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  • Some people don't believe fibromyalgia exists, but patients with this painful condition certainly do. Learn about why it is so hard to diagnose, symptoms, and the current treatment options.

    Is Fibromyalgia Real? The Grey Area of FMS

    Is Fibromyalgia Real? The Grey Area of FMS

    by Shannon Perry2

  • My ‘journey’ health wise culminates in colostomy surgery! Prior to that time my life was filled with emotional ups and downs, and at the end of it all I had to wear a colostomy bag? . . . Oh heck!

    Colostomy After a Hysterectomy - My Story

    Colostomy After a Hysterectomy - My Story

    by Alobeda2

  • People with phantosmia have an illusory sense of smell; they smell things that simply are not there. Read more about this uncommon smell disorder.

    Phantosmia: The Smells in Your Head

    Phantosmia: The Smells in Your Head

    by Annette R. Smith42

  • This is my extraordinary cure for fungal toenails. I had lived with the condition for more than ten years and it was getting worse, presenting on every toe nail.

    How I Cured My Fungal Toes, or Onychomycosis

    How I Cured My Fungal Toes, or Onychomycosis

    by Janey Hood12

  • This is the story of how I survived a battle with prostate cancer. I received my diagnosis at the age of 38, which is a young age for this disease.

    Prostate Cancer: A Survivor's Story

    Prostate Cancer: A Survivor's Story

    by Akwasi Maru4

  • Some of us do not feel comfortable hearing the cracking and popping that occur when being adjusted by a regular chiropractor. Alternative chiropractic services offer a much gentler technique.

    Alternative Chiropractic Care: The Activator Tool

    Alternative Chiropractic Care: The Activator Tool

    by Susan Holland56

  • Bone cancer has few symptoms. When my sister received her diagnosis, I learned a lot about the symptoms, treatments, and how to help a loved one cope with this condition.

    What Are the Symptoms of Bone Cancer?

    What Are the Symptoms of Bone Cancer?

    by Abbyfitz15

  • Learn how to take care of your skin when you have lupus. Reduce malar rashes and other skin irritations by following a few common-sense precautions, as well as your doctor's instructions.

    Lupus Skin Care Tips

    Lupus Skin Care Tips

    by Kylyssa Shay5

  • For nearly fourteen years I struggled with chronic iron deficiency anemia. Today, I am happy to say I am no longer anemic!

    No More Iron Infusions!

    No More Iron Infusions!

    by Kay0

  • The causes, signs, and symptoms of having foot drop. This article is about my personal experience dealing with foot drop.

    Living With Foot Drop

    Living With Foot Drop

    by April Green1

  • You no longer need to endure the embarrassment of cold sores. From effective first aid to long-term prevention, modern developments have transformed life for cold sore sufferers.

    How to Beat Cold Sores

    How to Beat Cold Sores

    by Kate Swanson21

  • A pelvic hematoma can occur when there is serious trauma to the pelvic region. A hematoma in this region is a very serious condition that normally requires surgery.

    Identifying and Treating a Pelvic Hematoma

    Identifying and Treating a Pelvic Hematoma

    by Bobby0

  • Injuring part of the hand can cause long-term pain if not treated correctly in the initial stages. Learn how a mere pinky injury affected my life, and what I did about it.

    A Severed Flexor Tendon in the Pinky Finger

    A Severed Flexor Tendon in the Pinky Finger

    by Rosie writes8

  • This article explains an allergic reaction to minocycline, which is part of the tetracycline family. Puffiness and redness around the eyes are potential symptoms.

    My Allergic Reaction to Minocycline

    My Allergic Reaction to Minocycline

    by Jessica38

  • Tips for living with dizziness and inner ear disorders. These are the techniques I use to reduce my symptoms and get on with my life.

    Eight Ways to Cope When You're Dizzy

    Eight Ways to Cope When You're Dizzy

    by Kim Kennedy33

  • Visiting a person who is terminally ill can be intimidating. I know this from personal experience; I had a brain tumor and spent over half a year in and out of the ICU.

    How to Comfort the Terminally Ill

    How to Comfort the Terminally Ill

    by shauna193410

  • Here is the scoop about sleep studies. Learn about what to expect from a registered sleep technologist. Also, how you can participate in research studies and get paid!

    What to Expect During Your Sleep Study Test

    What to Expect During Your Sleep Study Test

    by Kelly Umphenour65

  • Twenty-two years after surviving breast cancer, I was diagnosed with stage IV inoperable lung cancer. I decided not to let cancer beat me. This is my story.

    My Battles With Breast and Lung Cancer

    My Battles With Breast and Lung Cancer

    by Susan Zutautas242

  • Although you may think you already know about all of the common sense methods to treat insomnia, they are worth going over again. That's because they really work.

    11 Things You Should Do to Treat Insomnia

    11 Things You Should Do to Treat Insomnia

    by Sacha0

  • My cluster headaches created intense pressure on the eye region. This article describes how I managed to get rid of these headaches without the use of medication.

    How I Managed to Cure My Cluster Headache

    How I Managed to Cure My Cluster Headache

    by Irfan1

  • Working and having a successful career with fibromyalgia is possible! Learn how to save energy, be productive, and stay healthy in the workplace.

    Manage Fibromyalgia at Work

    Manage Fibromyalgia at Work

    by Kymberly Fergusson3

  • Psoriasis is a chronic and recurring inflammatory condition of the skin. It has been linked to an increased incidence of obesity, heart disease, and strokes.

    Psoriasis, Obesity, and Heart Disease

    Psoriasis, Obesity, and Heart Disease

    by Linda Crampton20

  • Nasal folliculitis, or nasal vestibulitis, is caused by a buildup of oil and/or dead skin cells. This leads to the pores getting infected by staph which can lead to a painful and maddening pimple.

    Nasal Folliculitis: Causes and Treatment

    Nasal Folliculitis: Causes and Treatment

    by John R Wilsdon0

  • Lack of sleep is very detrimental, not only to your daily life, but also to your health. I know from personal experience! Here are 20 strategies that helped me get a better night's sleep.

    20 Tips That Helped Me Cure My Insomnia

    20 Tips That Helped Me Cure My Insomnia

    by just helen8

  • Chronic hives are a result of an underlying disease condition. My experience is with acute hives, which results from an allergic reaction that may occur only once in a lifetime.

    Chronic Hives and Angioedema Survey

    Chronic Hives and Angioedema Survey

    by John R Wilsdon12

  • Disease burden varies widely depending on location, wealth, gender, age, and race. This article looks at the top 5 causes of death in high-income countries, and how you can prevent these illnesses.

    The Top 5 Deadly Diseases and How to Prevent Them

    The Top 5 Deadly Diseases and How to Prevent Them

    by Sarah Knight1

  • I had a herniated disc in 2008 (L5-S1) and suffered for 5 grueling months of different treatments before I got surgery. Here I explore those options I tried; many others share their experiences in the comments.

    Herniated Disc - Treatment Options

    Herniated Disc - Treatment Options

    by Jason Menayan101

  • Dysautonomia, any disorder of the Autonomic (Involuntary) Nervous System, is likely the most misdiagnosed condition of all time. Know the signs and symptoms of this invisible, chronic illness.

    Dysautonomia: Invisible, Often Misdiagnosed

    Dysautonomia: Invisible, Often Misdiagnosed

    by KellyFreeman LM77

  • Unless you’re having unusual chest pains, you probably don’t have pericarditis—but I wanted to share my experience because of how quickly I was broadsided by this condition.

    My Experience With Pericarditis

    My Experience With Pericarditis

    by M. T. Dremer8

  • This is my story about how I cured fibromyalgia—and how you can cure it, too.

    How I Beat Fibromyalgia

    How I Beat Fibromyalgia

    by Donna Steiner33

  • Shingles is a very serious and painful viral infection. If you have had chicken pox in the past, you have a higher risk. This article explains symptoms, typical treatments, and risk factors.

    Shingles - A Serious and Painful Disease

    Shingles - A Serious and Painful Disease

    by Pamela Oglesby114

  • It's no secret that obesity has become a serious problem in America. This article explores the causes of obesity and the effects it can have on your health and well being.

    The Obesity Epidemic: Root Causes

    The Obesity Epidemic: Root Causes

    by Kevin W6

  • Caring for a Bartholin gland that has developed a cyst does not need to be an arduous or painful process. Learning to recognize your early indicators is important and will aid you more than anything else on your road to recovery. It is important to...

    Caring for a Bartholin Cyst

    Caring for a Bartholin Cyst

    by Stitchbug66

  • The symptoms of thyroid malfunction can easily be mistaken for other conditions such as allergies, menopause, and depression. It is important to insist on a blood test to determine whether this is the cause of your problems as the thyroid gland plays such a huge part in many bodily functions.

    Is it Allergies or a Thyroid Disorder?

    Is it Allergies or a Thyroid Disorder?

    by tebo44

  • Heel pain can have many causes. The most common cause is plantar fasciitis, which can be related to heel spurs and policeman's heel.

    Expert Heel Pain Advice

    Expert Heel Pain Advice

    by Heel Fix Kit0

  • Whether you’re young or old, the thought of being housebound due to illness or disability is probably pretty horrifying. For some of us, though, it’s a reality—and not an easy one to live with.

    Keeping Motivated When You're Housebound

    Keeping Motivated When You're Housebound

    by BeckyC18

  • Most natural remedies relieve the symptoms of cystitis, but don't remove the cause. Correct dosage, and using them synergistically, can improve their effectiveness.

    Cystitis - Natural Remedies

    Cystitis - Natural Remedies

    by Kate Swanson3

  • Explanation for the newly diagnosed and their caregivers about lupus. Tips about living with the disease, exercise and saying "no."

    Lupus Survival Guide

    Lupus Survival Guide

    by Charlotte Gerber20

  • When children experience grief during their early developmental stages, their emotional health is compromised. Our actions as adults can help them work through their grief and learn to trust again.

    A Christian Reflection on How Grief Changes Children

    A Christian Reflection on How Grief Changes Children

    by Denise W Anderson12

  • What are freckles and how do you get them? Find out what causes freckles and who is more likely to get them. If you don't like your freckles, there may be ways to remove or fade them.

    What Are Freckles and What Causes Them?

    What Are Freckles and What Causes Them?

    by Sarah Johnson1

  • This article explains the lung disease of bronchiectasis, including tests and treatments. Childhood cystic fibrosis is also discussed, as it can be related.

    Bronchiectasis - Irreversible Lung Disease

    Bronchiectasis - Irreversible Lung Disease

    by Pamela Oglesby27

  • Chicken pox is much less common in adults than it is in children, but it can have some nasty symptoms. I recently went through this unfortunate experience. This is what you should look out for.

    7 Symptoms of Adult Chicken Pox

    7 Symptoms of Adult Chicken Pox

    by Marian L0

  • If you're reading this, chances are you have Burning Mouth Syndrome, or I've perked your interest. It is a syndrome that has no exact answers.

    Burning Mouth Syndrome (Yes, It's Real)

    Burning Mouth Syndrome (Yes, It's Real)

    by twocupswithtee14

  • What I thought was a little bump on my nose turned out to be basal cell carcinoma. In this article, I discuss what causes it, how to recognize it, and what you can do to prevent it.

    Basal Cell Carcinoma—The "Good" Skin Cancer

    Basal Cell Carcinoma—The "Good" Skin Cancer

    by MaddieB10

  • I noticed my son itching the back of his knee and noticed it was not his eczema. It looked like warts. In fact, he had molluscum contagiosum. Find out what the condition is and how to treat it.

    What Is Molluscum Contagiosum and How to Treat It

    What Is Molluscum Contagiosum and How to Treat It

    by Karen Lackey12

  • Here are the natural and medicinal treatments that I use to control my psoriasis. Everyone is different; they may or may not work for you. Speak with your doctor before trying any new treatment.

    Living With Psoriasis and How to Treat It

    Living With Psoriasis and How to Treat It

    by Ritchie Hicks0

  • A biphasic sleep pattern is a type of segmented sleep that allows one to gain an extra 2 hours a day!! You could do a lot in 2 hours!!

    Biphasic Sleep Patterns

    Biphasic Sleep Patterns

    by Melissa Flagg COA OSC42

  • Millions of people are affected by eczema. Understand what causes flare-ups, and learn how to maintain proper skin care.

    Healing From Eczema

    Healing From Eczema

    by Chernika Lipscomb0

  • The best solutions for insomnia range from common sense practices to specific gadgets. Here are 5 of the best insomnia solutions.

    Top 5 Insomnia Solutions

    Top 5 Insomnia Solutions

    by GreenMind5

  • Lower back pain affects more than 80% of people at some point in their lives. It hurts to sit, walk, and lie in bed. These natural treatments are effective and can be done easily in your own home.

    Sciatic Pain—Natural Treatments & Home Remedies

    Sciatic Pain—Natural Treatments & Home Remedies

    by Kymberly Fergusson120

  • 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...

    Ear Abscess: Everything You Need to Know

    Ear Abscess: Everything You Need to Know

    by piplaw lm6

  • TMD (Temporomandibular joint disorder) is a problem that takes place in the jaw region. TMD sufferers experience a lot of pain and discomfort, such as headaches, difficulty chewing, or a stiff feeling in their jaw. The severity of TMD varies, and different ways can be used to reduce the pain, such as exercises and possibly surgery.

    My Experience With Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

    My Experience With Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

    by emilybee11

  • Pilonidal cysts appear most commonly on the tailbone area at the top or near the top of the cleft of the buttocks. Most doctors believe that it is caused by an ingrown hair that then becomes infected.

    Pilonidal Cyst: What the Heck Is That?

    Pilonidal Cyst: What the Heck Is That?

    by fishtiger58219

  • Adult Sensory Processing Disorder (ASPD) is a relatively new category of sensory disease, although the problem itself is far from new.

    Adult Sensory Processing Disorder

    Adult Sensory Processing Disorder

    by Marye Audet54

  • If you were diagnosed with cervical dystonia, you may be wondering what it is. I know I had no clue what it was when I was diagnosed with it.

    What Is Cervical Dystonia?

    What Is Cervical Dystonia?

    by Mizzery Chick2

  • If you've recently had a colostomy, you may have a lot of questions about food and eating. As a fellow ostomate, here are my tips how to approach your diet.

    Diet and Food Tips for Colostomy Patients

    Diet and Food Tips for Colostomy Patients

    by Alobeda0

  • Learn about the different complications of gout if you are not careful in treating your high uric acid in the blood.

    Complications of Gout

    Complications of Gout

    by Spiro Koulouris0

  • Sleep architecture is the amount of time spent in each sleep cycle. Abnormal architecture may be caused by sleep-disordered breathing, periodic leg movements, or other sleep disorders.

    What Is Sleep Architecture?

    What Is Sleep Architecture?

    by Leah Lefler17

  • How do normal cells become cancerous? Here are six properties of cancer cells that make them mutate and proliferate -- six properties that distinguish normal from abnormal cells.

    Cancer Cells vs. Normal Cells: Six Differences

    Cancer Cells vs. Normal Cells: Six Differences

    by LM Gutierrez2

  • Traveling with back pain and sciatica is a challenge. I would like to share some useful tips from my personal experience, as well as guidance from others, that will make it easier for you.

    Back  Pain and Sciatica Travel Tips

    Back Pain and Sciatica Travel Tips

    by raintree13

  • Ingrown toenails can be painful and debilitating, but surgery to remove the toenail is no fun, either. You may be able to avoid surgery with these tips.

    How to Avoid Ingrown Toenail Surgery

    How to Avoid Ingrown Toenail Surgery

    by Sondra Rochelle2

  • Are you really flexible? Have you dislocated your knees or other joints? Hypermobile joint symptoms may mean you have a disorder often called hypermobility joint syndrome, or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

    What Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

    What Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

    by MaryBeth Walz28

  • Most people today have heard of Crohn's disease, but when I was diagnosed 20 years ago it was much less known. Though doctors understood much more about it today, it can still be tricky to diagnose.

    The Truth About Crohn's Disease: Dispelling the Myths

    The Truth About Crohn's Disease: Dispelling the Myths

    by enchanted1368

  • The side effects of chemotherapy can be difficult, but they are not as bad as many seem to believe. Here are the more common issues cancer patients face during chemo treatments.

    What Really Happens to Chemotherapy Patients

    What Really Happens to Chemotherapy Patients

    by Rebecca Burg2

  • My wife was astonished by the migraine fore-warnings. Here are explanations for the physiological symptoms of migraine based on her reports. Confusion over symptoms can cause much anxiety.

    Migraine Headache Symptoms Explained

    Migraine Headache Symptoms Explained

    by John R Wilsdon8

  • If you have trouble falling asleep or maintaining a regular sleep pattern, foods with naturally high levels of melatonin can help you without the need for sleep medication.

    Melatonin-Rich Foods to Help You Sleep

    Melatonin-Rich Foods to Help You Sleep

    by Marisa Hammond Olivares53

  • Eczema is a distressing condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It afflicts children and adults alike.

    What Is Eczema and How Do I Treat It?

    What Is Eczema and How Do I Treat It?

    by Eugene Brennan10

  • Pareidolia is a condition in which one perceives familiar patterns in inanimate objects. One of the most common examples is seeing faces. This is known as facial pareidolia.

    Face It: You Just Might Have Pareidolia

    Face It: You Just Might Have Pareidolia

    by Stephen Barnes11

  • There are several causes of abdominal pain after you have eaten food, some of which are caused by eating too much, too quickly, or too soon before you have exercised.

    Stomach Cramps After Eating

    Stomach Cramps After Eating

    by Andy2

  • Being diagnosed with scoliosis is stressful. Once you add in high school drama, lots of pain, and major surgery, you end up with my life story.

    Life With Scoliosis

    Life With Scoliosis

    by Laura2

  • Remedies for every stage of the cold sore. If you get cold sores, these are some of the best ways I've found to get rid of them.

    Get Rid of a Cold Sore Fast

    Get Rid of a Cold Sore Fast

    by JR Scarbrough MFA5

  • Since 1975, when Lyme Disease was first discovered near Old Lyme, Connecticut, the illness has spread to every continent except Antarctica.

    Understanding Lyme Disease

    Understanding Lyme Disease

    by Harry Nielsen2

  • My family has dealt with scabies twice, and I want to share what I've learned. In one case we struggled with these mites for over 3 months until completely getting rid of them within 2 days.

    How to Treat Scabies

    How to Treat Scabies

    by salmaguer4

  • Sleep paralysis is a fairly common condition characterized by either partial or total paralysis of muscles. It occurs upon awakening from sleep or falling asleep, and can be quite frightening.

    Sleep Paralysis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

    Sleep Paralysis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

    by becauseilive359

  • I used to suffer terribly from psoriasis. This alternative treatment restored my healthy skin, and I hope it will help you, too.

    Psoriasis Cure or Am I Dreaming?

    Psoriasis Cure or Am I Dreaming?

    by Jeffrey Watters10

  • Fibromyalgia sufferers are expected by many to be as productive as healthy people, despite dealing with constant pain and mental fogginess. Productivity tips for fibromites.

    How to Get Things Done With Fibromyalgia

    How to Get Things Done With Fibromyalgia

    by Kymberly Fergusson13

  • What are purines and how do they affect people who suffer from gout? Foods that are high in purines raise uric acid levels, which negatively affects those with this condition.

    Purines and Gout

    Purines and Gout

    by Spiro Koulouris1

  • McKenzie Method exercises and stretches are a great way to combat lower back pain from bulging/herniated discs and compressed sciatic nerves.

    McKenzie Exercises to Reduce Back Pain

    McKenzie Exercises to Reduce Back Pain

    by Kymberly Fergusson17

  • There are a variety of foot sanding tools on the market, but I find most of them rather ineffective. The assistant at the podiatrist's recommended using the Dremel. Here's my experience with it.

    Foot Sanding With a Dremel Rotary Tool

    Foot Sanding With a Dremel Rotary Tool

    by Virginia Allain5

  • Scabies is a nasty condition and is usually extremely itchy. Sadly, treatment is not instantaneous, and the condition can get worse before it gets better. Here are some tips to help you cope.

    Is Your Scabies Worse After Treatment?

    Is Your Scabies Worse After Treatment?

    by infostreamnetwork4

  • Pneumonia can be a killer. It is often a serious complications of other medical conditions. What exactly is pneumonia, and is it the same as pleurisy?

    Understanding Pneumonia and Pleurisy

    Understanding Pneumonia and Pleurisy

    by Helen Murphy Howell12

  • The Black Death, or bubonic plague, did not die with its victims all those centuries ago. It is alive and killing right here in the 21st century!

    The Black Death in the 21st Century

    The Black Death in the 21st Century

    by Helen Murphy Howell33

  • Biotech companies are striving to find new cancer treatments using immune therapies and targeted biologics. New detection and screening tests are also under development to diagnose patients earlier.

    Cancer Treatment & Biotechnology

    Cancer Treatment & Biotechnology

    by Leah Lefler14

  • There are a lot of over-the-counter choices to treat allergies. Learn the differences between Allegra and Claritin, Benadryl and Sudafed, and Flonase and Afrin. Don't let allergies ruin your day!

    What Are My Options for OTC Allergy Relief?

    What Are My Options for OTC Allergy Relief?

    by Brandon Young0

  • Sciatica-related lower back pain is caused by an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the spinal cord through the hip area and down the back of each leg.

    Sciatica Pain Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

    Sciatica Pain Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

    by Kelly W. Patterson41

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