Home health holistic care tips July 2021

Seeking collaborators. Please send in your articles on what you want covered in the upcoming ebook about home health for the 50plus until death.

Topics: hospice care, home care, caregivers, cancer, tube feeding, death, appetite, constipation, oxygen use, medications, anxiety, exercise, nutrition, herbs, alternative medicine, pets, music, massage, oils

This ebook on holistic home health care for the 50s, 60,70s,80s,90s will include topics close to your heart like dying, spiritual, emotional and physical tolls in home care. Caregiving, nursing care, home health care, hospice care and other alternative healing modalities to aid and comfort chronically ill and terminally ill love ones and home alone seniors.

What total home care concierge mean? What to prepare before your love ones return home from the hospital, rehab, nursing homes and all the home care preparations that go with illness and dying.

All topics are welcome. Email your articles to Connie at motherhealth@gmail.com
We seek to help families navigate home care, caregiving, caregivers, hospice, home health teams and all the holistic approaches to living, getting sick and dying.

Bloating , hunched posture, parasites and signs and symptoms

  • Gas pains
    Belching or passing gas clears gas from the digestive tract, but when gas is stuck it causes abdominal pain.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
    Irritable bowel syndrome is a common condition that causes painful spasms and cramping in the large intestine.
  • Gastritis
    Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining, causes stomach upset, irritation, and pain.
  • Constipation (child)
    Constipation is having less than three bowel movements a week, causing hard stools, abdominal pain and more.
  • Constipation (adult)
    Constipation is having less than three bowel movements a week, causing hard stools, abdominal pain and more.
    To do: Eat fiber-rich whole foods (raw or cooked).  Exercise and massage tummy with coconut oil and peppermint oil.
    Insert a suppository with coconut oil for bed-ridden seniors who are taking many kinds of medications.
  • Gastroenteritis
    Gastroenteritis is inflammation of the stomach and intestine that causes diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Indigestion
    Indigestion is pain and burning in the upper abdomen, an feeling of fullness after a meal, belching, and gas.
  • Osteoporos
    Osteoporosis occurs when bones become weak and can break more easily.
  • Gallstones
    A gallstone attack occurs when a stone blocks the bile duct, causes right upper abdominal pain and cramping.
  • Giardiasis
    Giardiasis is an infection of the small intestine causing diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea and stomach cramps.
  • Helicobacter pylori infection
    Helicobacter, bacteria in the digestive tract, causes peptic ulcers and their associated pain and burning.
  • Polycystic kidney disease
    Polycystic kidney disease can cause abdominal pain, headaches, and pain in the sides and back.
  • Muscle strain
    Muscle strain occurs when muscles are stressed, overworked, or injured due to physical activity or labor.
  • Food poisoning
    Food poisoning can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, and weakness.
  • Panic attack
    When someone has a panic attack, that person feels a sudden, intense fear that can’t be controlled.
  • Peptic ulcer
    Peptic ulcers, sores in the lining of the stomach or upper intestine, cause abdominal pain, gas, and more.
  • Diverticulitis
    Diverticulitis is a condition of the colon and causes pain, cramping, infection, bleeding, and other symptoms.
  • Lactose intolerance
    Lactose intolerance, or the inability to digest lactose, leads to gas, bloating, and other symptoms.
  • Intestinal ischemia
    Symptoms of intestinal ischemia include pain, bloody bowel movements, abdominal swelling, vomiting, and more.
  • Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction is when the intestine is blocked and causes pain, swelling, nausea, diarrhea, and more.
  • Intussusception
    Intussusception is an intestinal condition and causes severe pain, bloody stools, diarrhea, fever, and more.
  • Hepatitis A
    Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, yellowing of the skin, and more.
  • Hepatitis B
    Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver that may cause fever, fatigue, dark urine, jaundice, and more.
  • Hepatitis C
    Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver that may cause yellowing of the skin and eyes, tiredness, and more.
  • Celiac disease
    Celiac disease, which is an intestinal reaction to gluten, can cause gas, diarrhea, bloating, and weight loss.
  • Colon cancer
    Colon cancer is often asymptomatic, but it can cause constipation, bowel obstruction, bloody stool and more.
  • Colon polyps
    Colon polyps are growths that form in the lining of the colon, and can cause constipation, diarrhea and more.
  • Crohn’s disease
    Crohn’s disease is a digestive condition that causes swelling, cramping, diarrhea, and nutritional problems.
  • Cystic fibrosis
    Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes the body to produce abnormally thick and sticky mucus.
  • Dermatomyositis
    Dermatomyositis is a condition that causes muscle swelling and weakness, and a rash on the face and joints.
  • Proctitis
    Proctitis is pain and inflammation of the rectal lining caused by infection.
  • Pancreatitis
    Pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas, causes abdominal pain and swelling, nausea, and rapid pulse.
  • Ulcerative colitis
    Ulcerative colitis causes swelling in the large intestine and can lead to cramping, diarrhea, and more.
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
    The symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding include black or bloody stool or vomit, dizziness, and cramping.
  • Depression (Child and Adolescent)
    Depression is a painful sadness that interferes with a child’s schoolwork, family life, and social activities.
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
    Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include dry mouth, excessive thirst and urination, and more.
  • Diverticulosis
    Diverticulosis is a condition of the colon and causes pain, cramping, infection, bleeding, and other symptoms.
  • Drug overdose
    A drug overdose can be fatal and causes sleepiness, confusion, coma, vomiting, and other symptoms.
  • Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus)
    Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease marked by swollen painful joints, a rash, swollen lymph nodes, and more.
  • Thalassemia
    Thalassemia is a rare group of genetic blood disorders effecting red blood cells and leading to anemia.
  • Anemia
    Anemia, a lack of red blood cells, can cause fatigue, pale skin, weakness, dizziness, headache and more.
  • Pancreatic cancer
    Pancreatic cancer is typically asymptomatic until the cancer has advanced, making treatment difficult.
  • Drug allergy
    A drug allergy is an allergic reaction to a medication and can cause a rapid heartbeat and difficulty breathing.
  • Narcotic abuse
    Narcotic abuse can cause fatigue, shallow breathing, anxiety, euphoria, vomiting, confusion, and constipation.
  • Porphyria
    Porphyria is a condition that can affect the nerves and skin, making the skin extremely sensitive to sunlight.
  • Hydronephrosis
    Hydronephrosis is a condition of the kidneys and causes aching or pain, urinary symptoms, fever, and nausea.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
    Inflammatory bowel disease causes swelling and symptoms such as cramping, chronic diarrhea, and bleeding.
  • Iron poisoning
    Iron poisoning causes abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and dehydration.
  • Ascaris worms
    Ascarisis is an infection by a roundworm, and can cause visible worms in the stool and respiratory symptoms.
  • Kyphosis
    Kyphosis, a rounding or forward curve of the spine, causes a hump in the back, back pain, stiffness, and more.
  • Intestinal Ileus
    Intestinal ileus is a condition of the intestinal muscles causing cramps and bloating, vomiting, gas, and more.
  • Allergic reaction
    Allergic reaction causes sneezing, runny nose and hives and can lead to anaphylaxis, a whole body reaction.
  • Aortic aneurysm (abdomen)
    An abdominal aortic aneurysm is swelling of the main abdominal artery and can cause sudden chest pain.
  • Tick bite
    A tick-related illness may cause a rash that expands out from the site of the bite, fever, chills, and more.
  • Chagas disease
    Chagas disease is caused by a tropical parasite and can cause fever, ill feeling, and swelling around the eye.
  • Small intestine cancer
    Small intestine cancer is rare and often has no symptoms, but can cause symptoms in its advanced stages.
  • Appendicitis
    Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix causing abdominal pain that begins near the belly button.
  • Budd-Chiari syndrome
    Budd-Chiari syndrome is a rare liver condition, symptoms include pain, swelling, and vomiting blood.
  • Pseudohypoparathyroidism
    Pseudohypoparathyroidism is a rare inherited condition that can lead to cramps, muscle spasms, and more.
  • Ricin poisoning
    Ricin is a dangerous poison in castor beans, and causes trouble breathing, nausea, fever and sweating.
  • Lead poisoning
    Lead poisoning causes sudden pain on either side of the lower back, urinary issues, nausea, fever, and chills.
  • Radiation sickness
    Radiation sickness is caused by a high dose of radiation, and causes vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, and more.
  • Toxic shock syndrome
    Toxic shock syndrome is a serious bacterial infection and causes fever, low blood pressure, a rash, and more.
  • Henoch-schonlein purpura
    Henoch-Sch�nlein purpura is a condition that causes a purple bruise-like rash on the legs and buttocks.
  • Typhoid fever
    Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness and causes fever, general aches and pains, headache, and weakness.
  • Aortic dissection (abdomen)
    An abdominal aortic dissection is a medical emergency and causes sudden abdominal or back pain.
  • Shingles (herpes zoster)
    Shingles is a painful, blistering, skin rash typically found on the back and sides of the chest.
  • Stomach cancer
    Early stomach cancer may cause commonly misdiagnosed symptoms such as indigestion, nausea, and poor appetite.
  • Abdominal migraine
    Abdominal migraine is recurring stomach pain and vomiting that typically shows up in children between the ages of 3 and 10, although it can also occur in adults.

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Pain Medicines (Analgesics)

What are analgesics?

Analgesics are medicines that help to control pain and reduce fever, and some types also decrease inflammation. Examples of analgesics that are available over the counter are: aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, Ketoprofen and naproxen sodium. Prescription strength pain medicines are also available. Some analgesics contain a combination of painkilling ingredients in one pill- such as aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine- that have been linked to kidney disease. These are not as readily available as in the past.

Can analgesics hurt kidneys?

Check with your doctor to be sure you can use these medicines safely, particularly if you have kidney disease. Heavy or long-term use of some of these medicines, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and higher dose aspirin, can cause chronic kidney disease known as chronic interstitial nephritis. The warning labels on over-the-counter analgesics tell you not to use these medicines for more than l0 days for pain and more than three days for fever. If you have pain and/or fever for a longer time, you should see your doctor. The doctor can check for possible medical problems and advise you about what medications you should take.

If you have decreased kidney function, painkillers called NSAIDs (see below) and higher dose aspirin are not recommended. Even with normal kidney function, you should use analgesics:

  • Exactly as prescribed or as on the label
  • At the lowest dose possible
  • For the shortest period of time

Is aspirin safe for regular use?

When taken as directed, regular use of aspirin does not seem to increase the risk of kidney disease in people who have normal kidney function. However, taking doses that are too large (usually more than six or eight tablets a day) may temporarily- and possibly permanently- reduce kidney function. In people with kidney disease, aspirin may increase the tendency to bleed. People who already have reduced kidney function, or other health problems such as liver disease or severe heart failure, should not use aspirin without speaking to their doctor.

My doctor recommended that I take an aspirin every day to prevent heart attacks. Will this hurt my kidneys?

No. There is no evidence of risk regarding the regular use of aspirin in the small doses recommended for prevention of heart attacks. Use of a ‘baby aspirin’ (81-162 mg daily) is fine, even with reduced kidney function.

What analgesics are safe for people who have kidney disease?

Acetaminophen remains the drug of choice for occasional use in patients with kidney disease because of bleeding complications that may occur when these patients use aspirin. However, kidney patients who need to use acetaminophen habitually should be supervised by their doctors and be sure to avoid drinking alcohol while on this medicine.

What are NSAIDs? Are they safe to take?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a specific group of pain relievers. Some NSAIDs are available over the counter. This includes different brands of ibuprofen, naproxen sodium and ketoprofen.

NSAIDs are usually safe for occasional use when taken as directed, but if you have known decreased kidney function, they should be avoided. These medications should only be used under a doctor’s care by patients with kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure or liver disease or by people who are over 65 or who take diuretic medications. NSAIDs may cause an increased risk of sudden kidney failure and even progressive kidney damage.

I have arthritis. What pain relievers can I take that won’t hurt my kidneys?

You should speak to your doctor about the best choice for you. In addition, if you have any of the medical conditions listed in the previous question, you should only use NSAIDs under your doctor’s supervision.

How do I know if analgesics have affected my kidneys?

Your doctor can check your kidneys by doing a simple blood test called a serum creatinine level. This test measures the amount of a waste product in your blood that is normally removed by your kidneys. If your kidneys are not working as well as they should, the creatinine level will be increased in your blood. The results of the serum creatinine test can be used to estimate your glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Your GFR number tells your doctor how much kidney function you have.

A urine test for the presence of protein may also be done. Persistent protein in the urine may be an early indication of kidney damage.

Are there other side effects from taking aspirin and NSAIDs?

Yes. The development of stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding has been the most common serious side effect from taking NSAIDs and aspirin. NSAIDs also increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

What can I do to keep my kidneys healthy?

Kidney disease caused by analgesics is often preventable Here are some things you can do to help keep your kidneys healthy.

  • Do not use over-the-counter pain relievers more than 10 days for pain or more than three days for fever. If you have pain or fever for a longer time, you should see your doctor
  • Avoid prolonged use of analgesics that contain a mixture of painkilling ingredients, like aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine mixtures in one pill
  • If you are taking analgesics, increase the amount of fluid you drink to six to eight glasses a day
  • If you are taking analgesics, avoid drinking alcohol
  • If you have kidney disease, consult your doctor before taking an analgesic, particularly NSAIDs and higher dose aspirin.
  • Use NSAIDs under your doctor’s supervision if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease or liver disease or if you take diuretic medications or are over 65 years of age
  • Make sure your doctor knows about all medicines you are taking, even over-the-counter medicines
  • Make sure you read the warning label before using any over-the-counter analgesics.