Not long ago I heard some people talking about medical problems they were having and decided to look some of them up to see if they had anything in common regarding symptoms and cures. It was an interesting study.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event… to see this whole article, go to mayoclinic.org
Self-care is critical in the management of fibromyalgia.
- Reduce stress. Develop a plan to avoid or limit overexertion and emotional stress. Allow yourself time each day to relax. That may mean learning how to say no without guilt. But try not to change your routine completely. People who quit work or drop all activity tend to do worse than do those who remain active. Try stress management techniques, such as deep-breathing exercises or meditation.
- Get enough sleep. Because fatigue is one of the main characteristics of fibromyalgia, getting sufficient sleep is essential. In addition to allotting enough time for sleep, practice good sleep habits, such as going to bed and getting up at the same time each day and limiting daytime napping.
- Exercise regularly. At first, exercise may increase your pain. But doing it gradually and regularly often decreases symptoms. Appropriate exercises may include walking, swimming, biking and water aerobics. A physical therapist can help you develop a home exercise program. Stretching, good posture and relaxation exercises also are helpful.
- Pace yourself. Keep your activity on an even level. If you do too much on your good days, you may have more bad days. Moderation means not overdoing it on your good days, but likewise it means not self-limiting or doing too little on the days when symptoms flare.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy foods. Limit your caffeine intake. Do something that you find enjoyable and fulfilling every day.*
Look at the mucous membrane (water line above the lower lashes) of your eyes. Seem normal? Well, if it appears pale, it is a surefire sign that you aren’t getting adequate red blood cells. Not just your eyes, anemia patients can also notice paleness in their face, palms, as well as nail beds. Do not ignore lack of color of the skin as it is a clear sign of you being anemic.
Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your tissues. It has many symptoms and being pale is one many people recognize. Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.
Typically, the first and the most common symptom of anemia is loss of energy or fatigue. It is not that usual sluggish feeling you get on being stressed or after working overtime. It’s different type of weakness – people have bone tiredness, which affects the overall quality of their life. So, if you remain exhausted all the time lately, get in touch with a doctor immediately. You can learn 21 signs to look for here.
Different types of anemia include:
- Anemia due to B12 deficiency
- Anemia due to folate deficiency
- Anemia due to iron deficiency
- Anemia of chronic disease
- Hemolytic anemia
- Idiopathic aplastic anemia
- Megaloblastic anemia
- Pernicious anemia
- Sickle cell anemia
Although many parts of the body help make red blood cells, most of the work is done in the bone marrow. Bone marrow is the soft tissue in the center of bones that helps form all blood cells.
Healthy red blood cells last between 90 and 120 days. Parts of your body then remove old blood cells. A hormone called erythropoietin (epo) made in your kidneys signals your bone marrow to make more red blood cells.
Hemoglobin is the oxygen-carrying protein inside red blood cells. It gives red blood cells their color. People with anemia do not have enough hemoglobin.
The body needs certain vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to make enough red blood cells. Iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid are three of the most important ones. The body may not have enough of these nutrients due to:
- Changes in the lining of the stomach or intestines affect how well nutrients are absorbed (for example, celiac disease)
- Poor diet
- Slow blood loss (for example, from heavy menstrual periods or stomach ulcers)
- Surgery that removes part of the stomach or intestines
You may have no symptoms if the anemia is mild or if the problem develops slowly. Symptoms that may occur first include:
- Feeling grumpy
- Feeling weak or tired more often than usual, or with exercise
- Problems concentrating or thinking
Exams and Tests
The doctor will perform a physical examination, and may find:
- A heart murmur
- Low blood pressure, especially when you stand up
- Pale skin
- Rapid heart rate
Some types of anemia may cause other findings on a physical exam.
Blood tests used to diagnose some common types of anemia may include:
- Blood levels of iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, and other vitamins and minerals
- Red blood count and hemoglobin level
- Reticulocyte count
Other tests may be done to find medical problems that can cause anemia.
Treatment should be directed at the cause of the anemia, and may include:
- Blood transfusions
- Corticosteroids or other medicines that suppress the immune system
- Erythropoietin, a medicine that helps your bone marrow make more blood cells
- Supplements of iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, or other vitamins and minerals
Severe anemia can cause low oxygen levels in vital organs such as the heart, and can lead to a heart attack.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if you have any symptoms of anemia or unusual bleeding so they can give you the needed tests to know just what kind you have and can determine the best treatments. Have you noticed that anemia seems to be a lack of certain vitamins and minerals in our diet?*
Sometimes, especially as they get older, people can develop little bulging pouches in the lining of the large intestine. These are called diverticula, and the condition is known as diverticulosis.
When the pouches become inflamed or infected, it leads to a sometimes very painful condition called diverticulitis. In addition to having abdominal pain, people with diverticulitis may experience nausea, vomiting, bloating, fever, constipation, or diarrhea.
Many experts believe that a low-fiber diet can lead to diverticulosis and diverticulitis. This may be why people in Asia and Africa, where the diet tends to be higher in fiber, have a very low incidence of the condition.
Diverticulosis usually causes no or few symptoms; leaving many people unaware that they even have diverticula present.
If you’re experiencing severe symptoms from diverticulitis, your doctor may recommend a liquid diverticulitis diet as part of your treatment, which can include:
- Fruit juices
- Ice pops
Gradually you can ease back into a regular diet. Your doctor may advise you to start with low-fiber foods (gluten free bread, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products) before introducing high-fiber foods.
Fiber softens and adds bulk to stools, helping them pass more easily through the colon. It also reduces pressure in the digestive tract.
Many studies show that eating fiber-rich foods can help control diverticular symptoms. Try to eat at least 25-35 grams of fiber a day.
Here are a few fiber-rich foods to include in meals:
- Einkorn whole-grain breads, pastas, and cereals- NOT things from processed flour.
- Beans (kidney beans and black beans, for example)
- Fresh fruits (apples, pears, prunes)
- Vegetables (squash, potatoes, peas, spinach)
If you’re having difficulty structuring a diet on your own, read and follow our EAT HEALTHY! page and you will be able to eat in a delicious way that works for you.
Your doctor may also recommend a fiber supplement, and drinking enough water and other fluids throughout the day will also help prevent constipation.
Foods to Avoid With Diverticulitis
In the past, doctors had recommended that people with diverticular disease (diverticulosis or diverticulitis) avoid hard-to-digest foods such as nuts, corn, popcorn, and seeds, for fear that these foods would get stuck in the diverticula and lead to inflammation. However, recent research has noted that there is no real scientific evidence to back up this recommendation.
In fact, nuts and seeds are components of many high-fiber foods, which are recommended for people with diverticular disease.
*Not medical advice. Consult a doctor for medical advice.
OTHER YUCKY DISEASES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
-And the list goes on and on and on … by now you may have noticed that our bodies are made up of what we eat so our diet is very important in keeping us well. We believe if you follow our EAT HEALTHY! page you can’t go wrong- you will, in most cases, become well and stay that way for life. A doctor once told me that if everyone ate and supplemented like I do, hospitals wouldn’t have nearly so many in them and cancer would be very rare indeed.
TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!
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