How to Deal with Skin Allergy

Allergy

Allergy is body hypersensitivity to some substance. Our body can react by breathing system allergy (rhinitis and asthma), intestine allergy (diarrhea) and skin allergy. Skin allergy may occur in the form of mild skin redness until dermatitis, which can appear in many places.

Skin Allergy Identification

When you suddenly get the red spots and suspect an allergy, question your self these:

-Do The red spot appear in a broad part of your body (at your arms and legs) or just in a small part (at your palm hand)?

-What Unusual food or even drug and food supplement have you taken?

-Do You change your detergent?

Small part of itchy redness in your palm may indicate that you have a skin contact allergy. Avoid touching the suspected substance. Broad skin redness may be suspected as caused by food allergy-something that goes with the blood flow.

Skin Allergy Treatment

Corticosteroid combined with antihistamines cream or ointment can be used to relieve skin redness. Dermatologist may prescribe a mixture cream contains anti histamines, anti redness, and itchy reducer. Some topical corticosteriods used for allergy treatment are betamethasone, clobetasol, clobetasone,

desonide, desoxymethasone, dexamethasone, difluocortolone, flumethasone and fluocinolone.

There is also natural herbs contained cream for allergy relieving. Some herbs have anti histamine factor in their extract. You can use natural herbs to relieve allergy. Check the label before buying some natural herbs base allergy treatment to find any drug substance inserted in it. A natural herbs treatment should not use any drug substances otherwise they are called allergy drug.

Skin Allergy Alerts

Put a greater consideration in your skin allergy and consult your doctor if:

-Any Topical treatment did not work out. No allergy symptoms like skin redness and itchy feeling are reduced.

-You Have another severe allergy symptoms like breath difficulty, faster heartbeat, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Those symptoms are leading to serious allergy that cause anaphylactic shock and should be treated soon by a medical doctor.

Further Steps to avoid Skin Allergy

-Take An allergy test to know what substances you are allergic to. It is called a patch test. Doctor will give some allergy suspected substances on your skin and see which one cause you allergy. It is not a painful test but useful to prevent from contact skin allergy.

-Always Remember what you are allergic to and avoid things that can cause allergy.

-Prepare An allergy cream as a first aid. At least the cream will prevent from scratching your allergic skin.

Coding for ACL Repair and Microfracture Chondroplasty

Orthopedic surgeons often perform anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair and chondroplasty (to close a lesion or microfracture) during the same operating room session. Although a unique CPT code exists for each procedure, not all payers recognize the two as separate events when they are performed in tandem.

The Scenario: A woman with a 10-year-old ACL reconstruction twisted her knee when she lifted a heavy package and lost her balance. For the first time in ten years, the woman began to experience pain and instability in her knee, which continued despite conservative treatment of rest, anti-inflammatory medication and rehabilitation. The woman opted for an ACL revision.

Arthroscopic evaluation of the ACL confirmed its incompetence, and the ACL was reconstructed anew using a portion of the patients patellar tendon (autograft). During the same operating session, arthroscopic evaluation revealed damage to the articular cartilage, specifically grade II to III changes on the medial femoral condyle. An inferomedial portal was established and a chondroplasty was performed.

Codes 29888 and 29877

Coding the ACL revision: CPT code 29888 (arthroscopically aided anterior cruciate ligament repair/augmentation or reconstruction) applies even though the patient is undergoing a revision. But because it is a revision, it is important that the diagnostic code show the current, work-related injury, according to Peggy A. Hapner, CCS, RRA, a consulting services manager at Medical Learning Inc. in St. Paul, MN.

Coding the chondroplasty: CPT code 29877 (arthroscopy, knee, surgical; debridement shaving of articular cartilage [chondroplasty]) applies to the chondroplasty (a procedure that aims to stimulate growth of new cartilage across a lesion or microfracture), if the payer recognizes the procedure as separate from the ACL revision. If the procedure is done by itself, this is the correct code.

Note: A chondroplasty performed with procedures other than ACL repair may be bundled with those procedures. See the January 1999 issue of Orthopedic Coding Alert for a review of this topic.

Not All Payers Recognize Separate Codes

Its easy to get complacent when unique codes are available for procedures performed in separate pockets during the same surgical session. But what appears like straightforward coding can be more complex.

The Correct Coding Initiative (CCI), also known as the National Correct Coding Policy, which was developed at the request of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), precipitates the difficulty with 29877. The CCI considers arthroscopic ACL and chondroplasty procedures performed at the same time to be bundled under CPT code 29888, explains Hapner.

The CCI is not in effect at hospitals yet, continues Hapner. But payers are already using 29888 to bundle the procedures.

Others echo Hapners experience. A lot of payers are not wanting to pay 29877, explains Sheri Benton, CPC, a coder at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. They consider it unbundling.

To better the chances for payment, Benton says, I use a –59 modifier (distinct procedural service) up front.

Benton emphasizes, Sports surgeons agree with 29877. And a coder at one of the premier sports clinics in the nation says that the 29888 and 29877 are used routinely and payers react favorably.

What explains the success some claimants have with using the separate codes? The response varies by region, according to Hapner.

How Much Help Is the -59 Modifier?

It might help to draw the payers attention to the separate components, according to Susan Callaway- Stradley, CPC, CCS-P, an independent coding consultant who was named the American Association of Professional Coders Coder of the Year. And the -59 modifier serves that purpose well.

But Callaway-Stradley emphasizes, Some commercial carriers consider chondroplasty bundled [if it is performed in a surgical session with an ACL repair]. She notes that those payers are not going to change their position. And she recommends coders call any payer with whom they are not familiar to find out whether it accepts the 29877 code.

Alternatives to Chondroplasty

Instead of using the technique of scraping to encourage the growth of new cartilage, some physicians are turning to the use of cartilage plugs, an osteochondral autograft transplant (OAT) procedure. The OAT is so new it is coded as 29909 (unlisted procedure, arthroscopy).

And on the horizon is the autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI). In the ACI, cartilage cells are removed, cultured outside the body and then, when available in more robust numbers, implanted (about three to four weeks later). A researcher in Sweden developed the technique. If ACI wins acceptance in the US, it is another candidate for 29909.

Because the 29909 code signifies an unlisted procedure, a copy of the operative report must be included with it. And, as a general reminder, Callaway-Stradley cautions that 29909 brings mixed reactions. Hapner agrees: It has become an issue recently that certain payers do not like the unlisted procedure code. Medicare, for example, says to get something more specific.

What if the 29909 must be used? Be sure, says Callaway-Stradley, to include documentation to prove the effectiveness of the procedure. Demonstrating that a relatively new technique is tried and brings expected results takes time, but ultimately it speeds up the reimbursement process.”

Ten Tips For Beating Depression

I heard about a woman who was suffering from depression, so her concerned husband took her to a psychiatrist. The doctor listened to the couple talk about their relationship, and then he said, "The treatment I prescribe is really quite simple." With that, he went over to the man's wife, gathered her up in his arms, and gave her a big kiss. He then stepped back and looked at the woman's glowing face and broad smile. Turning to the woman's husband, he said, "See! That's all she needs to put new life back into her." Expressionless, the husband said, "If you say so, Doc, I can bring her in on Tuesdays and Thursdays."

Okay, that's not how to treat depression, but I have a few other suggestions that make more sense. As a result of trial and error, over the course of thirty years, I've found ten blues battling strategies that often help me. These are not quick fixes, and this list is not exhaustive. It is also not a "must do" list.

When you're depressed, the last thing you need is a list of expectations to live up to. Do not stress about forcing yourself to accomplish all these things. They're not items to be checked off a list each day. The only one that is crucial is number one. After that, you can experiment with the others as you feel able to.

1) Get the Facts and Get Help.

Web sites and books on depression abound. Find them and do some research. You need to know what you're dealing with. Learn all you can about depression, so you can make educated decisions about your own health, learn how others cope, and find what medical treatment is available. Many books have self tests to help you determine whether you are experiencing clinical depression or temporary sadness in reaction to an event. In addition to reading everything you can get your hands on, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is seek medical help right away. Depression is much too complicated for you to solve on your own. Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that is very complicated to treat. Often it is a physical problem that requires long term medication. In my own experience, it's taken years of medication, counseling, and practicing various self help methods to slowly emerge from it, and it's still a daily battle.

Many people suffer needlessly from depression because they will not consult a doctor. If you're waiting for God to heal you, consider this: God gives scientists intelligence, which they often use to create helpful medicines; and He gives doctors wisdom to treat illnesses. Wise doctors and modern medicines are gifts from God and vehicles through which He often heals. Doctors can help you determine whether what you feel is truly depression, or if you are just reacting normally to a sad life situation.

If you've experienced depression, you already know it is not an illness you can "snap out of," no matter what others may tell you. It's not something to be ashamed of either. Depression can be a serious physical illness caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals or other factors. Like any serious medical condition, depression needs to be treated. Without the proper treatment, none of my suggested coping strategies will do any good.

2) Get Focused.

Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness pervade the life of a depressed person. The opposite of depression is a hopeful attitude. Focusing on hope and developing a hopeful heart is a must. It can be accomplished in a couple ways. One way is to search the Bible for the numerous Scriptures that tell how God has helped those who felt hopeless. It's helpful to memorize verses like these: Hebrews 4:15 (For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.); 2 Corinthians 4: 8 & 9 (All-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.); Matthew 6:34 (Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.); Isaiah 41:10 (Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.); and John 14:27 (Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.).

The story of Job and the book of Psalms are the most worn pages in my Bible. While at my lowest, I've read and re-read them more times than I can count. My fridge and the mirrors in my house are covered with sticky notes reminding me of how God intervenes in the lives of His people.

Another way to focus on hope is by practicing positive self talk. This simply means telling yourself good things. I made a list for myself of positive affirmations like "God cares and understands my pain. God values ​​me. God is giving me strength. I am made in God's image. I can choose my attitude. I choose not to put myself down. I 'm a worthwhile person. I have a purpose. I enjoy life. I choose to be happy and I am competent. " If you struggle with depression, I think you'll find it helpful to write down as many of these affirmations as you can think of and read them every day. Even if they're not currently true or you do not really believe them, it's okay. Say them to yourself anyway. Your mind will come to believe what you tell it, so tell it you are already the type of person you want to become. Be sure to remind yourself often that God is with you and He is pouring his strength on you. "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. … For You are the God of my strength … "(Psalm 42: 5 and 43: 2 NKJV)

2 Corinthians 4:18 says we need to "fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." Focusing on positive, heavenly things rather than earthly things will keep the feelings of hopelessness at bay.

3) Get Friendly.

Fellowship with other people is a mood lifter. Being alone is the worst thing you can do when you're depressed. Unfortunately, it's usually the very thing I want most. Depression grows best in isolation. I find it very difficult to get out and socialize when I'm depressed, but if I push myself to do it, I'm almost always glad later. Some ideas for socializing include joining a club, taking a class, inviting someone to meet you for lunch, or visiting a nursing home to chat with the residents there. It especially helps me to be with friends who enjoy the same hobbies I do. Shopping, watching movies, and rubber stamping are some of the things I enjoy doing alone, but they're twice as much fun when I do them with friends.

4) Get Giggling.

I collect cartoons and funny newspaper columns. I visit humor web sites online, watch funny movies, and read funny books. Best of all is laughing with friends. One of the reasons I enjoy my grandson so much is because he makes me laugh. I can act goofy with him and let go of my inhibitions. We dance and sing and make up silly rhymes. I have photographs of us wearing funny glasses with big black mustaches. I laugh every time I look at those. Laughing affects brain chemicals. It releases endorphins, which make you feel good. Chocolate does the same thing, but a good laugh is less fattening.

A friend of mine, who had a very frustrating job, told me that one day she was inspired by someone who had a huge, bright smile. She decided to emulate that woman and smile at everyone she encountered. Right away, she realized that smiling was addictive. It seemed to make the time pass more quickly and she found herself less frustrated and more at peace. She told me, "It sounds corny, but it really works!"

Paul wrote, "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice!" (Philippians 4: 4 NKJV) I've heard that a person can act her way into feeling better. Act happy, act glad, and it helps you to feel happy and glad. Paul exhibited this truth in his own life. Acts 16 tells how Paul and Silas were attacked, beaten, locked in stocks, and thrown into solitary confinement. Yet, at midnight, what were they doing? Feeling sorry for themselves? Asking God, "Why?" Moaning and complaining like I do? No, they were singing! Sure they were suffering, but they knew they were children of God. Paul may have even been remembering his personal encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. (Acts 22:10) They were praising God because they had been rescued from their sins, filled by the Holy Spirit, and added to God's family. No jailer could take that away. That was worth being grateful for, no matter what else happened to them. Even if they were to be killed, it would only send them to heaven. So why should they fear? That's some awesome faith, is not it?

5) Get Rhythm.

When I feel a case of the gloomies descending, that is not the time to play melancholy music. Positive upbeat tunes are in order – the sort of music you might hear at a parade or a circus. Music gets your toes tapping and your blood flowing. It makes you want to sing. Singing and dancing sends a message to your brain that you're happy. Your brain is an actualizer. Whatever it "thinks" is true, it works to bring about. This is why positive thinking works. You tell yourself, "I'm happy" often enough and your brain accepts it as fact. It actualizes that truth, making it happen. I've found that when depression takes hold of me, I tend to ruminate on negative thoughts. Listening to good, Christian music with positive lyrics helps to pour good things into my brain and crowd those negative things out. There's a list of good things to ponder in the fourth chapter of Paul's letter to the Philippian church. It says to think about whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, noble, right, or admirable. Philippians 4: 8 says, "If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things." Christian music helps me accomplish this.

6) Get Busy

We all need to feel like we're involved in something significant. We need to participate in something outside ourselves. You might consider volunteering at a local women's shelter or food pantry. I've enjoyed both and discovered that when I stay busy helping others and concentrating on their problems, I get a break from focusing on my own troubles. This is how HUGS and HOPE began. It started with a small effort to make a difference for one family and it grew. I've learned that joy boomerangs. When you give it away, it comes back to you. Helping others gives you the heart-warming satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference in the world. That will elevate your mood as well as your self esteem.

7) Get Physical

This is two-fold. Physical exercise is good for us, but physical contact is equally important. Our bodies need to move to be healthy, and going for a walk is the easiest exercise for me to do when I'm depressed. It does not require as much energy and motivation as other activities. Breathing the fresh air and looking at the beauty of nature can be helpful, and taking my dog ​​along is even better. Just watching his ears flop as he bounces down the road in front of me often brings a smile to my face.

Exercise affects brain chemicals, and the healing touch of physical closeness does too. If you're depressed, hug somebody – anybody, everybody! A hug is good medicine. It reduces stress and tension and it boosts your immunity to illness. Hugs raise self esteem and lower blood pressure. They feel good and make people happy. And they're free! Hugs are the universal language that communicates love and acceptance. They're healthy for the "hugger" as well as the "hugee."

8) Get Quiet

I need to lean heavily on God's word and spend time with Him. When I pray, I talk things over with God. When I read the Bible and meditate on it, I hear Him speak to me and I contemplate what He says. I've found this to be one of the best anti-depressants there is. However, I need to add a word of caution here. Too much solitude can worsen depression. Isolating yourself and avoiding people can make depression grow. Do not use meditation time as an excuse to avoid human contact. Time with God is of the utmost importance, but balance between quiet time alone and time spent with others is essential.

9) Get Forgiveness – And Give it Too!

I've read that many psychiatrists agree that depression is guilt or anger turned inward. David is an example of someone whose guilt led to depression. After committing adultery, he wrote, "When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer." (Psalm 32: 3-4)

Sin makes you feel bad, but when you receive God's forgiveness, your guilt is removed; and often depression is removed too.

Depression can sometimes be caused from the need to forgive someone else or yourself (whomever is making you angry). Grudges cause feelings of frustration, which aggravate the hopeless feelings of depression. When we forgive, we let go of past hurts and give up bitterness. Then depression has no negativity on which to feed. If you free yourself from feelings of hate and open yourself up to feelings of love, you may feel as if the depression is physically lifting off your shoulders.

My friend Nance went through a difficult divorce, which left her bitter about the past, anxious about the future, and miserable in general. She harbored a lot of grudges and guilt, and she worried constantly. She felt the need to control everything in her life, yet she knew she could not. After attending a women's retreat, Nance realized what her negativity was doing to her.She released her worries, fears, anger, and resentments at the foot of the cross. Then she felt a renewal in her heart. She was happy and at peace.

When she was dying, Nance told me that the most difficult thing she'd ever had to do was forgive – both her ex-husband and herself – for past mistakes. She said forgiving was even harder than dying!

Forgiveness is not a simple one time event. It's a process that often takes time (sometimes years), but it's an important step to healing.

Jesus taught forgiveness when he said we'd be forgiven in the same way we forgive others, and when he told Peter we should forgive, not seven times, but seventy times seven. Of course, Jesus also lived forgiveness. While hanging on the cross, he looked at his torturers and said, "Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34)

10) Get Thankful.

When I'm depressed, I need to make a conscious effort to count my blessings. An attitude of hopelessness and discontent has a hard time competing with an attitude of gratitude. 1 Thessalonians 5:28 says, "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." It's important to remember that depression is not fatal and it does not last forever. You WILL survive! Remind yourself that this cloud of despair will pass eventually. It may seem like there's no light at the end of the tunnel, but trust that there is; and be thankful for that, as you wait for the light to appear.

So, while kisses from your husband (or a psychiatrist) may be great, they can not cure depression. But along with medication and the proper treatment, now you have some practical steps you can take for your own well being. There are times when one of these strategies may be more helpful than the rest. Other times, it may seem that none of them makes a huge difference. But I keep practicing all of them anyway, because I know they are steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Following them on a regular basis may not eliminate depression forever, but they help me to minimize their severity.

These tips can be helpful for people who are not depressed too. They can be useful for anyone who is a little discouraged, a little blue, or needs to refocus on more positive things in life.

I hope that by trying these ideas you may find yourself on the way to experiencing more joy.

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Chionophobia – The Fear of Snow

Do you shudder at the sight of snow on the ground? Does the thought of setting foot outdoors in a winter storm make you break out in a cold sweat? If so, here are a few facts about the fear of snow.

This particular condition of unease around snow is called chionophobia. It is quite real and not as uncommon as you might think. It is hard for most people to believe that you could be afraid of snowflakes. After all, when you think about it, it is just water in another form. However, there are many people afflicted with this phobia. They do not need to be told twice to stay indoors when a snowstorm is coming.

The causes of this disorder often go back to incidents in childhood. However, this is not always the case. Most of them would be insignificant to people free of this fear. Maybe you were in a bad sledding accident as a kid. It’s possible that is an extension of being afraid of being trapped in freezing terrain and dying. If you were in a car accident from an icy road, especially involving a critical injury or death, you may end up with chionophobia.

The symptoms are closely related to panic attack. Sweating, trembling, panic, racing heart, and even difficulty breathing can occur. Some of the milder signs include shuddering and trying to hide from flakes. Different treatments are available to help you. You can seek professional therapy to get to the root of the problem. Some people help themselves by trying to realize that snow is natural and nothing to be afraid of. You may at least be able to see the beauty of it, even if you don’t want to go play in it.

The fear of snow may seem odd, but it is quite real for many people. Does this include you? If so, seek help today and start enjoying winter!

Causes of Anxiety Attacks – What Causes Anxiety Attacks?

An anxiety attack mainly occurs due to sudden fear or sudden anxiety. This is a common condition affecting more women than men. Some people experience attacks once or twice during the time of stress, while other people may expect it few times a week. A panic attack will be diagnosed if there are at least 3 anxiety attacks within 3 week period. Many people are suspected with heart attacks due to intense feeling of fear.

They can be managed and there are treatments to cure them. Body’s reaction to feared situation causes this psychological condition. When the brain misinterprets a situation that’s life threatening it leads to anxiety attack. When faced with a life threatening situation one must face the danger or run away from it. These attacks happens when this feeling gets out of hand. Few important symptoms of this condition, include:

  • Increased Pulse Rate
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest Pain
  • Fear of Dying

They can happen anytime and anywhere. It can range from 5 to 30 min. Symptoms may last a little longer. For different people there are different causes for anxiety attacks. We need to identify all this causes first.

Some of the causes of anxiety attacks include:

  1. The prolonged working pattern with computers may lead to this condition. To avoid this, regular work pattern must be broken. It is also advisable to take regular breaks.
  2. Losing body control. Nervousness will slowly build up which will lead to anxiety attacks.
  3. Incidents from past life. For example there might be a break up in family or the loss of a family member can lead to anxiety attacks.
  4. Some people may experience unpreventable attacks due to organic causes which can be cured by consulting doctors and consuming drugs with mild dosages.

It’s always better to seek advice from medical professionals who can understand the underlying cause which gives you an idea of dealing with it in future. Always keep your brains operating at its best whenever an attack occurs. Stop the attack before it starts… Prevention is better than cure. Knowing your causes will help you do that. Get to know when you are pushed to unstable conditions. Always keep in mind that you are safe. Following the link below, may give you a lot more info on these attacks, causes and possible cure.

The "Do I Have Insomnia" Quiz

Is the question of "do I have insomnia?" constantly twirling around in your head? Are you worried that you, like millions of others, are going to have deal with long term insomnia symptoms? Well, if you are, it may be time to take the "do I have insomnia" quiz. This short questionnaire should help you determine if you are indeed afflicted by some form of insomnia or sleep disorder.

Identify Insomnia Questionnaire …

1. My Job Entails …

A) A lot of physical activity.
B) Quite a bit of mental thinking.
C) Sitting at a computer all day long.

If you answered B or C, then exercise could be a factor in your lack of sleep. Studies show that when a person does exercise throughout the day, the body tends to get to sleep more easily, as there is no built up energy that needs to be dispensed.

2. Before Bed I …

A) Watch an hour or more of TV
B) Read a few chapters of my favorite book
C) Write down my problems on a piece of paper

Answers A and B are not helpful in regards to getting to sleep quickly. When you read or watch TV, your mind is being stimulated and an overstimulated mind typically leads to trouble sleeping. Answer C, on the other hand, can be productive, as it will help to get your problems off your chest so you can rest better.

3. I Sleep In a Room That is

A) Noisy and well lit
B) Extremely warm
C) Dark and well ventilated

If you answered anything other than C, your environment is a problem and could be a large factor in your case of insomnia. The best environment for sleep is one that is completely dark, has a temperature of around 65 degrees, and is well ventilated. A warm, brightly lit room filled with noise and stagnant air is not going to help you get to sleep, no matter what you may believe.

4. My Bed Is …

A) Soft, Squishy, ​​and Comfortable
B) Firm and Comfortable
C) A wooden plank

B should have been your answer. Although having a soft bed is comfortable, it is not the best choice for sleep. The best choice is a firm bed that supports your weight completely. Admittedly, it does not have to be as firm as a wooden board, but it should be firm enough so that you do not sink into it.

5. When I Get Out of The Bed In the Morning, I …

A) Feel depressed that I did not get nearly enough sleep.
B) Feel as though I did not even sleep a wink.
C) Feel alive and full of energy.
D) Feel like going right back to sleep for several hours.

Anything other than C means you are lacking sleep and need to take the appropriate steps to fix the problem. To fix your insomnia problem, you can do anything from following a few simple insomnia tips to diving head first into natural insomnia remedies to visiting a doctor and getting prescription sleep aids. Basically, it depends on the severity of your insomnia and how drastically / quickly you wish to treat it.

Here are the results for the "Do I Have Insomnia" questionnaire …

(Results will vary and may not be 100% accurate for every reader)

5 out of 5: There is a pretty good chance you do not have insomnia.

4 out of 5: You sleep alright most days, but there is still a slight chance of insomnia.

3 out of 5: You're off and on. Some days you sleep great, others not so much. 60% chance of Insomnia.

2 out of 5: You sleep, but not nearly as much as you'd like. The sleepless nights far surpass the well rested ones.

1 out of 5: If you're lucky, you get 1-2 nights of rest each week. Every night seems to be endless and it seems to take a miracle for you to sleep soundly through the night.

0 out of 5: Sleep is not something your familiar with. It's as though you have not had a full nights rest in weeks or even months. You are a full blown insomniac that needs treatment ASAP!

The Natural Spinal Meningitis Treatment

SymptomsHigh fever, vomiting, headache, prostration, pain in the back, legs, and neck, and convulsions, are the most frequent symptoms.  Drowsiness, irritability, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, and sometimes a rash may also be present.  This disease usually occurs in children under the age of ten.  Any movement of the patient causes much pain, and a position with the head and neck bent backward and held rigid is frequently assumed.TreatmentThe earlier in the disease that treatment is begun, the better the results will be.  The disease is much more sever and more frequently fatal in infants less than a year of age.  The older the child, the fewer the complications, which include paralysis and various degrees of brain damage.  Since the introduction of antibiotics the mortality rate has dropped dramatically.Make sure the bowels stay open and use herbal laxatives and colon cleanses as necessary.Diet should very alkaline and nourishing.  A fruit diet is advisable.Herbal Medicine
 
– Golden seal:Combined with skullcap and hops, it is a very good tonic for spinal nerves and is very good in spinal meningitis.  It’s an antiperiodic, which prevents the reoccurrence of attacks of diseases.”Side Effects”Kills and neutralizes poisons.  Don’t take for long periods of time without a break.- Lobelia:Lobelia is the most powerful relaxant known among herbs.  It calms stomachs, nerves, inflammations, and lungs (as in a cough).- Black Cohosh:It’s great for not just spinal meningitis but dropsy and rheumatism.”Side Effects”It’s great for blood pressure and your kidney and liver.  Because of the potency pregnant women should not take it and it shouldn’t be taken for long periods of time without taking a break.

Umbilical hernia treatment

Umbilical hernia occurs when the abdominal content protrudes beneath the skin through the umbilical hole.

The umbilical hole, or the umbilicus is the healed scar situated in the lower abdominal area. Through it the umbilical cord enters the body while the child is still inside his mother, and through the cord vital substances are passed to the fetus.

After birth the umbilical cord is cut off and the small opening that remains should quickly close in. But, in some cases it does not close as it should, so a small ‘crack’ remains open. In these cases a part of the abdominal content, the intestines usually, pokes through this opening. The bulge that is created is more visible when the child coughs, sneezes, or cries.

Umbilical hernia is not surgically repaired in the small children’s case because usually until the child reaches the age of 3 the hernia shrinks and heals by itself. Some mothers try to increase the speed of the healing by tapping a coin to the bulge and forcing it to stay there and push it back, but this method is not medically tested or recommended.

However, in some special cases umbilical hernia does require surgical intervention. This happens if it did not heal by itself after the child turned 3 or 4 years old, or if the hernia strangulates the tissue that pushes out, cutting its blood supply. If this happens surgical intervention should be done as quick as possible.

Umbilical hernia surgery succeeds in 99.99% cases, especially if the doctor’s indications about the short recovery period that comes after the surgery are carefully followed .

Overall this illness is not dangerous at all in most cases so there aren’t any reasons to worry because it will most likely push back on its own. But if you suspect any complications visit a doctor as soon as you can.

Dull Pain in Lower Back (Right Or Left Side) – Pain Relief Options That Can Help! – Special Report

Do you suffer from a dull pain in your lower back?

Is it on the right or left side, or both?

1.) Introduction

Dull pain can be a serious problem for many people. You are not alone. Although it is not screaming at you, nor does it seem to be acute in nature, it still can be a very serious problem. Can you relate? This free information will discuss possible causes of the pain and help you to get rid of it with cost effective treatment options. We have studied back pain and this article is not meant to waste your time.

2.) Causes of Lower Back Pain (Right or Left Side)

  • Poor body mechanics
  • Obesity
  • Previous lumbar spinal issues that flare up
  • Degenerative Ailments (like with a disc for example).

Each of these aforementioned items can lead to a herniated discs, pinched nerve or even a muscle strain, for example. It is also possible to suffer from various forms of spinal fractures and kidney issues that cause you pain in your lower back. These issues are considered to be very serious in nature and if you have one it is best to consult your physician. Back braces can help but if you have kidney problems, they might not help.

3.) Treatment Options (At Home Remedies and Beyond!)

Rest and ice are age old at home remedies that have been used for many years. These remedies can help take the edge off, but if you think about it, they are not necessarily “cure alls”, as much as we would like to believe. – Here’s why,… When we were younger, it seems that rest took care of all our woes. But, as you may very well know, we do not have free time as we used to. That is why we only can afford to get limited rest. – Ice can also help, but ice melts and it can usually only be used when we are at rest.

Surgery. This is another valuable option, but it is usually saved for very severe instances. If you worked in a hospital you might think that surgery is common, but most people actually do not need surgery to get better. Your physician will probably tell you that they would like to use honest conservative measures to help you reduce your pain, before they would ever consider surgery.

4.) Back Supports

One very useful way to help promote healing of an injured lower back, is to use a low profile back brace. Many off the shelf designs exist and they can help you reduce your pain due to the meaningful support they provide. They also can be easily concealed just by using a t-shirt! These back supports can help to off load your lumbar spine by increasing intercavitary pressure. This will help to free up the muscles, discs and other internal structures that may be ailing. If you have not thought about a back support, then you should look into them.

* This is health information. We believe in the benefits of back supports, but you should always speak to your physician regarding medical advice for your particular situation.

What You Need to Know About Your Stomach and Acid Reflux

Your stomach was made to be an acid chamber, so it could digest protein. It was designed to keep its pH 3.0 or less.

When your stomach's pH moves above 3.0, it automatically produces more acid to bring the pH down below 3.0.

Your stomach is happy and working like it should when its pH is 3.0 or less because it can do the job it was intended to:

* Break protein into its individual amino acids
* Prepare vitamins and minerals to be absorbed in the intestines
* Destroy incoming bacteria and pathogens
* Reduce chances of coming down with stomach cancer
* Keep stomach content acidic so when it goes into the duodenum, it triggers pancreas digestive juices.
* Reduces the chances of having allergies, skin disease, asthma, depression, lupus, grave's disease, osteoporosis, accelerated aging, and other conditions.

What is heartburn or acid reflux?

Acid reflux or heartburn is a condition where your stomach acid has gone to areas where it does not belong. Specifically it has moved into your esophagus, which is the long tube that comes from your throat to your stomach. There, this acid will burn and destroy tissue lining.

If you have heartburn or acid reflux, you will feel a burning or painful sensation coming up your chest. Stomach acid has push back up into your esophagus through a valve that is between your esophagus and upper stomach.

Acid reflux is the movement of your stomach acidic contents moving into your esophagus. Heartburn is the result of the stomach content in your esophagus – the pain or burning sensation you feel in your chest.

What is the cause of heartburn or acid reflux?

Heartburn is caused by the esophagus valve opening and allowing acid to "reflux" or move up into your esophagus where it burns your sensitive tissue. Heartburn is not caused by excess stomach acid, as is promoted by the medical community. The major cause is a faulty esophagus valve, called the lower esophageal sphincter, LES, which allows acid back into an area where it does not belong.

What is the recommend medical treatment?

Doctors prescribe what the pharmaceutical company's create and push. A few of these drugs are:

* Prosilec
* AcipHex
* Nexium
* Protonix
* Antacids

What do these drugs do?

They either neutralize or block the formation of stomach acid causing its pH to go above 3.0. As the acid pH moves up to 4 and higher, it is becoming more alkaline. Under these conditions it will not burn your sensitive esophageal tissue and the result is you do not feel the burning sensation. This leads you to believe that you are cured, but you have to continue to use the drug to be cured.

What are the side effects of this medical treatment?

The side effects of using these drugs are that it keeps your stomach at a pH higher than 3.0 and your stomach is not allowed to stabilize its pH to 3.0 or less.

You now have a stomach that exists with its chemical make up "out of spec." Do you accept or produce products that are "out of spec" and expect these products to work as they were intended? I think not.

What are the natural remedies to use for heartburn or acid reflux?

The natural remedy and lifestyle for eliminating heartburn or acid reflux is to:

* Stop doing and eating the things that promote acid reflux
* Start doing the things that help eliminate acid reflux
* Start taking natural remedies that will help to strengthen or normalize your lower esophageal sphincter, LES.

In another article, I will discuss the above three items and give you some ideas on what you can do to relieve or cure your heartburn and stop acid reflux.

One of the secrets in controlling and eliminating heartburn and acid reflux is to take HCl acid pills. Heartburn often occurs not because of excess acid in the stomach but because of not enough acid in the stomach. This will be explained in the next issue. But taking HCl pills should be done under the direction of your doctor.

Your stomach is your first line of good health. Keeping your stomach working right will assure you that you will get the right nutrition into your blood to prevent the many diseases that occur when you are under nourished.

Complete Information on Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak

CSF leak is an escape of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. It protects the brain and spinal cord by acting like a liquid cushion. The fluid allows the organs to be buoyant protecting them from blows or other trauma. Inside the skull the cerebrospinal fluid is contained by the dura which covers the brain. Cerebrospinal fluid is a salty fluid leaking from the nose, especially with exertion or straining. CSF leak can also be caused by a lumbar puncture or by placement of tubes used for epidural anesthesia or pain medications. Causes of CSF include blunt head trauma including neoplasms and empty sella.

CSF otorrhea occurs in the presence of a breached tympanic membrane. Fractures of the petrous temporal bone, translabyrinthine and/or mastoid surgery, developmental defects of the tegmen tympani or petrous apex with meningocele formation and spontaneous or posttraumatic meningeal laceration, perilymphatic fistula from trauma with stapes fracture and torn round or oval window membrane, translabyrinthine fistula due to the Mondini developmental defect of the cochlear modiolus and/or lamina cribrosa, and wide cochlear aqueduct syndrome. CSF rhinorrhea occurs in 2-6% of patients with head injury.

Rhinorrhea or otorrhea happens in up to 30% of patients with a skull-base fracture. Head trauma accounts for 50-80% of all cases of CSF leak, and up to 16% are iatrogenic. CSF leak resulting from trauma occurs usually with fractures of ethmoid, sphenoid, or petrous temporal bones. Symptoms usually include a headache that is worse with sitting up and improves when you lay down. Leakage of CSF from a tear of the dura in the head can also cause a runny nose. Treatment of Cerebrospinal fluid leak depend on the cause, many cases go away on their own after a few days. Complete bed rest for several days is usually recommended.

Antibiotic therapy is also required when you suffer fever, chills, change in mental status. Headache may be treated with pain relievers and fluids. If the headache persists longer than a week after a lumbar puncture, a procedure may be done to block the hole that may be leaking fluid. Cervical or thoracic spinal CSF fistulas are sometimes effectively treated by using a lumbar blood patch. Measures such as wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle can help prevent head injuries that can lead to CSF leak. When you riding a bicycle or motorcycle wearing a helmet can can help prevent head injuries that can lead to CSF leak.

Chronic Inflammation – Steroids Or the Nutritional Approach? You Choose!

In previous articles I covered both acute and chronic inflammation, and described how inflammation was cleverly designed to help protect and heal our bodies against injury or invasion.

I went on to explain that it’s become increasingly common for people to be in a permanent inflammatory state, and how this is damaging our health in quite serious ways.

Major disease states, such as cardiovascular, arthritis and even Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as a long list of other diseases, including bronchitis, eczema, migraine, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and many more, all have chronic inflammation driving them.

Conventional Treatments

When we present to our Medical Doctor with arthritis, for example, we may be given non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

However, not only do these drugs NOT address the CAUSE, but they also damage the stomach lining (gastric mucosa), and lead to gastritis, peptic ulcer and haemorrhage. NSAIDs also alter kidney function and can cause sodium and fluid retention, leading to raised blood pressure. Raised blood pressure, in turn, causes damage to our blood vessels and is heavily implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease.

We may also be offered, in more severe cases, Steroidal drugs, such as prednisolone. These again do not address the CAUSE, and long-term use may imbalance our hormones and nervous system axis.

This hormonal and nervous system imbalance is caused by the suppression of the HPA axis, which is a neuro-endocrine system comprising the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands. These three glands control our hormones, as well as nervous system activity, and use of energy in the body. They therefore regulate many bodily processes such as the sleep cycle, the ability to deal with stress, and the immune system, among others, so long-term steroid use can suppress the immune system, and lead to fatigue, depression and anxiety.

If you are experiencing such symptoms, you should see your health care provider for recommendations on the appropriate course of action. Please note you should NOT stop taking any Doctor-prescribed medication, especially steroids, without first referring to your Doctor.

Some anti-inflammatory drugs have been withdrawn due to serious side effects, such as increased risk of heart attack. Vioxx was one of those.

A Nutritional Approach

It’s best to work closely with a nutritional therapist or a nutritionally aware medical practitioner. If you’re in the UK, you’ll be able to find a qualified practitioner at http://www.bant.org.uk

Together you could address a variety of possible causes of the chronic inflammation, including:

  • Wheat, which causes damage to the gut (leaky gut)
  • Allergens
  • Pathogenic bacteria
  • Incomplete digestion (lack of enzymes and/or hydrochloric acid)
  • Dysbiosis (imbalance of bacteria in the gut)
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Lack of nutrients (e.g. essential fatty acids, vitamin D and others)
  • Leaky gut
  • Restoring adrenal gland function
  • Restoring blood sugar balance
  • Increasing antioxidant intake if appropriate
  • Normalising cytokine synthesis (cytokines are the master controllers of the immune system)
  • Normalising Nuclear Factor Kappa B synthesis

Your nutritional therapist or nutritionally aware medical practitioner will be able to recommend a suitable diet, and might recommend some of the following types of supplements:

  • Proteolytic enzymes (e.g. bromelain and papain, and Serrapeptidase).
  • Antioxidants, including Pycnogenol
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid, calcium pantothenate or magnesium pantothenate)
  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae (AquaSource)
  • Deglycerrhized liquorice (Solgar provide a deglycerrhized version of liquorice)
  • Essential Fatty Acids, such as GLA, EPA and DHA
  • Curcumin
  • Vitamin D
  • Berry Power

Before taking any supplements, always check first with your healthcare advisor, and do not stop taking prescribed medications without your Doctor’s advice.

Menstruation Disorders – Dysmenorrhea – Causes of Blood and Qi Stagnation in TCM Perspective

All women experience irregular period sometimes during their child bearing years, before menopause. While Western medication has never viewed that irregular menstruation is a problem for a women’s reproductive system, traditional Chinese medicine looks at this problem seriously, if untreated, it will dis-harmonize the women’s ecosystem, leading to nervous tension and other health problems, including infertility. Girls in South East Asia have learned in their early life from their grandmother’s wisdom that they do not engage in any activity that distort their regular period.

Liver is important for blood formation and the lung. It helps to regulate the movement of qi in the body. Obstruction of blood in certain organs may also cause qi stagnation, leading to menstrual cramps and pain before, during and after menstruation. Causes of blood and qi stagnation include:

1. Chronic inflammation

The prolonged period of inflammation causes blood static as a result of increasing blood flow to inflammation regions and distorting the immune system in fighting against foreign bacteria and virus function, leading to blood stagnation.

2. Liver function

Liver is vital for blood formation and waste removal. Abnormal function of liver causes old estrogen or other hormones as well as old blood remaining in the body’s organs, leading to blood stagnation thus increasing the risk of menstrual irregularity and dysmenorrhrea.

3. Inability of respiratory function

If the lung is damaged for whatever reasons, it may affect the lung’s ability to move qi in the pathway of the meridian, leading to blood stagnation in the reproductive region.

4. Stress and depression

Stress and depression caused by an unexpected event can affect the liver function in regulating the psychosocial symptoms of the nervous system and physical symptoms of blood formation, leading to liver qi and blood stagnation that contribute to symptoms of dysmenorrhrea.

5. Unhealthy diet

Unhealthy diet high in saturated and trans fat affect the blood and qi movement, because it causes the building up of cholesterol in the blood stream, thereby reducing the lung’s function in regulating qi movement and the heart’s function in blood circulation.

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Gabapentin – Causes of Gabapentin

Gabapentin affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of nerve pain. The exact way that gabapentin works to prevent seizures and nerve pain is unknown.Gabapentin is used with other drugs in the treatment of some types of seizures associated with epilepsy and for the management of postherpetic neuralgia (nerve pain caused by the herpes zoster virus or shingles infection).

Gabapentin (brand name Neurontin) is a medication originally developed for the treatment of epilepsy. Presently, gabapentin is widely used to relieve pain, especially neuropathic pain. Gabapentin is well tolerated in most patients, has a relatively mild side-effect profile, and passes through the body unmetabolized.

The effects of Gabapentin on pregnant women have not been adequately studied, although birth defects have occurred in babies whose mothers took an antiepileptic medication while they were pregnant. Gabapentin should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, tell your doctor immediately.

Gabapentin is used to help control certain types of seizures in patients who have epilepsy. Gabapentin is also used to relieve the pain of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN; the burning, stabbing pain or aches that may last for months or years after an attack of shingles). Gabapentin is in a class of medications called anticonvulsants. Gabapentin treats seizures by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. Gabapentin relieves the pain of PHN by changing the way the body senses pain.

Causes of Gabapentin

Gabapentin causes some people to become drowsy and less alert. Combining Gabapentin with morphine makes this more likely. Do not drive or operate dangerous machinery or participate in any hazardous activity that requires full mental alertness until you are certain that Gabapentin does not have this effect on you.

Incidence less frequent or rare Asthenia (weakness or loss of strength) back pain dryness of mouth or throat dysarthria (slurred speech) frequent urination gastrointestinal effects, including constipation , diarrhea , dyspepsia (indigestion) nausea , and vomiting headache hypotension (low blood pressure) impotence (decrease in sexual desire or ability) insomnia (trouble in sleeping) rhinitis (runny nose) tinnitus (noise in ears ) trouble in thinking twitching weight gain.

Drugs that increase the activity of -aminobutyric acid (GABA) may lead to toxic reactions in the retina. As many as 40% of patients treated with vigabatrin (Sabril; Aventis Pharma, Guildford) develop visual field constriction. Vigabatrin but not tiagabin (Gabitril; Cephalon, Guildford) accumulated with a higher concentration in the retina than in the brain.

The weight gain produced by gabapentin is similar to that produced by other drugs such as propranolol, atenelol, verapamil, and valproate, affecting only a modest number of patients (Maggioni, et al., 2005). A greater weight gain at 6 months was found in patients taking pizotifen, amitriptyline, and propranolol. Other psychotropic drugs can cause weight gain, such as clozapine, alanzepine, and some antidepressants.

Appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of gabapentin have not been performed in the adolescent population. However, clinical trials that included a limited number of patients aged 12 to 18 years revealed no adolescence-specific problems.

Risk Factors Or Likelihood of Having Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is becoming a common cancer in all over the world. Be known that are many risk factors or signs that you could have a 'colorectal' cancer (colon) yourself too. This article discusses all the factors in their details.

1. If you are older than the age of 50

The older you are, especially after 50, the more you are at risk. Although younger people have been known to suffer from this disease, chances are, age is a useful indicator to determine the percentage of having a colon cancer.

2. If a family member has the disease

You are at higher risk if your parents, siblings, children or even relatives have had colon cancer. By this, your risk increases even further if several members are having or have the disease.

3. If you have 'colorectal' polyps

Polyp is a growth in the body. Usually, they are abnormal and can be malignant (deadly) or benign (not deadly). In this case, a polyp can evolve to a tumour that causes colon cancer. Polyps are quite common in those above 50 years of age. They arise from the inner wall of the colon or rectum (part where you pass motion). Adenoma is one type of polyp that is associated with a higher risk of cancer.

4. If you have had other colon conditions

If you have had chronic inflammatory conditions of the colon (such as chronic ulceration in the large intestine), you are also at a higher risk of developing the cancer.

5. Your diet is not healthy

Your risk increases if your diet is high in animal fat and proteins. A low in fibre is also a problem.

6. Living a sedentary lifestyle

Being overweight and not exercising are contributors to increasing colon cancer.