Anxiety – Tools to Overcome It

Anxiety is a dreadfully debilitating thing to experience.  And yet it can be dealt with relatively easily and simply just by learning a few tricks.  Here are some tips that you might find useful:

 

Act as if you are what you want to be – breathe deeply, hold you head high and walk with purpose. Act as if you really are the most confident person you know and act out what it is that you would like to be like.

 

Focus more on outside you than inside and your mind will become less preoccupied with you and more interested in what is going on around you. So more interested in reality than the thoughts in your head, which are just thoughts.

 

Talk – to friends, family, professional people. Talk through what you are feeling and what your worries are. A problem shared is a problem halved is how the saying goes – and it works. So, find the support.

 

Performance – don’t worry about how you are performing. People are rarely looking to see how you are performing. They, like you are too worried about their own performance to be looking at yours. Just do the best you can. Don’t beat yourself up about performance.

 

Enjoy – make sure you regularly do something you enjoy. If you like bike riding, reading, gardening, playing football, cooking or whatever it is you like to do, make sure you regularly find the time to do it. It is so easy to push these things to one side because you have other things you must do. Make these things you absolutely must do. They are immovable in your diary. 

 

The cold splash – if you suffer from stress or distress try this exercise when they are suffering a particularly bad bout. Fill a basin with freezing cold water, immerse your face in it for 20-30 seconds. What this does is to fool the body’s reflexes into thinking something awful is happening and this slows the metabolism in order to safeguard vital organs. As the metabolism slows so the tension and stress disappear and the mind stops the knawing at the inside of your skull. Obviously it might be best not to do this if you have certain medical conditions, but for some people it works extremely well. 

 

Exercise – the other way to reduce stress is to burn up those stress producing hormones with some exercise. Aerobic exercise such as running, jogging, swimming, walking, cycling all work really well. It is an excellent way of reducing stress and will make you feel so much better overall.

 

Music – this also helps to reduce stress and tension. 20 minutes listening to your favourite music gives you a great boost.

 

Deal with what is happening now – Many people get stressed about things which have either happened or are going to happen. Centering yourself in the present will help to reduce stress and tension. The quickest way to do this is to make use of all of your senses in your immediate environment. So the feel of the chair you are sitting on, the smell in the air, the view of what you can see. 

 

There has been much very good material written on anxiety and the tips above really just scratch the surface. One way to actively deal with your anxiety is to have regular sessions with a life coach. Life coaches can help you just re-adjust your thinking and help you to realign the way you look at life. They can often give you very simple skills to use that really make a difference. Life coaching isn’t expensive either and you can get it face to face, by telephone, or even by email these days.

Insomnia and Caffeine – The Truth Revealed

Many people feel a jittery feeling from caffeine and learn very quickly to avoid caffeine after a certain time if they don’t want to lay awake for hours tossing and turning from insomnia.

The thing about caffeine is that it increases the secretion of stress hormones such as adrenalin, which can trigger your sleeplessness.

For that matter, believe it or not, caffeine used to be used in clinical settings to induce panic attacks in patients.

Unfortunately, you can find caffeine in many different delicious drinks such as coffee, tea, some colas and chocolate. Caffeine can even be found in many medications you can buy over the counter.

Most people avoid coffee at night because they understand the caffeine in coffee can cause sleeplessness.

However, these same people might have a cup of tea or hot chocolate before bedtime, not cause insomnia. Realizing these beverages also contain the caffeine that causes their problem. These beverages are also diuretics that can stimulate your kidneys so that you have to urinate more during the night – another way your become sleeplessness.

Why caffeine keeps you awake

Some people are relatively insensitive to caffeine. However, others are not. If you fall into the latter group, you need to know that 100-200 milligrams of caffeine can relieve drowsiness. And just one espresso has 200 milligrams of caffeine, a single cup of coffee has 100 milligrams of caffeine; a 12 oz can of cola has 45 milligrams; one Midol has 32 milligrams; and one Excedrin contains 85 milligrams.

This means that just one cup of coffee and two cans of cola could keep you awake.

What you can enjoy

If you are having problems sleeping, you don’t have to give up all these beverages. You just need to make sure that you drink caffeine-free drinks such as decaf coffee or tea or decaffeinated colas.

As an alternative, you can drink some of the caffeinated drinks – if you watch the amount of caffeine they contain.

Big Toenail, Small Toenail Problems

When you hear the words “toenail problem” what do you think off? Ingrown toenails, trauma to the toenail, toenail fungus or some other toenail problem such as an infection. The fact is, the words toenail problem refers to more people who suffer with a toenail fungus problem than any other. The facts are in. Over 30 million people suffer from a toenail problem, most of them being toenail fungus sufferers.

A very large population of toenail problem sufferers are over 65, senior citizens. Your chance of getting toenail fungus as you age is much higher than say middle age and younger adults. Children will rarely suffer from toenail problems associated with toenail fungus but their chances increases with age.

Have you noticed that people older than 65 seem to have a problem with feet that look wider, spread out, and this seems to be a problem as you age. I know, my own grandmother, bless her heart, seems to have huge feet, almost pancake like, as they spread sideways with age. Guess what, she continued to wear the same shoes she bought 10yrs earlier even though her feet were sore. You can image, all she was doing was putting more pressure on her toes and nails. A classic example of how the nail could be traumatize and a prefect medium for ugly looking nails for fungus to set in. The truth is, as we age our feet look older and so do our nails.

Senior Citizens with diabetics can’t feel whether their shoes are too tight or too loose and footwear that fits correctly is extremely important to keep toenail problems at bay, especially toenail fungus. Many diabetics report losing sensation in their feet so its absolutely necessary that their footwear is properly fitted by a professional if necessary.

Other toenail problems such as the common infection, called Paronychia, causes inflammation of the skin around the nail as a result of bacterial infection which can last a very long time and should be treated quickly. Acute Paronychia can be treated with antibiotics and can spread to the nails as a toenail fungus infection. Again, don’t waste time hoping that it will get better on its own. Attend too it as soon as possible, left untreated, it could result is a very long treatment process.

And last but certainly not least the dreaded ingrown toenail. I can tell you from my childhood experience that it was one of the most painful experiences I ever had. In fact, i was on the operating table for 3hrs to correct the problem. I can’t even remember how it started but I remember that I left it and neglected to tell my mother about it until it was too late too just cut it out with a pair of clippers.

Nail Fungus – Causes and Treatments

Nail Fungus is known as onychomycosis, or ringworm of the nails. This is an infection that strikes both finger nails as well as toenails, but most often the latter. You will first notice your nails looking yellowish and thickened. It may take a while to realize something is not quite right, particularly if you, like most women, paint your toenails. Men who wear closed shoes almost all their waking hours are also at risk. Your family history might play a part too, as nail fungus tends to run in the family. It is found to be more prevalent in older patients. If one has had an earlier trauma to the toe, it is quite likely to get infected. Too many hours spent in fitness activities can lead to fungus problems, as well as public swimming baths.

Most often the culprit is tight closed shoes. This toenail fungus simply loves the dark and moist environment inside closed shoes. Later the toenails start to curl and thicken and irritate in shoe gear, making it painful to walk. The affected nails gradually become chalky, thicker, and flaky. Later the yellowish nail may just fall off, leaving whitish debris on the exposed nail bed.

What is the organism that causes this unsightly disease? Onychomycosis is caused by dermatophytes in the cooler climes and candida in hot and humid countries. Treatment of toenail fungus is a long drawn out process as the infection lies underneath the nail, which is a hard place to reach. Therefore it normally takes six months to a whole year to cure this fungus effectively.

Your podiatrist will judge if the infection is superficial or deep. For the superficial cases a course with nail lacquer with either amorofine or ciclopirox is effective. The nail paint needs to be applied nightly. This should be done for seven days, then wiped off, and then the whole process is to be repeated.

For a more deep-seated infection the patient needs to take oral anti fungal medicine such medication. The trouble with oral medications such as Lamisil are the side effects. A podiatrist will take blood tests called LFTs before starting this medication. This is to be certain that there are no signs of liver damage before the initiation of treatment. Liver function tests will be taken right through the treatment course to make sure there is no harm to the liver. Lamisil can sometimes cause heart problems too and has to be used under strict medical supervision.

Another method of treatment that is gaining popularity is the use of laser therapy. Either a YAG (also used in cataract operations) is used or the newer “LAFT” method.

People looking for natural remedies turn to thyme oil, grapefruit seed extract or tea tree oil. Recent studies with snake-root leaf extract have shown it to be highly effective.

To prevent this infection from attacking your nails, try to keep your nails short. Change socks frequently and alternate shoes with ones that are ventilated. Be vigilant at salons where it is possible to pick up an infection from instruments that have not been carefully sterilized.

Knee Pain Relief – Sprains Vs Strains Information and the Benefits of a Knee Brace

Did I Sprain or Strain My Knee?

Have you asked yourself this question?

Have you ever been curious about the difference between the two?

Then read on for some useful information below…

As a result of a quick twist or turn, you may have injured your knee. Maybe your knee was forced into a position that was awkward and now you have pain… Let’s take a look at the differences between a sprain and a strain to give you some useful information.

Stretching in one specific direction can stress the ligament that is trying to hold the knee in place. When the ligament is stretched or has a tear, this is known as a “sprain”. These ligaments, are thick bands of cartilage that will attach bone to bone. Examples of some ligaments that you have in your knee are the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL).

Common symptoms that you may experience in a sprain include, swelling of the knee, bruising, instability and painful movements. There are three grades of sprains; grade 1, 2 and 3. Grade 1 sprains stretch the involved ligament, but do not tear the fibers; grade 2 sprains are more severe and tear the fibers, but the ligament does remain intact; and lastly grade 3 tears completely disrupt the ligament and it is no longer intact.

Strains, on the other hand, are injuries that involve muscles or tendons. Tendons are the tissues that connect muscles to bones. Depending on the level of severity of the injury, a strain maybe a simple overstretch of the tendon or muscle, or you may be suffering from a partial or complete tear. A grade 1 strain is mild and involves the damage of some muscle fibers. As a result, healing can occur in two to three weeks. In a grade 2 strain, there is moderate damage to the muscle or tendon, although it is not completely ruptured.

This healing process is longer and can take up to 3-6 weeks. Lastly, in a grade 3 strain, there is a more severe injury and involves a complete rupture. The healing period might take up to three months and may include the need for surgery. Tendons usually do not heal as quickly because they have a more poor blood supply, compared to other tissues in the body.

As a result, if you have sprained or strained your knee, you may be well served by the use of a low profile knee brace. These supports can help eliminate excessive movements that will cause pain, and can help you feel more stable to take on activities throughout your day with much more confidence.

Chemotherapy and It’s Effects

Diagnosed with breast cancer, I was aware about the effects that I would be going through. But there were a few that I didn’t know about.

Things I knew:

1. Chemotherapy can make you sick. Vomiting is a side effect that everyone has. If it’s not food coming back up then, it’s a mucus like substance. Either way, it can put a strain on yourself and your body.

2. Losing your hair. It didn’t take long after my first or second chemo treatment, that I noticed my hair was falling out. Each time I brushed my hair there were more and more hair strands. Eventually, all my hair would fall out (all over my body).

3. You get weak. The most simplest things that you would normally do would now take all your strength. Walking or climbing stairs would make your knees feel like they are going to buckle right out from under you.

4. Shortness of breath. Getting up to walk to the bathroom seemed to be a chore. It would feel as if you couldn’t get enough air into your body. Now, you’re tired and weak and breathing hard.

5. Your taste changes. Many say that a metallic taste stays in their mouth. Everything that you eat or try to eat or drink has a horrible taste to it. I was told not to use silverware when I ate, to buy plastic forks and spoons.

6. You’re always thirsty. There is nothing that can satisfy your thirst now matter how much you try to consume. Water is the best thing, not because it will relieve your thirst, but because you’re going to be drinking so, much that you need something that’s good to put into your body.

7. You can get blood clots. Beware of any physical pain in your legs or arms. Pay attention to sudden bruising. This is not the time to just dismiss any changes in your body.

Things I didn’t Know;

1. The tips of my fingers began to feel like they had fallen asleep. It was the only way that I knew to describe it. They were sensitive and I would often rub my fingers together to get the feeling back in them.

2. My finger nails hurt and started to curl. They began to thin and discolor. When I told the nurse about my finger nails, she told me that I could lose them and my toe nails too. I was often asked if I felt a tingling in either one.

3. Too high of dose of chemo can attach to your skin and eat it from inside out. When I started getting sores all over my body, I just ignored them, thinking that they were mosquito bites. But as time went on I went to see my doctor about them. This is when I learned that my chemo would have to be decreased because it was “eating” through my skin.

4. Confusion. My nurses called this “chemobrain” because most cancer patients had to deal with it. A simple question, forgetting where you’re going or wondering what you came into the store to pick up, are just a few things that you deal with. Some people think that you’re just not listening to them or that you’re doing it on purpose, when the fact is that you’re not.

5. Your eyes water. Often your eyes will just start to water. People may ask you why, you’re crying, when in fact you just have watery eyes. It’s advised to carry a tissue with you or have some nearby.

I’m sure there are a few more things that I haven’t mentioned. We may all deal with our chemotherapy in different ways, but it’s the outcome that counts.

All About the Pancreas

The pancreas is a very important organ of the body. It has both endocrine and exocrine functions. It’s well known for its regulation of glucose, which is dysfunctional in the disease diabetes mellitus. This is an autoimmune disease destroying the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. The pancreas has 4 parts, the head, neck, body and tail.

Location

It’s shaped like a walking stick and is located by vertebrae L1-L2 in both the supra colic and infra colic compartments. It’s found at an oblique angle going from right to left upwards at an angle. The head is surrounded by the duodenum, the superior, descending, and horizontal parts. The pancreas is located anterior of the inferior vena cava and posterior to the stomach. It’s body passes over the left renal vein, aorta, left crus of the diaphragm, lower pole of the left adrenal gland, and hilum of the left kidney. The splenic artery can be found just above the superior border of the pancreas, while the splenic vein runs close to the posterior border where it joins the inferior mesenteric vein just on front of the renal vein.

Structure

The pancreas is finely lobulated and is of solid consistency. It is made up of 80% exocrine acini with scattered ‘islets of Langerhans’ making up the 2% endocrine portion. The other 18% is made up of ducts and vessels. The islets are mostly located at the tail of the pancreas. The pancreatic duct goes from the tail to the head and grows as more tributaries join it. It then joins the bile duct forming the hepatopancreatic ampulla which empties through the major papilla into the proximal duodenum at the junction of the foregut and midgut. The lower part of the head and uncinate process are drained by the accessory pancreatic duct which drains through the minor papilla, located 2cm superior to the major papilla. The hepatopancreatic ampulla is surrounded by sphincteric muscle, the ampullary sphincter of Oddi is the control mechanism of the flow in the ducts. It often has a portion located on the inferior portion that points up and to the left called the uncinate process.

Blood Supply

The blood supply of the pancreas mostly comes from branches of the splenic artery which supple the neck, body and tail. The branches include the dorsal pancreatic artery, the inferior and greater pancreatic arteries. The head is supplied by the superior and inferior pancreaticoduodenal arteries which original from the coeliac and mesenteric artery, respectively. The veins that drain the pancreas drain into the splenic vein, superior and inferior pancreaticduodenal veins. The latter two which drain into the mesenteric veins.

Lymph Drainage

In the head of the pancreas, lymph drainage follows the pancreaticoduodenal arteries and eventually drain into the coeliac and mesenteric lymph nodes. The body drains into the pancreaticosplenic nodes, eventually ending up in the coeliac nodes.

Nerve Supply

Branches of the vagus reach the pancreas through the posterior vagal trunk and coeliac plexus, which stimulate exocrine function. Sympathetic vasoconstrictor fibres originate at T6-T10 and pass via the coeliac plexus.

Easy Inexpensive Home Test For Bowel Function – Test Yourself!

The famous Greek physician Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” 70% of your immune system resides in the gut, there are more nerve cells in the small intestine alone than in the brain and spinal chord combined and every single chemical produced in the brain is also made in the gut. If you are having trouble losing weight this could actually be an imbalance in the bacterial colonies in your intestine!

Your digestion is a key factor in achieving optimal health.

The bowel transit time test is an easy and inexpensive way to assess your gut function. To perform the test do the following: Ingest six 250mg capsules of activated charcoal (inert substance that will stain your stool black or gray), ¼ cup of unpopped popcorn, or ¼ ounce of a liquid vegetable dye following completion of the largest meal of the day. Make a note of the exact time. After each bowel movement the stools should be observed. Log the time when you first visualize a sign of the substance and continue until the substance has completely disappeared in successive bowel movements. The total time from the ingestion of the substance until complete disappearance is then recorded as your bowel transit time.

Normal bowel transit time is 18-24 hours. If your transit time is longer than 24 hours you may have a toxic bowel, poor muscular tone of the bowel, enlarged colon, dysbiosis (bacterial colonies are out of balance), leaky gut, dehydration, hypothyroidism, low stomach acid production, pancreatic enzyme insufficiency, gall bladder dysfunction, or adrenal stress.

If your transit time is less than 18 hours you may have malabsorption, parasites, gluten intolerance, bacterial or viral infection, sympathetic nervous system overdrive, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or acute poisoning.

Repeat the test in 3-5 days to see if your results are consistent. This can provide valuable data about not only your gut function but your overall health. If you perform this test please mark your findings and bring them to your next appointment. Your gut function must be working well to balance the rest of the systems of your body. A stool test may be required to evaluate the specific type of parasite you may have or to pinpoint any of the other imbalances showing up on your home test.

Try this easy and inexpensive test today!

Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) And Homeopathy

Premenstrual syndrome effects over 70% to 90% of women before menopause in the US and less for women in Southeast Asia because of their difference in living style and social structure. Premenstrual syndrome is defined as faulty function of the ovaries related to the women’s menstrual cycle, it effects a women’s physical and emotional state, and sometimes interferes with daily activities as a result of hormone fluctuation. The syndrome occurs one to two weeks before menstruation and then declines when the period starts. In this article, we will discuss how Chinese herbs use to treat PMS.

I. Definition

Homoeopathy is one of the older form medical practise using “like cures like” invented by German physician Samuel Hahnemann. He believes substances that cause symptoms of the disease is possibly used to cure it.

II. How homoeopathy effects women with PMS

1. Nux vomica

Nux vomica is one of homoeopathy medicine used to treat symptoms of PMS caused by nervous tension caused by over active of brain cells as resulting of over drinking or eating food with stimulant. Nux vomica also used to treat women with PMS caused sluggish liver in synthetic carbohydrate and fat and protein metabolism resulting in sugar and oilly food craving.

2. Natrum muriaticium

Natrum nuriaticum is also known table salt in homoeopathy remedies. It has been used to regulating the fuild in the body tissues. It has been used to treat symptoms of premenstrual symptoms caused by water retention by acting as an agent which helps to alter and restore the tissues of the body so they can assimilate the body’s needs for salt from food.

3. Lachesis

Lachesis is derived from vernon of alchesis snake. It is believe that lachesis is best used to treat symptoms induced by the venom. It is used to treat symptoms of nervous tension and congestive menstrual pain caused by blood stagnation in the body.

4. Pulstatilla

In premenstrual syndrome. pulstatilla helps to nervous tension such as night time headaches caused by hormonal imbalance before ovulation, stress that feel as if head is about to burst. emotional, tearful and restless nervousness.

5. Sepia

Sepia Acts specially on the portal system with venous congestion, therefore it helps to relieve pain extend down to back including uterus pain and headache in cerebellum for women with PMS.

A Diet to Follow After Colon Cancer Surgery

Colon cancer surgery is a major medical procedure. After an individual has colon cancer surgery there are several diet options that can prevent the colon cancer from reoccurring. One of the biggest contributing factors to colon cancer is dietary fat. A diet that has a high fat consumption greatly increases the amount of bile acids that are released into the digestive tract. Once bile acids have entered the colon the acids can actually turn into secondary bile acids. These secondary bile acids can promote the growth of a tumor in the colon. It is very important that after colon cancer surgery, to prevent the cancer from reoccurring, to eat a diet that is low in fat.

Another great way to prevent colon cancer is to eat a diet that is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are praised as an important substance in fighting colorectal cancer and other cancers of the body. Antioxidants give the body’s immune system a boost that acts as a defensive line against harmful free radicals.

Foods that are rich in antioxidants are vegetables and fruits. Even some types of tea are rich in antioxidants. Two very important antioxidants are selenium and beta-carotene. These two antioxidants are responsible for helping the body repair the damage caused by dangerous free radicals. Doctors recommend that an individual eat foods that are rich in antioxidants instead of taking a supplement.

Folic acid, calcium and vitamin D are both valuable resources in the fight against rectal cancer. Folic acid helps to form new tissues and cells in the body. Plus folic acid is in charge of keeping the red blood cells healthy. Foods that are rich in folic acid are dark leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits. Recent studies have proven that both calcium and vitamin D play a big part in fighting off colon cancer. It is important to eat foods such as yogurt, cheese, milk, sardines, salmon, mustard and dark green leafy vegetables.

After colorectal cancer surgery an individual should pay attention to their fiber intake. Fiber is believed to improve the health of an individual by moving waste through the digestive tract at a faster speed. There are many foods that are good sources of fiber. Some of these foods are berries, prunes, whole grain cereals, fresh fruits, vegetables, brown rice and beans.

When following a special diet after rectal cancer surgery, make sure to choose foods to eat that come from natural plant sources. Also, limit the intake of high-fat foods. Many high-fat foods come from animal sources. Make sure to exercise on a regular basis in order to maintain a healthy weight. After colon cancer surgery it is in an individual’s best interest to limit the consumption of alcoholic beverages. All of these suggestions can help in the fight against colon cancer.

How to Get Rid of Uterine Fibroids Naturally Without Surgery

It is perfectly possible to learn how to get rid of uterine fibroids naturally but first and foremost you must understand that this is not a quick fix approach and will require a committed and systematic approach from yourself.

Your fibroids did not grow overnight and although common, not every woman will have fibroids. There are various causes of uterine fibroids and most of these are caused by lifestyle and dietary issues. Certain conditions need to exist for uterine fibroids to grow-there is never any single cause of this condition, but it happens due to the subtle interaction of various factors which cause an environment which triggers off growth.

By neutralising the conditions which caused fibroid growth in the first place, this will cause the fibroids to shrink naturally and once the conditions cease to exist, fibroids cannot grow any more. There is certainly a strong connection between the Western lifestyle fibroid growth. This does not just apply to our Western diet, but also factors such as stress, lack of exercise and poor sleep patterns all come into play.

To get rid of uterine fibroids naturally, you will need to use a tried and tested plan. Implementing ad-hoc treatments may help give symptomatic relief, but will not provide a proper solution.

The components of a successful plan will include:-

* A robust detox to help eliminate toxins

* Systems to rebalance hormone levels

* The correct diet for fibroid sufferers

* How to control stress levels

* The role of herbs

* The link between yeast and fibroids

Combining these elements makes for an extremely powerful method to rid you of your uterine fibroids.

Ovarian Cysts – What Are Ovarian Cysts and How Can You Get Rid of Them?

Just like you, many women want to know what are ovarian cysts and how you can you get rid of them.

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sac-like structures that can form in, on or near a the ovaries — two walnut-sized organs located on either side of the uterus and under the fallopian tubes. Ovarian cysts commonly affect women during their reproductive years, particularly between the ages of 20 and 35.

Women who suffer from endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease or bulimia, or take the epilepsy drug Valporate tend to be more susceptible to ovarian cysts than most.

Every month, women produce a small structure known as a follicle as part of the reproductive cycle. This normal fluid-filled sac contains an egg which a woman’s body releases during ovulation around day 14 of the menstrual cycle.

What causes ovarian cysts?

o Functional cysts

This type of cyst is common and develops from tissue changes during ovulation. Every month, ovaries normally grow cystic structures called follicles. Typically, follicles return to normal ovarian tissue after ovulation. But sometimes there one or more fluid-filled cyst remains for four to six weeks.

o Follicular and corpus luteum cysts

A follicular cyst develops from a follicle that grows larger than normal, fills with fluid and does release the egg

A corpus luteum cyst is seen as a yellow tissue mass forming from the follicle after ovulation. They tend to disappear after two or three menstrual cycles, and are associated with normal ovarian function.

o Abnormal/neoplastic cysts

These cysts develop as a result of cell growth. In most cases, they are benign and rarely become cancerous. There are two types of abnormal cysts.

Dermoid cysts occur when ovarian tissue grows abnormally to form other body tissues such as hair, teeth, fatty material, bone or cartilage.

Polycystic cysts develop as a result of a buildup of multiple small cysts which, in turn, can cause hormonal imbalances in a woman’d body.

Diagnosing Ovarian Cysts

Diagnosing ovarian cysts is based on the symptoms, a review of your medical history, a physical examination and pelvic exam.

The most common symptoms associated with cysts include:

o Sudden and severe pain in the abdomen or pelvis

o Increased facial hair

o Fullness or swelling of the abdomen

o Severe abdominal accompanied by fever or vomiting

o Pelvic pain during intercourse

o Constant ache that extends to lower back and thighs

o Menstrual irregularities – delayed, irregular or painful menstrual periods

o Pelvic pain shortly before your period begins or just before it ends

o Difficulty emptying your bladder completely as a result of pressure on the bladder

o Pain during bowel movements or pressure on your bowels

o Nausea, vomiting or breast tenderness that is experienced during pregnancy

One or more tests such as a pregnancy test, ultrasound, computerized axial tomography (CAT-scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scanning), laparoscopy or blood test may be required.

Medical treatments

Treatment of ovarian cysts generally depends on the woman’s age, the size and type of cyst, overall health status and severity of symptoms. Sometimes treatment may not be required for cysts because they’re apt to heal on their own.

Periodic pelvic ultrasound monitoring should be performed regularly, especially for postmenopausal women.

Hormone therapy such as birth control pills may be prescribed to limit the development of new cysts and decrease your risk of cancer.

Surgical procedures

If cysts are large, abnormal or cause pain, surgery may be recommended.

Cysts may be removed in a procedure known as a cystectomy which does not require removing the ovary; or an oophorectomy, which involves removing the affected ovary and leaving the other intact.

If the cyst is cancerous, a hysterectomy may be performed to remove both ovaries and uterus.

Natural remedies

Natural treatments such as herbal remedies are safe and effective. They restore a woman’s hormone balance while reducing and preventing ovarian cysts.

These herbs are safe and gentle on your body’s system. They’ll also enhance your overall health and wellbeing.

Thrush Cure – Stop Your Painful Thrush Symptoms Today

If you think you may be suffering from painful vaginal thrush there are a number of common symptoms you should look out for. Read on to find out about these thrush symptoms and how you can cure your thrush for good…

What is thrush and do I have it? If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms you may have a vaginal yeast infection…

– Itching and burning around the vagina

– A cottage cheese like vaginal discharge

– A rash, swelling or redness in the vaginal area

– Pain during sex or urination

– A bad smelling vagina

Thrush or a Candida Yeast infection as it is sometimes known is a fungal yeast infection that occurs around the genital area. These infections are common in both men and women and can be easily treated. However, if thrush goes untreated it can sometimes spread and become a serious and difficult to treat infection. If you think that you may be suffering from this kind of infection, be sure to seek a professional diagnosis.

What types of thrush are there? Thrush can take many forms and doesn’t just affect the genitalia. Oral thrush, fungal infections of the finger and toenails and nappy rash are all forms of thrush. Again, all of these can be easily treated, but it’s best to address any thrush like symptoms sooner than later. All of these infections can spread and be transmitted to others if left untreated.

Common thrush cure mistakes… If you use the wrong thrush cure you may find that your infection can sometimes worsen and become more serious. Listening to old wives tales can be very dangerous and harmful to your health. Only ever use trusted thrush cures and methods. Always seek medical advice first and ask your doctor before you try any treatments.

Quick tips to ease your vaginal yeast infection symptoms… These are the four easiest ways to ease thrush symptoms quickly-

1) Wear cotton and loose fitting underwear

2) Avoid having sex until the infection has cleared

3) Don’t scratch any itchy, sore or infected areas

4) Make sure you wash the infected area regularly and pat dry thoroughly – don’t rub!

Have You Acquired Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is a class of diseases that impact the liver. Hepatitis can cause inflammations of the liver and can cause its function to diminish. When this happens liver scarring can occur, which is known as cirrhosis, and in severe cases, cancer can develop. Hepatitis can be attributed to certain types of medication, toxins, alcohol, hereditary conditions, viruses, and autoimmune disorders. Hepatitis can be classified as viral or non viral.

Non viral hepatitis is broken down into four types: hepatitis caused by hereditary issues, autoimmune hepatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, and toxin or drug induced hepatitis. Alcoholic hepatitis is the result of drinking too much alcohol. Toxin or drug induced hepatitis is caused by reaction to certain medications or toxins. Ingesting or inhaling the following toxins can cause hepatitis: vinyl chloride, poisonous mushrooms, white phosphorous, and carbon tetrachloride.

There are also several medications that can lead to hepatitis. These include: acetaminophen, erythromycin, anabolic steroids, hormonal contraceptives, indometacin, ibuprofen, azathioprine, ketoconazole, nifedipine, allopurinol, nitrofurantoin, amitriptyline, chlorpromazine, zidovudine, phenytoin, amiodarone, minocycline, isoniazid, methyldopa, halothane, and certain types of supplements and herbs.

If you or someone you love have developed hepatitis because of inhaling toxins or because of medications, you should consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights.

Hepatitis in the viral and non viral forms may show mild, moderate, or severe symptoms. Some patients may not show any symptoms at all. Fatigue is usually the only symptom in very mild cases. Other symptoms include: jaundice, headaches, fever, joint pain, muscle aches, a lack of appetite, pale feces, dark urine the color of tea, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, drowsiness, circulatory problems, and dizziness.

There are five main types of viral hepatitis, and each has their own transmission methods, effects, and symptoms. These five types are categorized, A, B, C, D, and E. The most common of these types are A, B, and C.

Hepatitis A is the most common form of the disease found in the United States. It is so common that the Centers for Disease Control reports that as many as one third of the population has some sign of immunity from a past infection.

Hepatitis A is located in the fecal matter of an infected person and is often spread through contamination with items that have come in contact with the stools of an infected person.

Hepatitis A can be acquired by eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated with fecal matter that contains the virus. This often happens when an infected person does not wash his or her hands before preparing food. Eating raw fish that has been harvested from water contaminated with hepatitis A can also spread the disease.

Unclean diaper changing stations can spread hepatitis A, as can oral-anal contact with someone who has the disease.

Hepatitis A does cause the liver to become swollen; however it does not usually cause any type of permanent liver damage or scarring.

Hepatitis B affects roughly sixty thousand people in the United States each year. People who are between the ages of twenty and forty nine have the highest rates of acquiring the disease. It is estimated that one and a quarter million people in the United States are chronically infected with this form of hepatitis.

Hepatitis B is acquired by being in contact with someone who has the disease. This can be through sexual contact, by living with a person with a chronic infection, by sharing needles, and by transmitting the virus to a newborn baby from a mother who is infected.

Hepatitis B causes liver swelling and can lead to liver damage. Some patients can recover from the disease in a few months time, but some people will never be rid of the disease. Chronic cases happen in ninety percent of newborns who acquire the disease at birth, thirty percent of children infected between the ages of one and five years, and six percent of people who become infected after the five years of age. Of all cases of chronic hepatitis B, fifteen to twenty five percent are deadly.

Over four million Americans have been infected with the virus that leads to hepatitis C. Of these people, more than three million experience chronic infections.

Hepatitis C is mainly spread through blood contact with a person who is infected. This is most often the case when sharing needles. The disease can also be passed to a child from the mother during birth.

Hepatitis C causes the liver to swell, and it usually causes liver damage. People with chronic cases of hepatitis C, liver failure, cirrhosis, and liver cancer can develop as well.

Hepatitis D is much less commonly seen in the United States. To acquire hepatitis D, a current hepatitis B infection must already be experienced. Sharing needles, having unprotected sex, and passing the disease to a child from the mother during birth are the three main ways to get hepatitis D.

Hepatitis D can be prevented by getting the hepatitis B vaccine, by avoiding contact with contaminated needles, not sharing personal items with someone who has the disease, and always having protected sex.

Finally, hepatitis E is fairly rarely seen in the United States. This form of the disease is usually acquired by traveling to other areas of the world that have higher incidents of hepatitis E. Hepatitis E can be spread through food or water that has been contaminated with fecal matter that contains the virus. It can be prevented by avoiding foods that are not cooked when traveling overseas, and not drinking tap water.

No matter what form of hepatitis you or someone you know may have acquired, it is important that you understand that you do have legal rights, and you may be able to file a claim to seek compensation for various types of damages including medical bills, and pain and suffering. You should not delay in seeking the advice of a personal injury attorney who specializes in this area of the law. He or she will handle every aspect of your case, and help you to obtain the justice you deserve.

Liver Pain – Causes And Symptoms

Many men instinctively tend to ignore pain and put off going to their doctor. Needless to say, this is not a good strategy and liver pain in particular, should be taken seriously.

What Does Pain in your liver Feel Like?

Liver pain is typically made apparent by a dull ache or stab in the upper right part of the body, and it can often originate under the rib cage. Pain in the liver can often coincide with pain in the back and whether the pain is dull or sharp, it can last a long time.

It is easy to confuse other types of pain with liver pain, particularly kidney pain and abdominal pain. Liver pain is specifically caused by pain that originates in or around the liver.

Examples of What Can Cause Liver Diseases

Various things have been proven to be a cause of pain in the liver area, including peptic ulcer, irritable bowels and gallstones. Anyone who suffers from ascites, cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis or gastritis is also at risk from liver pain and more likely to experience it. Severe alcoholism can also lead to this type of pain can also be an indication of a serious medical condition such as cancer or leukemia.

Symptoms of Liver Pain

Some symptoms commonly experienced along with pain in the liver include a feeling of general fatigue, difficulty breathing and a feeling of pain under the right shoulder. Also common are problems eating, itchiness on the skin that seems to have no obvious cause and with men, a swelling in the testes.

Surgery and Liver Pain

Having an intestinal bypass operation performed can also cause liver pain, because once the surgery has been performed, lipid vacuoles often develop in the hepatocytes, which can help to create a fatty liver. This condition is somewhat similar to that which often develops in a person who is a chronic alcoholic and the amount of pain that it causes is about the same.

Treatment for Liver Disease

Liver disease can be effectively treated fairly inexpensively, often by simply cutting back on the amount of alcohol consumed. Most doctors will advise someone who has disease to reduce their consumption of alcohol, before suggesting further treatment.

Unfortunately, in extreme cases, there can be no suitable treatment for a diseased liver and the only real solution is to wait for a transplant. In this case, you are lucky if you receive a new liver before your existing liver has ceased to function altogether, although once a new liver is in place, the pain should diminish.