Symptoms of endometriosis

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Symptoms of endometriosis

The symptoms of endometriosis can vary. Some women are badly affected, while others might not have any noticeable symptoms. The main symptoms of endometriosis are: pain in your lower tummy or back (pelvic pain) – usually worse during your periodperiod pain that stops you doing your normal activitiespain during or after sexpain when peeing or pooing during your periodfeeling sick, constipation, diarrhoea, or blood in your pee during your perioddifficulty getting pregnant You may also have heavy periods. You might use lots of pads or tampons, or you may bleed through your clothes. For some women, endometriosis can have a big impact on their life and...

Epilepsy Diagnosis

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Epilepsy Diagnosis

To diagnose your condition, your doctor will review your symptoms and medical history. Your doctor may order several tests to diagnose epilepsy and determine the cause of seizures. Your evaluation may include: A neurological exam. Your doctor may test your behavior, motor abilities, mental function and other areas to diagnose your condition and determine the type of epilepsy you may have. Blood tests. Your doctor may take a blood sample to check for signs of infections, genetic conditions or other conditions that may be associated with seizures. Your doctor may also suggest tests to detect brain abnormalities, such as: Electroencephalogram (EEG). This is...

What causes cerebral palsy?

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What causes cerebral palsy?

Abnormal brain development or injury to the developing brain can cause CP. The damage affects the part of the brain that controls body movement, coordination, and posture. The brain damage usually occurs before birth, but it can also happen during birth or the first years of life. In most cases, the exact cause of CP isn’t known. Some of the possible causes include: asphyxia neonatorum, or a lack of oxygen to the brain during labor and deliverygene mutations that result in abnormal brain developmentsevere jaundice in the infantmaternal infections, such German measles and herpes simplexbrain infections, such as encephalitis and meningitisintracranial hemorrhage, or bleeding into the brainhead injuries as a result of a car...

Ulcerative colitis Symptoms

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Ulcerative colitis Symptoms

Ulcerative colitis symptoms can vary, depending on the severity of inflammation and where it occurs. Signs and symptoms may include: Diarrhea, often with blood or pus Abdominal pain and cramping Rectal pain Rectal bleeding — passing small amount of blood with stool Urgency to defecate Inability to defecate despite urgency Weight loss Fatigue Fever In children, failure to grow Most people with ulcerative colitis have mild to moderate symptoms. The course of ulcerative colitis may vary, with some people having long periods of remission. Types Doctors often classify ulcerative colitis according to its location. Types of ulcerative colitis include: Ulcerative...

The Five Types of Crohn’s Disease

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The Five Types of Crohn’s Disease

Ileocolitis Most people with Crohn’s disease suffer from ileocolitis. This form of Crohn’s disease causes inflammation and irritation of the ileum (the lower part of the small intestine) and colon. Those with ileocolitis may experience symptoms such as: diarrhea significant weight loss pain or cramping in the middle or lower-right region of the abdomen Ileitis Like ileocolitis, ileitis causes inflammation and irritation of the ileum. The symptoms for ileitis are the same as those for ileocolitis. People with ileitis may also develop fistulas (inflammatory abscesses) in the lower-right section of the abdomen. Gastroduodenal Crohn’s Disease Gastroduodenal Crohn’s disease affects the...

September Is Chiari Malformation Awareness Month

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September Is Chiari Malformation Awareness Month

For many of us headaches are a thing that we live with on occasion, and require no more consideration than a few pain killers and a bit of a lay down. For those suffering from a Chiari Malformation, waking up with a headache is just part of their normal Month, and relief is brief and unpredictable, if it’s experienced at all. Chiari Awareness Month exists to help bring awareness to this condition that, like so many Chronic Diseases, leaves the sufferer looking otherwise perfectly healthy while being an important part of their daily struggle. History of Chiari Awareness Month Chiari...

Brain Tumor Symptoms

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Brain Tumor Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of a brain tumor vary greatly and depend on the brain tumor's size, location and rate of growth. General signs and symptoms caused by brain tumors may include: New onset or change in pattern of headaches Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe Unexplained nausea or vomiting Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg Difficulty with balance Speech difficulties Confusion in everyday matters Personality or behavior changes Seizures, especially in someone who doesn't have a history...

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to recognize the children and families affected by childhood cancers and to emphasize the importance of supporting research on these devastating conditions. Since 1947, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital have worked together to care for children with cancer and to improve outcomes through cutting-edge research. This month, and throughout the year, we honor the children currently battling cancer, the families who love them, the clinicians and other caregivers treating them, the survivors of childhood cancer, the children who lost their lives to childhood cancer, and the researchers working to conquer childhood...

A Timeline of Stroke Recovery

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A Timeline of Stroke Recovery

As a patient recovers from a stroke, both they and their caregivers must understand that the process is slow and uncertain. This is because the severity of the stroke can vary, and doctors, nurses, and therapists can only estimate the response of each patient based on the location of the stroke. In general, those who have suffered severe strokes will recover more slowly and require a longer, more delayed period to do so.   During the first weeks and sometimes months following a stroke, a patient’s’ speaking ability, mental clarity, and physical movements may improve. Though it depends on the...

10 Celebrity Caregivers Share Inspiring Lessons

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10 Celebrity Caregivers Share Inspiring Lessons

Even Hollywood A-listers can find themselves inhabiting the role of a caregiver. From action stars to bestselling authors and TV personalities, here are a few celebrity caregivers sharing encouraging words of wisdom from their own experiences.    1. Joey McIntyre The New Kids on the Block singer lost his mother to Alzheimer’s last year. Of her life battling the disease he said “The last few years there was just love and sweetness. She had a strong abiding faith in her God. And I am a product of that faith.” McIntyre continues to raise money to help find a cure for the disease.   ...

Can Heart Surgery Change a Person's Personality?

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Can Heart Surgery Change a Person's Personality?

James L. Rudolph, acting clinical chief of the division of aging at Brigham and Women's Hospital, provides an answer: To date, no study has adequately examined whether heart surgery can change a person's personality, mainly because personality is difficult to define and measure. When recovering from heart surgery, some patients report trouble remembering, slower mental processing and difficulty focusing. Although this condition, often referred to as “pumphead,” is usually short-lived, one study of bypass patients has suggested that the associated cognitive changes might worsen over time. Related research, however, indicates it is unlikely that cardiac surgery significantly alters how the brain...

Symptoms of Glioblastoma Multiforme

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Symptoms of Glioblastoma Multiforme

As with many brain tumors, the most common initial symptom of glioblastoma multiforme is headache. Since the symptoms are often caused by the pressure of a tumor against adjacent brain structures, the symptoms may vary depending on where in the brain or spine the tumor is located. Symptoms of GBM include: Weakness or numbness in the limbs Nausea and vomiting (especially on awakening) Cognitive impairment, memory loss, and inability to concentrate Seizures Personality and mood changes Visual changes  Most people with headaches and nausea do not have brain tumors, of course, but anyone with neurological symptoms like those listed above...

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