Our son tested positive for dengue with his platelet count dropping to 15000/cumm. We had no choice but to go for blood transfusion. Thankfully, the transfusion worked, and he recovered.
The only grief we can speak to is that which we've personally experienced. No two experiences are the same.
Asthma isn't just for children; it can develop when you are an adult, as well. Learn about adult-onset asthma's symptoms, causes, and treatment.
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.
Working and having a successful career with fibromyalgia is possible! Learn how to save energy, be productive, and stay healthy in the workplace.
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.
Oftentimes, we parents forget that we need just as much support as the child(ren) we raise. If your child also has a health issue, you may completely forget to look after yourself.
How to distinguish between allergies, the common cold, and influenza, and when to seek medical intervention.
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.
Though awareness is spreading, fibromyalgia is still considered to be a “controversial” diagnosis. This poses a problem for those of us who have it.
Measles and rubella (German measles) are viral diseases. They both produce a red body rash and can cause complications, but there are important differences between them.
The lack of sense of smell is called anosmia. Learn what having no sense of smell is like for one anosmic and how it affects the sense of taste.
This is my experiences with gallstones. I also share the information I've gathered about the diagnosis and symptoms of this condition.
You may already know about the usual advice for insomniacs, but the place you sleep—your bedroom—is often overlooked. Learn how to create the perfect sleep-friendly bedroom.
Here are some thoughtful gift ideas for a friend or family member who has just had back surgery, knee surgery, or hip surgery.
The relationship between massive electrolyte losses, generalized weakness, muscle movement, and diarrhea. The physiology, work-up, and management are briefly explained.
Obesity is a complex and serious condition that is becoming increasingly common. Evidence that specific gut bacteria cause or contribute to obesity is growing.
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.
I'm going to tell you the story of Ellyn, an amazing woman with cancer who beat the odds to live a longer life, with a higher quality of life, than anyone expected.
With over 8 million people working shift work, the mental and physical effects are astounding. Whether this is you, or someone you know, there are important things you need to know.
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.
Sinus headaches can be a real pain. Here you'll find information on what causes sinus headaches, how to treat them, and the best ways to get rid of them for good.
Coronaviruses often cause mild to moderate problems in the respiratory tract, but the effects are sometimes more serious. One type of coronavirus is the MERS virus. This can produce a deadly infection in some people.
I have diabetes. I eat low carb meals and exercise. I take all my medications every day and at the same time everyday. Yet, my diabetic medications are not working.
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?
A dialysis (or renal) diet is one that is prescribed for people who have chronic renal failure and are on dialysis. Diet and nutrition are a vital part of living well with kidney disease/failure.
I've gotten quite a few eye rolls from waiters when I ask if something has gluten in it. I know it's often a fad diet, but Celiac disease runs in my family and gluten has severe consequences for me.
Women need to be aware of the top issues affecting their health. With the medical technology and information available today, it is totally possible to avert these health problems and live longer.
Here are a few simple, easy-to-remember tips for providing the support your loved one needs as they learn to manage their diabetes.
Even when you've tried and failed to find the right doctor with the answers to your unexplained symptoms, don't give up. Keep trying! The doctor you seek may be the very next one you see.
Eczema is a distressing condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It afflicts children and adults alike.
Oral mucositis, a common complication of chemotherapy, can be very painful and difficult to live with. This article will give you some advice on how to eat and cope when you have this condition.
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.
How to get rid of boils, ingrown hairs, and some MRSA-related skin infections. These home remedies are effective and inexpensive.
Are you experiencing heartburn? Read this article to learn more about the causes and treatments for this condition.
My life was not ruined by having a cleft lip and palate, although it could have been. From my own experience, I'll share those difficulties and successes that can help others thrive.
Avoid tossing and turning (and prevent cricks in the neck!) by using proper pillow placement to align the spine and muscles for optimal relaxation.
All my life, I have been told I must have "big brains to hold all that smartness in." Little did I know this was actually true.
For nearly fourteen years I struggled with chronic iron deficiency anemia. Today, I am happy to say I am no longer anemic!
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.
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.
Assessing a patient's spiritual needs is an important component of the holistic approach to effective management of pain. It provides an insight into how the patient and the family are likely to cope.
Personal account of the discovery of basal cell skin cancer, the dangers of ignoring it, and the surgery that could have been avoided.
If there's any one thing that will mess with your circadian rhythm—and your sleep in general—it's Daylight Saving Time.
Low back pain is one of the most common and debilitating conditions faced by millions each day. A few simple stretches and strengthening exercises may be an effective remedy.
A migraine is a severe headache that is often accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, and other symptoms. Sumatriptan, or Imitrex, helps some migraine sufferers.
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.
Considering the pros and cons of sharing the diagnosis and updates about chronic illnesses such as cancer on social media
When a person undergoes surgery, the raw surfaces created can leak out tiny amounts of fluid that usually get absorbed back into nearby capillaries. However, in some instances, the leaking fluid may accumulate, leading to a fluid-filled collection known as a seroma.
Wake up lights mimic the light and timing of the risin sun. Here are the best wake up lights for better sleep.
What is sleep apnea? What are the symptoms, causes, and treatments? This is my story of this hidden illness.
A sleep light is a special bulb that has no blue light and automatically dims like a sunset. A sleep light helps you get to sleep!
Lupus is a unique, sometimes deadly auto-immune that presents differently for everyone. This article focuses on the many ways that lupus can manifest in each individual and provides patient insight into this disease.
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.
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.
A look at the most common myths, false beliefs and recognized truths about the causes of cancer . This article also includes tips on how to tell the difference between fake and truthful news about these causes.
A ketogenic diet is high in fat and low in carbohydrate. The diet can be very helpful for some people with epilepsy, though it may not be a cure.
I have come to learn that I will never be the person I was before my condition worsened, and I have accepted this fact. However, this does not mean I'm not allowed to be angry.
A bite by a lone star tick can cause a red meat allergy in some people. The allergen in meat is alpha-gal. Tick saliva can sensitize a person to this chemical.
Liver spots are a common skin condition typically caused by sun exposure. Learn more about its causes, treatments, and removal options below.
Not all doctors agree about how ingrown toenails should be treated. This is a discussion of various treatment options based on the author's personal experience and research.
Overtly religious condolences offered to non-believers during times of grief may feel fake, meaningless, or even rude. Learn how to deal with those feelings and understand what those sentiments mean.
In July of 2004 my mother called us three kids together for a family meeting. Immediately, my gut told me something was wrong.
Every day, 43 kids hear those dreaded few words, spoken usually to their parents: "Your child has cancer." On July 16th, 2015, I was one of those children.
Diastasis recti is the “mummy tummy” or “pooch” that many women experience following pregnancy. How can you control it and get back to your old shape again?
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.
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?
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.
Most people don't pay any attention to the order in which they eat their food. However, diabetics should eat food in a certain order if they want to lower their blood sugar.
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.
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.
Tips on how to relieve a trigger finger. These are the techniques that are helping me with the stiffness in my finger.
This paper explores a study on the use of yoga to improve the quality of life for female patients with breast cancer.
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.
Angelman syndrome is a genetic disorder of the 15th chromosome. This is what I've learned as a mom to two Angels.
What is arthritis on a biological level, and how much does it cost Americans annually? Also, information about how to prevent this condition.
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.
Try this recipe for a cucumber parsley whey protein smoothie. Includes a video of the author preparing it.
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.
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.
Postoperative nausea and vomiting are the most common side effects after anesthesia and surgery. Find out from a board-certified anesthesiologist how to prevent and treat this unpleasant side effect.
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.
When my late husband lost his battle with cancer, I was fortunate enough to be present when he took his last breath. I learned what a privilege it was to be with a person at their life's end.
When we think of infections that IV drug users get, we think of HIV. But there are so many other infections IV drug addicts can contract that can be potentially life-threatening. Here are just a few.
When we are under pressure; for example, when we are living with a chronic illness, it's then that God shows us lasting treasures!
Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating auto-immune disease. This article lists the disease factors, common symptoms and the best treatments for your disease.
Not all cultures see death as negative or frightening; it is, after all, a natural process we all go through at some stage after our birth. Let's investigate the dying process.
When you book extra hitchhikers into your jail! Learn about ways to treat your inmates and prevent the lice from spreading.
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.
Some have observed that since the introduction of the chickenpox vaccine in 1995, shingles has been on the rise. When I got shingles this past summer, I used alternative remedies to treat it.
What is a CPAP? How to determine if you need one, types of masks and sizes available, and how to find the perfect-fitting mask. Advice from my own experience.
An encounter with transient global amnesia, or sudden memory loss. How life can change in an instant...
Gynecomastia affects up to 50% of males, yet few have heard of this condition. The author interviewed specialist Dr Hassan Nurein to learn more about causes and treatments for this condition.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS, formerly known as RSD, is a real disease that causes excruciating pain, depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder.
In this article, I will describe the different kinds of sleep paralysis and share my experience with it. I will also discuss how I got rid of the symptoms.
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.
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!
Learn about the different complications of gout if you are not careful in treating your high uric acid in the blood.
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.
Your illness symptoms may be caused by your sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Learn what electromagnetic field sensitivity is and how you can live with this affliction.
Throughout my journey, I discovered the incredible resilience required of the creative mind in overcoming serious adversity. The journey fosters growth and helps me find new meaning.
For some people, nail biting is severe enough to cause nerve damage or permanent nail loss. If you have this nasty little habit, there are ways to nip it in the bud before it goes too far.
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.
What are the symptoms of scabies and how do you treat it? This article has everything you need to know about scabies. We will also discuss natural remedies and methods for prevention.
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.
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.
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.
"A chronic illness is a constant and sometimes overwhelming companion. Only the power of a warm heart can alleviate the deep chill." - Robert K. Massie
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 specially trained dogs help to warn type 1 diabetes patients by alerting them when their blood sugar is low.
This article covers the things you want to know about resuming activity, range of motion, scar management, sensory re-education, and lymphedema prevention after a mastectomy.
Ease an aching back by doing these simple stretches for a few minutes every day. An alternative to taking painkillers for back pain.
A lifelong journey that serendipitously finds a cure for keratosis pilaris, a skin condition causing red bumps. Read a personal story of suffering, the easy cure, and the resulting freedom.
Although there's no official medical "cure" for lactose intolerance, sufferers can learn to manage it so completely that they never experience any symptoms.
A new treatment may stop beta cell destruction in the early stage of type 1 diabetes. The beta cells produce insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar.
Aldosterone is a hormone that affects blood pressure. Excess aldosterone can cause high blood pressure and low aldosterone can result in low blood pressure.
Selenium is one of the most overlooked nutrients. It can boost your mood and prevent and slow the progression of cancer.
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.
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!
Sleep deprivation might be the most effective means of torture known to man. Here are some tips on how to get through your day if you didn't get much sleep the night before.
I recently had an implantable loop recorder (ILR) placed. It has given me a great deal of much-needed peace of mind. It is well worth the bother to be monitored at all times for paroxysmal AFib.
Beyond the physical disabilities, multiple sclerosis can also affect memory. For me, I mourn lost childhood memories.
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.
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.
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.
Having the flu is no picnic. However, there are things you can do to speed up your recovery and shorten your downtime.
So, what helps migraines go away fast? While there is no exact cure, a number of effective treatment options can help get rid of the symptoms.
Explanation for the newly diagnosed and their caregivers about lupus. Tips about living with the disease, exercise and saying "no."
An injection of epinephrine in anyone suffering from a severe allergic reaction or severe asthma attack can be lifesaving, but many people do not use it when needed or do not use it properly.
Living with lactose intolerance can be difficult. In this article, I identify foods and beverages that are safe to consume, as well as items that surprisingly contain milk.
Learn about what causes the various types of kidney stones and the best ways to avoid developing them in the future. Here's a hint: you should have listened to your mother!
Corn allergies and intolerances mean avoiding all sources of corn derivatives. But what happens when you get sick? How do you find safe medication? What do you eat? A guide to all this and more.
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.
A helpful article about preventing colds—and how to treat your symptoms should you happen to become stricken.
No one else cares as much about your health as you should. Never be afraid to ask questions. In this article, we will discuss how to properly measure and interpret your blood pressure.
What causes the sound in a white noise machine? What are white noise machines used for? This article explains how this simple machine can help you sleep.
A hunched posture not only looks bad—it is also a bad sign. If your posture looks hunched, that means your spine is hunched, as well. Learn what causes a hunched back and how to correct it.
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.
When you are diagnosed with diabetes, you need to develop a basic care plan. Take control of your health, so that it doesn't control you.
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.
Mosquito bites can transmit the Zika virus to humans. The virus is spreading rapidly. It may cause Guillain-Barré syndrome as well as microcephaly in babies.
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.
Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease coupled with psoriasis. Causes treatments are discussed in full. This article also includes diet guidelines to alleviate the symptoms.
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.
For me, the grief of losing my husband felt like the panic you feel just before you fall. This is my advice to people who are trying to comfort a friend or loved one who is grieving a loss.
We sleep in our beds for 7-10 hours a day. If a good night's sleep is a priority for you, read on to find out how to ensure a good night's rest.
Cancer patients often struggle to maintain a healthy weight, and a lack of appetite can also make the problem harder to deal with. This article offers suggestions for various nourishing snacks and drinks that can help to prevent weight loss.
How does having a urinary tract infection affect your ability to run? What precautions should you take, and when should you see a doctor?
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.
This article is about asthma in general, as well as specific triggers and treatments. Written by an experienced nurse.
Do you find yourself crying in public and unable to control your tears? There are biological as well as emotional forces at play. Learn about easy ways to stop crying.
After treatment for a brain tumor, I thought our family had been through the worst. Unfortunately, I was wrong. This is the journey of our family through pain, depression - and back out to the light.
If you have trouble remembering people's faces, you may have a condition known as Prosopagnosia. I'm one who has it and I share how you can avoid the embarrassment of people thinking you don’t remember who they are.
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.
The dizzy sensation you feel on land after going on a boat trip is known as land sickness or mal de debarquement—a type of vertigo. Here are the things I tried to quickly get rid of it.
This article explains an allergic reaction to minocycline, which is part of the tetracycline family. Puffiness and redness around the eyes are potential symptoms.
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.
How are migraines and seizures similar in terms of their symptoms and triggers? How can you tell the difference between these two types of neurological disorders?
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.
Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are poised to spread in the United States thanks to climate change and a little pest.
The following guide will attempt to address all the main concerns contributing to sleep deprivation with tips on improving your sleep hygiene.
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.