Every medication can have side effects. That’s a given. Whether or not you can live with the side effect is the big question. I take a medication given to many with some form of dementia— Aricept . It has many possible side effects. The most common are generally minor and include nausea, headache, diarrhea, and abnormal dreaming. I experience the latter. Fortunately, I now understand what’s going on and can live with it, knowing that, for me, Aricept has truly been a “life” saver. Not in the literal sense, of course, but in the figurative sense. It has helped to improve my cognitive abilities, so I can live with the dreams… When I first took Aricept, I soon began having bizarre dreams which were especially bright and memorable. (My sister tells me I have always had very active dreaming so this medication just exacerbates it.) One of the first nights after beginning to take Aricep...
TMD; Temporomandibular joint disorders; Temporomandibular muscle disorders
Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:
Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
Dull, aching pain in the face
Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
Signs and tests
You may need to see more than one medical specialist for your TMJ pain and symptoms, such as your primary care provider, a dentist, or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, depending on your symptoms.
A thorough examination may involve:
A dental examination to show if you have poor bite alignment
Feeling the joint and connecting muscles for tenderness
Pressing around the head for areas that are sensitive or painful
Sliding the teeth from side to side
Watching, feeling, and...
If you are reading this, someone close to you lives with and suffers from fibromyalgia (FM). Since FM is invisible, many find it hard to believe that it is a real illness or that anyone could really hurt that much all the time. Unfortunately, this is one of the main reasons that fibromyalgia is so often misunderstood, misdiagnosed and not properly treated. Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder that has three primary components: pain, fatigue and sleep problems. (1) Pain – The pain may vary in intensity and location, but it is present most, if not all, of the time. (2) Fatigue – The fatigue is not like the tiredness you might feel after working too hard or overdoing it on a sports field. It's a pervasive, all-encompassing exhaustion – like someone pulled the plug on your energy source. (3) Sleep – The person with FM usually has difficulty sleeping. And even when they do finally sleep, they...
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