For nearly fourteen years I struggled with chronic iron deficiency anemia. Today, I am happy to say I am no longer anemic!
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.
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.
Losing my hair as a result of FEC-T chemotherapy was devastating in ways I did not anticipate. This is my story.
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.
Although costochondritis, or Tietze's syndrome, was first described in 1921, little is known about this condition, even today.
Wake up lights mimic the light and timing of the risin sun. Here are the best wake up lights for better sleep.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following guide will attempt to address all the main concerns contributing to sleep deprivation with tips on improving your sleep hygiene.
Here are a few simple, easy-to-remember tips for providing the support your loved one needs as they learn to manage their diabetes.
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!
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.
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.
This article explains an allergic reaction to minocycline, which is part of the tetracycline family. Puffiness and redness around the eyes are potential symptoms.
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?
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.
The story of a young U.S. military academy grad's struggle to become an Army Ranger while battling a life-changing diagnosis.
Men are far less likely to get multiple sclerosis than women. This may be because testosterone provides protection. Studying how the protection works may help both men and women with the disease.
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.
I've had more than my fair share of urinary tract infections. This is what I've learned about how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
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.
An encounter with transient global amnesia, or sudden memory loss. How life can change in an instant...
People with phantosmia have an illusory sense of smell; they smell things that simply are not there. Read more about this uncommon smell disorder.
Millions of people are affected by eczema. Understand what causes flare-ups, and learn how to maintain proper skin care.
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.
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.
One woman's exploration of a procedure called hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, intended as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.
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.
A helpful article about preventing colds—and how to treat your symptoms should you happen to become stricken.
Are you experiencing heartburn? Read this article to learn more about the causes and treatments for this condition.
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.
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!
This article is about asthma in general, as well as specific triggers and treatments. Written by an experienced nurse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips on how to relieve a trigger finger. These are the techniques that are helping me with the stiffness in my finger.
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.
How to get rid of boils, ingrown hairs, and some MRSA-related skin infections. These home remedies are effective and inexpensive.
Angelman syndrome is a genetic disorder of the 15th chromosome. This is what I've learned as a mom to two Angels.
The relationship between massive electrolyte losses, generalized weakness, muscle movement, and diarrhea. The physiology, work-up, and management are briefly explained.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Do you know your partner's HIV/AIDS status? Do you know how to tell if they're at risk of having the Human Immunodeficiency Virus?
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.
Selenium is one of the most overlooked nutrients. It can boost your mood and prevent and slow the progression of cancer.
If you suffer from frequent nosebleeds, it can be distressing and embarrassing. What are the most common causes?
This hub explores the seven leading causes of lung cancer, including a section outlining more specific information about the onset of mesothelioma.
How specially trained dogs help to warn type 1 diabetes patients by alerting them when their blood sugar is low.
Beyond the physical disabilities, multiple sclerosis can also affect memory. For me, I mourn lost childhood memories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This article discusses the staging of cancer and the various complications that arise during treatment.
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!
Learn about the different complications of gout if you are not careful in treating your high uric acid in the blood.
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.
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.
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.
Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are poised to spread in the United States thanks to climate change and a little pest.
How does having a urinary tract infection affect your ability to run? What precautions should you take, and when should you see a doctor?
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.
Sleep hacks can help you fall asleep and stay asleep. Here are 5 of the best tricks to fall asleep easier.
The parathyroid glands produce a hormone that controls the amount of calcium in the blood. A problem with the glands may cause hypercalcemia or hypocalcemia.
Considering the pros and cons of sharing the diagnosis and updates about chronic illnesses such as cancer on social media
In July of 2004 my mother called us three kids together for a family meeting. Immediately, my gut told me something was wrong.
White noise machines make gentle sound that can help you get to sleep. Read about the top-rated white news machines according to users.
The only grief we can speak to is that which we've personally experienced. No two experiences are the same.
Working and having a successful career with fibromyalgia is possible! Learn how to save energy, be productive, and stay healthy in the workplace.
If you have trouble recognizing people, you may have a condition of face blindness, known as Prosopagnosia. I'm one who has it.
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.
Coronaviruses often cause mild to moderate problems in the respiratory tract. One type is the MERS virus, which may cause a deadly infection.
We're everywhere, but most people don't even know that we're diabetic. Listed here are the things a diabetic needs to do every day in order to live a seemingly normal life.
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.
Personal account of the discovery of basal cell skin cancer, the dangers of ignoring it, and the surgery that could have been avoided.
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.
Suffering from eczema? There are many so-called 'cures' out there, but Silcock's Base stands out from the crowd. It' s cheap, soothes the skin, and gets rid of eczema or dermatitis.
With proper management and some patience, you can overcome molluscum contagiosum. This article will teach you how to manage the condition to minimise its impact on your life.
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.
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.
Perhaps my story of how I discovered I had appendicitis can help you identify you or your family member's symptoms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to make taking insulin less painful and more convenient. These tips are based on my personal experience.
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.
Having the flu is no picnic. However, there are things you can do to speed up your recovery and shorten your downtime.
There are more people out there with MS than you probably imagine. This is what the progression of the disease has been like for me.
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.
Glucagon is an essential pancreatic hormone that raises the blood sugar level. Glucagon administration is sometimes required to treat hypoglycemia in diabetes.
Did that 3D movie just turn your stomach? Learn more about "3D motion sickness," what causes it, and how widespread it really is.
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 can you support a loved one through their grieving process? As people grieve, they need the assurance and support of those closest to them.
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.
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.
Aspirin relieves inflammation by inhibiting the COX-2 enzyme. It also inhibits the COX-1 enzyme. This process may cause stomach irritation and bleeding problems.
This paper explores a study on the use of yoga to improve the quality of life for female patients with breast cancer.
Symptoms of glaucoma often do not show up until considerable visual loss has occurred. This is not the case for diabetics, however. Someone with diabetes is at much higher risk for vision loss.
Though awareness is spreading, fibromyalgia is still considered to be a “controversial” diagnosis. This poses a problem for those of us who have it.
Gout is a medical condition that quite often causes acute inflammatory arthritis, which in turn causes the feet and legs to swell.
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.
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.
Basic information on using an insulin pump for managing diabetes, and the differences between pump and manual insulin shot therapy.
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?
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.
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.
Hair loss for a woman can be devastating. If you are woman facing hair loss, the first step to combating it is to learn about it - the types and causes of hair loss and the myths surrounding it.
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.
Concentrated oxalic acid is poisonous. Oxalic acid and oxalates are present in plants and may cause health problems such as kidney stones.
When we are under pressure; for example, when we are living with a chronic illness, it's then that God shows us lasting treasures!
What is arthritis on a biological level, and how much does it cost Americans annually? Also, information about how to prevent this condition.
The best inserts for plantar fasciitis replace the flat insoles in running shoes, casual footwear and dress shoes. Orthotics and special insoles help reduce heel pain by providing arch support, contributing to foot stability.
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.
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.
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.
Since 1975, when Lyme Disease was first discovered near Old Lyme, Connecticut, the illness has spread to every continent except Antarctica.
"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