Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, occurs when the force at which your blood presses against the inside of your arteries is too great. Over time, hypertension can increase your risk for cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, stroke, and heart attack, as well as damaging your kidneys. But
About 100 million Americans live with chronic pain. For them, a condition like arthritis, fibromyalgia, nerve damage, migraine headaches, or cancer has caused unrelenting pain that persists day after day, month after month.
Migraine headaches are a common source of chronic pain, affecting 1 in 10 Americans, most of them women. These are not just everyday headaches. Migraine symptoms also include nausea, vomiting, light and sound sensitivity, auras, and other visual disturbances. Because doctors still don?t fully understand what causes migraines, they haven?t been able to develop a cure for this condition. Treatments aim to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks and relieve symptoms when they start.
Fibromyalgia is another poorly understood condition. The estimated 5 million Americans who have this condition experience fatigue and pain in particular spots around their body. Other fibromyalgia symptoms include sleep problems, headaches, sensitivity to heat and cold, bowel issues, and memory problems.
Back problems are another source of chronic pain. Sciatica affects the lower back and legs. It starts in the sciatic nerve, which runs down the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs. A herniated disk that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve often triggers sciatica. Spinal stenosis?a narrowing of the spine?can also put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can be very painful, but medicines, physical therapy, and other treatments usually improve the pain within a few weeks.
Sometimes back pain can be traced to the kidneys, which are located on the back side of the body. Many people mistake kidney pain for back muscle strains. The most common causes of kidney pain are infection, kidney stones, polycystic kidney disease (in which growths called cysts form in the kidneys), bleeding, and kidney cancer. Because kidney pain can signal a more serious condition, it?s important to call the doctor for any constant, dull pain on one side of the back.
The 85-and-older age group constitutes the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While many of them will remain healthy enough to continue living independently in their own homes, some may not be able to continue managing basic activities
If you’re overweight or obese, you probably don’t need to hear it, but weight loss is your key to better health. Carrying extra weight increases your risk of heart problems, diabetes, and joint pain and damage, and it has been linked with a higher incidence of breast cancer. So, what’s
Q. My doctor ordered a test for leaky gut syndrome. What is this condition, and what does the test entail?
A. A leaky gut syndrome test will help determine whether you have increased intestinal permeability, a condition in which the lining of your small intestine allows bacteria and undigested food particles
Whether you’re swinging a tennis racquet, picking up a grandchild, or grabbing a cup of coffee, you’re using your triceps, the muscles that run along the back of the humerus, the bone in your upper arm.
The triceps are a primary mover in elbow extension and are involved in tasks such
You’re probably seeing a lot more “gluten-free” options on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus these days. That’s because gluten—proteins found in wheat, barley, triticale, and rye—can trigger your body to attack the lining of your small intestine if you have celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that can damage the lining
Gout is so painful that its sufferers say you can’t really grasp how bad it is unless you’ve experienced it. A form of arthritis, gout is marked by attacks of severe joint pain, swelling, warmth and redness. Although medication is often used to help manage gout, dietary changes may help,
Dietary supplements are often viewed as “natural,” but they aren’t risk-free. In a sampling of more than 800 cases of liver toxicity (harm) suspected from supplements and medications in the US, 20% of cases were ultimately attributed to herbal and other dietary supplements. The rest of the cases were due
Vaccine Protects Against Shingles Complications
The shingles vaccine offers significant protection against serious complications from this painful skin condition, suggest findings from a study published in the March 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study drew on 2007-2014 data from about two million Medicare beneficiaries. When it came to preventing
Joint replacement surgery is fairly straightforward, but it is not without risk. Possible complications include blood clots, infections at the incision site, and loosening of the implant over time. But Darwin Chen, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedics at Mount Sinai, emphasizes that your doctor will take steps to prevent problems