As I’ve gone through the menopausal transition, I’ve noticed some interesting changes starting to emerge. One example – I’ve seen an increased number of bruises show up on my limbs and I’m not even sure about what I did to cause them.
It turns out I’m not alone. As people age, they often start bruising easily from minor injuries, especially to the forearms, hands, legs and feet. That’s because aging skin loses some of its protective fatty layer and collagen as we age, thus becoming thinner. Furthermore, if you worshipped the sun when you were younger, the thinning of the skin can happen much faster. And if that’s not enough, the aging process weakens tissues that support capillaries end up becoming more fragile and prone to bleeding. It can take only a slight bump that you’re not even aware of to cause a bruise.
As we age and those capillaries become even more fragile, you’ll start seeing dark purple bruises on the hands and ...
We started our discussion about restless legs syndrome (RLS) in my recent blog, so let’s continue where we left off.
Mild symptoms of RLS occur in 5-15% of the general population, which makes it the second or third most common sleep disorder. Of these cases, only about 2-3% are considered clinically severe enough to require treatment. It appears to occur more commonly in females and can even affect children. Due to the difficult to describe leg sensations that are felt, children may be wrongly diagnosed with “growing pains” or even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). RLS symptoms occur more commonly as we age. Individuals who experience symptoms at a younger age tend to worsen as they get older, though there cases when the disease resolves spontaneously when the sufferer gets older.
Sleep disturbance is a major complaint in patients and is usually the main reason why they seek medical help. Though the dis...
A breast lump is a swelling, protuberance, or lump in the breast.
Normal breast tissue is present in both males and females of all ages. This tissue responds to hormonal changes and, therefore, certain lumps can come and go.
Breast lumps may appear at all ages:
Infants may have breast lumps related to estrogen from the mother. The lump generally goes away on its own as the estrogen clears from the baby's body. It can happen to boys and girls.
Young girls often develop "breast buds" that appear just before the beginning of puberty. These bumps may be tender. They are common around age 9, but may happen as early as age 6.
Teenage boys may develop breast enlargement and lumps because of hormonal changes in mid-puberty. Although this may distress the teen, the lumps or enlargement generally go away on their own over a period of months.
Breast lumps in an adult woman raise concer...
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