Your periods are changing. They are coming closer together, and then farther apart, with more bleeding or less, more cramps or less and now you're passing clots. You may find your sleep is disturbed. You wake at 2 or 3 or 4 a.m. and are wide-awake, unable to get back to sleep. And your moods are suddenly an issue! Irritability, impatience, short fuse...weepiness, low mood, lack of interest and motivation.
At your annual check-up you ask if these changes could be a signal of hormone change and you hear: "You're too young; it can't be perimenopause. You're still having periods; it can't be perimenopause. Your FSH isn't elevated; it's not your hormones. You're just depressed; it's not your hormones. You're just stressed; it's not you hormones."
Well the fact is it may just be your hormones ! Women's levels of reproductive hormones, estrogen-progesterone-testosterone, begin to change anytime from the age 35 on. The word menopause actually means "end of the monthli...
Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
Driving a car to the local mechanic to get it fixed is not the same thing as taking the human body into surgery; although, this "fix-it" attitude drives patients and surgeons alike towards surgical solutions. Lately, a growing number of people are undergoing low back surgery . A recent study examined the relationship between patient expectations and the actual outcomes from lumbar spine surgery. Because pre-surgical expectations do not always equate to the actual results, how can a person judge whether or not a surgery was successful? How can one predict surgical success?
Understanding the primary reasons for seeking surgical solutions is the first step towards discussing the likelihood of success. The top three causes for patients wanting lumbar surgery are: 1#, other therapies have failed to help; 2#, the pain is unbearable; 3#, walking has become difficult. Based on these reasons to see a surgeon, patients come to the operating room harboring certain expectations. Patients wa...
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