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    What to Bring to Your First Visit to Our Wound Care Clinic

    Last updated 3 years ago

    The wound care clinic at Fawcett Memorial Hospital provides advanced treatment for slow healing wounds, including diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, burns, and more. To help you get the most out of your first visit to our wound care clinic, we ask that you bring a list of your medications or that you bring all of the bottles of medications that you currently take.

    During your first visit, the doctor will conduct an in-depth evaluation of your medical history and wound history. It can be helpful to bring a list of any medical conditions you’ve previously been diagnosed with. Be sure to let us know if you’ve undergone any surgeries or if you have any allergies, such as a latex allergy. Additionally, you may wish to write down a few notes about your wound, such as when it first appeared, what symptoms you’ve noticed, and whether you’ve previously undergone treatment for it.

    If you have any questions about your upcoming visit to the wound care clinic at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1599. Our hospital in Port Charlotte is pleased to provide exceptional emergency care, senior care, and cardiac care.

    What Are the Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatments of Diabetic Neuropathy?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you’ve recently visited the emergency care department with symptoms such as muscle numbness and fainting, you may have been diagnosed with neuropathy. Neuropathy refers to damage of the nerves. Diabetic neuropathy means that the nerve damage is associated with diabetes. This is a serious condition that can lead to additional complications, including diabetic ulcers and the loss of limbs. After your discharge from emergency care, schedule a visit with your diabetic care team to learn about your treatment options.

    Signs and Symptoms

    Be sure to tell your physician about all of the symptoms you’ve noticed, even if they do not appear to be related. Diabetic neuropathy is characterized by numbness, pain, and tingling in the limbs, feet, toes, hands, and fingers. Over time, the muscles may begin to atrophy. The wasting of the facial muscles is indicated by the drooping of eyelids or the mouth, and by difficulty swallowing. Patients with diabetic neuropathy may also experience dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and foot drop. Urination problems, impotence, and heat intolerance are other possible symptoms.

    Causes and Risk Factors

    It is believed that nerve damage with diabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are poorly controlled. Certain people may be at a higher risk of developing this serious condition, including those who are advanced in age and those who have had diabetes for 25 years or more. Leading a sedentary lifestyle and being obese are other risk factors, along with having high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Smoking and alcohol use can also contribute to diabetic neuropathy.

    Treatment Options

    Often, the first step patients with diabetic neuropathy are advised to take is to get their blood sugar levels under control through diet, exercise, and medication. Physicians may prescribe medications to alleviate certain symptoms, such as pain and numbness. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) may also help. Additionally, patients with diabetic neuropathy should visit a podiatrist regularly and check their feet each day for signs of injury.

    Patients with diabetes can find the comprehensive care they need at Fawcett Memorial Hospital. Our other specialized services include cardiac care, senior care, and emergency care. Patients in the North Port, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda areas can call (888) 685-1599 with any general healthcare questions they may have.

    Ready for a Reality Check About Portion Size?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If you’ve recently visited the emergency care department or you’ve required cardiac care, you might be thinking of ways to improve your overall health. Managing your portion sizes can help you maintain a healthy weight, which in turn lowers your risk of serious health problems. You might be surprised at exactly how much food constitutes a serving size. For example, one serving size of pasta is only half a cup and one serving size of a pancake is about the size of a compact disc.

    To learn more about serving sizes, watch this video presented by the American Heart Association. You’ll learn how to estimate the serving sizes of cheese, baked potatoes, and fish. You’ll also get a helpful hint that may help you limit the amount of food you eat while dining out.

    Residents throughout Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and North Port, FL are invited to explore the healthcare resources available at Fawcett Memorial Hospital. To speak with a registered nurse, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1599.

    Exploring the Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Almost everyone suffers from back pain at some point during their lifetime. For some, lower back pain is severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency care department. For others, it’s a mild problem that quickly resolves itself. If you’ve been experiencing severe or persistent lower back pain, it could be time to consult a physician at your local hospital. Your doctor may recommend some tests, such as imaging scans, to determine the underlying cause of the problem.

    Soft Tissues

    It’s a common misconception that lower back pain always involves a problem with the spine itself, when in fact the back is composed of a multitude of structures. Often, lower back pain arises from damage to the muscles or ligaments of the back. These soft tissues may become sprained or stretched beyond their normal capacity if you engage in physical activities such as trying to lift a very heavy object.

    Intervertebral Discs

    Your spine has many more structures than just your bones, or vertebrae. It also features intervertebral discs, which serve as cushions for the vertebrae. They absorb shock and promote flexibility. However, over time, the discs begin to lose their water content and become more brittle, which means they are prone to developing tears. This can cause back pain in itself. However, if the tear enables the inner material of the disc to protrude through the exterior and compress a nerve, this can also cause lower back pain. This condition is referred to as disc herniation.

    Lifestyle Factors

    Certain lifestyle factors can contribute to lower back pain and increase the odds that you’ll visit an emergency care department. Individuals who are overweight or obese and those who maintain poor posture are at a higher risk of suffering lower back pain. Additionally, smoking, stress, and poor physical condition may contribute to this common health issue.

    Residents of Punta Gorda, North Port, and Port Charlotte are invited to explore the Spine, Orthopedic, and Neurosurgical Program available at Fawcett Memorial Hospital. We provide exceptional treatments within a luxurious, hotel-like setting. Connect with our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1599 to request a physician referral or to ask us about our cardiac care, emergency care, or senior care departments.


    What Is Sleepwalking?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    There are many types of sleep disorders, including sleepwalking. Sleepwalking encompasses any type of unusual physical activity that occurs while one is still asleep, such as sitting up in bed, walking around the house, getting food from the refrigerator, or even driving a car. Individuals who sleepwalk are unlikely to remember having done so the next day. They are often difficult to awaken and they may engage in inappropriate behaviors while asleep.

    The exact cause of sleepwalking is still unknown. However, doctors believe it could be attributed to several factors, such as stress, sleep deprivation, or the use of certain medications. Certain medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, panic attacks, and hyperthyroidism, may also contribute to sleepwalking. Medication can help reduce incidences of sleepwalking, and doctors often recommend modifying the home to reduce the risk of falls during sleepwalking episodes.

    The team at Fawcett Memorial Hospital near Punta Gorda provides compassionate medical care for a broad range of medical conditions, including sleep disorders, cardiac conditions, senior health concerns, and emergency medical needs. Visit us online or call (888) 685-1599 to learn more.


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