A couple of months back I wrote a blog discussing the concerns I and many others have regarding the return of severe gastrointestinal side effects as a result of the increasing use of the so-called traditional anti-inflammatories. This is of course to be expected due to the fears so many patients have now of the sole COX-2 inhibitor remaining on the market in the United States: Celebrex . Many of my patients are simply refusing to take Celebrex for fear, they say, that "It might kill me." The issue of whether the use of COX-2 inhibitors with low-dose aspirin is reasonable for patients at risk of cardiovascular events raised its weary head once more in the last few weeks. This time, a provocative article appeared in the December 22, 2007 issue of the British medical journal The Lancet . The author, a rheumatologist at Stanford University, feels that COX-2 inhibitors are preferable to traditional anti-inflammatories (such as Motrin and Voltaren ) in p...
Fibromyalgia has brought many challenges and limitations into my life, not the least of which is finding clothes that are not painful to wear. The hypersensitivity brought on by fibromyalgia can manifest itself in many forms and may vary with each individual. Some are hypersensitive to light, sound, scents, chemicals, medications, heat and/or cold. We frequently have many allergies, which is also a type of hypersensitivity. In my case, one of my biggest hypersensitivities is my skin. There are very few lotions, soaps, facial products, etc. that don't cause me to break out in a rash. But what is even more difficult to deal with is the fact that most clothing hurts me. However, since society and personal modesty dictate that I be covered, I'm forced to do the best I can. Although for some reason it is rarely discussed, I suspect many of you have a similar problem. So I thought I would share with you the things I've found that work best for ...
Severe change in acid level of blood (pH balance), which leads to damage in all of the body organs
Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
Burns to the eyes, which may result in permanent vision loss Severe pain in the throat Severe pain or burning in the nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue
Blood in the stool Burns and possible holes in the food pipe (esophagus) Severe abdominal pain Vomiting
Heart and blood
Low blood pressure that develops rapidly
Lungs and airways
Breathing difficulty (from breathing in drain opening agent) Throat swelling (may also cause breathing difficulty)
Burns Holes (necrosis) in the skin or tissues underneath Irritation
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