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A8 MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012 WEATHER/ADVICE Focus on food may be turning into an obsession Local 5-Day Forecast Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 4/17 4/18 4/19 4/20 4/21 71/46 57/39 77/53 67/45 72/46 Considerable cloudiness. High 67F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Mainly sunny. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s. Sunny. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 50s. Partly cloudy, Chance of showers. chance of a thunder- Highs in the upper storm. 50s and lows in the upper 30s. 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THE ADVOCATE-MESSENGER WWW.AMNEWS.COM 0 11 DEAR ABBY: My friend “Veronica” is obsessed with food — not just eating it, but also talking about it, looking at it and watching me eat. She frequently asks me what I’m eating, especially if it’s something I have made. I can’t open a container of yogurt without her asking what flavor it is. On a daily basis, Veronica announces what she’s making for dinner that night, what she made the night before and what kind of desserts she has planned. I used to share my food with her, but I stopped when she wanted bites I didn’t offer. I had to stop buying from the vending machine at work, too, because Veronica began to expect to share. When I refused, she’d make “joking” snide remarks. She never has any money to return the favors. Veronica will tap her cup on the table and watch me out of the corner of her eye. Or, she’ll stare at what I’m eating. If anyone at the table has extra food or dessert, Veronica will be the first to take it. She could tell you what all five women at that table had for lunch that day, but she’s particularly interested in mine. Veronica is a good cook and she’s not overweight. But she’s driving me crazy. Is her obsession some kind of disorder? — FOOD-SHY IN OHIO DEAR FOOD-SHY: Your friend does seem to be preoccupied with food. From your description of her behavior it’s surprising that she doesn’t have a weight problem. Yet you say she makes dinners and desserts every night. Jeanne Phillips Syndicated columnist Could it be that she doesn’t eat breakfast or lunch, which is why she’s mooching off the others? Or could she be short of money? While I agree that what you have described could be signs of an obsession, it is possible that the woman is famished. DEAR ABBY: I’m 18 and a high school graduate. My best friend was raped a year ago. It took her a long time to be able to tell me, and although I begged her to tell, she would not go to the authorities. She has heard stories from other girls and has reason to believe the same boy has raped them, too. I believe if she came forward, the other girls might speak up. Then he won’t be able to continue to do this to other girls. But I can’t change her mind. Is there something I can do? Can I go to the police and tell them what she told me? Should I talk to a lawyer? I don’t want to see her regret not doing something. She’s very fragile and this is so hard for her. She has told very few people. Please tell me how to help her. I don’t know what to do. — WISH I COULD DO MORE, BIRMINGHAM, ALA. DEAR WISH: The most helpful thing you can do is encourage your friend to contact a rape treatment center. Although the rape occurred a year ago, she can still benefit from counseling to help her recover from the trauma. If she is reluctant to go, then give her the phone number of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (R.A.I.N.N.). It’s 800-6564673. A counselor there may be able to help her find the help she needs. However, she needs to do this for herself. As wellmeaning as you are, you can’t do it for her. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. What teens need to know about sex, drugs, AIDS and getting along with peers and parents is in “What Every Teen Should Know.” Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Teen Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.) Kid’s Weather Picture RELIVE KENTUCKY’S Today’s weather Today’s weather picture is from picture is from Kara Hayley a student Benedict, Potter, at Hustonville a student at Paint Lick Elementary. Elementary. Long-lasting pain after an injury could be complex regional pain syndrome DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I got hurt at my place of work in May of last year. I had surgery on my left ankle in which a tendon from my foot was moved to my ankle. After the surgery I got what they call reflex sympathetic dystrophy. My whole leg from hip to foot burns with throbbing pain. It seems to be getting worse. I’ve been on five different medicines. Any information will be appreciated.— S.V. ANSWER: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy has a new name: complex regional pain syndrome. Two varieties exist. You have the more common kind, the kind that comes after an injury or major illness like a sprain, a break, a stroke or even a heart attack. Stage 1 is the stage that appears weeks to three months after the inciting event. Burning, throbbing or aching pain arises. The site where trouble started swells. The skin is red. Even the brushing of clothes on the involved area increases the pain tremendously. In another three to six months, stage 2 sets in. The skin turns brown and relieving properties. Gabapentin is another example. Opioid medicines Dr. Paul G. may have to be prescribed. Donohue, M.D. Nerve blocks might be Syndicated columnist helpful. Most people eventually recover. becomes cool. Pain perContact the Reflex Symsists. pathetic Dystrophy SynWhen stage 3 arrives, drome Association at the skin begins to thin, and 877-662-7737 or online at so do muscles in the areas www.rsds.org for the latest adjacent to the injury. If a information on treatment. joint is involved, it might become immobile. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Why all this takes place My husband, 73, puts salt isn’t understood with great on almost all his food. He clarity. Everyone agrees insists it’s OK because he that early mobilization of has low blood pressure. I the injured site with physi- disagree. Who is correct? cal therapy is important. — P.M. Moreover, occupational ANSWER: Many, if not therapists teach a patient most, people are salt-senhow to manage the daily sitive. Their blood pressure tasks of life by demonstrat- rises when they take in too ing special maneuvers and much salt. A few people providing gadgets that help are salt-resistant. Salt the patient deal with pain doesn’t raise their blood and immobility. pressure. Such people Pain medicines are a don’t have to limit their prime concern. I’m sure salt intake. your five medicines were Your husband, however, for pain. It’s often a matter also should consider the of trial and error until the fact that a high salt intake medicine specifically for encourages the loss of calyou is found. Amitriptycium into the urine. If your line, an antidepressant, husband is at risk for osoften is chosen not for its teoporosis, he ought to properties to relieve delimit his salt intake for that pression but for its painpossibility. DOMINATING SEASON ADVOCATEInc. 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