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In healthy men and women, urine does not contain any blood that can be seen with the eye, called "gross blood," nor does it contain red blood cells that can be discovered with the aid of a microscope. The discovery of either gross or microscopic blood in urine is a sure indication of the need to examine and evaluate the patient to discover the cause of this abnormality. The conditions that can lead to either gross or microscopic blood in the urine are many and varied. In adults, a careful history to describe the details of the bloody urine, a physical examination and laboratory studies are the first step in unearthing the cause. Imaging with x-rays, ultrasound, CAT/MRI scans are the next step and will usually discover the cause. In adult women, infection of the bladder or kidneys, urinary stones, and tumors of the urinary bladder, kidneys are the most common causes. In adult men, enlargement and/or infection of the prostate, bladder infection and...
This post is the first in a series of Beginner's Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis by Lene Andersen. Have a topic you'd like to see covered? Leave it in a comment!
The average person farts about 14 times a day. If you are on a medication for RA, you can probably double that.
Drugs that help control the disease usually have side effects, many involving bodily functions and fluids not normally spoken of in polite society. But if the choice is between being in so much pain you can't move or higher-than-average flatulence, there really is no choice, is there? So you find a way to manage it and in the process, learn to be a lot less self-conscious.
There are two kinds of side effects: the ones you live with (covered in this post) and the ones where you need to make an appointment with your doctor. If you listen to your body and trust its messages, you will know the difference. When in doubt, see your doctor.
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It's that time of year again, the time when a sniffly nose, head congestion, coughing, etc. often strike... and then stick around for days, or even weeks. There can be many reasons for this, what with being indoors more, socializing with more people through the holidays, inclement weather, new food, decorations and more due to the holidays, and so on.
The challenge comes in knowing what truly ails you, so that you can take steps to deal with it. So, this post will provide an overview of the various conditions that might produce symptoms during this season and how to manage, so that you can get and stay as healthy as possible.
If you have allergies, then you're probably used to dealing with them on a regular basis, at least during certain seasons, if not year round. Most people associate seasonal allergies with pollen season, but the truth is allergy symptoms often increase during the holidays.
In my earlier holiday triggers post, I detailed ...
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