You’ve probably been told to ‘live your life’ and ‘be in the moment,’ so it’s no surprise that you might not want to think about the what-ifs. What if you are in an accident or become too sick to make decisions about your own healthcare? Will your family know what you want — or don’t want — done to keep you alive?
You’ve been playing a little too much pickleball or bowling, holding babies or toddlers too long or carrying heavy groceries into the house. Now you have some aches and pains in your shoulder and it’s hard to sleep at night. A part of your shoulder called your rotator cuff might be to blame and, no, this injury doesn’t just happen to professional athletes.
Your body is a machine that gets put through its paces each and every day and your joints take the brunt of the workload. Thanks to hours of walking, carrying packages and babies, running, playing sports and standing, you might find that your joints — such as your knees, hips or neck – hurt and feel a little stiff. This could be osteoarthritis.
It seems to make sense that if you eat less food, you’ll lose weight. But that’s not necessarily the case, according to Dr. John B. Cleek, an obesity medicine specialist with Roper St. Francis Physician Partners.
Job loss, remote learning, financial strain, stress and fear of you or your family members getting sick are just some of the concerns weighing down everyone during these trying times.
Nobody wants to think about a medical emergency happening to them or their loved ones, but the fact is that illnesses and accidents can happen. If they do, your health – or the health of your loved one – shouldn’t wait. Be prepared by knowing now when you should get to the emergency room, what the medical staff can do for you and when the ER may not be the best place for your symptoms.
When someone gets emotional, it’s said that they have a lump in their throat. While that kind of lump is harmless, you may have a reason for concern if you actually see or feel a lump. The symptoms of something more serious are not always obvious. They can mimic other diseases. But if you have a lingering sore throat, a sinus infection that won’t go away, neck pain, voice changes, breathing difficulties, coughing or trouble swallowing, all of these symptoms can be indicators of thyroid cancer.
Are you considering working out to drop a couple pounds from staying home? Maybe you’re just looking to get in better shape? No matter what your reason for starting a new exercise routine, don’t take one step without making sure you have the right footwear.
It has been said that “every cloud has a silver lining.” Even with all the restrictions, emotional and financial issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, there are “silver linings.” For many, with businesses/offices not open and sheltering in place, life slowed down. Slowing down brought opportunities to complete home “to do” lists, work in the yard, catch up on binge watching, read books, and to spend time with family. Sheltering in place gave us a chance to appreciate all the little and big things, in our busy lives, that we took for granted.
Are you dealing with a crick in your neck that seems to linger forever? Do you wake up with shoulder discomfort that lasts throughout the day and sometimes disrupts your sleep in the middle of the night? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from these common issues, but there are ways to ease your pain.
There are a number of reasons your joints — especially your knees and hips — could be hurting. The pain could be a result of osteoarthritis, an old injury flaring up, too much high-impact activity, or simple wear and tear that occurs over time. If you’ve tried everything to ease your pain, it might be time to consider a joint replacement.
It seems to make sense that if you eat less food, you’ll lose weight. But that’s not necessarily the case, according to Dr. John B. Cleek, an internal medicine specialist with Roper St. Francis Physician Partners. Dr. Cleek points out that genetics are responsible for 50 to 70 percent of a person’s weight, but other factors contribute to what your bathroom scale tells you each morning. For example, if you don’t get enough sleep, your metabolism decreases and your appetite increases.
One of the best parts of living in the Lowcountry is enjoying the great outdoors — but that can also mean all kinds of nasty bites, stings, and other injuries from insects and ocean dwellers.
Charleston’s summers are no joke. The high temperatures combined with the high humidity can be potentially dangerous if you don’t pay attention to your body. Whether mowing the grass, playing at the beach or even working in the blistering sun, it’s important to know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional response one feels when something or someone we love is taken away. The loss of a loved one is a life-changing event. Coping with the loss of a loved one is one of life’s biggest challenges. Sometimes the pain of that loss can be overwhelming. “Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve,” Earl Grollman.
While everyone knows colonoscopies are not exactly the most pleasant procedure, getting screened for colon cancer is incredibly important — and can potentially save your life. “Many of the symptoms are silent, so many people will not have any major symptoms whatsoever,” says Dr. Jorge Lagares-Garcia of Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “Pain can be a late symptom of very advanced colorectal cancer.”
Menopause is a natural, normal process, but for some women it can feel quite mysterious — because it’s something so few people discuss.
“I frequently hear, ‘Why doesn’t anyone talk about this?’ All of a sudden women can’t sleep, and they have no idea what’s going on,” says Dr. Elaine Eustis, with Roper St. Francis Physician Partners OB/GYN. “They see two or three doctors before they get to me. It’s surprising to me that more women don’t talk about this.”
“If only we had called you sooner. You are such wonderful people who have helped our family so much.” During Tidelands Community Hospice thirty plus years of providing hospice care, to over 6,000 patients and families, that is the statement we hear again and again from a patient or family member, usually quietly and with tears.
Spring on the grounds of the Kaminski House Museum is particularly abuzz with memories in the making.
Not only are visitors touring the house, but the lawn is the site of concerts and festivals and nuptials amidst the varieties of camellias and daffodils.
If you’ve ever had kidney stones, you know that they’re painful. Kidney stones are small, hard mineral deposits that can form in the urine.
When it comes to maintaining health and protecting yourself and your family against diseases, vaccinations play an essential role.
Very few are ever truly prepared to hear the words, “we have done all we can do,” there is nothing more we can do,” or “there is no hope for a cure.” Tidelands Community Hospice, your community’s locally based not-for-profit hospice since 1985, has provided hospice care and services to over 6,000 patients and families in Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg counties.
The world is starting to take notice of the benefits of cannabis and CBD oil, from patients who are seeing a reduction in their medical symptoms to businesses that are recognizing the industry’s profitability
This year, the flu is hitting later than usual, so even though winter may be fleeing, the flu is not. For many people, flu symptoms can appear seemingly out of nowhere, so it’s important to understand the symptoms.
If you’ve ever had chicken pox, you could be at risk of developing shingles sometime in your life — so it’s important to understand the signs, symptoms and treatment options.
Everyone knows losing weight—and keeping it off long-term—can be challenging, especially for obese individuals who need to lose significant amounts of weight. For many people, bariatric surgery can be a great option that doesn’t just help you lose weight but helps you maintain lifelong health and a better quality of life.
Every year we’re faced with the challenge of the holiday and winter season: the dreaded extra pounds we are liable to pack on with an extra cookie here and an extra holiday drink there. If you are trying not to gain weight through the holidays or just trying to maintain a healthy balance, consider these tips.
Traditionally, if you wanted relief from chronic pain, anxiety or the side effects of cancer treatments, you reached for over-the-counter pain relief medicines such as ibuprofen, or you would have your doctor prescribe an anti-anxiety drug or even something more powerful like hydrocodone, which is highly addictive. Today, however, there is another choice — a natural option for treating these and other physical ailments and it’s called cannabidiol or CBD.
The holiday season brings together family and friends. It also brings memories of time gone by and of loved ones who are no longer with us. Regardless of the length of time since a loved one’s passing, those memories often trigger feelings of joy, sadness and grief.
It’s imperative for women to make sure they’re maintaining good breast health. While women can’t control their genetics or a family history of breast cancer, what they CAN control is seeking proper medical treatment and screenings. If you are age 40 or older, you should be seeing a healthcare provider for routine screening mammograms, says Dr. Susanne Bradford, an OB/GYN with Roper St. Francis Physician Partners.
Most people assume eating healthy and exercising will result in dramatic weight loss. And while a balanced diet and physical activity are important elements for a healthy lifestyle, they aren’t always enough to help seriously overweight people achieve weight loss goals.
None of us expects to be in a serious car accident, to suffer a heart attack or stroke or to be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. But every day we hear of automobile accidents; tragic and violent events at schools, churches and workplaces; and illnesses being diagnosed. All unexpected; all changing lives in a second; […]
Sponsored by: Roper St. Francis Healthcare Charleston’s summers are no joke. The high temperatures combined with the high humidity can be potentially dangerous if you don’t pay attention to your body. Whether mowing the grass, playing at the beach or even working in the blistering sun, it’s important to know the signs of heat exhaustion […]
One of the first considerations consumers have about LASIK or laser vision correction surgery is the cost. The average cost of LASIK surgery performed in the United States is $2,088 per eye, according to All About Vision. The actual price you pay depends on many factors, including the experience and reputation of your surgeon and the type of technology used for your procedure.
With hurricane season upon us, you must ask yourself whether your house – and your family – is protected.
The point of entry for much of the storm-related damage we see in coastal South Carolina is the windows and doors. But there are simple and relatively inexpensive protections you can invest in, and the state will help you do it.
If you don’t know the difference between a bank and a credit union, you’re in good company. Many Americans do business with banks unaware that they could be repeating the benefits of credit union membership.
Tidelands Community Hospice, your community’s non-profit hospice, has been providing care in Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg Counties for more than 30 years. Yet, on a daily basis, we are asked questions about hospice. We understand it can be difficult to determine myth from fact about something that one has never experienced and cannot see or touch.
The prospect of better eyesight from LASIK can be quite alluring. There are a million reasons to consider a vision correction procedure, from lifestyle to career enhancement to simply having freedom from glasses and contacts.
When it comes to helping people understand the role of a palliative care doctor, Dr. Beth Wolf describes it as simply as she can: the palliative care team provides an extra layer of support while a patient is going through a significant illness.
School is out, the weather is magnificent, and daylight is abundant. Is there a better time of the year than summer for kids? Is there a better place to enjoy family-friendly fun than at Brookgreen Gardens?
These days, countless people have their eyes on laser vision correction surgery, with around 700,000 procedures performed each year. Since its approval by the FDA in 1999, millions have had the surgery, many with great success, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Visitors to Brookgreen Gardens this summer will be treated to a display of larger than life illuminated silk sculptures. The flora and fauna of the Lowcountry will be displayed through hundreds of “lanterns” in 17 separate scenes in the tradition of extravagant Chinese Lantern Festivals.
Parents to-be do a lot of planning for their new baby. They pick out the safest crib and car seat, decorate the nursery and take classes on breastfeeding and infant CPR. But many parents wish they’d done a little more pre-conception planning because there are plenty of questions that need answered before the baby bump.
At Tidelands Community Hospice, one of the most common statements we hear is, “We wish we had chosen your services earlier.” Some wait to choose hospice care because they do not understand the care and services provided. Others will say opting for hospice care is “giving up hope,” “the last resort,” or “it’s the end.”
Hiring the wrong contractor to handle your exterior remodeling – whether sunroom, screen room, patio addition, pool enclosure, hurricane protection or awnings – can lead to a miserable experience and cost thousands of dollars to fix. That’s why it’s so important to choose a contractor who’s trustworthy, delivers on their promises and does quality work on time.
There are few places richer in culture and charm than the South Carolina Lowcountry. From gardens and wildlife to historic landmarks and sculptures, this region along the state’s coast is as educational as it is inspiring. To make the most out of a trip to the Lowcountry, Brookgreen Gardens is a must.
Tidelands Community Hospice, your community’s not-for-profit hospice, is about much more than providing quality compassionate hospice care to patients and their families wherever they live, be it their home, a nursing home or an assisted living facility.
World travel is mind-expanding and inspiring. It can also be a logistical nightmare when it takes you from one country to another with multiple stops along the way. How many times have you made your own plans only to discover that other travelers had better experiences with fewer hassles and got better deals?
Next time you’re at the community pool or just strolling around the community, look around at your neighbors. Do you think any of them might like to travel as much as you do? Suppose you could gather a group of neighbors to travel together, save significant amounts of money, and enjoy a host of benefits. […]
The ability to process the world through sound is something that many of us take for granted – if we even think about it at all. But if you imagine a life without music, a loved one’s voice or the chirping of birds, you’ll realize just how important those ears can be.
Hearings aids get a bad reputation for being bulky, unsightly and difficult to use. Thanks to new technology, many of these problems have been solved in modern hearing aids.
The most common signs of allergies are itchy and watery eyes or an itchy nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, throat tightness and trouble breathing. Repeated sinus infections and ear infection can also be related to allergic disease.
When you or your loved one is seriously ill, you may feel as if your life has been turned upside down. It may become harder to enjoy day to day life as you increasingly feel more alone and helpless. Who can you turn to? That is where Palliative Care can help.
For over 30 years, we at Tidelands Community Hospice have believed that every single moment in life matters. We work closely with an organization called the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Aging of the face is a natural occurrence, which can be exacerbated due to genetics, sun exposure and tobacco use. As we age, the skin and soft tissues of the face lose volume and loosen causing wrinkles, redundant skin, jowl formation, sagging skin under the chin, and vertical folds along the front of the neck. Forehead lines and crows feet around the eyes may also appear and deepen over time.
The shape of your nasal cavity could be the cause of chronic sinusitis. The nasal septum is a wall that divides your nasal cavity into two halves. Covered on each side by mucous membrane, the front portion of this partition is a firm but bendable structure made mostly of cartilage.
If I’m forgetting things, does that mean I have Alzheimer’s or dementia?
We asked Anita Williams, Executive Director at Morningside of Georgetown, a Five Star Senior Living community, to answer this commonly asked question…
If you have “head cold” symptoms that persist for more than 10 days or if your symptoms get worse after a period of starting to get better, you may have sinusitis…
No one wants to talk about Hospice. People have no problem communicating their wishes for a funeral or the division of assets and other big decisions that come with preparing for the end of life, but no one wants to talk about Hospice.
One of most difficult decisions adult children make when caring for aging parents is where to turn for in-home care. Essentially, there are three choices: private hire, Domestic Referral Agencies and full service companies.
WHO: The owner of this center, Sandy Copeland, is also a client of the business. Copeland has been in business in Horry County for 30 years…
All lower back pain is not the same. Lower back pain can range from dull aches in the lower back to acute pain that makes body movement extremely difficult…
Hospice volunteers provide companionship to people living with a serious illness and help their family caregivers in a variety of ways. Hospices also rely on volunteers to help with office work, fund raising, community outreach and other operational areas, but simply being there for someone is the greatest gift of all.
Most of us, if we were fortunate enough, grew up having a family doctor. Some of us may have gone to the doctor more than we wanted to — to get stitched up if we had a cut, to get our throats swabbed when we had a pesky sore throat and to get our shots when it was time to head back to school.
Millions of us struggle with pain and loss of motion because of joint damage caused by arthritis. If other treatments don’t offer relief, you may wonder about turning in your worn-out joints for new ones.
It’s time to review your health insurance. Open enrollment for the health insurance marketplace begins Nov. 1, so it’s the perfect time to update any information and review your policy to ensure it’s still the best fit for your health care needs and budget.
Health insurance has been at the forefront of many debates, discussions and decisions since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010…