Fibromyalgia: A Link to Head Trauma and How to Find Relief
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Fibromyalgia (FM) seems to come on suddenly, in some cases, with no warning or trigger being recognized. However, some research has revealed an interesting link between fibromyalgia and trauma to the head or neck. In fact, more than 60 percent of people with fibromyalgia have had previous head trauma. What Symptoms Accompany Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is known for widespread pain throughout the body. It is a chronic pain condition. A few common symptoms follow: Insomnia Pain throughout all quadrants of the body Extreme fatigue Anxiety and/or depression Pain in the jaw or face area Low energy Problems with your digestive system … Continue reading “Fibromyalgia: A Link to Head Trauma and How to Find Relief”

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Autism: Why It Occurs and Where to Find Natural Relief
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Autism is a very complex condition. Research is constantly being done to understand it better. Some recent research has revealed the cerebellum may be impaired in those who are diagnosed with autism. The cerebellum is the section of the brain responsible for controlling coordination, movement, motor control, and sensory perception. The brainstem sends the cerebellum signals from the body, letting it know what is happening in your environment. Research has discovered that not only does the cerebellum control the above-mentioned systems, but it also plays a vital role in how the other areas of the brain are functioning. The cerebellum … Continue reading “Autism: Why It Occurs and Where to Find Natural Relief”

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Women and Migraines — Are Hormones to Blame? What Can Help?
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Migraines are three times more prevalent in women than in men. Women often experience what is called a menstrual migraine around the time of their monthly period. Migraines are a real challenge to care for no matter what gender you are. They are often accompanied by the following symptoms: Visual disturbances Nausea and vomiting Dizziness or vertigo (a spinning sensation) Sensitivity to light, sound, and certain smells Throbbing and pounding head pain Doctors are almost as frustrated as their patients as they struggle to understand and properly diagnose and care for migraines. Migraines are as unique as the person suffering … Continue reading “Women and Migraines — Are Hormones to Blame? What Can Help?”

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Back Pain: Why Does It Occur? Can Anything Help It?
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Back pain is one of the most common complaints. As many as 80 percent of people will have back pain at some point during their life. Who is at a higher risk for developing back pain? Here are some factors contributing to back pain: Being overweight: Stress is increased on the spine when the body carries too much weight, causing back pain to occur. Age: Most commonly, those in the age range of 30 to 50 years will have back pain more than other age brackets. Your occupation: If you must lift, pull, or twist, you could be looking at … Continue reading “Back Pain: Why Does It Occur? Can Anything Help It?”

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Concussions: A Serious Problem Requiring Proper Care
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Concussions are a serious health condition that is seeing a rise in occurrences lately. The long-term effects of concussions can be debilitating. Athletes of all ages are finding themselves diagnosed with concussions on a more regular basis lately. The movie Concussion, starring Will Smith, has brought more awareness to people about this debilitating condition. Concussions are also called mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) and they occur when you hit your head on a hard surface, causing the brain to jar inside the skull. The inside of theskull is composed of tiny ridges, and the brain is protected from light impact … Continue reading “Concussions: A Serious Problem Requiring Proper Care”

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Seizures — Is It Possible to Find Natural Relief?
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Seizures can be very scary. As many as ten percent of people have a seizure during their life, while three percent will get diagnosed with epilepsy by the time they reach the age of eighty. Seventy-five percent of patients who have had one seizure will have a second one. Seizures are very difficult to cope with. They take on a variety of forms: Absence – Staring off into space, not connected to others, eyes may roll back in the head Clonic – Repetitive and jerking motions Tonic – Rigidity and muscle stiffness Atonic – Loss of muscle tone Myoclonic – … Continue reading “Seizures — Is It Possible to Find Natural Relief?”

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Shoulder Pain — Where Does It Come From? Is Help Available?
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If you have ever suffered from shoulder pain, you know it can come about all of a sudden with no warning. Most of us do not even think about our shoulders until they begin to hurt. Then we wish we had done more to take care of them. Shoulder pain happens because of a number of different things. Some common reasons are overusing them or doing activities you are not used to. If you seek help from your primary care physician, he or she will probably prescribe an anti-inflammatory or over-the-counter pain reliever. This can be helpful in reducing pain … Continue reading “Shoulder Pain — Where Does It Come From? Is Help Available?”

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Fibromyalgia — Who Is at Risk and Where to Find Help
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Fibromyalgia (FM) is known for widespread muscle pain throughout the body, extreme fatigue, fibro fog (cognitive issues), and sleep disturbances. Fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Additional study and research are necessary to really get a good idea of what this condition is all about. We do know, however, that certain people are at greater risk to develop this condition. The following factors may play a role as to who gets FM and who does not: Gender: Women get FM more often than men. Sleep issues: Those with sleep disorders (like sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome) get diagnosed more … Continue reading “Fibromyalgia — Who Is at Risk and Where to Find Help”

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Arthritis of the Spine: The Facts and Where to Find Help
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You may be aware of how arthritis affects the hands or the joints of some older people. But did you know that spinal arthritis is a kind of arthritis that impacts the neck and the back? You may have heard it called subluxation degeneration, osteoarthritis, or degenerative disc or joint disease. What Exactly Is Arthritis of the Spine? The spine can begin to break down because of aging or certain illnesses. Often, the underlying cause of this is a misaligned bone in the upper cervical spine, particularly the C1 or C2 vertebrae. It may seem hard to believe, but it … Continue reading “Arthritis of the Spine: The Facts and Where to Find Help”

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Sports Injuries: Should You Use Heat or Ice?
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Sports injuries occur quite frequently, and they can really put a kink in the fun of the game. You have probably heard differing opinions about whether you should use ice or heat or alternate the two. Some think that icing is the only thing required to help the body heal. However, there is a proper time to ice and also to use heat. It is important to recognize also that professional help may be beneficial after an injury. The following information presents some useful information to help you know just how to care for your injury. Heat or Ice: How … Continue reading “Sports Injuries: Should You Use Heat or Ice?”

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