Migraine is unmistakable for sufferers often causing a severe pulsating headache  with nausea that may be preceded by warning symptoms called an aura. It often requires suffers to rest in bed and so greatly affects their social and work lives.

It affects up to 3  times as many women as men, and up to 1 in  4  to 1 in 5 women at anyone time.

30% of suffers loose a day of work /month and 50% reduce social activities due to migraine attacks which may go on for several days

For some, migraine may be reduced by following  regular,  predictable routines  including  maintaining good sleep and exercise habits  with simple analgesia and anti-inflammatories being effective in breakthrough attacks.

However some patients  require specific migraine medication or regular preventative medicines.                                                                                                                                                                            

New evidence suggests migraine with aura is also a marker of Cardiovascular disease. As it is early days in the research it is  unclear whether controlling migraine with aura is more important than controlling other risk factors for heart disease and stroke  like DM, Hypertension, smoking, cholesterol and overweight. However at the current time, it makes sense that migraine sufferers improve as many of these other risk factors as possible.

Download some simple lifestyle measures  by clicking here.

Don’t put up with migraine. At Redyon Street, we are able to help reduce your migraine symptoms so you can get on with your life, and we can offer assessment and advice on managing your other risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

Book an appointment with any of our doctors online day or night at reydonstreet.com.au, or by calling 07 3216 850

Listen to Norman Swan on the ABC Health Report here

Being men we don’t like to talk about it.

Make it a priority to book for a men’s health check if you haven’t had one in the last 2 years.

Health checks can check for risk factors for:

A health check is also a good opportunity to tell someone about any stresses or worries you have at present. These might be due to work, social isolation, the fear or the reality of loosing employment or relationships. if these are affecting you – Book an appointment as soon as possible on line using our ON LINE TELEPHONE OR BOOKING PAGE. We have more information to help in the meantime here : Get help with your mental health and wellbeing

A telephone consultation to one of the Reydon Street family doctors to arrange some blood tests would be a great way to start. During this appointment your family doctor can now send a blood test form direct to the local pathology clinics.

A follow up face to face appointment to review the blood test results, take a few measurements, including your blood pressure would be arranged.

A third appointment for a skin cancer / melanoma check by Dr Brittany Wakefield or Dr Paul Colbrook could then complete the process.

Haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Australia. For the 1 in 200 people affected, and the iron overload it can cause serious health problems

The most common symptoms of this inherited iron overload disorder are:

•  Fatigue, weakness and lethargy
•  Joint pains

Other symptoms can include:

•  Abdominal pain
•  Diabetes
•  Liver disorders; enlarged liver, cirrhosis
•  Sexual disorders; loss of sex drive in both male and female, impotence in men, absent or scanty menstrual periods and early menopause in women
•  Decrease in body hair
•  Discolouration or bronzing of the skin
•  Cardiomyopathy; disease of the heart muscle
•  Neurological/psychiatric disorders; impaired memory, mood swings, severe irritability, depression.

Testing involves a simple blood test to check iron stores and then a gene test to confirm if the cause really is due to Haemochromatosis.

Listen to this audio clip

Make a booking for a telephone consultation with your doctor to discuss whether you might be storing too much iron, especially if other members of you family have haemochromatosis or are carriers. Book Here to arrange a video or telephone consultation with your GP.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused great uncertainty for people around the world and
at home. Many face the prospect of falling into homelessness due to job losses and financial
insecurity. Please help me support the work of @VinniesAU by sponsoring Dr Paul Colbrook’s #CEOSleepoutAU: https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/paulcolbrook/brisbane

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Every night, thousands of Australians experience homelessness. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This year I am taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Society to support Australians in need.

For one night, I’ll be sleeping outside as part of an eye-opening experience to raise awareness and bring home the realities of homelessness. I am fundraising for vital services to support them by taking part in the #CEOSleepoutAU with @VinniesAU.

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Homelessness is a complex issue that cannot be solved with simplistic, short term solutions. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds who find themselves without a safe and stable place to live. The Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises money for

More than 116,000 people in Australia don’t have a safe and secure place to live, including an increasing number of young people and older women. To help break the devastating cycle of homelessness, I need your support. Will you help me to reach my target? Every little helps, so donating as much as you can afford can make a huge difference to people who need it most.

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Even if you are in a position to donate, you can still help by sharing this post with your friends or social media.

With COVID-19 looming it it will be more important than usual to consider an annual influenza vaccination. We are yet to receive a date when we will receive these, but this year it may be a good idea to consider an early immunization against influenza, even if this meant receiving a second (booster) shot later this year.

Sign up the the Reydon Street Medical Centre FaceBook page as we will be posting updates there once we know the date we will receive our stock

@Reydonstreet

It is very important that people over 70yrs have a check up of their bone health to screen for osteoporosis.

People in this age group have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis — a disease which weakens your bones and increases your risk of broken bones (known as fractures). Osteoporosis usually has no symptoms until a fracture occurs, and so is often called the ‘silent disease’. Hip , spine or wrist fractures due to osteoporosis can cause pain, disability and loss of independence.

The good news is osteoporosis can be detected before symptoms occur, and step taken to reduce the risk of fractures. We recommend you have a bone density scan now to check your bone health.

Osteoporosis affects both women and men and is more common than both breast cancer and prostate cancer – have you had a screen for osteoporosis?

Like when you have a mammogram or a prostate check, we can help you to get a bone density scan to check for osteoporosis. Medicare rebates are available. A bone density scan is:

More than 212,000 Australians like you are scanned every year.
 
Osteoporosis affects both women and men and is more common than both breast cancer and prostate cancer – have you had a screen for osteoporosis?
 
Please make an appointment with your doctor to discuss having an osteoporosis check.

In the meantime we have provided more information about osteoporosis here

We are receiving lots of questions from our adult patients about measles and the need for booster immunisation

The following is reproduced from the Health Direct website
https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/blog/the-2019-measles-outbreak-how-Australians-can-check-immunity (17/4/2019)

“The Department of Health is very concerned about the recent increase in measles cases and is urging everyone to check their measles immunisation history or get vaccinated.

“Are you immune to measles?

“Australian children are routinely given 2 doses of a vaccine that protects them against measles; the first at 12 months old and the second one at 18 months. The first dose also protects against mumps and rubella (often referred to as the ‘MMR vaccine’), while the second dose also protects against mumps, rubella and chickenpox.

“The program provides lifelong protection in 99 of every 100 people vaccinated.

“Currently, 93.5% of 2-year-olds in Australia have received these vaccinations, but for a community to be protected against measles, at least 95% of children need to have the 2 doses.

The measles vaccine was first introduced in the 1960s, but the 2-dose program wasn’t introduced to Australia until the 1990s. So, people born between 1966 and 1994 may not have received 2 doses and are advised to talk to their doctor.

“Migrants to Australia may have also missed out on the full dose of the measles vaccine.

People born before 1966 are likely to be protected by immunity to measles due to the disease being quite widespread at the time.

“If you’e not sure whether you’re immune to measles, you can check your immunisation history with your GP or get a blood test. You can also search the Australian Immunisation Register for any vaccinations you may have received since January 1, 1996 (when the register was set up).

“If you think you may have had a measles vaccination earlier in life but are still not sure, it is safe to get another vaccination. Talk to your doctor.”

Our patients who are travelling overseas have been keen to know there immune status before visiting other countries. In these situations, a blood test can be reassuring.

If you wish to arrange testing or measles vaccination please book an appointment on line

Easter will be here soon, and the Flu Season will follow.

Immunisation helps:

Annual vaccination is recommended for anyone six months of age and older. The Government provides certain groups with a free flu shot under the National Immunisation Program. These include:

People who are  not eligible for a government provided flu needle can purchase this valuable protection privately.

For those under 65 years there is a four strain (quadrivalent)  influenza vaccine, and for this 65 yrs and over a high-strength triple strain.

Adult patients can book a Fast-Track appointment for flu immunisation by ringing 07 3216 8500. The first of these will be held on 9, 10  and 16 April.

Fast-Track appointments for flu immunisation will simply be for adult patients to access this valuable protection and nothing else. These Fast-Track appointments will be direct billed to Medicare. (Other appointments will be charged according to our usual fees). For those who are not eligible for a government funded flu vaccination the fee for the vaccine will be $15.00.

Children will need to book an normal appointment with their doctor.

Watch these videos from Queensland Health :

Source https://beta.health.gov.au/news-and-events/media-releases/2019-influenza-vaccines

BOWEL CANCER – A SIMPLE HOME TEST COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cause of cancer death in Australia and kills up to 80 Australians each week. Up to 90% of these can be avoided if diagnosed early.

If you are over 50 years old you are at increased risk. Luckily if you are between 50 and 74 years of age, you should have received a simple Bowel Cancer Screening home test kit in the mail. You should perform one of these tests every two years. If you have not received one already, call the
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Information Line on 1800 118 868.

The doctors at Reydon Street Medical Centre are able to help you access bowel cancer screening if you are not eligible for the free home test kit.

Some groups of patients should speak directly to their doctor and not wait to be sent a test kit. These include patients who have:

Received you test kit and not sure what to do?

Watch this short video

See our on-line booking page to make an appointment

Information from http://bowelcancer.org.au and the Cancer Council