Preventing Menstrual Pain

A surprising new study has cropped up in the medical world relating smoking to causing excess pain in menstruation. The subjects of the group included women who were current smokers and had started the habit by the age of thirteen. But as our medical expert knows knows, this report raises the bar somewhat. But he also says that the study’s findings merit further testing. Smoking, for example, can reduce the flow of blood in the arteries and that could be linked to the severe menstrual pain so many of the test subjects reported. Our expert has been practicing medicine in Glendale, Arizona since 2008, where he specializes in treating a wide range of women’s health issues.

Menstrual cramps already affect some ninety-one percent of all women during their reproductive lives, and the women as many as twenty-nine percent of those women who were surveyed said that their menstrual cramps were severe.

The new data, which followed a study group of women over a twelve year period, concluded that smoking before the age of thirteen can raise the risk of severe and chronic menstrual pain by as much as sixty percent. The study defined severe and chronic menstrual cramps as pain that lasts longer than two days. He makes every effort to keep up to date with new advances in medicine, and was intrigued by a new report that links smoking among teenage girls to an increased risk of chronic and severe menstrual cramps.
That report just strengthens the data that has been taken for granted for many years: smoking is a bad idea, no matter who you are or what your age. It compared those women with other subjects who had never smoked at all.

Barry Littlejohn, a medical practitioner and certified doctor, says that the findings in this study are observational, and that there are theories that could explain them.


Developing a Better Doctor/Patient Relationship

Our expert is the recipient of three Patients’ Choice Awards and three On Time Physician Awards. Our own medical expert is proud of his honors because they reflect the level of trust and confidence that his patients have in him. He has been there ever since. Below he offers advice for new doctors.

It is important for all doctors, from general practitioners to specialists with years of advanced training, to understand how their bedside manner can positively affect a patient during the course of each encounter. Even the briefest, positive encounter can give an anxious patient a much-needed boost.

At this Arizona practice, our expert offers wellness exams along with specialized care, including high-risk pregnancies, menopause symptoms, abnormal bleeding, infertility, birth control, hysterectomies, pelvic pain and cervical polyps. As he knows, survey after patient survey have shown that brief encounters between patients and their doctors leave those patients with an unsatisfying sense of the doctor-patient relationship. He has a well-earned reputation for having a great bedside manner. He says it behooves everyone in the medical profession, but doctors in particular, to provide each patient with their fullest attention and the best practice that they can give.

Our expert says doctors should understand the distinction between the science of medicine and the art of medicine. After practicing in Illinois for many years he relocated to Arizona and established his current office in 2008.

Barry Littlejohn is an Arizona doctor who has been practicing medicine since 1984, when he graduated from the Loyola University School of Medicine and began his residency. Ever since then he has been making quite a name for himself by being determined and dedicated to his craft in a way that many are not. He is truly an example of what it means to be an expert medical practitioner as well as member of the community.

How to Be a Better Doctor

As our own medical expert knows from experience, patients who believe their doctor has empathy for their condition can actually experience some reduction in pain as a result. He has been the recipient of multiple Patients’ Choice Awards during that time. Our expert says that the medical professional is constantly changing, with new research enhancing the body of knowledge already out there. By the same token, a patient who thinks his or her doctor isn’t interested in them can experience extended symptoms. A doctor must also show a level of compassion and empathy for his patients as they are usually going through a very turbulent and confusing time in their life, something exacerbated by their current illness or condition. That is why a doctor must be very in tune with the well-being of their patient, whether mentally or physically. Doing so will set you apart from other colder doctors who forget to add a human touch of warmth which has a significant impact on the recovery rate and likelihood.

It’s also very important for a doctor to keep up with developments in the medical profession, in particular those areas of his or her specialty. Our expert has been practicing medicine in Glendale, Arizona since 2008. Patients rely on a doctor’s discretion so that they can freely express their concerns on what are often delicate, highly personal matters that only a doctor should hear.

It is equally important for a good doctor to have empathy for each of his or her patients, says our expert. One of the most important traits that a doctor should have is professionalism.

Before opening his Arizona practice, Barry Littlejohn spent many years in Illinois; he has a total of thirty years experience. It is imperative that he keeps up to date. The doctor-patient confidentiality pact is extremely important. And his experiences have given him some very clear ideas about what makes a good doctor.