You scraped your knee a few days ago. Now your cut is surrounded by angry, red skin that’s sore, warm to the touch, and emitting a gross amount of pus. Are you suffering from an infected wound? Chances are the answer is “yes.” Here’s what to … Read More
When you’re experiencing constant anxiety, and it’s severe enough to disrupt your life, it’s time to see your doctor for an evaluation. The doctor will start by asking for your medical history. Then you’ll be asked about your anxiety symptoms. For example, how long you’ve been experiencing them, and how they affect your day-to-day life. The doctor will also ask what factors in your life cause you stress and trigger your symptoms.
A number of questionnaires can help diagnose anxiety problems. These anxiety tests rate your symptoms to determine whether you have an anxiety disorder, and if so, how severe it is. You may be asked to fill out these questionnaires on your own, or a doctor or nurse may ask the questions while you respond. Anxiety tests are also available online, to help you determine whether you might have a problem before seeking help from your health care provider.
Typical questions on an anxiety test ask whether you are troubled by excessive worry, whether you feel bored or tired, and if you have physical symptoms such as tight muscles or stomach problems. The test may ask whether you’ve had more difficulty sleeping or eating than usual, or if you’ve used alcohol or drugs.
Your doctor may also order some diagnostic anxiety tests. These tests can help determine whether your symptoms stem from an underlying medical disorder. Your doctor might order thyroid and lung function tests, a glucose tolerance test, a blood test to check iron and sugar levels, an electrocardiogram (ECG) to evaluate the electrical activity of your heart, and endoscopy to search for stomach issues.
The doctor might need to order several anxiety tests to arrive at a diagnosis. The components of your evaluation will depend on your medical history, symptoms, and what risk factors you have for other illnesses.
Fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains and low-fat/fat-free dairy products, are cornerstones of the heart- and blood-pressure-friendly DASH diet. Not only are they generally low in sodium, but many of them are good sources of other nutrients that are associated with lower blood pressure:
- Potassium: Good dietary sources include … Read More
The sensation of twitching while sleeping is a common occurrence, but many people who experience sudden but brief muscle movements at night aren’t even aware that they’re happening. Sometimes, however, the twitching or jerking of your hand or foot—a condition known as sleep myoclonus—is enough to … Read More
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a rating system that measures how much a carbohydrate-containing food raises your blood-sugar levels. The lower a food is on the GI, the lower the effect on your blood sugar. Low-glycemic foods also can reduce your risk … Read More
Alternative treatment options can be a good adjunct to medication when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms. Some of the options address physical causes of pain, but don’t forget that chronic pain is complicated.
In arthritis, tissue inflammation, bone erosion, and nerve impingement can combine to “rewire” your nervous system, making … Read More
Have you ever been warned that you should cut bread out of your diet because it's full of carbohydrates, makes you gain weight, and is bad for your health? If you’re a bread lover, sourdough bread may be a great option.
Sourdough bread's health benefits make it an … Read More
Close your eyes and sit up straight. Take a deep breath while you count to five, then count to five again as you exhale. Go ahead and try it right now for six breaths. It feels good, doesn’t it? Here’s what happens when you do easy breathing exercises:
- First, you … Read More
There are several reasons why certain foods are good for your cholesterol and your heart health. Some have direct effects on reducing LDL and/or triglycerides. Others are more filling and, if they’re low in calories, will help with weight loss. Plus, by filling up on these healthier options, you’re not … Read More
The “abs” get most of the attention in advertisements for strength devices, and a big waist is something almost everyone tries to avoid. But the first sign of weak core muscles is poor posture—both standing and sitting. Other signs are back pain and muscle weakness.
The American Physical Therapy Association … Read More
SIBO treatment (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is often needed for many people with chronic gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. (Find a full discussion of SIBO symptoms by clicking here.)
An increasingly recognized problem, SIBO occurs when bacteria that normally occupy the colon migrate to the Read More