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Heartburn is one of those symptoms that seriously commands your attention. First off, it can really hurt. Odds are good that your skin has rarely felt as fiery as your belly may feel during an attack of heartburn. Secondly, while it doesn't actually involve your heart, heartburn can give you the sense that something is amiss deep among your vital organs.
Heartburn can be a problem that you should bring to your doctor's attention. But as painful as this common condition can be, it's also something that you can also help treat and prevent on your own.
Heartburn arises when the contents of your stomach move the wrong way. The food and drink you swallow is supposed to only travel south from your mouth, but during heartburn, food, drink, and stomach juices move upward past the "doorway" between your esophagus and stomach. Your esophagus isn't as naturally protected against this harsh material as your stomach lining, thus it causes pain.
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Imagine holding your arm straight out, grasping a rope. In the beginning, it is easy but the longer you keep your arm held high and your hand gripping the rope, the harder it becomes. Your arm will begin to get tired, your fingers will want to let go. As you continue to hold on, you become more and more uncomfortable. Sooner or later the physical act of holding the rope will be too much to bear. It will take a toll on your muscles and you will need to let go.
So it goes with stress . Situations that cause temporary stress can be painful but bearable. But as you live with chronic stress, it begins to take its toll on your body. You can’t sleep or maybe you sleep too much, your digestive system doesn’t work the way it used to, you deal with headaches on a daily basis, you sometimes want to just give up or cry for no reason. All of this is easily noticeable but chronic stress also impacts you in ways you can’t see; when you are stressed your heart works hard...
Currently, the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (also called myalgic encephalopathy or ME/CFS) remains a mystery. While it frequently occurs following a cold, flu or viral infection, it can also begin during a time of severe physical or emotional stress. In some cases, however, it will develop gradually and have no clear starting point. Although research over the past two decades has revealed a number of very real, physical abnormalities, it has yet to yield a definitive cause for chronic fatigue syndrome. Over the years, a number of theories have been proposed and studied. Some possible causes that have been looked at include: Virus infection (for example, Epstein-Barr or human herpesvirus6) Hormonal changes in the hypothalamus, pituitary or adrenal glands Allergies Mild, chronic low blood pressure Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Iron deficiency anemia A number of studies have found immune system irregularities in chronic fatigue syndrome patients. A part...
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