A personal account of symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for avascular necrosis of the femoral head (AVN). Also, a list of available resources in the UK.
The normal blood glucose level is 80-90 mg/dL before meals, and up to 120 mg/dL after you eat. Understand that you can prevent and, in most cases, reverse type 2 diabetes with these simple changes.
My own battle with degenerative disc disease began when I was a teenager. Learn about this condition and the effect it has on its victims.
Flying increases the risk of blood clots, particularly for people with pulmonary embolism, DVT, Factor V Leiden, or thrombophilia conditions. Learn how to prevent blood clots while flying.
After 6-½ years of chronic sinus infections, I finally cured myself and regained my life with a self-help book. I followed a regime of immunity-boosting supplements to regain my health.
bing images After being diagnosed with this disease in October of 2008, I was surprised and dismayed to find so little information on Pseudotumor cerebri. Sure you can find medical reports and statistics, but the human side has been lost....
Dry skin appears on our body - the arms, face, behind ears, and legs. You may not talk about it with friends, but dry skin is nothing more than a problem people face. Find its facts, symptoms and ...
Almost a year ago, I had an implantable cardiac loop recorder placed in my chest to monitor my arrhythmia. This is a short tale of that experience.
Solanine is found in green potatoes and other nightshade vegetables. It's poisonous at high concentrations. Some people say that nightshades make their arthritis worse.
A personal guide that will help you recognise thyroid symptoms and side effects that your doctor may not know—from harmful tablets to seeing the illness in your face and body.
Does milk cause your body to produce more mucus, making your cold and asthma symptoms worse? The research says no. But you might be surprised at the other tricks that milk can play on your system.
Learn more about cholesterol—what it is, why it matters, and what you can do to lower it naturally, without medication.
If you have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, here are the things you need to do to make informed decisions regarding surgery and treatments.
When we touch objects, our hands are contaminated by bacteria on the surfaces of the objects. It's very important to wash hands regularly to prevent infections.
Sleep apnea was a major contributor to NFL star Reggie White's death at age 43. What is sleep apnea, and how is it treated?
I have pectus excavatum. This is the story of how my chest deformity affected me in my daily life.
When you sing or speak, do you sound hoarse? If you keep losing your voice, you may have vocal nodules. Learn about vocal nodes and nodules: what causes them and how to avoid them.
Get quick pain relief from toe infection or swelling caused by ingrown toenails. Try this easy home treatment for ingrown toenails and experience pain relief quickly.
Cervical osteoarthritis can be very painful. It can cause symptoms such as headaches and migraines, but it is often misdiagnosed. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for this condition.
Sometimes it's hard to know what to say to a friend who is facing the loss of a loved one. Here are some words and verses that may provide comfort . . . as well as some advice about what NOT to say.
The trick to uncovering the culprit for that cold feeling in your throat is to determine whether you're also experiencing other symptoms associated with certain common disorders.
Fainting while laughing is a rare occurrence, but it does happen. It's happened to me. Here I share my story, as well as more information about this condition, also known as gelastic syncope.
Is your ankle swollen and painful? How do you tell if your ankle is broken or sprained? Here's helpful info including an option for a hands-free crutch for an ankle that's sprained or broken.
It's not enough to just wash the face. Good moisturizer can boost the water content of the skin. Apply liberal amounts to the face, especially on dry skin...
Aldosterone is a hormone that affects blood pressure. Excess aldosterone can cause high blood pressure and low aldosterone can result in low blood pressure.
The miserable stomach virus (norovirus) is epidemic around the world and spreading like wildfire. Here are some tips to protect yourself as much as possible.
Skin that bruises easily can be caused by a number of factors, including some medications. Here are some self-help ideas to help improve skin that is thin, easily bruised, or torn.
Here are three natural ways to address some of the underlying risk factors that can cause the clinical condition known as 'high blood pressure' or 'hypertension.'
How to treat cracked fingers and fingertips. You know, those painful little slits that look like tiny paper cuts, but feel like major surgery.
Three simple exercises to help you relax those muscles and help resolve your pelvic floor dysfunction. Gain control over your pelvic muscles with stretching and soft-tissue massage.
Find out more about this often misdiagnosed kind of headache. It's like a migraine but different. It's called a cervicogenic headache or migraine, and it's a real pain!
In this article I share what worked for me in terms of treating athlete's foot. I also discuss treatments for toenail fungus.
When you first realise you’ll have to wear a colostomy bag, your first thoughts will be “Goodness, I’ll have to wear a s**t bag”. I know because I‘ve been there too.
An ear abscess (medical name - mastoiditis) is a dangerous infection of the skull, provoked by bacteria in the ear. It primarily affects toddlers and infants, although in rare occasions older individuals may be susceptible. The cause is always the...
Pseudobulbar affect (PBA) is a medical condition involving unpredictable, uncontrollable episodes of laughter, tears, or both. It involves a mismatch between feelings and outward emotional displays.
Impetigo is a debilitating skin disease that affects both children and adults. Learn about its symptoms, causes, types, diagnosis, complications, treatments, and remedies.
Proteus mirabilis is responsible for urinary tract infections in some people. The bacterium causes inflammation and the production of stones in the urine.
Ringworm and Lyme disease are two very different conditions that can both cause red ring-shaped rashes. Here's how you and your doctor can tell these two rashes apart.
People with COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, suffer from chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both of these disorders. Treatment slows lung deterioration.
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a bacterium that lives in the nose of many people. It's often harmless but can cause a variety of diseases. Some of these are serious.
What exactly are parabens, and do they cause cancer? Parabens are found in most widely-manufactured lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and moisturizers.
When I went through chemotherapy, I had to figure out some critical things for myself. Here are the top 10 things I wish somebody had told me ahead of time.
Telogen effluvium is a condition that involves rapid and excessive hair loss or hair shed. The causes vary and are often difficult to discern. Here are some tips I've learned that may help you, too.
With these gentle daily exercises, as well as the help of gravity inversion, you can improve your posture and ease your neck or shoulder pain.
This article defines systolic and diastolic pressure, ranges of normal readings, and conditions like prehypertension and hypertension. Includes labeled photos and a video tutorial.
Having a sore throat at night is a problem that many people have. Sometimes, the problem fades away by daytime prompting individuals to shrug it off. Here are the possible causes of the condition.
How to take care of a viral fever? If you're running a fever, it's a good idea to find out more about it, i.e., viral fever symptoms, treatments, home remedies and prevention.
Scar tissue may form on or in our body when we're injured. It replaces damaged tissue but is sometimes troublesome. The appearance of scars can often be improved.
Trigeminal neuralgia causes the worst pain known to humankind. I survived this rare disease with a successful brain surgery called microvascular decompression (MVD). This is my story.
Removing corns and callused skin on the feet can take a little time and effort. This article is based on the experience of both my wife and myself.
Glial cells affect the activity of neurons, or nerve cells. Problems with astrocytes, a type of glial cell, may cause or worsen amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Symbrachydactyly is a congenital hand malformation that occurs in 1 in 32,000 births. I was born with this condition, and this is my story.
Escherichia coli is a bacterium that exists as different strains. Some strains live in our gut and are very helpful. Others cause foodborne illness and disease.
Learn about sebaceous cysts and what to do if you have one.
Proper posture is not the only reason why reversal of cervical or lumbar lordosis is necessary. There are many important reasons to correct poor back and neck posture; this article provides the details.
Oral allergy syndrome, or OAS, is an allergic reaction to food proteins that resemble proteins in pollen grains. People with OAS often have hay fever.
Are you experiencing a sharp pain in your upper back between the shoulder blades? How can you tell if it's something serious or not? Learn about the many causes and treatments for this type of pain.
Because you can only check Facebook so many times before you start to lose your mind.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects approximately 17 million Americans. Many don't know they have it, as it's often confused for acne. Rosacea needs to be treated differently.
Urine can have many colors, ranging from black to colorless. A change in pee appearance may be unimportant or may indicate a serious health problem.
Pompholyx eczema is a painful skin disorder. For me, adult-onset allergies to dairy and lemons were to blame. I am completely cured now!
Urinary tract infections can be extremely painful. If not treated properly, they can cause serious damage to your body. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Getting rid of cold sores as quick as possible is the main priority of anyone suffering from oral herpes. Learn how popping them can be the easiest way to heal them.
Ease an aching back by doing these simple stretches for a few minutes every day. An alternative to taking painkillers for back pain.
Bone spurs are projections or outgrowths that extend from a bone. They may press on nerves or other tissues, causing pain, numbness, or difficulty in moving.
Many people with chest pain think they are having a heart attack. Costochondritis is a condition that can feel like a heart attack but is not. It is painful, but not harmful.
Ever wonder just why binge drinking kills people? Take a close physiological look at the risks of alcohol poisoning. Understanding how it kills is important.
Pulmonary embolism recovery can be difficult due to the heart and lung damage that occurs. This article focuses on things that patients can do to help themselves throughout the recovery process.
Most adults have the Epstein-Barr virus in their bodies. The virus is either dormant or active. It causes mononucleosis, some cancers, and perhaps other diseases.
As an eczema sufferer, I have a lot of experience with moisturizing creams, ointments, and lotions. Here I discuss CeraVe, Cetaphil, Vanicream, Eucerin, TriDerma, and Aquaphor.
Iliac crest pain is common in people with lower back pain, older individuals, and athletes (especially runners). This article discusses symptoms, causes, treatments, and prevention.
Tons of easy, fun, and successful breast cancer fundraising ideas that allow you to simplify your group's fundraiser planning and get down to the business of raising money for charity.
A brief overview of edema, how to manage it, signs you need to go to the doctor, as well as a few reasons why edema occurs in the first place.
The painful story of how I lost friends after I was diagnosed with cancer. I'd heard from my cancer therapist that it's actually a common phenomenon, but I never thought it would happen to me.
The vagus nerve may be the connection between stomach bloating and heart palpitations and dizziness.
The symptoms of water retention (also known as fluid retention or edema) can sometimes be confused with the appearance of chronic diabetic skin blisters. Do you know how to tell the difference?
Find the causes, treatment, and pictures of lumps that occur in different parts of the body, including the throat, armpit, neck, chin, earlobe, wrist, jaw, and other parts of the skin.
There are many different kinds of coughs: productive chest cough, non-productive or dry cough, whooping cough, barking cough, psychogenic cough, and reflex cough. When should you see a doctor?
This article will advise you how to prevent kidney stones. I lost a kidney due to a Staghorn stone. I could have avoided losing a kidney by following this advice.
Hold the flowers, please! What? No “get well” cards? Learn the secrets for assembling the ideal gift or care package for a cancer patient, while avoiding dangerous blunders.
What is walking pneumonia? This medical term is often used to describe a case of pneumonia that is not severe enough to require hospitalization or bed rest.
How to tell the difference between a heart attack, anxiety, and intercostal muscle spasms. All three may cause chest pain and difficulty breathing.
Prevention, removal, and recovery information regarding aging spots. Plus, natural remedies and other possible procedures.
An explanation of effective treatment options to help relieve plantar fasciitis foot pain and inflammation. For me, I found that the cure was actually free and easy.
Helpful facts about gout and information explaining the effect certain foods have on this condition. Learn which foods to avoid and which to include in a gout diet.
The Mohs procedure is used to remove Basal Cell Carcinomas. The author also provides tips on the prevention of skin cancers.
Crawling sensations? Itchy bites? Doctors sometimes don't recognize scabies because of inaccurate or incomplete knowledge. My husband and I had a yearlong battle with misdiagnosed scabies.
In someone with an anemia disorder, there are either not enough red blood cells in the blood or the cells contain abnormal hemoglobin. Symptoms range from mild to severe.
Tips and tricks, based on my personal experience, on how to treat an itchy scalp caused by seborrheic dermatitis.
Pompholyx is an uncommon skin condition and a form of eczema. It is characterized by the onset of small blisters filled with fluid and an inflammation. The onset usually involves the palms and fingers
Eczema can torment sufferers with terrible itching, blistering, and weeping skin that turns into scaly patches. I suffered for years before finding a complete cure.
When Geraldine Ferraro was diagnosed with cancer, she was given 3 years to live. She lived for 12 more years. Learn what she believed helped her cope—and why she survived far longer than expected.
An in-depth review of the early signs of diabetes. Find out what the symptoms are, discover whether you should be screened, and learn if you fall into one of the high-risk groups.