The Importance of Early Diagnosis in Kidney Stones

Those people who are prone to kidney stones must familiarize themselves with the different types as early as possible so they would know what to adjust. Aside from setting lifestyles changes, knowing what type of kidney stones develop in the body is also important because it will help you do the things that will prevent their existence in your body system.

Many people are not aware of it but there are actually different types of kidney stones that some individuals suffer from. Among those types, the most common that most people develop is called “calcium oxalate stone.” While others are called “struvite stones,” “uric acid stones,” and “cystine stones.” These types vary depending on what cause them and their characteristics.

Medical alerts for kidney stones

To be able to address the condition properly, it a must for people who are prone to having kidney stones to familiarize themselves with the condition. In order to determine if one is suffering from kidney stones, here are some medical alerts or symptoms to be noted:

– pain in varying levels. As vague as it is, pain in varying levels is one of the major medical alerts of kidney stones. Considered as a common symptom for kidney stones, pain may vary depending on the size of the kidney stone and the length of time that it remains undiagnosed. Experts say that pain-which can be mild or extreme-is normal for people who suffer from kidney stones. This is because as the stone increases in size and weight, the more discomfort it brings especially during urination. Another form of pain that can be experienced due to kidney stones is from renal colic, which brings waves of severe pain that lasts for more than 10 minutes and can even last for an hour depending on the location of the kidney stone.

– presence of blood in the urine or the condition called “hematuria.” The presence of blood in the urine is quite disturbing but this is one of the most common medical alerts of kidney stones.

Immediate diagnosis is a must

Most people don’t know it but almost 50 percent of the people who suffer from kidney stones would likely have them again in the next 10 years or so? This is because many of the sufferers do not continue medication and they cease from maintaining healthy diet and lifestyle.

People who are likely to suffer from kidney stones can go to any hospital’s Emergency Room or “ER”. Here, you can ask the attending physician or the hospital clerk on duty to undergo testing. It is advantageous for you to go straight in the ER because hospital people will attend to you directly. In most cases, it would take a long time before one can actually set at check up with a specialist. So it would be best if you go directly to the ER and get the prompt attention that you need.

Diagnosis can be done through an assessment of the person’s clinical history, a physical examination, laboratory evaluation, and x-ray for follow up. Having early diagnosis can definitely help you determine which type of kidney stone is present and would lead to faster and reliable treatments.

Once you feel pain in different extent along with nausea or vomiting, pain with urination, and at times, the urgent need to urinate which are usually characterized among children and adults, then you should have yourself checked by the doctor because you might be suffering from kidney stones.

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Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis affects the CNS.

The central nervous system is the one that controls most, if not all, of the body’s activity and optimal functioning. Just a minor damage to the central nervous system or the CNS can produce a very wide range of symptoms. Multiple sclerosis is only one of the diseases that can result from the damaging of the central nervous system.

Most of the symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis are very unique. But having one of the symptoms does not immediately lead to the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, there has to be a collective onset of symptoms. Still, however, each and every one of these symptoms could be very life-threatening and deserves medical attention as soon as possible.

Visual symptoms

Optic neuritis is one of the multiple sclerosis symptoms that affect the person’s vision. It consists of an inflammation with an accompanying demyelization of cranial nerve number two which is the optic nerve. There is a blurring of the vision, loss of some, if not all, of the visible color, loss of visual acuity, complete or partial blindness, and its pathognomonic sign which is pain behind the eyes.

Another visual symptom is diplopia, which is only a medical term for double vision. Lesions that occur within the brainstem cause this double vision. It is unfortunate for those with multiple sclerosis that the brainstem is affected because it is where the cranial nerves for eye muscles are located, specifically the sixth cranial nerve or the abducens. In multiple sclerosis, the nerve that operates the lateral rectus muscle is affected, thus, pulling the eye outwards.

Nystagmus is yet another visual symptom associated with multiple sclerosis. It is the rapid and involuntary movement of the eyes. This symptom is predominantly obvious to others but is not immediately noticeable by the person with the complaint. It is like riding on a bus where the scenery just zooms past by.

Motor symptoms

Multiple sclerosis causes paresis within the individual. It is simply a medical term for partial or mild paralysis that is usually described as muscle weakness. According to research and studies, this muscle weakness is caused by the lesions that are formed along the motor nerve pathways.

Spasticity is comprised of involuntary muscle contractions that are not coordinated with the movement of the other muscles. In multiple sclerosis, the normal pattern of reverse contractions that occur between muscles is disrupted, which further leads to the contraction of many muscles at the exact same time. Since the transmission of sensation and control messages are not properly sent to the receiver, the muscles receive information and sensory feedback that is not at all appropriate.

Dysarthria is the medical term for speech problems. In multiple sclerosis, the muscles that are involved in controlling speaking or the nerves that control the corresponding muscles are destroyed. The resulting muscle weakness and incoordination give rise to dysarthria.

Sensory symptoms

Paresthesia is described as a collection of abnormal sensations in just about every part of the body. It is composed of prickling, tingling, electrical-type buzzing, skin crawling, burning, or itching of any random part of the body. Paresthesia is most commonly referred to as pins and needles with the accompaniment of partial numbness and a variety of neuropathic pain.

Another sensory symptom associated with multiple sclerosis is the L’Hermitte’s sign. This is basically the electrical buzzing sensations that occur in the limbs and the body that is brought about by any movement of the neck. When the person with multiple sclerosis lowers the head part in a way that the chin touches the chest, L’Hermitte’s sign is triggered.

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Breast Cancer Treatment: Coping With A Mastectomy

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A breast cancer survivor speaks on the reality of mastectomies and strategies for coping.

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As women, especially American women, much of our femininity is centered on our breasts. No matter where you look, there are pictures, billboards, commercials, television shows, and movies with women with these beautiful breasts and ample cleavage. The thought of losing one or both breasts, to breast cancer, can be devastating for many of us. Sure, there’s reconstruction, but will it ever really look the same again? Even if you have reconstruction, you’ll never have sensation there again and, for many of us, that definitely affects our sexuality.

I went through two separate mastectomies, for my breast cancer, despite the fact that I wanted them both done at the same time. Two different surgeons told me that wasn’t necessary. They found out, later, that it was, as I had the same breast cancer in both breasts. Through these surgeries, I learned a few things about what to expect, and how to get up and running again, after a mastectomy for breast cancer.

The first thing to realize is that, apart from the emotional aspect of such an operation, this is a simple surgery. The breast is composed, mostly, of fatty tissue and, of course, milk ducts and lobes. The removal of this breast tissue is way easier than operating on an organ, but carries much more emotional impact for most of us. Most surgeons will get as much of the breast tissue out as they can to help alleviate the chance of a recurrence of your breast cancer. You will typically wind up with a horizontal scar about four inches long. The scar may be red for quite a while but, ultimately, should fade to where you can hardly see it anymore.

You want to be sure to take loose-fitting, button-down shirts (raiding your hubby’s closet is helpful) with you, to the hospital, as you won’t be able to raise your arms over your head for a while. You will also need a sports bra and I would highly recommend one that fastens in the front. They will put that on you after your surgery. Typically, you should be able to stay in the hospital for one night. If you’re going to have lymph nodes removed, a small pillow, to slip under that arm, will help make you more comfortable. Check with your local American Cancer Society as they may have small pillows for you. An extra pillow to hold to your chest, if you need to cough, sneeze, or laugh, can help keep your incision from hurting.

When you wake up, you will have a couple of drain tubes for each side you have done. These tubes are important as they allow the excess fluid, which your body will produce, to drain out. If you didn’t have them, the fluid would have to be aspirated with a needle. The drains, even though they’re no fun, are better than that. These drains will have to be emptied a couple of times a day and you will have to write down how much fluid you drain so the doctor will know when you’ve slowed down enough to remove them. You may not know where to put these drains under your clothing. I pinned mine up to the sports bra and that way, they didn’t pull when I moved.

When you get home, plan on having someone there to help you for the first few days. You won’t be allowed to reach into your cabinets and definitely won’t be able to clean house or pick up your children, if you have little ones. You’ll be sent home with pain meds and definitely take them if you need them. Studies show that you will heal faster if you keep yourself out of pain, so don’t be afraid to take them as prescribed.

If you have a recliner, you might consider moving it into the bedroom as you won’t be able to lie flat for a while. You’ll need to sleep in a partial sitting position. If you don’t have one, or don’t have space for it in your bedroom, lots of pillows will work, too. That’s what I used. Just be sure you have enough pillows to keep yourself comfortable propped up.

If you would like someone who’s been there before you to visit with, be sure to call your local American Cancer Society and ask for a Reach 2 Recovery volunteer. This is an American Cancer Society program where they try to match you with one of their volunteers who have as similar experience as you’re facing. This woman will come visit you and will bring you all sorts of brochures and information on conventional treatment. She will also bring you a list of exercises you can start to do to regain your mobility and range of motion.

This is VERY important. It hurts to stretch your arm up, after surgery, but if you haven’t had reconstruction, and you don’t start soon, you will lose that range of motion. I would recommend starting to gently, slowly reach your arm up ?let your body be your guide ?the day after your surgery. This is ONLY if you have not had reconstruction. If you have, let your plastic surgeon tell you when to start stretching. Push to where it hurts just a little, but do not push too far past that. Little by little, you’ll find yourself able to stretch a little farther every couple of days.

Most of all, allow yourself to heal emotionally, as well as physically. Some of us just can’t look at that incision right away. That’s OK. Take as much time as you need. I know I felt like some kind of freak with no breasts and, even six years later, I still do sometimes. But remind yourself that these scars are your battle scars. They do not make you less of a woman. They make you a warrior.

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What Is A Colon Cleanse?

A colon cleanse program or a colon therapy encompasses some alternative medical therapies to remove accumulated fecal wastes and toxins from the large intestine or the colon. A colon cleanse can be in a form of water therapy such as colonics or taking oral supplements.

In colon hydrotherapy, the patient will be given an enema to inject water mixed with herbs using special equipment. In oral supplements, fibers, herbs, dietary supplements, oxygen powders or laxatives are taken by the patient to clean the colon thoroughly.

Colon therapists believe that the accumulation of fecal wastes in the colon walls can also provide a living environment for human parasites such as hookworms and tapeworms. The toxins from this accumulated waste can also cause body poisoning called auto-intoxication which is based on the medical practices of Ancient Greek. However, this belief was discredited in the 20th century.

There is no scientific evidence that can prove that colon cleansing is beneficial. According to some experts, the stool itself is not harmful because the body can flush this naturally without the special aid of oral treatments or colon cleansing methods.

According to them, even some kinds of colon cleansing treatments can also be very harmful to the body. Like the equipment used during the administration of an enema can cause damage to the anus and it can also cause amoebiasis if not properly sterilized. Some enema preparations have also been associated with cardiac arrests and loss of body electrolytes. Also, frequent colon cleansing can interfere with proper colon function and patients can lead to dependency on laxatives or enemas just to allow bowel movement. Most herbs used in the enema can also interact with drugs interfering with the proper result.

The signs and symptoms associated with auto-intoxification such as headache and lethargy are believed to be caused by improper functioning of the bowel, rather than toxins poisoning the body.

On the other hand, most dietitians and nutritionists believe that these symptoms are caused by toxic wastes and a through colon cleanse is needed. While, some techniques can be harmful with the body such as enema, there are also available products that can aid with your colon cleansing in a natural smooth way.

These products are composed of organic and natural ingredients such as psyllium husks that are high in fiber. Fibers are natural helpers of the body in flushing out fecal matters, thus providing safe cleansing. Most experts believe that a regular bowel movement can result to a better wellness and longer life.

One popular method of cleansing your colon is the oxygen method. This is a scientifically formulated process that employs oxygen in flushing out accumulated fecal wastes through oxidation. During this oxidation process, the fecal wastes are destroyed, and provide beneficial oxygen to the colon and lymph nodes.

Using an oxygen-based product, oxygen is released into the blood vessels and flushes out accumulated toxic wastes from the colon. Through a smooth release of the oxygen, this process creates a harmful environment for bacteria that causes toxicity in the colon. These toxins are removed from the body, while good bacteria remain to aid in the proper digestion.

In the United States, all colon-cleansing products are regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration or FDA. So it is unwise if you would use products that are not FDA approved.

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Oxygen Colon Cleanse

A naturally clean colon is a sure path to a healthy living. Through cleansing your colon and taking proper measures to maintain its proper functions you can achieve the following benefits:

1. Rejuvenation and detoxification of your body in and out

2. Restoration and maintenance of regular bowel movements

3. Reduction of toxins in your body which greatly increase your physical energy

4. Elimination of fecal wastes leading to reduction of body weight

5. Healthier digestive system

One popular method of cleansing your colon is the oxygen method. This is a scientifically formulated process that employs oxygen in flushing out accumulated fecal wastes through oxidation. During this oxidation process, the fecal wastes are destroyed, and provide beneficial oxygen to the colon and lymph nodes.

Using an oxygen-based product, oxygen is released into the blood vessels and flushes out accumulated toxic wastes from the colon. Through a smooth release of the oxygen, this process creates a harmful environment for bacteria that causes toxicity in the colon. These toxins are removed from the body, while good bacteria remain to aid in the proper digestion.

Unlike fiber-based products, oxygen-based products are gentle for the colon because it does not remove good bacteria.

Our colon is the organ of the digestive system that also affects other organs of the body. When the colon health is being compromised or in the brink of disorder, other organs such as the liver or the kidney cannot work efficiently.

The colon is the starting place of all body activities. The digestive system breaks down food particles into a molecular level to be absorbed by the body. When the colon is not properly functioning, nutrients are not absorbed by the body to nourish cells and tissues. Waste products also will not smoothly leave the body and can be transformed into toxins that can poison the body.

If the colon’s function is not proper, food particles will pass through the system very slowly, allowing undigested food and toxic wastes to be accumulated in the intestinal lining. When the colon is affected it can lead to certain health problems such as constipation, flatulence, gas pains and even the fatal colon cancer. Common signs and symptoms that normally show when there are accumulated toxins in the intestinal lining include headache, body odor, bad breath, allergies, irritability, bloating, flatulence, acne, eczema and other skin infections.

When the colon is accumulated with mucus and fecal wastes, toxic matter can’t be flushed out. The longer the body is exposed to this situation, the greater the chance to develop health problems. Even if you have a regular bowel movement; you eat several times a day. The average human adult can store 15 to 20 pounds of accumulated fecal wastes in the colon.

If our body loses its ability to naturally detoxify, it would result to certain diseases and most experts are starting to be convinced that all almost all diseases can be traced to the problems of the colon. The body cannot heal itself without a proper colon cleansing. It is the first step in any cleansing program.

Colon cleansing is very essential to get rid of the body toxins that are accumulated as a result of a bad diet, environmental hazards and the constant use of alcohol and synthetic drugs. Cleansing our colon stops the reabsorption of toxins of the body.

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