs in the lowest part of the spinal area the old conventional treatment was to fuse the bones together using some steel or titanium rods. To give the patient relief the dmaged disc was more or less mutilated to free the damaged nerve(s). Several weeks of bed rest and great loss in movement was the price to pay for less pain. Today we are much further and can use micro instruments to perform operations deemed impossible only a few years ago. One of the operations with the greatest and fastest recovery rates is actually quite smart if you think about it: A small portion of bone is removed to give more room for the nerve and to aid in the healing - without fusing the bones! The next step is remove the part of the disc that is bulging out - without removing the strong support layers around it, only the mashed up bits are taken away. The patient is literally pain free ( from the back pain) right after the operation. Healing takes about 2-3 weeks but by then even the pain from the cut bones will be gone. Some health insurers see these operations as a means to get a person back to work and into a normal life, so they support it. Others use simple math and decide pain killers are cheaper... In any case you should seek professional advice from your doc and health care provider before it is too late! Diagnosed and operated early can mean you get the option to have an almost normal life again, or at least a few years of being able to enjoy life much more than before the operation. There are of course risks involved and an opration might not be an option for every case but knowing your options and what form of treatment might be available for you can be reall life changing... Ok, but what's the worst that can happen to me if a simple operation is no longer an option? One of the first things you will notice after loosing control and feeling for your foot is a more or less contant need to go the toilet. Despite having an empty bladder or just using the toilet minutes ago you can develop the feeling that you really must go the toilet again. Sadly this is only the beginning... If things get worse you can loose control over your bladder and bowel. Simply put it means you no longer control the muscular tension required to keep you vital openings closed when required. Usually at this point your doctor will recommend to operate one way or the other. For you, if affected, this means you have to decide between the risk of an operation that might only last for a few months or years or wearing adult nappies... If you already had one or more operation or the damage to the disc(s) is too severe it can mean that there is no other option but to fuse the bones into place to prevent further damage and allow for some healing. But trust me, for your doc to even consider an operation you need to loose all the weight you can! What are my limitations after having my back bones fused together? Well, as it reads you will be fused together, meaning you level of movement will be severly limited. It also means you beep all the time at the airport security or when entering a court or other place with metal detectors - but that is the least of the worries I guess... The main problem after such operations is getting back to a life as normal as possible. You get a lot of help in rehab and will learn what you can and can't do, plus of course how to keep you fit despite these limits. Some people cope really good with the new limitations but others struggle a lot. This especially true if before the person was really active and doing a lot in terms of sport and outdoor activities. Learning to adapt to the changes allows you have many more years without too much pain or limitations. Sure, Golf is out of the question, playing soccer or riding a normal bike too but life goes on and being a part of it is always better than just looking at it through your bedroom window ;) In any case giving up should not be an option for you! No matter how bad it looks when the pain is too much, there are always more good days than bad days ahead of you! Go ahead, share your experience with back pain, what you do keep going and handle the pain. Share you information about what treatments helped you the most and share how you recovered to where you are now. Be an inspiration for those facing what we already went through! Real back pain based on nerve damage will only be understood by someone who experienced it - what did you do to make the people around you understand it? Whatever helped you might help someone wha just started to learn how to deal with damaged discs and back pain, so sharing is caring! ;)
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Hi folks. Following some recent life changing events I find myself in the market for a reliable ICE or medical alert app. There are hundreds available & understandably looking at the various web pages they all claim to be brilliant at the job & the best ever of their genre, unfortunately the self promoting reports I have read so far are frankly about much use as a chocolate kettle. I need something that someone has actually used & an honest opinion of its reliability it would be even better if it has been used on a Samsung Galaxy S2 but any info about something that you have experience of would be appreciated. Many thanks in advance. NG.
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I have a chronic illness and have to take lots of medications. I've been saving all of my pill bottles over the years and have way too many - over 100, easily. I already use them for organizing beads and other fittings, hardware, bit & pieces. Does anyone have any art/craft ideas for me?
Hi I have a Lionville med cart that I got at a yard sale, The model # is 624-D. I was wondering if anybody could tell me how to get it unlocked. It also has a push button combination on it I found the battery for it, I think, any suggestions would be appreciated. Would like to use it for a rolling tool box. Has lots of drawers.
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Hello, I am an Msc student at Cranfield University, doing my thesis on 'Design Evaluation in Open Communities'. Can u please help me, by reading the message below, and giving a reply? Thank you very much, your contibution would be much appreciated. Design Brief: A Project is being carried out to create a device that will be used by women in their home to take a sample of their own blood as a health marker. Below is a summary of the results of the research: Traget User group: Women between the ages of (50 - 69) Disease: Breast cancer Scenario of Use: Single-use device for use at home, as a basic indicator of the disease Requirements: the device should be able to: - Take a blood sample - Process sample - Analyse and give a result - Display instructions - Simple and easy to use - Device should have minimum operator dependent steps - Device should be small/hand-held The research identified the following words to describe characteristics that the device should communicate: - Authority: professional - Sophisticated: technical, scientific - Hygienic: clean, clinical, healthy, safe - Precision: accurate, specific - Home: private, personal, sanctuary - Familiar: identifiable, comfort zone, points recognition - Disposability: single-use, not precious For each of the charateistics (authority, precision, hygeine, etc.) listed above, can you please state which device conveys it the most and which one conveys that characteristic the least? Thank you
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A lot of medications we use originally came directly from nature.Like chewing on some inner bark from a beech tree - it contains natural "asperin".And even potent medicine started by sourcing the natural stuff until we managed to created it all in the lab.Poisons from plants and animals are in many cases still the backbone of modern medicine - including opiates like morphine.It is then no real surprise that the long forgotten bee sting therapy makes a big comeback these days.Forgotten only in the mordern, western world - in Asia it was and still is part of the normal medical approach for many people.So what is it all about and how does it actually work?A little bee gives her life so you get treatment....And if we trust modern medicine from just under 10 years ago this is where the story would end.Thankfully we did not stop there once more and more people spread the word about the benefits of their treatment.Social media helped a lot here for once.Be it inflammatory deseases, nerve pain, arthritis and much more - you are certain to find people providing evidence that their condition improved noticable.In some case they even claim to be cured from their problems.What they all have in common though is that they all started like you and me: Fully of scepticism...With nothing to loose and no doctor giving you any real relief you might get desperate to try all sorts of weird things, so why not bees!?So far a bee sting therapist is just your normal bee keeper, but one with a passion for both the bees and your suffering.There is neither a need for doctor nor a need for a doctor to start as a bee keeper.Their knowledge of where to place the bee on you comes mostly from feedback and experience.Although a lot if quite obvious.Like when you have sever pain from arthitis in your elbow then that is the area were get stung and not in your leg ;)Sience is starting to take all this serious now and some studies try to figure out how and what actually is in the poison that helps better than any medicine and without any noteworthy side effects.I say notewroth because the obvious risk of a shock reaction is always there.But even you never got stung by a bee before and don't know if you are allergic: All bee sting therapists have an epi pen at hand for those unknown cases.Evidence shows the bee venom has good anti inflamatory properties, however what component is responsible for this is still largly unknown.Patient obvervations and tons of blood tests also revealed that the continued bee sting therapy attack the bodies systems in a very positive way.The immune system goes into to overdrive but what targets the poision or venom also targets and attacks a lot of related things that out of level or control otherwise.The body also produces endorphines and a generally stronger immune reaction to other things.Again, evidence is there, the lab proves it, but why and what exactly is still a huge mystery to science.And it flies anayway!You might know the old problem of aeronautic students when the task comes why or how a bumblebee is able to fly.Physics tell us the wings are too small, the body too fat and the overall weight just impossible.Sadly no bumblebee has even the slightest clue about physics or even earonatutical desgin, so it just flies off and does whatever a bumblebee needs to do these days....The story for the bee sting therapy is quite similar.We know it works for many things, we know it shouldn't and that it does it anyway.But does that mean you should try it out to end you pain or at least get some relief?Do be stung or not to be stung - that is the question...Unless you are allergic you have nothing to loose here once you think about it.So you, like so many before, might just start some internet search to find out more.And if it happens to be something other people already reported the treatment was beneficial your doubts might fade away and you dare to try it.Some of the stories you find are just a hype with things those who posted can never prove.So don't fall something exotic and expect that it will work for you just because you found a single article or posting saying so.Not because it might not work!Just because nothing is worse than getting your hopes and expectations up with nothing happening at all.Either way the cases of relief right away are few, in almost all cases it takes several rounds of therapy before the patient notices anything that couldn't come from simply hoping it works.Once it does though the effects are usually great.For mayn it is last ditch attempt but it does not have to be that way.Pain killers and other drugs might help you good enough and you wouldn't consider killing a bee for a test....Why not?Again: You have nothing to loose ;)Medication is good, nature is better!If ever switched from some expensive medicine to a generic brand than chance are you noticed they work differently or in some case not enough or with worse side effects.The same is true for the basic, natural product.We can, for example create the raspberry ketone in the lab and we know it the stuff giving us the nice raspberry smell.But the artificial produt has suprisingly little smell and even less taste than the original...Like all natural venoms, posion and toxins, bee stings give you a cocktail of ingredients.The artificial product only what was identified to be the most beneficial.Science has shown over and over again that a lot of these cocktails contain things that prevent the negative effects of the artificial counterpart.Does not mean though anyone ever bothered to include these in the recipe for the created meds..."What does not kill you makes you stronger!"We use this phrase for a lot of things but in terms of natural healing ways it is often more ture than for anything else.Bee keepers use protection but you won't find any who does not get stung on a more or less daily base.They don't bother with the little pain anymore and most might even tell you that apart from the initial sting they don't really feel it anymore.What is even more interesting is if you have a chat with them about the general health.It is hard to find any bee keeper that suffers regulary from a cold or flu, let alone infections.Back before we had things like penicilling or anesthetics we had much more people knowing what nature can offer to help us.Pharma companies are exploiding nature wherever they can to make money with "new" medicines and "discovieries".Bee keepers won't ;)They won't even charge you much, some are already happy if you buy a pot of honey or wax candles while being treated.But as said, it is neither a miracle, nor something anyone "must" try out!Never expect any, especially quick, benefit!You deserve to be sceptic and only get your hopes up once or better if you see a real benefit over time.Just have a look at your daily dose of medications and how much it helps you - including the side effects.If you say that enough is enough then do your own bit of research first.Try to find people with your condition that got help from bee sting therapy, at least their online presence or testimonials.In case all adds up good and positive you can cosider to try it yourself without expecting anything.And, well, if does help you too then fel free to spread the word...
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I came across a rolodex file I had used for keeping medical terms on hand when I worked as a medical transcriptionist. All the cards have medical terms and definitions on them. I no longer do medical transcription, but I hate the thought of it ending up in a landfill. That's only one of the many things I hold on to because I believe I may find a way to upcycle them into some kind of art/craft. Needless to say, my home is getting a little bit cluttered as a result. : )
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Need a partner for Peltier type project to chill liquid. Possible prototype for a Medical Device. Cash Compensation. I am in Toronto. Not a scam.
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I am a new member but an old reader. If websites were worlds Instructables would be my home planet. I have plans for ibles that center around stuff I make for my small farm and old house; my kid calls it The Things My Mother Finds In Other's People's Trash. No problem there. My editor (I do a little no-big-deal writing) told me I should make an ible about ostomy care as it's something I deal with daily since I underwent a total colectomy and nephrectomy from cancer. By the way, if anybody happens to post an ible for a replacement kidney... I wanted to post some ibles about different ways to cut the wafers, the part the pouch attaches to, to accomodate different body types, how to make the process so simple you can take care of it in a few seconds with a bit of privacy, how to easily and thoroughly empty the pouch, which for ileostomy patients is a 12 or more times a day; modify underwear instead of buying special $55 a pair "ostomy wear" and most important, how to CLEAN AND REUSE those pouches that come twenty to a box (that's a MONTHS supply), cost over $100 after insurance, and are supposed to be worn DIRTY and then thrown away in the vast sea of plastic, a biohazard and a weight on the earth. I realized that although my ideas are kind of no-brainer simple, the subject might attract really brilliant people who could offer better ideas and designs. Before I went forward with my postings though I wanted to check with you all and ensure that the subject matter would not be so gross or offensive to the community that it caused a problem. I'm so conflicted about it myself except when I get mad about it that I didn't feel I could trust my judgement. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my long ramble here and any advice you would like to render. Thank you so much!
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Http://knol.google.com/I notice there's also "How to Backpack: starting from scratch", maybe they're trying to compete with E-How/Wiki-How too? Slashdot-Google has taken the wraps off Knol, its expert-written challenger to Wikipedia. Wired has an in-depth look. Knol's distinctions from Wikipedia are that authors are identified by their real names (and verified), and that they can share in ad revenue if they choose to. The service initially features a lot of medical articles, which is interesting considering that Medipedia also launched today. This medical wiki is backed by Harvard's and Stanford's medical schools.
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Various testing materials for sale. I found them under my bed, in a bag with some safety goggles(let me know if you want some of them, i have like 8) I have no clue how much this stuff is worth so just shoot me a price and we will work from there.
Topic by ledzep567 | last reply
This isn't a technical question as such but I just watched an episode of NCIS where an ex Marine medic was arrested for giving aid to some people injured in a car crash. Is this the case in the USA that without being a registered medic your not allowed by law to help others? I have just completed CPR and Defibrillation training, (we have just installed one in our village), Here in England you would be expected to do your best, if that resulted in a bad result even death no one could successfully sue you, in fact we were told that if we called 999 (equivalent to 111) we would be covered by the paramedic insurance as you would be working under their instruction. In Scotland and France you are required by Law to give assistance. You can be sued if you withhold aid to an injured person. Just curious.
Question by rickharris | last reply
hey! I'm very interested in putting together a cluster of both red and IR LEDs for skin rejuvenation, and pain relief (I'm disabled and have back and joint pain). The medical devices for sale online are around $250 - $400. Should I pursue this DIY project or bite the bullet and fork over the money? I have NO electrical skills, but this just seems like something that should be doable!! Feedback plz :-)
Topic by depnomore | last reply
We seem to be getting a rash of Instructables claiming to be able to improve eyesight through simple exercises.Please, people, can these stop? The methods were quackery in 1920, and have been thoroughly refuted numerous times since (for example in 1956 and 2004 ), yet, like holistics, pyramid power, magnetic bracelets and a host of other quackeries, they still do the rounds and fool people into falling for them.Please, people, do a little research before posting supposedly medical treatments.
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
I have a Burning question on building the ultimate bathroom alarm clock. I like to have a nice LED clock. But also be able to alarm out saying BRUSH your TEETH. But also. for the OLDER folks. to take your medications... and maybe even take that second one ONE step further. how about to be able to Dispense your medication for you... So multiple alarms for multiple people... and design it however you think would look and feel the best. But this is MY ultimate WANT and Desire!!!!
Topic by lonelydragon757 | last reply
When we ran into the Yip Yips, we were a little stunned. They were so fluffy and flowing and said something, but we can't remember what it was. We need you to provide a caption to the photo below to clear up this situation!Post your caption as a comment below. There is a limit to 3 entries per person. The winner will be announced on Monday. The prize will be a copy of Sew Subversive. After much discussion, the winner is treylvr1 for this caption:Milk...$2.29Prescription medication...$45Running out of prescription medication to stop your hallucinations...priceless
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
Input should not more then 12volts it is better if circuit works on 5volts,but ON/OFF and dimming will be touch based.
Question by Faizan Hamayun | last reply
I have been researching CNC milling online at metal-craft.com and other sites. I want CNC milling for the removal of metal by feeding a work piece through the periphery of a rotating circular cutter. But, I did not know the difference between CNC milling and CNC grinding and which one is suitable for shaping a material, Does anyone have any suggestions for CNC machine that would meet these needs? Thanks.
It's like i want to create a database of pediatric patients medical records which can easily be accessed in a laptop.
Question by juventus4d88 | last reply
Due to the huge response to Supersoftdrink's Sensory Seeker and Counterchangeracing's One Legged Therapy Stool from a huge variety of people looking for ideas and help for themselves or their children, I believe there is a need for a designated category. Nothing medical or diagnostic but of ideas that have worked for people, how to make or use equipment, gadgets etc. When you look at the two sites Ive referred to you will see that many different needs and "issues" are asked about. I stress no diagnosis or medical at all. Please give this your consideration.
Topic by craftyv | last reply
Has anyone read anything about the up and coming Paper (thin) batteries ? Paper Batteries: A paper battery is a flexible, ultra-thin energy storage and production device formed by combining carbon nanotubes with a conventional sheet of cellulose-based paper.A paper battery acts as both a high-energy battery and supercapacitor, combining two components that are separate in traditional electronics. This combination allows the battery to provide both long-term, steady power production and bursts of energy. Non-toxic, flexible paper batteries have the potential to power the next generation of electronics, medical devices and hybrid vehicles, allowing for radical new designs and medical technologies.What do you think? Will it replace these monsters one day?
Topic by Goodhart | last reply
Is it appropriate for Instructables to host a group dedicated to an activity known to be universally dangerous (both medically and socially), and also illegal in every country currently hosting members of this site?Clarification added in editThere is a pro-drugs group on the site: https://www.instructables.com/group/potsmokers/Do "we" show the group tolerance, or the door?
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
I have a medical regulation oxygen cylinder it is a dark green i am wondering if i can turn it into a compression cylinder by drilling into it would this compromise the tanks integrity please respond. sorry if i left anything out, fidgety2
Question by fidgety2 | last reply
I've been noticing a growing number of home and traditional remedies appearing. I don't doubt that some of them might have some slight benefit. But on the other hand, some are utterly worthless and a waste of time and money. I have a concern that less knowledgeable people may assume that because a remedy is listed here that it is, in fact, a reliable means of alleviating whatever ill they possess. I would like to see a flag/banner for all such instructables noting that the medical claims made in the instructable are entirely anecdotal and have mostly likely never been examined by any medical researchers. I'm not against the use of traditional remedies. I simply don't want someone to forego treatment by a physician on the basis of what they've just read here.
Topic by ringai | last reply
I have an elderly relative who is very independent, but needs some help with medications. It appears that her current trouble with them is only temporary, and seems to be limited to medications, although we're not sure. I have access to a good number of old computer monitors and a fair number of old computers, and I was wondering if it would be possible to arrange a setup where a recording, audio and visual, of a relative would remind her to take which meds when. It would also be great to be able to remotely program it, etc. through the internet, and maybe chat with her as well. She doesn't have a computer, and is not very tech-savvy, so it would have to be simple. Any help is much appreciated. thanks!!!
Question by mad magoo | last reply
OK, big trip coming up, all the Kite Boys (including GrandfatherKite) are off to Kenya at the end of July. We'll be on safari around Samburu, Lake Naivasha, Treetops, that general area. We've had a bunch of vaccines already, and have our malaria tablets ordered, but we haven't had Yellow Fever vaccines yet. Here's the thing - should we? I've had conflicting advice from medical professionals (one said I need it, one said no need), probably down to a lack of experience in the area, so I'm wondering what you folk have to say. Yes, I know that free medical advice on the internet is frequently worth less than you pay for it, I'm just after some opinions or pointers on the risks vs benefits. Are the probable side effects worth it, given the potential risk involved?
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Okay, so I've been working on a prop for a Team Fortress 2 Medic costume, and I've run into a fairly major problem with the wiring of the Medigun. I have everything figured out, except the triggering mechanism for most of the LEDs. In-game, the "trigger" is a pivoting handle, such as one that operates a valve on a firehose. The problem is that I have no idea how to find/install a switch that will activate when the lever (indicated below) is pushed forward. I'm still trying to decide how to install the switch, but as long as the switch is active through a given angle, the installation shouldn't be too difficult to negotiate. Another problem is finding appropriate switches with low actuation forces, but that's an entirely different issue. So, where could I buy that sort of switch, or barring that, how can I make one that will hold up decently well? Thanks in advance!
Topic by bensciguy | last reply
I came up with this idea the other night for a portable frame for a debris hut. I was wonder what others thought of it's possibilities. I won't be able to build something like this for a while due to medical issues. If somebody builds this tell me how it worked please.
Topic by meddler | last reply
I was thinking that the headphone jack could be used as an input for a 3-lead ECG (EKG) and used to cheaply monitor arrhythmias in remote areas (or in the field) and record and/or send these to health professionals. It needs to be able to detect milivolt impulses from a pos/neg/ground input.
Question by BigNateMI | last reply
Don't ask questions on why I need this. Just know that it will ultimatly make the world a safer place for children. Where can I get my hands on some chloraform and/or tranquilizer darts?
I have tried many of the sync programs including telephone call in reqall syncing with evernote. i may have to give that i try again, but there are times i don't have my phone /itouch within arms reach, I also have had problems where the syncing in evernote seems off and i need to keep a better count of pain meds,One is an extremely powerful very fast acting buccal tablet.. 5 to 15 minutes for breakthrough pain. Due to the change in pain daily and sometimes extreme breakthrough pain, my cognitive mind is shot and i am still trying y best to keep my daily count accurate, and counting helps me try and lower it by changing my activities. My ability to focus and write has gone downhill.. i have one med i may take 3 times a day at 10mg, or many times try and break it up to more frequent times but same dose, rather than 10mg(2 tabs) at one time i may take 5 and 3 hours later take the other 5 mg, i do this to avoid the side effects of the other meds, so i don't get as sleepy ,lethargic, i have another med i take usually 4 times a day, but sometimes 6 times and difference lucky 3 times.. so i need a 3 to 6 string. Another med i take usually 3 times sometimes 4, and may also break them in half it avoid the sleepiness,, that would be a 3 to 5 beads. i also have another that i may take 1 a day or 8 a day, that is the one that ruins my memory, so lately only taken before sleep, since 30 minutes after taken it , i will forget, and have done things like put the bottle in different places or turned it upside down, but doesn't help wherein i am out. Needless to say mu cognitive mind is very bad. i have plenty of leather and different beads so i have the supplies. i cant figure out how to do it, and since i have million things to do, 2 years behind schedule with a lot of medical procedures that take hours to do. plus need to figure out how to modify equipment so it works better for me. I cant focus on how to make this simple Aztec/Inca counter . I know it is simple, which kills me to ask, but i hate waking up dead. Which has almost happened too many times., i have to get ready for doctors so excuse any grammar errors please. thanks in advance , i lose my pens and papers all the time so that method became unreliable. i figure beads that i can snap on my belt loop would be the best fix.. A bead counter for one strand and i should be able to figure out the rest. i hope
Topic by escapefromyonkers
My dog and I go out geocaching often and it brings us to many locations deep in the woods. Naturally, both her and I pick up dozens of ticks along the way. The dog takes a monthly dose of Frontline and it works. The ticks bite her and die. No problems with the medication. I spray myself with bug spray and there are few issues of ticks getting on me when we're out. The problem is, when we go home she will have ticks on her that I missed and they will crawl off of her and onto me or my wife. I'll find myself sitting on the couch watching TV or driving to the store and I'll get bit by a tick. My thinking is that if I can repel ticks from the dog, we will bring less home. Is there a temporary spray that will repel ticks from my dog for 3 or 4 hours while we're out hiking and is compatible with her Frontline medication?
Question by iPodGuy | last reply
I am setting up a training session to teach ascetic drains (draining fluid out of an abdomen-therapeutic reasons). So I need something that resembles a distended tummy, that can hold liquid in it and will not pop if we put a needle through it to drain the liquid. Thank you
Question by Shireenx | last reply
Where could I go to get small O2 tanks without much expense for individuals without health issues or special licenses of any sort? I DO NOT need anything of a specfic grade as this is for combustion. I wont be breathing this (at least not on purpose) I want is the small medical sized bottles
Question by The Ideanator | last reply
I have two CDs from my doctor with MRI, PET, and CT scans. They include a standalone viewer called iSite (from Philips), which is PC/Windows only. I've tried OsiriX, but the iSite data format on CD appears to be proprietary. At least, there is no DICOMDIR files.After eight months, no responses :-(
Question by kelseymh | last reply
Need help with the installation of a used commercial tanning bed in my home, cant seem to get any wiring documentation at all, its a wolff classic by forever tan ft24, its from the '80s, need it desperately for medical reasons, we have 220 already but it just blows the breaker as soon as u turn it on
Question by hewing30 | last reply
Hi. Most of you know the plastic medical syringes (Terumo is a popular brand). They are made of a plastic that I have not yet found a glue to work on. Can anyone offer some suggestions? A list I have tried includes Contact cement, Super glue, Bostic Vinyl cement, Sil-poxy, Epoxy-Resin 2 part (Araldite) So we are moving into the area of the exotics Many thanks Dave
Topic by marcwolf | last reply
I recently came across a HeNe (Helium Neon) Laser module, probably from some medical equiptment. it has no power supply, but im in the process of acquiring one. Does anybody Have any suggestions for what i should do with it? it will be my first post, but definitely not my first project. i'm not accustomed to working with lasers, so any help would be appreciated. Sepcifications: 15 Mw max class 3b model no. LGK 7621 MM
Topic by nickdisney | last reply
I'm trying to figure out how to power a CPAP machine (this one) for a few nights of backpacking/camping. Does anyone know how to hook it up to a lithium ion battery (and what type to get) with out forking over all my money to the medical supply industry? I'm dying to go backpacking for at least a night or two. any help would be appreciated.
Question by nickbakes | last reply
Hi there! I need to be able to control the dripping of water to around 1 drip every second or so. What are my possible solutions? Is it worth trying to go down the home made drip kit route? Or would it be better to try and get my hands on a medical IV drip and regulator? Any ideas? Thanks :D
Topic by tabascooo | last reply