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    Coping with Cancer Fatigue

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Patients with cancer frequently experience fatigue, which can affect a person physically, emotionally, and mentally. Fatigue is often caused by cancer treatment as well as the cancer itself. Although fatigue isn’t likely to be serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room, it can certainly interfere with your daily activities and decrease your quality of life. Talk with your oncologist about ways of managing your fatigue.

    Balance Activity with Rest

    If you have severe fatigue, it can be tempting to lie in bed all day. Cancer experts typically advise patients to take short naps of 30 minutes or less throughout the day, rather than one very long nap. Resting too much can actually reduce your energy. In between resting, try to incorporate some moderate exercise into your routine, such as going for a walk. Exercise can boost your energy levels.

    Determine Your Priorities

    When you’re going through cancer treatments, it can be helpful to prioritize your activities. Decide which activities you must do each day, and ask family members or friends to help you with the rest.

    Plan Soothing Activities

    Because of the frustrating nature of severe fatigue, it can quickly consume your thoughts. Many cancer patients have found it helpful to plan quiet activities to distract themselves from their fatigue, such as reading a book or watching a favorite movie.

    Consult a Registered Dietitian

    Oncologists often advise cancer patients to work with a registered dietitian. Your dietitian can not only help you deal with issues such as loss of appetite; he or she can also provide nutritional advice to combat fatigue. Generally, it’s advisable for patients to consume plenty of fluids and to eat enough protein.

    At Oak Hill Hospital, our caring physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers work together to provide a personalized, patient-centered treatment plan for those battling cancer. In addition to our state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options, we provide support groups, cancer education, nutrition support, religious support, and much more. Families throughout Spring Hill and Brooksville can call us at (352) 398-4240 or visit our website to explore our other service areas, including robotic surgery, spine care, heart care, and emergency care.

    An Overview of Spinal Anatomy

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Although your spine performs important tasks for your body, you might not give your spinal anatomy a second thought until you begin to experience back pain or other problems. When you meet with an orthopedic expert to discuss your spinal symptoms, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of the parts of your spine. You may hear the spine care expert refer to your cervical region, thoracic region, and lumbar region. These refer to your neck area, middle back area, and lower back area, respectively. Additionally, your spine is made up of the following components.

    Vertebrae

    The vertebrae are the bones of your spine. The vertebrae in your cervical region are relatively small, while those in your lumbar region are much larger. This is because the lower back must bear more of the burden of the weight of your body.

    Intervertebral Discs

    Intervertebral discs are round, flat “cushions” located between your vertebrae. The discs lend flexibility and strength to the spine. If the exterior of the disc develops a tear and the inner material pushes through that tear, patients can experience pain and other symptoms. This condition is referred to as disc herniation.

    Facet Joints

    Facet joints are located on the back of the vertebrae. They feature a surface made of cartilage. Facet joints enable the rotational movement of the spine. Sometimes, neck pain or low back pain can be attributed to arthritis of the facet joints.

    Spinal Cord

    The spinal canal is a space that runs through the middle of each vertebra. The spinal cord is located within the spinal canal. Nerves branch out from the spinal cord. A common condition that involves this part of the spine is called spinal stenosis. This occurs when the spinal canal is narrower than usual, compressing the spinal cord and the nerves.

    Have you been experiencing severe back pain or other spinal problems? Consider scheduling a consultation with the spine care experts at Oak Hill Hospital to discuss your spinal care treatment options. Residents of Spring Hill and Brooksville can learn more about our orthopedic services by calling our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (352) 398-4240.

    Taking Control of Your Heart Health Numbers

    Last updated 24 days ago

    As you can learn by watching this video, having an ideal blood pressure is a significant step in taking control of your health. This video explains what an ideal blood pressure reading is and briefly discusses a couple of measures you can take to achieve it.

    If you have high blood pressure, or hypertension, it means that your blood exerts a higher than usual force against your artery walls. High blood pressure may be an indicator of another cardiovascular problem, such as damage to the blood vessel walls, the formation of blood clots, or the buildup of plaque, which is a condition known as atherosclerosis. Since high blood pressure can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, it’s important to know your numbers. Visit your local heart hospital today to learn about important strategies for attaining an ideal blood pressure.

    Oak Hill Hospital offers comprehensive heart care services to residents of Brooksville and Spring Hill. Call our heart hospital at (352) 398-4240 to ask a registered nurse about our diagnostic and treatment options.

    Signs of a Pediatric Emergency

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Youngsters are prone to developing sniffles, so a runny nose isn’t generally something parents should be highly concerned about. However, if a child develops other symptoms such as a high fever and stiff neck, parents should seek emergency care. Other alarming symptoms such as generalized weakness and a persistent or severe headache should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible.

    Sometimes, vomiting and diarrhea are medical emergencies. If your child suffers from persistent vomiting or diarrhea, he or she could be at risk of dehydration, which can be potentially life-threatening if left untreated. Another reason to take your child to emergency care is the presence of a widespread rash that does not turn white when pressed. If a rash does not blanch, it could indicate a medical emergency such as sepsis or meningitis, especially if the child also has a fever.

    Oak Hill Hospital is proud to offer a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Care Center for “ouch-less” emergency care. Families throughout Brooksville can call us at (352) 398-4240 for general questions about our ER.

    Recognizing Medical Emergencies

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Would you know how to respond to a medical emergency? Though no one can anticipate when or how a medical crisis may occur, it’s important to understand what constitutes a health emergency and where to seek help in the event that one happens. Oak Hill Hospital encourages all residents in the greater Brooksville area to become familiarized with conditions that require ER assistance.

    Severe Skin Burns

    Burns can result from liquid, electrical, and chemical sources. First degree burns may cause redness and pain. Second degree burns can produce similar symptoms, but they may lead to blisters as well. Should a first or second degree burn be small enough, they may not require emergency care. However, a third degree burn, which can damage nerve endings, demands ER help. Large second degree burns may also necessitate ER treatment if they cover regions such as the extremities or face.

    Poison Ingestion

    An accidental poisoning can cause severe gastrointestinal pain, organ damage, and even death if emergency care is not sought for it. Such circumstances can arise from the ingestion of medications, household cleaners, or toxic plants. Especially when a parent suspects that his child has consumed a poisonous substance, it’s important to consult an ER professional. In some cases, the contents of the patient’s stomach may need to be removed to avoid potentially fatal consequences.

    Respiration Issues

    Healthy breathing is essential to a person’s well-being. When the lungs cannot take in enough air, the rest of the body is denied the oxygen it needs to properly function. In just minutes, a loss of oxygen to the brain can result in extensive and permanent brain damage. Should a friend or family member complain of breathing issues, which can develop in response to an allergen, heart attack, or throat obstruction, emergency care is necessary to restore respiration function as soon as possible.

    Oak Hill Hospital can make sure that you or your loved one receives the swift, comprehensive ER attention you need. We also provide a wide range of other healthcare options for the residents of Oak Hill and Brooksville. For more information on how our team of medical professionals can address your needs, call us at (352) 398-4240.




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