5 Ways to Deal With Crohn’s at Work

Work can be stressful for many of us, whether or not we’re living with a health condition. But for the roughly 700,000 Americans with Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), work can be especially difficult.

When a Crohn’s flare-up hits, you may find that you need to run to the bathroom immediately no matter what you’re doing at the time. Other Crohn’s symptoms can include cramping, fever, and fatigue, depending on how active the disease is at the time; such problems may further complicate your working hours.

What’s more, you may face an additional challenge at work: your colleagues’ reactions. Crohn’s is not as common as other chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, and your coworkers may not be knowledgeable about it, says Tanvi Dhere, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. “Frequent trips to the restroom may be misinterpreted by some as a way to take extra breaks,” she says.

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Pain After a Stroke: Symptoms to Watch Out For

Stroke survivors can experience tragic results after their attacks in the form of many different types of physical pain. Conditions such as paralysis, frailty, and changes in sensation are some  of the most common ailments. It is normal for stroke survivors to feel weakness on one side of the body, which can lead to spasticity and excruciating pain in muscles and joints, particularly in the shoulders. Headaches and sore, swollen hands are also common after effects of a stroke, usually referred to as central post-stroke pain (CPSP).

With so many agonizing conditions caused by stroke, the best treatment is to be sensitive to the pain a survivor is feeling and learn about the different causes of that pain. This will help you prepare for and prevent these conditions from worsening.

Spasticity

Spasticity

More than a third of stroke survivors cope with spasticity. It usually takes place on the weaker side of the body and leads to tight or stiff muscles, or muscle spasms, that can often hurt mobility, posture, and balance. It takes hold in joints and muscles, making it harder to move around comfortably, especially for older adults.

People who experience mild spasticity may only face tight muscles, but those who suffer severe spasticity will likely be forced to endure painful and uncontrollable spasms in the arms or legs. If not treated, spasticity causes regular pain, interfering with the rehabilitation process and basic recovery.

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How to make your ketogenic lifestyle perfect with a daily routine and meditation

Ketogenic lifestyle is the way you live now. It is great; the sun is smiling which makes part of you really happy. Finally you have got what you always wanted – a nice, slim body. But deep down there is a feeling like something is missing, like a slim body is actually not enough to feel happy. There isn’t any balance in your life. The harmony is missing. And frankly speaking, there are issues like mood swings and insomnia. Sometimes you feel a lack of energy, enthusiasm and satisfaction. Guess what? All of these symptoms have one source, and right here and right now I will tell you why it is happening and how to get rid of it.

How do we usually manage our daily routine? Waking up with rosters? Oh, no. If it is possible we will sleep until noon. Well, most of us. Even if we have an agreement with ourselves the night before, we break it as soon as we see those terrible numbers on the alarm clock – 06:00 am. And what about the evening? Is it different? – No, we hung out till midnight. “Hung out” – means also doing any kind of work, like washing diapers, writing code or watching TV. And how do we feel in the morning? Are we fresh and full of energy? – No, we have a foggy head and no desire to get out from under the warm, cozy sheets. There is no structure in our life. There is no daily routine.

Daily routine inside of the ketogenic lifestyle can bring harmony and balance into your life. Messy daily routine with late wake up and fall sleep after midnight can cause you many troubles, like diseases, mood swings, depression and others. The list isn’t impressive, is it? Speaking about daily routine I don’t mean you have to do everything strictly by time. Eating by time, sleeping by time, like an infant. Daily routine will effect only your mornings and evenings.

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My ‘To Be’ List for Living Peacefully With Rheumatoid Arthritis

I sit on the lounge, every window open inviting in the cool change brought upon by the heavy rain and storms of the wet season. Raindrops pitter-pattering on my balcony are drowned out by the city sounds of roaring engines and tires slapping at saturated roads. The cool air brings small bumps to my arms and I smile at them, thinking about the heat of the day, the year and the relief of the chill.

It is a new year now and even though I know it is naïve to think today is any different to any other, I can’t bring myself believe anything less. I have never needed a fresh start as badly as I do right now.

The past year was a war of fire and rage inside of my body. The past year I felt robbed and stripped and left broken and vulnerable on the ground. I felt robbed of my abilities, my hobbies, my interests, some of my cognition, my social life, my love of the outdoors, my peace, and my comfort.

I’ve felt robbed of everything; robbed of me.

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How to Deal With Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, red scaly patches to appear on the skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated, 7.5 million people in the United States have psoriasis. “Psoriasis occurs in all age groups but is primarily seen in adults. Up to 40 percent of people with psoriasis experience joint inflammation that produces symptoms of arthritis.” Psoriasis affects the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear in any location and it can burn and sting. Scientists do not know what causes psoriasis. But it’s believed that that the immune system and perhaps genetics play a role in triggering the condition. The skin cells in people with psoriasis grow at an abnormally fast rate and this can cause lesions. AAD also shared that men and women develop psoriasis at equal rates. “Psoriasis also occurs in all racial groups, but at varying rates. About 1.9 percent of African-Americans have psoriasis, compared to 3.6 percent of Caucasians.” Psoriasis may be associated heart disease and depression. Here are 6 ways to deal with psoriasis.

You’re not alone.

You may feel like you’re the only one suffering from psoriasis, but take heart, you are not the only one. Kim Kardashian, LeAnn Rimes, Jon Lovitz and Art Garfunkel all battle psoriasis and learned to cope. “People always used to compliment me on my skin, how beautiful it was, and I’d think if you only knew what was underneath my shirt or my long dress!” Rimes told Everyday Health in an interview. “As a little girl, it was like, ‘I’m not pretty, I’m not normal.’ But you learn very quickly where beauty comes from.” Take a cue from the songstress, and know that you are not alone and you don’t have to hide because of psoriasis.

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7 ways to distinguish between coeliac disease and gluten intolerance

If you have digestive problems after eating things like bread, pasta or cereal, there’s a chance you might be intolerant to gluten or have coeliac disease. But how do you tell the difference?

Both conditions can have similar symptoms, including diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, mouth ulcers, stomach pain and bloating.

The symptoms appear after consuming gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, and in many foods they’re used for, including bread, pasta, sauces and cereals, as well as goodies like cakes, biscuits and pizzas.

The only way to find out whether you’ve got coeliac disease or gluten intolerance (sometimes called non-coeliac gluten sensitivity) is to see a doctor. Remember, it’s always best to speak to a professional, rather than self-diagnose, as you may need to have tests to rule out other things. Plus, if you do have coeliac disease, it’s vital you get the right treatment and advice. But in the meantime, here are some pointers to explain the differences between the two.

Gluten intolerance is much more common

The Coeliac Society of Ireland (www.coeliac.ie) says around one in 100 Irish people has coeliac disease, but “for each person diagnosed, there are likely to be 5-10 people who remain undiagnosed.”

While coeliac disease affects just 1pc of the population, up to 13pc are thought to have gluten intolerance. Indeed, a 2015 survey found 10pc of households contain someone who believes gluten is bad for them.

“Part of this comes down to a greater awareness of conditions like coeliac disease and gluten intolerance,” says GP Dr Seth Rankin. “However, it’s important to stress that the two conditions are very different.”

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease

Coeliac disease is a serious illness where the body’s immune system attacks itself when gluten is eaten, damaging the gut lining.

In gluten intolerance, on the other hand, it’s unclear how the immune system is involved, but Dr Rankin says: “If you’re gluten intolerant, you may experience similar symptoms to someone who has coeliac disease. But importantly, there’s no evidence to suggest this affects the lining of the gut.”

Coeliacs are more likely to have other autoimmune disorders too

These include conditions such as type 1 diabetes and autoimmune thyroid disease. Research has shown that the chance of developing other autoimmune disorders may be increased when diagnosis of coeliac disease is delayed.

Coeliac disease is genetic

While the exact cause of coeliac disease isn’t known, having certain genes increases the risk, so people with a first-degree relative (parents, siblings) who has coeliac disease are more likely to have these genes and are at higher risk of developing it themselves.

Actress Caroline Quentin, who was diagnosed with coeliac disease two years ago after suffering for years with symptoms including fatigue, diarrhoea, vomiting and mouth ulcers, has tested positive for genes linked to the disease.

She thinks her late mother had coeliac disease, because although she was never diagnosed with it she had very bad digestive problems all her life, and eventually suffered with anaemia and osteoporosis, which are both linked to coeliac disease.

Caroline, who is a Coeliac UK patron, says: “I struggled for years with constant stomach pains, vomiting and total exhaustion.”

It’s not yet known whether gluten intolerance is related to genetics.

Coeliac disease can be conclusively diagnosed

Coeliac disease can be diagnosed by blood tests which pick up specific antibodies signalling the condition. A biopsy of the villi — which line the small intestine (gut) — may also be performed, as gluten consumed by people with coeliac disease prompts the immune system to attack these areas. The villi absorb nutrients, and the attacking immune system flattens them, so less nutrients are absorbed.

There are no reliable blood biomarkers for gluten intolerance, so it’s diagnosed based on the symptoms being experienced, though tests should be carried out to rule out coeliac disease. A biopsy wouldn’t be useful if a person was only gluten intolerant, as the condition doesn’t damage the gut.

Coeliac disease can have serious complications

The gut damage caused by coeliac disease means nutrients from food can’t be absorbed properly, and if left untreated, the disease can lead to other conditions, including osteoporosis, infertility and anaemia. It’s linked with a higher risk of certain cancers too.

People with gluten intolerance aren’t at higher risk of these complications.

Coeliacs should NEVER eat gluten

Even the tiniest trace of gluten should be off-limits for people with coeliac disease. Following a strict gluten-free diet should help control symptoms, allowing the damaged gut to heal. Eating any amount of gluten will cause further damage.

People with gluten intolerance can often eat small amounts of gluten without developing symptoms. It’s often a question of discovering what’s comfortable for you, and finding ways to manage symptoms so they don’t cause distress.

“If you have coeliac disease, you need to avoid gluten like the plague,” stresses Dr Rankin, founder of the London Doctors Clinic.

“If you’re gluten intolerant, then it really is your choice. If you can stand a bit of bloating when eating bread, then it won’t kill you — but equally, you may prefer gluten-free foods if you feel they reduce the symptoms.”

However, it’s important to note, coeliac disease and gluten intolerance aside, gluten is not a ‘bad’ food.

12 Things to Know About Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a term used for facial pain which begins in the trigeminal nerve. It usually occurs in people over the age of 50 and affects women more than men. However, it is more common in people who have multiple sclerosis (MS).

We’ve put together a list of facts about trigeminal neuralgia with help from familydoctor.org and the MS Trust UK.

  • There are two trigeminal nerves running down each side of the face. Each trigeminal nerve has three main branches: the upper branch reaches to the scalp and forehead, the middle branch to the nose, cheek and upper jaw and mouth, and the lower branch reaches the lower jaw and mouth.
  • Damage to the myelin sheath protecting the nerve is what causes pain for MS sufferers.
  • Pain may be triggered by everyday activities such as eating, brushing teeth, talking, head movement, breeze, air conditioning, hot or cold food, or may come up spontaneously without any trigger.

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