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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition in which varying degrees of repetitive upper airway obstruction create disturbances in normal breathing patterns during sleep. The soft tissues of the upper airway can collapse as the muscles in this area become fully relaxed during sleep. Complete or partial obstruction can then occur. This triggers an increased breathing effort against a closed off airway and results in multiple awakenings from sleep. As a result, some common symptoms of OSA include daytime fatigue and somnolence. Other symptoms include depressed mood, morning headaches, increased urination at night, and sometimes insomnia itself. OSA is a common condition that has been under recognized for years. It is estimated that about 25% of adults in the US are at risk for this condition. Some risk factors include obesity , abnormalities of the upper airway such as large tonsils, smoking, and diabetes . OSA can be readily diagnosed by an over...
Diseases with Similar Symptoms Several diseases have similar symptoms and may occur with COPD. Acute Bronchitis A virus usually causes acute bronchitis. In most cases it does not require treatment. The cough it produces typically lasts for 7 - 10 days. In about half of patients, however, coughing can last for up to 3 weeks, and 25% of patients continue to cough for more than 1 month. Acute bronchitis may be a warning sign of future problems in some patients. Asthma The classic symptoms of an asthma attack are coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath (dyspnea). Patients with asthma typically have trouble breathing in and may wheeze when breathing out. Irritation of the nose and throat, thirst, and the need to urinate are common symptoms and may occur before an asthma attack begins. Some people first experience chest tightness or pain, or a nonproductive cough that does not occur with wheezing. About 75% of patients have chest pain. It can be very severe, even if the asthma attack itself i...
Women are twice as likely to have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Women are also more likely to develop a chronic painful condition like fibromyalgia . Is it coincidental that women are more likely to have irritable bowel syndrome and/or chronic pain? Probably not; a growing body of medical research is finding a strong association between these two illnesses. By connecting the dots and finding the root of these problems, scientists hope to find better treatments that can tackle both conditions with one stone.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is just one diagnosis out of a whole series of diagnoses that are classified as Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Recently, the criteria for diagnosing IBS were revised by the ROME organization. These new criteria are called the ROME III criteria for IBS which reads as follows:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort at least three days per month in at least the last three months which is associated with two or more of the...
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