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Dr. Hussain Bhatti

By Dr. Hussain Bhatti, M.B.B.S.D.C.H.R.C.P.S.

Pain can take many forms from occasional stabbing or throbbing to a constant pain that will not go away. Each type of pain also has a different cause. One should look for the real cause of the pain in order to plan your pain management.

  1. Sports injuries is a common cause of pain anywhere in the body
  2. Video games can result in pain in the neck, wrist, shoulder, arm and hand. Some of these injuries can be typical to the type of video games you are playing.
  3. Pain due to lifestyle. Sitting for long periods at a time, in front of a computer or watching television can often result in neck and back discomfort or pain.
  4. Repetitive strain injury can be from the type of work you do usually on the wrist or thumb, working in a factory or an assembly line, ill fitting or wearing the wrong type of foot wear. Flip flops can cause plantar fasciitis. Picking up your baby out of a cot or a buggy can cause back pain.
  5. Smart phones: In recent years pain in the neck and thumb has become quite common due to checking and answering your messages especially in young people.
  6. A big thick wallet in your back pocket can result in pain your hip and buttock and may result in sciatica.
  7. If you drive for long hours especially at night time it can result in neck pain frequently found in people who drive for a living.
  8. Laptops: studies suggest students who carried their laptops from one place to another resulted in shoulder pain and some also developed elbow pain.
  9. Sleeping in an awkward position or due to wrong pillow can result in neck and upper back pain.
  10. Heavy lifting or lifting wrongly is a common cause of back pain. This can be largely avoided by lifting correctly and asking someone to help.
  11. Change in weather can affect lots of people especially in their joints due to changes in temperature, pressure and humidity.
  12. Heavy strenuous exercise or working out infrequently can result in injury and pain. Expert advice can limit the chance of these types of injuries. Your doctor can help you by sending you to a physiotherapist which can make such a difference to your life.
  13. Jaw pain can result from grinding teeth during sleep, one could be suffering from a sleep disorder, depression, anxiety or earaches. Always consult your doctor and a dentist as you might have TMJ problems. Some complementary therapies can help. Chronic pain can also lead to Insomnia, Tiredness and Depression.
  14. Stress/Depression can lead to pain and aches anywhere in the whole body, especially if you suffer from chronic stress, anxiety or depression due to work/ home or due to muscle tension in a traffic jam or an argument with a loved one. Once your GP has ruled out any serious illness then complementary therapies can be very helpful in healing your discomfort and pain.

Micro-immunotherapy medicines contain high dilutions of interleukins, growth factors and specific nucleic acids (SNA) for the support of the immune system by restoring balance leading to a positive effect on the person’s overall health and defences. It can be successfully used in this or any other inflammatory diseases which are the consequence of imbalance in our immune system. The main object is to restore and correct the functioning of our immune system.

Micro-immunotherapy seeks to regulate the immune response and optimally modulate the inflammation and contributes to correcting the function of the bowel. It can be used alongside conventional medicine as a supportive therapy.

The Clinic of Complementary and Natural Medicine was established by Dr Bhatti in 1989. Dr Bhatti is a medically qualified doctor and a medical naturopath. He has a Diploma in child health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ireland and has worked for years in Galway’s main hospitals at UCHG, Merlin Park, St Brigid’s hospital and Portiuncula.

Dr Bhatti’s clinic is now located at URBAN Wellbeing, Tuam Rd., Galway.

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Always consult your G.P. first for medical advice and to rule out any serious illness or before starting any new regime or self treatment. The contents of this article are for informational purposes only and are not intended to prevent, diagnose or cure any medical conditions. The publisher of this article or any information provided on this site including text, graphics, images, cannot be held responsible for any errors or any consequences arising from the use of the information contained in this article or this site or it’s pages. In case of an emergency always contact your Doctor and the emergency services immediately.

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Homemade Wimbledon is a different bale game!

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James Craughwell about to serve over the tape – and the sheep gates – to brother Christopher with mum, Anne, in the background. The family dog Prince is showing a keen interest in taking up the role of ‘ball boy’. The brollies on the deck chairs were actually purchased at the Wimbledon tournament that the Craughwells attended in 2017.

WIMBLEDON mightn’t be happening for the tennis professionals this year due to COVID-19 – but one North Galway family are planning their own version of the tournament.

The younger members of the Craughwell family in Menlough village have had a tradition over the years of lining out their own court on the silage slab that’s available for recreation purposes during the early weeks of the Summer.

The three sons of Jarlath and Anne Craughwell – Christopher, Shane and James – rarely missed the opportunity through the years to ‘get the silage slab ready’ for their own Wimbledon tournament.

“The dimensions of the silage slab are almost exactly the same as a tennis court [78 feet X 36 feet} so back the years we always organised our own games. When the silage was made, then that was always it for another year,” Christopher Craughwell told the Connacht Tribune.

As the lads grew older the summer tennis court hadn’t been used for a few years but in 2020 with the introduction of the coronavirus restrictions, it seemed like a perfect time to bring it back.

“This year we took it a stage further. We used the sheep gates for the net with a line of white electric fence tape along the top so this is probably the best job we’ve ever made of it.

“The silage won’t be made for at least another month so were planning to stage our own family tournament over the coming weeks. With the weather so good, it’s been a great way to pass the time,” said Christopher.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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City Council houses Travellers in county

Declan Tierney

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Cllr Donagh Killilea.

Galway City Council will spend close to half a million euro to house a Traveller family – in a property well outside its own local authority boundary.

Instead the family of four, who previously lived on the Carrabrowne halting site, will be accommodated in the house at Kiltulla near Carnmore, which is deep in Galway County Council’s local government area.

The City Council is understood to have paid €388,000 for the property which will require another €50,000 to refurbish – leaving little change out of half a million euro.

Angry residents, who were unaware of the plan, have now organised a petition to City Council CEO Brendan McGrath to voice their objection to the move.

But Cllr Donagh Killilea believes that there is a bigger issue at stake – with Galway City Council acquiring property wherever they like.

And Senator Ollie Crowe said that he believed the City Council – of which he was a member up to his Seanad election – should be acquiring property within their own area and that this acquisition was ‘unprecedented’.

He said that it was his view that there would be nothing bought outside the city boundary and that the money spent on this property would refurbish a lot of the City Council’s housing stock that had fallen into a state of dilapidation.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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Long drives still out of bounds for golfers

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Teeing off from the 12th tee at Galway Bay Golf Resort in Oranmore this week on the re-opening of golf courses around the country. There is nothing to suggest that any golfers travelled more than 5km to play in Oranmore. Photo: Keith Kelly.

This week’s relaxation of travel restrictions saw an exodus to the garden centres and the golf courses – but Gardaí have this week reiterated their warning to those planning to excede their five kilometre limit that they may find themselves in the heavy rough.

The first phase of a return to ‘normality’ went to plan, despite the early rush to newly reopened facilities. Even the rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of furloughed golfers, who were on the first tee from daylight.

Time sheets for golf clubs across the county were choc-a-bloc as they opened their doors to members for the first time since the end of March – but many clubs privately admitted that more than half of those who played had travelled way beyond the 5k restriction.

That led Gardaí to warn that they will be mounting checkpoints and turning people back home – adding that the golf clubs themselves have a responsibility to advise members on the travel rules.

Tuam Sergeant Pat Hastings confirmed that Gardaí had the power under the Health Preservation and Protection Act 2020 to turn back individuals travelling more than 5k from their homes.

He warned that a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to deal with anyone who continually breached the regulations.

See the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops or available for delivery with your groceries. You can also order the paper from An Post at no additional charge – or purchase a digital edition on this website.

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