Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormones. The underactive thyroid gland could be a result of an autoimmune disease, surgical removal of the thyroid, damage to the pituitary gland, thyroiditis, radiation, too much iodine, etc. Continue reading “Hypothyroidism, Linked To Depression & Weight Gain” »
There are a number of children and adolescents who experience problems of overactivity and Attention Deficit, causing themselves and those who care for them significant distress and a wealth of negative unsatisfactory experiences. Continue reading “What Is Attention Deficit?” »
I am 40 years of age. I had tubal ligation 10 years ago. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my right breast 8 years ago. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I underwent surgery and my right breast was removed. I had noticed some white coloured discharge from my nipples, when my breast cancer was diagnosed 8 years ago. Continue reading “Hormonal disturbance – Breast Cancer – Irregularity of periods – discharge from nipples” »
Adjusting and dealing with change is a necessary part of living a human existence. There is nothing as certain as change. Some changes are good, and others would be considered by most people to be bad. Any change can cause stress, however. Continue reading “Being Well Adjusted To Life May Involve Some Struggles” »
Knowing about your body can be very beneficial to your health as you age. Knowing about your blood pressure can help prevent strokes, heart disease and kidney disease. In this article you will find everything you should know about your blood pressure. Continue reading “High Blood Pressure 101” »
Are you concerned about your blood pressure? If so, you can easily start monitoring it in your own time in your own home. You still want to have it checked regularly by your doctor. The best way to monitor your blood pressure is by understanding the numbers first. Continue reading “Understanding Your Blood Pressure Numbers” »
Do you realize by taking control of your blood pressure you can also take control of your health? Who doesn’t want to have a healthy and long life? Taking care of your body can help ensure you get to endure that long healthy lifestyle you want. Continue reading “Blood Pressure Control” »
If you are battling high blood pressure do not be discouraged. Did you know that as many as seventy two million people in the U.S. 20 and older have high blood pressure? Twenty eight percent of these do not even know they have it. Continue reading “Options For Dealing With High Blood Pressure” »
If you are concerned about your blood pressure you should consider monitoring it from home. You still want to keep your regular doctor visits but this will help ensure you are making the right lifestyle choices. Continue reading “Monitoring Your Blood Pressure At Home” »
If you are checking your blood pressure from home you have the choice of choosing your own monitor. You can use either an aneroid monitor or a digital one. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Continue reading “Finding The Right Blood Pressure Home Monitor” »
Organizing your computer system for the work you do can help you reach peak performance levels. Bookmarking frequently visited Web sites into neat categories is worth the time it takes to do. Keeping your email inbox and other folders as empty as possible is another useful productivity technique. Reply to all emails as soon as you can so that you do not have a backlog building up. Continue reading “Dealing With Stress At The Computer Iv” »
Dieting can turn into an obsession easier than you may think. You may be surprised to know this; however it may not be news to you if you suffer from eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia because you live with this obsession everyday. Continue reading “OCD And Dieting” »
If you have ever wondered just why your dog will not stop barking, even when you see nothing to bark about, your dog could very well be suffering from OCD tendencies. Contrary to what was once believed, canines do suffer from forms of OCD disorders. Continue reading “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Affects Animals Too” »
Bleeding disorders are the opposite of thrombophilia, and include hemophilia, von Willebrand’s disease, and thrombocytopenia. Rather than causing a deep vein thrombosis or embolism, bleeding disorders make clot formation difficult. Continue reading “Von Willebrand’s is the Most Common Bleeding Disorder” »
Migraine symptoms are not restricted to headache pain: nausea, photo-phobia (light sensitivity) and even mild paralysis may occur. Migraines progress through distinct phases, each with its own distinct symptoms and characteristics. Not every sufferer goes through all phases. Continue reading “Migraine Symptoms and Phases” »
Sleep deprivation is a common condition that afflicts 47 million American adults, or almost a quarter of the adult population. Symptoms can interfere with memory, energy levels, mental abilities, and emotional mood. Continue reading “The Causes, Effects and Dangers of Sleep Deprivation” »
Some researchers have suggested that migraines can be traced to an overactive nervous system. When the nervous system detects certain substances, sensations or other triggers, it sets in motion a series of brain activity that leads to blood vessel dilation or contraction. Continue reading “Migraine Headache Causes and Triggers” »
Migraines are easily confused with other headaches, both by their sufferers and, occasionally, medical professionals. Here you’ll find descriptions of some of the more common non-migraines and some treatment options. Continue reading “Other Headache Types and Their Treatments” »
“Generalized Anxiety Disorders” affect 1 out of every 10 people. Ever wish you were in one of those TV commercials for a Jamaican vacation? You’re sitting on a sunny beach with calm, turquoise blue water and sparkling white sand in front of you. Everyone’s all kicked back, relaxing in the carefree environment. Continue reading “What conditions can be considered “generalized anxiety disorders”” »
Heredity is often to blame for blood clotting disorders. Some genetic disorders of the blood cause deficiencies in protein factors that control blood coagulation and increase the risk of developing a blood clot. Excessive coagulation due by heredity is called inherited thrombophilia. Continue reading “Genetic Disorders Can Cause Deficiencies in Clotting Factors” »
A woman’s body usually prepares for pregnancy about every 28 days. Her cycle begins on the first day of bleeding and continues to the first day of the next menstrual period. Continue reading “Menstrual Disorders: Irregular and Missed Menstrual Periods” »
Although erectile dysfunction usually has a physical cause, thirty percent of impotence cases are of chemical or psychological origins. The cause may be as simple as an adverse reaction to medication. In spite of the long-standing belief that erectile dysfunction is “all in your mind,” only ten to twenty percent of impotence causes are psychological. Continue reading “Chemical and Psychological Impotence Causes” »
Erectile dysfunction causes are most often physical in nature. Over seventy percent of all cases of erectile dysfunction are physical. Surgery, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, hypertension and a wide range of other diseases can cause it. Continue reading “Physical Erectile Dysfunction Causes” »
Sexual dysfunction and difficulty maintaining an erection require a doctor’s diagnosis before treatment can begin. Diagnosis of erectile dysfunction is a complex procedure: root causes may include inadequate testosterone levels, medical conditions, psychological factors or a lowered interest in intercourse. Both the cause and the nature of the sexual dysfunction must be identified.
Discussing erectile dysfunction is difficult for many men. Even some male doctors shy away from the topic. Maintaining an erection during intercourse is seen as an essential part of manhood and not being able to do so is not something most men want to admit to, even in the relatively safe confines of their doctor’s office. For this reason, only about ten percent of all men with erectile dysfunction seek medical help, and remain unaware of treatment options.
The Initial Examination
Besides undergoing a physical examination, you can expect to answer a lot of questions during your first doctor’s visit. Your doctor will develop medical, psychological, and sexual histories to help identify possible causes of your condition. Be as honest as you can: the more accurate your information, the more helpful it is to your doctor.
Erectile dysfunction was once considered primarily a psychological disorder, but recent research has revealed that physical disorders actually account for seventy percent of all cases. Report any existing medical condition. Both prescription and illegal drugs can prevent a man from maintaining an erection.
If your doctor suspects a physical cause, you will probably be sent for lab tests. Diagnosing erectile dysfunction often requires several tests, including measuring testosterone levels, blood tests and urine samples.
A number of specific tests may be used during the diagnosis. During the physical exam, the doctor may test the penis for normal responses to touch. Failure to respond could indicate nerve damage.
Most men have involuntary erections while they sleep. You may be monitored for nocturnal erections. While not one hundred percent consistent as a diagnostic, an absence of erections while asleep often points to a physical cause. If you have erections while asleep but not while awake, a psychological cause could be the problem.
A penile injection is one of the many tests that may be administered during a diagnostic workup for sexual dysfunction. Medications that cause the penile arteries to dilate are administered during a penile injection. This allows blood to flow into the penis, resulting in an erection. A penile injection allows the doctor to evaluate your capacity to achieve and maintain an erection.
Blood flow problems are often linked to erectile dysfunction. Your doctor may order an ultrasound to examine the penile arteries. The test allows the doctor to check for blood obstructions or irregularities in blood flow. The penis’s ability to trap blood for an erection is also observed. A cavernosography test may also be ordered. A dye is injected into the bloodstream so the doctor can view any problems with penile blood flow on the ultrasound.
Other forms of sexual dysfunction can easily be confused with erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction has a very specific medical definition: the inability to maintain an erection long enough for intercourse, or the complete absence of an erection. Here are some conditions commonly mistaken for erectile dysfunction:
Premature ejaculation: This occurs when a man ejaculates before he intends to. Premature ejaculation rarely has a physical cause: anxiety and over-stimulation often cause the condition.
Delayed ejaculation: In this case, a man is either unable to ejaculate, or can only do so after prolonged intercourse. Like premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation usually has psychological origins.
Prolonged refractory period: The refractory period is the time span after ejaculation when a second ejaculation is simply not possible. This period varies from one man to another. Age tends to lengthen the refractory period.
Lack of sexual desire: An absence of sexual desire may be physical or psychological in nature. Low testosterone levels may impair the level of arousal. Emotional problems may also lower sexual desire.
Male erectile dysfunction, sometimes called impotence or simply MED, is defined as a consistent inability to achieve and maintain an erection. Many men occasionally experience this problem, either due to fatigue, emotional distress or illness. Continue reading “Erectile Dysfunction: Defining Sexual Disorders” »
The first step in overcoming sexual dysfunction is to realize there is a problem. The next step, and probably the hardest one for most women, is to seek help from a professional. What makes it somewhat confusing is that the topic of female sex drive is a relatively new area of medical study and medical practitioners are hesitant to treat conditions they know little about. Continue reading “Overcoming Female Sexual Dysfunction” »
Depression is not a single disorder. Different types of depression have been identified, and within each type, a wide range of symptoms of varying degrees of severity exists. The following is a brief overview of the different types of depression. Continue reading “Understanding the Different Types of Depression” »
Anxiety and panic disorders come in many different forms, and vary in intensity from person to person. Some, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), have identifiable origins. More often, the causes for conditions such as social anxiety disorder are elusive at best. Continue reading “Generalized Anxiety Disorder to OCD” »
Left untreated, depression and anxiety may cause both physical and mental complications. Suicide is not uncommon among people with depression or anxiety disorders. Attempts to “self-medicate” the disorder may lead to substance abuse and alcoholism. Continue reading “Complications of Depression and Anxiety” »
We all tend to use the word depression quite casually. “Every time I wash my car, it starts to rain. How depressing!” “It’s just so depressing to watch the stock market plunge.” Continue reading “Sexual Dysfunction and Depression” »
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep in the body. The hips and legs are the most likely sites for DVT. A deep vein thrombosis that detaches from its original location is potentially dangerous. Continue reading “Discovering New Treatments for Deep Vein Thrombosis” »
Hemostasis refers to the complicated chemical interplay that maintains blood viscosity, or thickness. Blood disorders occur when hemostasis falls out of balance. If blood becomes too thin, it loses the ability to form the blood clots that stop bleeding. Continue reading “Hemostasis and Blood Clotting Disorders” »
Feelings of despair and worthlessness often accompany postpartum depression. PPD describes a range of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes that many mothers experience after childbirth. Postpartum depression symptoms can range from mild to severe and are similar to other types of depression. Continue reading “Symptoms of Postpartum Depression” »
No one knows the exact causes of postpartum depression. PPD is more than the baby blues; it lasts longer and is more severe. The “baby blues” typically resolves within about ten days after delivery. Postpartum depression lingers. The baby blues cause mild sadness and mood swings. PPD causes severe depression and loss of interest in life. Continue reading “Causes of Postpartum Depression” »
According to Reuter’s Press, Los Angeles (2001, December 13), “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (is) a chronic condition believed to plague 20% of the adult (US) population”. Continue reading “What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?” »
Hemophilia’s main symptom is bleeding. Defects in blood coagulation factors result in low levels of fibrin, which impairs the body’s ability to create strong blood clots. Continue reading “Hemophilia Causes Bruising and Mild to Severe Bleeding” »
Hemophilia is treated by supplementing low levels of blood factor proteins with healthy replacement clotting proteins. These proteins are most often administered intravenously. In this way, the clotting factors enter the bloodstream directly and are spread quickly throughout the body. Continue reading “Replacing Blood Factors and Desmopressin Therapy” »
Hemophilia is a blood disorder that interferes with the blood clotting process. People with hemophilia either lack the clotting factors needed to stop bleeding, or possess abnormal clotting factors. The disease is usually inherited, and affects men far more often than women. Continue reading “Hemophilia Clinical Trials and New Treatments” »
One of the largest organs in the human body, and certainly one of the most important, the liver performs over five hundred functions vital to survival and good health. It stores vitamins, sugars and fats. It builds, regulates and maintains necessary body chemicals, and it removes waste products from the blood. Continue reading “About Liver Disorders: Facts and Information” »
Patients suffering from chronic hypertension will probably be prescribed either hypertension medications or other measures to help lower their blood pressure. Regular use of blood pressure monitors helps to track the effect the hypertension medications have on the patient’s blood pressure. Continue reading “Hypertension Medications” »
Statistically, women don’t appear to suffer from high blood pressure as often, or as early in life, as men do. However, women must contend with several causes of high blood pressure that are specific to women. For women, important time periods revolve around the pregnancy and menopause. Continue reading “Causes of High Blood Pressure in Women” »
Controlling high blood pressure forces us to examine our lifestyles. Blood pressure often responds to changes in diet, exercise level and stress management. Patients can do a lot to impact and control their own blood pressure, by active prevention measures and simple monitoring of their hypertension. Continue reading “Controlling Blood Pressure!” »
One in four adult Americans has high blood pressure. That’s a staggering number of people living with a medical condition that often goes undiagnosed. Without high blood pressure treatment, hypertension sufferers may develop heart problems, kidney disease or stroke. Continue reading “High Blood Pressure Treatment” »
Hemophilia is a genetic disease: mutations on the X chromosome result in low levels of blood clotting factors VIII or IX. The mutations that cause low levels of clotting factor are carried recessively on the X chromosome. Continue reading “Genetics of Hemophilia: Defects in Clotting Factor Production” »
Hemophilia is a blood disorder that prevents blood from clotting properly, leading to uncontrolled bleeding. Hemophilia is actually a collection of several different genetic disorders passed on by heredity. The two most common types are hemophilia A and hemophilia B. Continue reading “The Hemophilias: Genetic Disorders Passed from Mother to Son” »
A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot develops in one of the large, deep veins of the body. The blood clot, or thrombus, can cause circulation problems, pain and other symptoms. A deep vein thrombosis can also cause a number of health complications, some of which can be life threatening. Continue reading “Deep Vein Thrombosis and Blood Clot Symptoms” »
The purpose of medical treatment is to control the episodes of inflammation and diarrhea that accompany flare-ups of ulcerative colitis (UC). Following inflammation and diarrhea treatment, long-term relapse prevention and modulation (controlling) efforts are generally begun. Continue reading “Ulcerative Colitis Treatment Options” »
What Are the Cures for IBS? Of all intestinal disorders diagnosed by physicians throughout the United States, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is by far the most common. Many of those afflicted, however, remain reluctant to seek help from their physician, in the mistaken belief that nothing can be done about it. Continue reading “Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome” »
Cerebral palsy is incurable, but there are therapies available that can make life easier and more productive. There is no cerebral palsy therapy that works on every patient. Each case is unique and therefore will require different types of cerebral palsy treatment, from physical therapy to exercise to botox injections. Continue reading “Cerebral Palsy Treatment” »
Diagnosing cerebral palsy early in an individual’s life allows parents to learn how to best care for their child. A diagnosis of cerebral palsy is usually made within the first three years of a child’s life. Parents are often the first to notice that their child is developing slower than normal. Continue reading “Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy” »