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...
It's a proven fact asthma rates are on the rise in Western nations like the U.S. and U.K. In the past pollution was blamed. Yet with pollution on the decline and asthma rates still rising, many experts are looking at other theories.
Two theories gaining acceptance are the hygiene hypothesis and the microflora hypothesis .
The hygiene hypothesis pretty much proposes allergies and allergic are caused because we're too clean. In the absence of bacteria our immune system gets bored and attacks things we consider normal -- like allergens.
I simplified the hygiene hypothesis in a previous post. If you're not familiar with it I recommend you click here . In this post I'd like to introduce you to the microflora hypothesis.
First a few definitions:
Normal Flora : According to the Online Textbook of Bacteriology these are tiny little microbes that cover the surface areas of your body, including you...
Doing anything is difficult if your hands hurt, especially the thumbs . Unfortunately, when arthritis strikes the hands, it can affect multiple joints on both sides. As a result of aching hands, many people have to give up their favorite hobbies or even a career. Before you throw in the hand towel, consider some treatment methods for those painful, worn-out hands.
A counter-intuitive method for relieving hand pain is to use heat and keep the hands warm. One way to keep the hands warm is by using hand arthritis gloves . You would be amazed at how helpful this simple, cheap item can be for painful hands. Going another step further, some people purchase home paraffin wax units . Dipping arthritic hands in warm wax really helps to improve range-of-motion and relieve stiffness. If a paraffin wax unit is too expensive, try soaking your hands in warm water two or three times per day for 10-15 minutes. Warmth keeps the hands going.
Because inflammation keeps the hands swollen and p...
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