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  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is an invisible disease that affects various autonomic functions of the body. It results in low blood pressure, high heart rate, and fainting.

    POTS: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

    POTS: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

    by Valorey Salter0

  • 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

  • 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

  • The caloric test examines inner ear function in patients who have balance problems or who suffer from dizziness. Knowing what to expect can ease anxiety about the procedure.

    Caloric Test for Dizziness - What to Expect

    Caloric Test for Dizziness - What to Expect

    by Kim Kennedy18

  • How do you forgive the person that bears the title of spouse—who has infected you with the HIV virus? How do you overcome those feelings of condemning shame and worthlessness for doing so?

    How to Cope With Being HIV+ and Married to Your Infector

    How to Cope With Being HIV+ and Married to Your Infector

    by WandaMarie Robinson-Middleton35

  • Ambien has been a great prescription sleep medication for some, but others need something extra to help them sleep. Is it really safe to take melatonin while using Ambien?

    Is It Safe to Use Melatonin With Ambien?

    Is It Safe to Use Melatonin With Ambien?

    by Robbieisfun1

  • having been born with NF1 - neurofibromatosis - as horrible as this condition may sound, I am happy the way I was made. I am glad to be alive.

    Why I Am Not Sad That I Was Born With NF

    Why I Am Not Sad That I Was Born With NF

    by Finn Liam Cooper4

  • Losing a loved one is the hardest thing we ever have to deal with. Coming to terms with them no longer being present on this planet is hard to swallow. Let's celebrate life and remember them forever!

    Coping With Death: Loss of a Sibling

    Coping With Death: Loss of a Sibling

    by Jenn0

  • Sleep hacks can help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Here are 5 of the best tricks to fall asleep easier.

    Top 5 Sleep Tricks and Hacks

    Top 5 Sleep Tricks and Hacks

    by GreenMind8

  • A body pillow is a long, firm pillow that supports your body while you sleep on your side. From snoring to acid reflux to brain health, a body pillow aids your health by helping you sleep better.

    Better Sleep With a Body Pillow

    Better Sleep With a Body Pillow

    by GreenMind0

  • 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

  • Engaging in rehabilitation soon after suffering stroke or brain damage is critical. This article offers suggestions for how patients can find the necessary motivation to engage in rehab.

    Finding Motivation After Stroke or Brain Damage

    Finding Motivation After Stroke or Brain Damage

    by Sue B.5

  • The life expectancy of someone living with multiple sclerosis is somewhat lower than that of the general population. Recent research estimates the difference to be about 7 years.

    Multiple Sclerosis and Life Expectancy

    Multiple Sclerosis and Life Expectancy

    by Edmund Custers0

  • 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

  • My whole family came together to care for my terminally ill father. We actively chose to forge a new experience with him that was satisfying and fulfilling, without any lingering guilt or regret.

    Experiencing the Death of a Parent: My Story

    Experiencing the Death of a Parent: My Story

    by intouch1

  • Symptoms of advanced cancer are so cruel. My mother-in-law, the doting grandma to my children, was taken away from us after 25 days in the hospital and 5 days at home. I miss her—my other mom.

    Liver Metastases - My Mother-in-Law's Final Days

    Liver Metastases - My Mother-in-Law's Final Days

    by Yvonne Teo0

  • Many people struggle with insomnia. Here are seven healthy ways to overcome insomnia without sleeping pills. These techniques work for me, and I hope they work for you, too.

    7 Healthy Ways to Fight a Bout of Insomnia

    7 Healthy Ways to Fight a Bout of Insomnia

    by Shadowlighting0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Those who suffer from auto-immune diseases, such as lupus, may find it challenging to feel gratitude. Here are a few things we may not think of expressing gratitude for, but should.

    Gratitude Even With Lupus

    Gratitude Even With Lupus

    by Terrace0

  • Insomnia is a hell beast in itself, but the side effects can be so much worse than the lack of sleep itself. It's nearly impossible to live a normal life.

    13 Eye-Opening Side Effects of Insomnia

    13 Eye-Opening Side Effects of Insomnia

    by Sacha0

  • Spotting fordyce spots for the first time can be very distressing and can make people think of cancer. This article aims to provide some reassurance and explain what is really going on.

    Are Fordyce Spots Cancerous?

    Are Fordyce Spots Cancerous?

    by infostreamnetwork0

  • Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome is a growing global medical issue. "Persister" cells of the Lyme bacteria may be the cause of this life-changing chronic illness. The research is promising.

    New Hope for Treating Chronic Lyme Disease

    New Hope for Treating Chronic Lyme Disease

    by M G Del Baglivo2

  • Sever's disease is a horrible name that makes parents and gymnasts cringe. Despite its name, Sever's disease is a common gymnastics injury, and it can be easily managed.

    Understanding Sever's Disease and Gymnastics

    Understanding Sever's Disease and Gymnastics

    by Tawnya0

  • For those of us who do hard physical labor, whether it's for a living or just fixing up your home, back pain is inevitable. It's just part of the deal. I've found some things to make it heal faster.

    Healing a Strained Back

    Healing a Strained Back

    by Portamenteff0

  • Costochondritis is a rare condition results that in inflammation of the cartilage connecting a rib to the breastbone (sternum). I have personally experienced this condition.

    What Is Costochondritis?

    What Is Costochondritis?

    by NHJinx1

  • Beyond the physical disabilities, multiple sclerosis can also affect memory. For me, I mourn lost childhood memories.

    Lost Memories and MS

    Lost Memories and MS

    by K K Weakley8

  • Susan Holland was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2016. She shares the story of what led up to the cancer diagnosis, the diagnosis, and the importance of having an advocate.

    My Experience Being Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

    My Experience Being Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

    by Susan Holland18

  • 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

  • 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 is arthritis on a biological level, and how much does it cost Americans annually? Also, information about how to prevent this condition.

    Arthritis and the Public Health Burden

    Arthritis and the Public Health Burden

    by Tahnya Ballard0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Getting a diagnosis for a medical condition can be devastating and leave you with more questions than answers. Here are a few ideas to help you cope with the unexpected news.

    Actions Following Medical Diagnoses

    Actions Following Medical Diagnoses

    by Stephanie Elford0

  • Tendinosis is a degeneration of the collagen fibers of a tendon. It is caused by a repetitive micro-trauma. Unlike tendinitis, there is no inflammation. This is my story.

    Treatment for Tendinosis (Not Tendinitis)

    Treatment for Tendinosis (Not Tendinitis)

    by MickiS5

  • The experience of losing a loved one can take a huge toll on your life, as well as on the lives of those around you. Allowing God into my life helped me heal from the pain.

    How God Helped Me Heal After Losing a Loved One

    How God Helped Me Heal After Losing a Loved One

    by Chernika Lipscomb0

  • 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

  • The relative humidity level in your home can affect the creation of allergens, as well as worsen or relieve the symptoms associated with them. The presence of symptoms can affect the ability to sleep.

    Control Relative Humidity for Better Sleep

    Control Relative Humidity for Better Sleep

    by Shadowlighting0

  • Here is a sample list of suggestions for peaceful relaxation at bedtime. The more you implement the regimen that works for you, the more restful sleep you will have and more energy for the next day.

    How to Find Peaceful Relaxation at Bedtime

    How to Find Peaceful Relaxation at Bedtime

    by Dora Weithers60

  • 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

  • How do I know when my loved one is near death? What are the signs, and how long does my loved one have left? These are the questions many of us have as we watch the inevitable approach of death.

    The Dying Process

    The Dying Process

    by oldersister9

  • This is the story of how my husband and I dealt with his colostomy, colostomy bag, stoma care, and several surgeries. I have included personal photos and informative videos, as well.

    Colostomy and Colostomy Bag: Our Experience

    Colostomy and Colostomy Bag: Our Experience

    by Holle Abee15

  • Insomnia is a side effect of steroid use. It can vary in its intensity and duration, but it is quite normal given the way steroids interact with our bodies.

    Insomnia While on Solu-Medrol Steroids

    Insomnia While on Solu-Medrol Steroids

    by Jen's Solitude19

  • A diet that is rich in nutrients and omits harmful foods may help to control asthma. Asthmatics must take prescribed medications even if they have a good diet, however.

    How Diet May Help to Control Asthma

    How Diet May Help to Control Asthma

    by Linda Crampton44

  • Mourning a sibling is sometimes called the forgotten grief because it doesn't get as much attention as the grief of losing a spouse, parent, or child. Here's what you need to know about sibling grief.

    What You Need to Know About Adult Sibling Grief

    What You Need to Know About Adult Sibling Grief

    by Melissa2

  • What is Ichthyosis, and what can you do to help treat it? There isn't a lot of information out there on this skin disorder , so I'm trying my best to help others who suffer from it.

    Living With Ichthyosis

    Living With Ichthyosis

    by Misty May30

  • A heart attack is a very scary thing, and landing yourself in the ICU is even scarier. An experienced cardiac ICU nurse explains why you shouldn't necessarily panic.

    A Heart Attack and the ICU - Time to Panic?

    A Heart Attack and the ICU - Time to Panic?

    by danygirl19990

  • I was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. I am here to share how this condition affects my day-to-day life, including my love life.

    Living With Half a Heart

    Living With Half a Heart

    by Kara Rae Azar2

  • When we are under pressure; for example, when we are living with a chronic illness, it's then that God shows us lasting treasures!

    Chronically Ill and Finding Diamonds

    Chronically Ill and Finding Diamonds

    by Diana Majors4

  • I'd never heard of a silent heart attack until the doctors told me I'd probably had one. This is the tale of how I found out about my heart attack—and what I am doing to prevent another.

    My Cardiac Health Scare - A Silent Heart Attack?

    My Cardiac Health Scare - A Silent Heart Attack?

    by Jeff Johnston0

  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) affects about 15% of the world's population and can lower the quality of life if left untreated. Read more about lifestyle changes that improve this health condition.

    IBS Information and Management

    IBS Information and Management

    by Miriam Parker2

  • A stroke can be debilitating. Emotional support may be available for caregivers and close family, but friends who come to visit the patient may be unprepared.

    Visiting a Friend After a Stroke

    Visiting a Friend After a Stroke

    by Beth Eaglescliffe1

  • The term “wet brain” is an informal (non-medical) term used to describe a number of irreversible, organic brain diseases related to alcohol that cause mental impairment and physical disabilities.

    Wet Brain: Thiamine, Diet, and Abstinence

    Wet Brain: Thiamine, Diet, and Abstinence

    by Kim Harris41

  • 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

  • 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

  • My father had amyloidosis, a rare disease that significantly impacted his health and ultimately led to his passing. This article discusses symptoms, diagnosis, complications, and risk factors.

    Amyloidosis: My Father's Illness

    Amyloidosis: My Father's Illness

    by Terrie Lynn0

  • 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

  • Here are a few simple, easy-to-remember tips for providing the support your loved one needs as they learn to manage their diabetes.

    Supporting a Loved One With Diabetes

    Supporting a Loved One With Diabetes

    by Michael Stark0

  • 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

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