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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

I will start to look for a new doctor :(

I am just about convinced, that medicine is base on educated opinion, rather than being an exact science. When I had the baby, individual doctors, nurses and midwives were telling me not to do what the other doctors, nurses and midwives said I should. ;)

12. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Beckiboo

I am going for a massage now and will try and get some more rest hopefully my neck will loosen up very soon.

An excellet idea and I do hope it helps!! Having stiff muscle for a weeks may take a couple of massages or even an accupressure treatment to relieve the tension. If you are staying in accommodations that have hot showers available, you can also try this technique to help relax your neck more quickly.

When you take your next shower, set the water to the hottest temp you can tolerate for at least 2 minutes, then turn it to the coldest temp your can tolerate for 2 more minutes. With each setting, let the water hit your neck directly. Repeat this every couple of minutes for as long as they will let you stay in the shower. (I realize there may be several people also waiting for showers immediately after you.) A normal stiff muscle (not a stiffness caused by a disease/disorder) is created by lactic acid build-up between the muscle fibers. By doing the "hot-cold" shower technigue, you are making the muscles expand and contract which flushes the lactic acid from the muscles and helps them relax. The massages will help flush the lactic acid also as they move the musculature around manually.

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Quoting Mel.

Quoting Herr Bert

I will start to look for a new doctor :(

I am just about convinced, that medicine is base on educated opinion, rather than being an exact science. When I had the baby, individual doctors, nurses and midwives were telling me not to do what the other doctors, nurses and midwives said I should. ;)

Medicine is a mix of educted opinion, experience and exact science. Because doctors are human, each deciphers the information avaliable to them in different ways. There are guidelines set by different agencies for vaccination schedules, etc. - but again they can be interpreted differently also, within limits. As for the "dirty wound" issue, the CDC recommends a booster:
Adults who have a "dirty" wound — a wound likely to become infected — and whose last Tdap (Tetanus) booster was five or more years ago.

Depending on the severity of the wound, one doctor may chose to give the booster even if the last one was less than 5 years ago. Another one may not. In Rene's case, his doctor was not wrong and in Niels' case, his doctor was not wrong - they both just varied in their interpretation of the guidelines. (We don't know the details of their individual injuries.)

When I was younger, tetanus boosters were administered yearly. The guidelines then increased to every 5 years and finally to every 10 years. Now there is discussion to change that guideline to every 7 years. I have found no inforamtion to say that change has been put into affect as of yet. Both WHO and the CDC are still recommending every 10 years.

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