Main Street Doctor - Resources

7 day diabetes meal plan

By Don Ebersole | May 1, 2021 |

Managing blood sugar levels is key to living well with diabetes and avoiding some of its complications. Maintaining a healthful diet can help. Following a diabetes meal plan can help make sure that a person is getting their daily nutritional needs. It can also ensure variety and help a person lose weight, if necessary. In addition, a…

Back pain

By Don Ebersole | May 1, 2021 |

One of the most commonly addressed problems in my office is back pain. These exercises you see below are basic back stretches that I think are effective. If you can’t get on the floor, then do what you can on the bed. Stretching Exercises for Your Back By Laura Inverarity, DO  Medically reviewed by Jason DelCollo, DO on…

Osteoporosis

By Don Ebersole | April 14, 2021 |

Mr. Eggert Caloss was complaining about severe pain in his upper back. He walked along the office hallway very slowly, hunched over his cane. Except for mild hypertension, he is in good health. In fact, one would never guess he is 90 years old. His mind is sharp, and he still drives a car. He…

Depression

By Don Ebersole | April 14, 2021 |

I spent extra time today with Rita*. She told me she “just can’t handle it anymore”. She is 45 years old, divorced, and worrying terribly about her 22-year-old daughter, who just moved out on her own and refuses to take care of her own diabetes. Rita works very hard 7 days a week running her…

Klinefelter’s Syndrome

By Don Ebersole | April 14, 2021 |

Today I performed a DOT ( Department of Transportation) physical exam on a 6’2″, 237 lb truck driver who except for the fact that he can’t shave and his voice is high, looks like a man. If I obtained a chromosome test on him though, he would technically be a she. You see, he has…

Family Charts

By Don Ebersole | April 14, 2021 |

Being a family physician means taking care of the whole family. I truly do love this, and that is why I believe in maintaining all the family charts in one folder. It still is sort of funny though, when patients like Betty* come in with their own list of problems as well as separate lists…

Hyponatremia in an Elderly Lady

By Don Ebersole | April 14, 2021 |

I visited Susie Powers in the hospital today before going to church. At least today she was able to talk, and was alert and oriented to where she was. Yesterday, she was comatose after having had seizures secondary to hyponatremia. Her sodium level was extremely low (110 mEq). The normal level in the body is…

An Admirable Stroke Patient

By Don Ebersole | April 14, 2021 |

I admire my patient “Ace” Akers very much for his determination and perseverance since he has had his stroke. “Ace”, as his friends call him, was and is an avid golfer. Unfortunately, 2 years ago he had a stroke, which paralyzed his left side. Since then he has undergone carotid endarterectomies, to clean out the…

Hives from the Tragedy

By Don Ebersole | April 14, 2021 |

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 definitely brought great sadness to the nation. The whole world was affected, everyone in different ways. Witness my patient, Mrs. Vail, who, even though she had no direct connection to the tragedy, was so distraught that she presented to my office with hives all over her body. She…

A Bat and a Broken Hand

By Don Ebersole | April 14, 2021 |

Donna was quite embarrassed today when she told me how she injured her hand. Last night she discovered a bat flying around her house. (Bats are relatively harmless, except for rare cases of rabies, and do a lot of good by eating insects.) Panicking like most people do when they see a bat, she began…

Don't be led astray

The Internet is an amazing resource, but it's also a lot like the wild west––it can be hard to know who is authoritative and who is offering up information that is useless or even dangerous. Below are a collection of useful resources that have stood the test of time.

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WebMD

The #1 site for consumer health information

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PubMed

The NIH repository for global medical research.

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Nutritionfacts.org

An excellent resource for nutrition-related research

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Drugs.com

Useful information about your medications

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CDC

The Center for Disease Control is the federal government's primary public health website.

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Medlineplus.gov

Covers a broad range of health information from the US National Library of Medicine

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Inspire.com

Patient forums for a broad range of health conditions

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National Institute on Aging

Aging-related info from the NIH

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MedicalNewsToday

Current health news

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Mayo Clinic

Authoritative health information from a top hospital system

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Healthline

Health News

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Kidshealth.com

Health information for children and their parents