Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland is located below the Adam's apple on the front portion of the neck. The function of this gland is to produce the thyroid hormone, which aids the body's metabolism.

Thyroid hormones regulate body energy and development also the body's utilization of other hormones. too much or too little production of the thyroid hormone can cause thyroid related problems. Typical problems of the thyroid are more commonly found in women.

Hypothyroidism                                                                                              Hyperthyroidism

Hypothyroidism refers to a condition of an underactive thyroid that 
fails to produce the necessary quantity of thyroid hormone. The
body's physical processes begin slowing down as a result of this 
condition. The most common cause of Hypothyroidism is
Hashimoto's disease.

Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

weight gain
fatigue
brain fog
constipation
fluid retention
low blood pressure
body aches
joint pain
hair loss/hair thinning
dry skin
cold extremities
brittle nails
menstrual irregularities
low body temperature
anxiety/panic attacks
depression
Hyperthyroidism



Yeast Infections / Candida

What is candidiasis?

Candidiasis is a common yeast infection. It occurs mostly in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts, vagina, and the mouth. Candidiasis is caused by overgrowth of Candida, a common fungus. There are more than 20 species of Candida, Candida albicans is the most common.

Candia fungi thrive in the human body under certain conditions leading to infections. Moist and warm areas of the body are most prone to the growth. .

Candida is beneficial when present in correct quantities. It occurs naturally to help absorb the B vitamins.

Causes of Candidiasis

Candidiasis can occur in both men and women. Hormonal changes, diet factors, and certain medications can all contribute to this infection.

Other factors that can lead to a Candida infection include a weakened immune system caused by intake of non-steroidal medication, chemotherapy, broad spectrum antibiotics, poor diet with excessive sugar intake, alcohol consumption and other common factors.


Tests

Stool cultures can reveal the presence of a Candida infection along with blood and sometimes urine tests.Use of antibiotics, diet and stress factors are also considered for detecting its presence


Crohn's Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome? What is the difference ?

Although similar in many respects, Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are two different medical conditions. Crohn's Disease is a chronic inflammation of the intestines that causes ulcers to develop anywhere from the mouth to the anus. IBS is a disorder that affects the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, but unlike Crohn's Disease there are no changes to the structure of the tract.

Causes

The cause of Crohn's Disease is still unknown. Recent research suggests that it is a bacteria-based infection, but as of yet, no definitive conclusion can be reached.

The causes of IBS are not understood, but research points to any of the following conditions:

mental stress
muscle/nerve problems in the digestive tract
hypersensitivity to normal bowel movements resulting in pain
bacterial infection
chemical imbalances in the body
food sensitivity

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Crohn's Disease and IBS are bloating of the abdomen, abdominal pain and spasms, constipation and or diarrhea.


Hyperthyroidism is an abnormally high rate of metabolism in the body resulting from an excess of thyroid hormone. ex. Grave's disease



Common symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

weight loss
insomnia
anxiety
palpitations
diarrhea
high blood pressure
vision difficulties
eye sensitivity
Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum.

Causes and risk factors

The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown. People with this condition have problems with the immune system, but it is not clear whether immune problems cause this illness.

Ulcerative colitis may affect any age group.

The disease usually begins in the rectal area, and may involve the entire large intestine over time.

Risk factors include a family history of ulcerative colitis, or Jewish ancestry.

Symptoms

The symptoms vary in severity and may start slowly or suddenly. About half of people only have mild symptoms. Others have more severe attacks that occur more often.


Abdominal pain and cramping

Abdominal sounds (a gurgling or splashing sound heard over the intestine)

Blood and pus in the stools

Diarrhea, from only a few episodes to very often

Fever

Tenesmus (rectal pain)

Weight loss
Fibromyalgia

What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fast Facts:

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue (feeling tired). People with fibromyalgia have tender points on the body. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them.

People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such as:

Trouble sleeping
Morning stiffness
Headaches
Painful menstrual periods
Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog�).
A person may have two or more coexisting chronic pain conditions. Such conditions can include chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, interstitial cystitis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and vulvodynia. It is not known whether these disorders share a common cause.


What Causes Fibromyalgia? ( At this time researcher's are undecided if Fibromyalgia is an autoimmune dysfunction }

The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown. There may be a number of factors involved. Fibromyalgia has been linked to:

Stressful or traumatic events, such as car accidents
Repetitive injuries
Illness
Certain diseases.
Fibromyalgia can also occur on its own.

Some scientists think that a gene or genes might be involved in fibromyalgia. The genes could make a person react strongly to things that other people would not find painful.

Who Is Affected by Fibromyalgia?

Scientists estimate that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans 18 or older. Between 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women. However, men and children also can have the disorder. Most people are diagnosed during middle age.

People with certain other diseases may be more likely to have fibromyalgia. These diseases include:

Rheumatoid arthritis
Systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly called lupus)
Ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis).
Women who have a family member with fibromyalgia may be more likely to have fibromyalgia themselves.

How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?

Fibromyalgia can be hard to treat. It's important to find a doctor who is familiar with the disorder and its treatment. Many family physicians, general internists, or rheumatologists can treat fibromyalgia. Rheumatologists are doctors who specialize in arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints or soft tissues.

Fibromyalgia treatment often requires a team approach. The team may include your doctor, a physical therapist, and possibly other health care providers.


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Autoimmune disorders
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Please be advised there are many autoimmune diseases, the  ones shown are done so in brief and not in any particular order for general knowledge and not meant to be all encompassing
What Is Multiple Sclerosis or MS ?

Multiple sclerosis or MS is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, resulting in loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation (such as numbness). With MS, the nerves of the brain and spinal cord are damaged by one's own immune system. Thus, the condition is called an autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune diseases are those whereby the body's immune system, which normally targets and destroys substances foreign to the body such as bacteria, mistakenly attacks normal tissues. In MS, the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord, the two components of the central nervous system. Other autoimmune diseases include lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

The central nervous system is made up of nerves that act as the body's messenger system. Each nerve is covered by a fatty substance called myelin, which insulates the nerves and helps in the transmission of nerve impulses, or messages, between the brain and other parts of the body. These messages control muscle movements, such as walking and talking.


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