Although most people associate a hug with something pleasant and loving, an MS hug doesn’t fit that definition. The MS hug is a common but not always well-known symptom of multiple sclerosis, especially among individuals who have a recent diagnosis.
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Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as tic douloureux, is an extremely painful nerve disorder that occurs in about 3 to 4 percent of individuals who have multiple sclerosis. About 2 to 4 percent of patients with trigeminal neuralgia have MS.
Although my first book on the Zone Diet was published 20 years ago, its beginnings started more than 40 years ago with the death of my father from a heart attack in 1973. Actually, it was his third heart attack with his first coming at age 39, surprising since he was world-class athlete, but maybe not since his brothers and my grandfather had all died in their early 50s from heart disease. At that point I realized I carried the same genes that would predispose me to an early death from heart disease. I realized I couldn’t change those genes, but I could possibility change their expression.
Have you ever wondered what viruses have invaded your body in the past or been frustrated that your doctor doesn’t know what is making you feel so poorly? Now there is an inexpensive blood test that can detect your viral infection history that costs just twenty five dollars. But why would a person need information about past exposure to viruses?
Results of a Danish study suggest frequent infections could lead to lower IQ. The finding is important because it suggests infection and immune response can affect memory and may contribute to mental health illness.
Blood is the biggest organ in our body and blood health is often overlooked. As a hematologist, I often get questions about diet especially whether there are special nutrients that would boost the blood counts. Although there is no one special food or diet that is known to be improving blood health, there are common nutritional problems that can be linked to low blood counts.
Medicinal mushrooms have a long history of use in Asia and are quickly gaining acceptance elsewhere for a variety of health challenges, including cancer and enhancing immune function. Thus far research concerning their use for multiple sclerosis in particular has been limited, but at least two medicinal mushrooms have shown some promise.
While abstinence is the best policy when it comes to drinking alcohol, most people are not willing to forgo drinking altogether. Small amounts of alcohol can be great for socializing and unwinding. However, too much alcohol can lead to problems.
I recently wrote a book on treating anxiety disorders, Anxiety Protocol, and asked a psychiatrist colleague to review the book. He stated he liked the book very much, and was in full agreement with the recommendation of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as first-line treatment for anxiety disorders. However, he disagreed initially with my recommendation that prescription medication for anxiety disorder should be last resort treatment, and only then should be prescribed for severe cases or for psychotherapy-resistant cases. My colleague went on to opine that in moderate to severe cases, he saw the use of prescription medication “in association” with CBT, or as an adjunct to CBT, not as a “last resort.” Otherwise, he found contents of the book very useful.
I have been certified to work with the health insurance exchanges for two years in both Maryland and the state of Virginia. I have signed people up with 4 of the major companies in our area over the course of the past 2 years. I’ve had good and bad experiences with resolving client issues. This article will highlight a problem that I have found with one of the major companies in my area.
An article written by Teresa Tanoos eMaxHealth inspired me to write this article about GERD. It mentions a new option for treating gastro- esophageal reflux disease (GERD) . It is really not a new option, but it was not always widely available due to costs. (Being third tier many insurance platforms). The new option is generic Nexium. The food and drug administration (FDA) has approved the nation's first generic version for the treatment of GERD.
Perhaps one of the greatest fears that people face as they age is developing Alzheimer’s disease. This chronic and incurable disease afflicts more than five million Americans who suffer gradual onset and progression of memory and other cognitive losses to the extent that they can no longer care for themselves.
An article by Deborah Mitchell published in diabetes care, summarizes a study that suggests that many people with Type II Diabetes mellitus can stop home glucose monitoring and can eliminate the pain and stress for millions in both type I and type II as well as the costs (Finger stick several times a day).
The physicians are targeted by pharmaceutical reps specifically assigned to work for the purpose of attracting physicians to order these laboratory tests.
A recent study adds to the slowly growing understanding and appreciation of the impact of meditation for migraine. Here’s what the team at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center discovered, as well as findings of some previous researchers.
Health insurance open enrollment is over. Maybe? For the most part assisting people to sign up for insurance went smoothly except for a few problem cases and system glitches. Overall helping others attempt to solve their issues with the exchanges helped me to make the above decision not to purchase my health insurance through the exchange.
Last year was really difficult for many health insurance agents that enrolled consumers using the infamous Healthcare.gov. Although the site was much improved this year I decided well in advance to use a web broker portal to do my exchange enrollments this year.
Last year whenever I called the Federal Exchange on behalf of a client the Customer Service Representative (CSR) after listening to what the problem was, always said, “I can help you but before we continue let me give you the reference number for the call." This year they did not give reference numbers for the calls.
This is a question I have asked myself many times since I became ACA certified back in the fall of 2013. Since last year was filled with so much confusion I will give all of the companies a pass on the chaos from last year. My opinion is based solely on my experience from this year. While I have not provided the names of the companies the following accounts will give you an overview of what to expect from a wide range of health insurance companies.
What comes to mind when you hear “benefits of exercise?” Most of us think something along the lines of; weight loss, lose the muffin top, tighten the glutes. Others may be aware of the general health benefits; decrease blood pressure, improve joint mobility, decrease resting heart rate. However, did you realize that you could also improve your mental alertness, body awareness and focus through a quality exercise program?
About five years ago I interviewed a young woman (let’s call her Rose) with multiple sclerosis who was managing the disease with natural remedies. One of those remedies was curcumin, a compound present in the curry spice called turmeric.
While the benefits of exercise apply to everyone, fibromyalgia sufferers can especially benefit from its positive effects on stress, sleep quality, bone density, muscular strength, flexibility and overall improved health. An abundance of recent research shows that gradually easing into an aerobic, and eventually a strength-training program, can dramatically improve many of the common fibromyalgia symptoms. Unfortunately, many fibromyalgia sufferers start fitness programs, yet due to painful flares, they stop before they are able to enjoy the benefits. Fibromyalgia pain, like arthritis pain, can make the thought of exercising seem almost impossible.
Keeping track of doctor and therapy appointments is difficult for any person to do, when you throw an autistic individual in the mix it becomes even arduous.
We live in an era of “choices” in every aspect of our lives and they feel infinite. We are flooded with technology that will help us choose the right gadgets or houses to buy, select a restaurant for the weekend or pick the right mate and so on. But when it comes to choosing your health care giver, we usually go with the flow and find ourselves in a doctor’s office chosen (referred) by another doctor. That’s mostly alright, but if you want to be more involved, you should probably start with a directory of doctors that your insurance carrier will provide.
When two people find out they are going to have a baby life, as they know it, seemingly stands still. Whether or not your child is going to have autism tends to not cross one's mind. Seems no one thinks about autism until they have to sit in a doctor’s office and be told that a family member, a friend’s child, or their child is autistic. When you look at it from the other side it seems that once a parent has been told their child has autism all they can do is look for reasons why it’s their fault, especially at first.
The Nightscout Project is an example of what passionate individuals can do when they are tired of waiting for the medical community to find answers. In fact, the mantra of the DIY group involved with the Nightscout Project is “We are not waiting.”
A staggering 30 percent of the U.S. population suffers from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and that number is on the rise with close to 2 million new diabetes diagnoses every year. You might be surprised to learn that coconut oil is a helpful dietary addition to the diabetic’s diet.