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  1. The problem with the patch is that the absorption through the skin is somewhat unpredictable, so they had to put a pretty big dose of hormone in the patch, to minimize the risk of breakthrough ovulation and unintended pregnancy. If you want a convenient delivery system but want a lower dose of hormone, you might want to consider the vaginal ring. You can ask the doctor whether an extended dosing regimen might help you lose less blood.
  2. It's like hearing rich people complain about "the servant problem."
  3. The "perplexing" study has important weaknesses. The most important is the "unhealthy user effect." People are more likely to get flu shots if they are at particularly high risk for complications from the flu. This includes the elderly and people with damaged immune systems. Of course, these are the same people who are likely to get sick enough from H1N1 flu to get their H1N1 infection documented. I always get a flu shot if there's enough vaccine to go around. It's nice that it might help prevent me from getting the flu, but I get the flu shot partly to avoid the risk that I might spread the
  4. Beware of the "antivaccination" arguments you read over the Internet. As the "Pathguy" has shown, antivaccination zealots often lie: http://www.pathguy.com/antiimmu.htm Of course, we wouldn't have to worry so much about new strains of influenza if we'd simply stop growing poultry and swine for food. What's really nuts is that people are growing these animals in huge "factory farms" and even feeding them antiviral drugs. You couldn't come up with a more effective way of developing dangerous new strains of treatment-resistant flu. http://birdflubook.com/
  5. A rash that looks and feels like chicken pox sounds like dermatitis herpetiformis, which could be a sign of celiac disease. http://www.aafp.org/afp/980301ap/pruessn.html Ordinary acne could be aggravated by dairy products, which are a major source of estrogen.
  6. If the norepinephrine levels are highest in the morning, it's probably because that's when the body is trying hardest to compensate for low blood volume. You stop drinking while you are sleeping, but your kidneys don't stop making urine, so your blood volume will tend to be the smallest when you wake up in the morning. The body can try to compensate for low blood volume by secreting more norepinephrine, to increase the heart rate, etc. This is why many of us have been told to start our salt and water loading before we get out of bed in the morning.
  7. According to my blood volume measurement, I was in class II when I was really sick. Ironically, I wasn't anxious or agitated, probably because it had gone on so long that I was used to it. Of course, the complete absence of anxiety or agitation proves that my problem was psychological. Not. And they laughed at me when I asked for hetastarch!
  8. When you say that you are not anemic, does that mean that your total red cell mass is normal? Some doctors think that normal hematocrit means that you aren't anemic. But if you have a plasma deficit and a normal hematocrit, then you have a decreased red cell mass, which by definition means that you are anemic.
  9. I don't know. Has your blood volume been measured? If the plasma volume is low, have you tried increasing your salt and water intake and drinking licorice tea? Have you tried fludrocortisone (Florinef)? If your red cell mass is low, have you tried taking extra iron supplements and extra B vitamins? Have you had B vitamin shots? Those are the cheap and easy things. The next step, of course, is Epogen, which doesn't seem to have helped you. Did it increase your red cell mass at all? When I tried it, it increased my red cell mass but my plasma volume went down even further. I don't know how one
  10. Back when I worked at a veterinary journal, I edited a series of articles on fluid therapy for dogs and cats. The articles explained that if a dog or cat had lost a lot of blood, you could expand the blood volume for a short time by giving a "crystalloid" solution intravenously (i.e., a salt solution like saline or lactated Ringer's). However, the kidneys would notice that the blood was dilute and the excess salt and water would be lost in the urine in a short time. In order to keep the blood volume expanded, you had to give the poor beastie a "colloid" solution intravenously. Colloids are par
  11. I haven't fainted for years, but when I did, I didn't actually lose consciousness. I couldn't see, and I lost muscle tone and fell down, but I was still aware of what was happening.
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