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Two weeks ago I was feeling very good physically. I had energy, I was getting things done, I was really pleased with myself. I was taking naps after finishing a good day's work.
Now I've gone to a polar opposite. I have no energy, almost nothing is getting done, and I'm taking long naps - usually back to bed within two or three hours of getting up. I feel hollow-eyed and like my head weighs a ton. Yesterday I took two naps.
Fatigue is a common symptom of depression, and for me, it is one of the most common, along with lethargy and indecision. I think that makes it hard for me to recognize fatigue as a depressive symptom because I look for biological reasons first. Am I getting sick? Not eating right? Not sleeping well? Is because my back is out again?
Even after all this time, I still think of fatigue and sleepiness as purely physical problems, rather than as symptoms of depression. I know, intellectually, that depression can cause physical symptoms like fatigue a...
My 15 year old daughter has been complaining of a stomach ache off and on for a few months. She has even ended up in the nurse’s office at school a few times. How do I know if she really has a stomach ache or if she is just trying to avoid going to school?
There are many reasons for stomach pain and stomach aches so it might take some investigation to get to the root cause of the problem. First, you and your daughter may need to discuss her diet and lifestyle.
· Eating on the run?
· Skipping meals?
· Eating fast food?
· Drinking soda, sports drinks, coffee, energy drinks? Mega sized drinks?
· Does she eat meals with the family?
· Eating a balance of car...
A food allergy occurs when the body mistakes a food item for a harmful substance, and the immune system creates antibodies to protect itself. Once this mistaken identity occurs, every time a person eats that food the body will release histamine and other chemicals, triggering an allergic reaction. This response can affect the respiratory, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems. It can also cause a skin reaction. Common Food Allergens While any food item can cause an allergic reaction, there are eight foods responsible for 90 percent of all food-related allergies. The eight common food allergens are: • Eggs • Fish and shellfish • Milk • Peanuts • Soy • Tree nuts • Wheat I will discuss each one in further detail below. Symptoms Experts estimate that about 12 million Americans have legitimate food allergies. And anyone can experience an allergic reaction to a food that had never been a problem before. ...
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