To consult a Doctor or not for Back Pain

To consult a Doctor or not for Back Pain

To consult a Doctor or not for Back Pain

Most people are going to experience back pain at some point of their lives. Back Pain despite being so common continues to remain a mystery for most physicians.

Back pain is the second most common condition that makes people consult a physician, next only to common cold.  Though technological advancements have laid a number of diagnostic tools in the hands of the physician and they are well equipped with past experience, but they will never be able to tell the patient what exactly is the cause behind their Back Pain.

Back pain is one of the most complicated problems in medicine. One might experience Back Pain in various intensities. In some people it is only irritating whereas in others it might be excruciating. It may be felt as dull aches and sharp twinges going up to a feeling of gigantic shocks of electricity.  The duration of pain can be anything, right from a day to two to years together. The Back Pain is called chronic if it exists for months. Though several treatments are available for this Back Pain, relief might be difficult to get.

For some of them, at least, the evidence that they work isn’t that great.” Most sufferers can expect the medication to only effectively decrease the duration of time that you experience the pain and does not completely removes the pain from the source.

Doctors say that in most patients the pain resolves on its own in six weeks. The doctors can only smoothen the recovery and decrease the duration of pain.

Whether you want to consult a doctor or not for Back Pain, depends entirely on the person’s personal judgment.

According to specialists if the Back Pain is just a nagging ache or pain, you can take an over the counter pain killer, but there is no harm consulting a doctor if you think you should.

It may happen that the trifle irritating Back Pain might be an indication of more sinister things brewing underneath. The Back Pain might just be a precursor of Cancer, Kidney disease or even a tumor.
When a patient reports to a doctor with a Back Pain, the doctors usually begin by checking the patient for some underlying cause and first rules out all possibilities. If the Back pain has no underlying cause, the only goal of treatment your physician will follow is to getting rid of the pain associated with Back Pain.

So the next time you think you are nearly going to die of your Back Pain, rest assured you are not. As a matter of fact some treatments completely sidestep the underlying cause; all they do is to alleviate the pain from the Back Pain.

This approach seems to work effectively in cases where the underlying cause cannot be identified. But the brighter side of the story is that the doctors can still treat Back Pain, even if they do not know what exactly is the reason behind it.

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Sources of Calcium

Sources of Calcium

Sources of Calcium

Calcium is the main constituent of our bones and teeth. Calcium is essential for development and growth of children. It also has a role to play in the contraction of muscles and clotting of blood. Calcium also helps lower blood pressure. The body utilizes Calcium to assist the working of heart, nerves and muscles.

Calcium is not produced intrinsically in the body and is required to be supplemented from outside from the food we consume. Calcium enters the body via calcium rich food and gets carried to the various organs to assist them perform their work. The extra calcium is reserved in the body to be utilized in cases of shortage of the element. In times like that the body digs into this reserve from our bones to perform its work.

The two significant sources of Calcium are milk and dairy products. Milk especially is considered to be an excellent source of Calcium. One glass of milk, i.e. an approx 200 ml has the potential to supply 55% of the calcium to a six year old. Apart from milk, cheese and yogurts are supposed to be the next best sources of calcium. Consumption of these three daily products every day is recommended by the Dairy Council to meet the day to day requirement of calcium. Individual under 50 years of age are advised to take at least 1,000 mg of calcium every day. Those above 50 should increase their daily intake of calcium to approximately 1,200 mg per day.

Leaving the milk and its products, other non dairy sources of calcium are also available. One can even opt for these to ensure that you meet the daily calcium requirement.  Fish, sardines and tinned salmon all are good sources of calcium. The other sources of calcium are tofu, sesame seeds, Soya bean, dried fruits, white bread, green leafy vegetables and pulses. Lady fingers or okra, curly Kale is also reasonably good sources of calcium. Breakfast cereals, alternatives of soya milk, bottled water, and orange juice are also often fortified with calcium.

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Menopause: an end to sex?

Menopause an end to sex?

Menopause an end to sex?

The conception of a no sex life for a female after menopause is very much prevalent in our societies. Most believe that females with a hormonal fluctuation of almost 360 degree within the menopause phase loose all the stimulation and are just left as companions with no lust and sensuality to scroll. However, this is not completely true. People after shedding off all fears have come up with entirely different stories to this regard. Some with a lot of maturity, years of love and no risk of any pregnancy have reported to enjoy the sex sessions much more than before.  And for sure with more and more people pouring in their views the ‘no sex’ notion is changing within the norms and is a topic to be discussed and pondered after menopause as well.

The struggle is quite there as with the menopause strikes night sweats, hot flushes, psychological issues (mood swings, depression) vaginal dryness, thinning and loss of sexual appetite. But then also a lot have discovered newer ways and strategies to combat and savour every post menopause moment.

What causes a lower desire in menopause?

• The falling levels of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone in the body causes the desire to make love drop to its minimum. Here each segment has its role to play to conclude a passionate sex episode. Estrogen gives a kick to the vaginal sensitivity, progesterone and testosterone up heaves the desire and also works to lubricate. With the lack of want and a lesser slippery canal menopause is a phase for low libido

• Sometimes even the collateral symptoms like tiredness, lethargy, night sweats, hot flushes, irritability, agitation, insomnia too can leave a female bothered and absolutely disinterested in sex.

• Psychological preoccupation: as mentioned earlier with mood swings and depression often a female can’t even think straight and sex is for obvious reasons shelved and is kept aside wrapped tightly in a corner.

• Painful experience: with lesser lubrication the coition after menopause can be difficult and even painful sometimes. And whatever that causes discomfort can never bring in happiness indeed.

• Change in body contour: with a female progressing to her 50’s or let’s say menopause often experiences a redistribution of fat. Most commonly the breast size tends to decrease and sag with the deposition over the waist line, not very acceptable by any women. This over consciousness has seen to create quite an impact where a female doesn’t find herself attractive enough and hesitates to accept the alteration.

How to deal with menopause?

Despite of the all above mentioned menopause odds there are tools available to combat the condition. These equipment’s very much available in bazaars are bliss to the elderly to clubbed together once again with love and vigor:

• Local applications: here the use of jellies and hormonal ointments do bring in the lost smoothness and makes the surface without friction. The use also aids to bring in the vaginal sensitivity and let a couple enjoy even after the menopause.

• Hormone replacement therapy (HRT): with this the levels can be well managed and can bring in the same libido. Though for years HRT was considered one of the most efficient tools with regard to menopause but lately studies reveal of its side effects and its adequate use to make it an aid and not a foe.

Menopause is a natural phenomenon and definitely not an end to a female sexual life and can even mark a new beginning.

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Fluoride in Water – To be or not to be!

Fluoride in Water – To be or not to be!

Fluoride in Water – To be or not to be!

To add fluoride to drinking water or not! The debate is on since 1940’s. It is general practice for the government to add fluoride to the drinking water supplied. Fluoride is supposed to help good dental health and reduce the chances of tooth decay and cavities. The recommended dosage of fluoride in drinking water according to WHO is 1.5 mg/l. Any amount more than what is required can cause harm for the teeth. It can cause Fluorosis, i.e. is staining and mottling of teeth.

If left unattended this excess Fluoride in water can also cause an arthritic bone disease known as Skeletal Fluorosis. Skeletal Fluorosis in its early stages cannot be easily diagnosed and can be confused with Arthritis especially Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

In severe and advanced stages Fluorosis bears symptomatic resemblance to numerous bone and joint diseases like Osteoseclerosis, DISH, Osteodystrophy, Osteomalacia, Osteoporosis, Spondylosis, Osteodystrophy and secondary Hyperparathyroidism.

The chances of developing the disease Fluorosis and the form it will take depends on some predisposing factors like; improper diet, gastric acidity, affected Kidney functions and continuous stress.

Recent research on Fluorosis:

  • Most of the studies on studying the effects of fluoride on bone strength have either have a negative effect or no effect on bone strength. Scientists have not observed any beneficial effect of fluoride on bone strength.
  • Research on humans taking fluoride in drinking water has shown that there is a direct connection or association between consumption of fluoridated water and dental fluorosis and rise in bone fracture in children. Similarly there lies a relation between long term taking of fluoridated water and increase in number of hip fracture in the adults.
  • Human Clinical trials including two ‘double trials’ have shown that  people taking fluoride doses of 18-24 mg/day for 1 to 4 years  showed increased rate of bone fracture, especially  hip fracture in patients of Osteoporosis.
  • Research on animals and humans has shown that fluoride is capable of reducing bone strength even before Skeletal Fluorosis sets in.

Government authorities are taking note of the ill-effects of excess of fluoride in drinking water, and action is expected soon.

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Restrict Diabetes from Becoming a Barrier between You and Your Trips

Restrict Diabetes from Becoming a Barrier between You and Your Trips

Restrict Diabetes from Becoming a Barrier between You and Your Trips

Are you planning a business trip or a cruise? Whether you’re going on a vacation or a business trip, you can do almost anything; but if you are a patient of Diabetes, you need some extra planning. Alterations in the time zone, meal patterns or activity variations can affect your blood sugar levels. Therefore you need to be well prepared to face any kind of situations like limited healthy food options, lost luggage or some delay. Also, you may find the highways, railway stations and the airports buzzing with people all around which can even lead to extra stress and anxiety, being a patient of Diabetes. You can start your journey safely and keep your Diabetes in check with the help of a few tips:

Before leaving, always visit your health care provider and get your blood sugar level checked. This will ensure that your blood sugar level is in control and the doctor will also enlighten you about the necessary precautions to be taken and the medications of Diabetes to carry along in the journey.

Enquire whether there is a facility of healthy meal on the way. If not, then take along your own meal as being a patient of Diabetes to need to be extra cautious about your food.

Always carry healthy snacks, extra glucose tablets or gels that will regulate your Diabetes.

Carry along your medical identification and medical insurance card. Also, jot down an emergency number to call in case of sudden crisis.

Don’t leave your Diabetes medications, insulin or other necessary items in the trunk or glove compartment which increases their changes of getting heated up. Bring them along in your carry-on luggage so that they are easily accessible when the need be.

Carry glucose powder with you if you take insulin and keep the insulin cool with the help of blue ice (cold packs) or insulin bags.

While boarding the flight or traveling by a train, tell at least one person that you have Diabetes. Also, educate them about the symptoms of blood sugar level changes like dizziness, confusion or sweating. You can either explain about the Diabetes trigger and other complications of Diabetes to your co passengers or the flight attendant.

People having Diabetes need to take special care of their foot. Therefore, while travelling always pack socks, comfortable shoes and most importantly a first aid kit to address any minor foot injury. Carry more than one pair of shoes with you and keep on changing them to prevent sore pressure points and blisters. Also, take care while you are walking along the beaches or pool and avoid wearing open toe sandals as it increases the risk of foot infections due to increased sensitivity as a result of Diabetes.

If you are a patient of Diabetes, don’t sit idle for more than 2 hours. This will enhance the chances of blood clot. So, move around in at least every 2 hour to increase your comfort.

Last but not the least, keep checking your blood sugar level from time to time and stick to your Diabetes testing routine.

Always remember that you might be taking a break from work or your busy schedule for the trip. But Diabetes never takes a break! So, it’s better to be well prepared to make the most out of the trip and keep your blood sugar level in check.

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Wrist Sprain- Explained

Wrist Sprain- Explained

Wrist Sprain- Explained

Wrist sprain is a common occurrence and can affect anyone and anywhere. The causes of wrist pain can be many; it can be triggered by an accident in sports or recreational activities or happen due repetitive use.

Let us begin by explaining what a sprain is? A sprain is an injury to the ligament joining one bone to the other.  In case of a wrist sprain, any ligament joining the wrist joint may experience a tear or become overstretched.

Likely Causes of Wrist Sprain

Any one falling on an outstretched hand is likely to suffer from wrist pain (FOOSH injury). Twisting your wrist accidently is another likely cause of wrist pain.  Though the condition can afflict anyone the chances of this type of injury are more common in those participating in sports like baseball, football, boxing, wrestling and basketball.

Intensity of the Wrist Sprain

Like any other condition, wrist sprain is also categorized into three parts:
Grade 1: Mild Wrist Sprain due to a stretched ligament but no tear in this ligament
Grade 2: More severe than Grade 1 wrist sprain, the ligament here is stretched and the fiber torn but the tear is not complete
Grade 3: The most severe type of wrist sprain, the ligament is completely torn in this case

Symptoms of Wrist Sprain

The symptoms a patient with wrist sprain will experience will depend upon the intensity of injury to the wrist ligaments. Common symptoms include:

  • Swelling at the place of injury
  • Pain on movement of hand
  • Tenderness, discoloration or bruising of the skin at the place of injury
  • Jammed movement of hands
  • At times patients might experience weakness in the muscles of the hand

It so happens that the symptoms of wrist sprain are quite similar to that of a wrist fracture, particularly in case of Grade 3 wrist sprain so it is essential to get your hand checked by a qualified medical practitioner for the right diagnosis.

Wrist Sprain Treatments

The following treatment is recommended:

  • Begin by application of ice at the spot of injury to help alleviate pain and decrease swelling. The icepack has to be applied for duration of 20 minutes after every 3 to 4 hours till the swelling and pain goes away.
  • Relax the wrist and avoid any movements of the affected wrist. Doctors recommend keeping the affected wrist at an elevated position, placed above the level of the heart to lessen the swelling in the wrists.
  • Doctor may prescribe over the counter pain medication to bring relief from the associated pain.
  • If the pain experienced by the patient is severe, it is advisable to consult a qualified physician to make sure that it is not a case of wrist fracture. The physician would generally prescribe measures like application of a cast or splint, pain medication, ice packs, and physical therapy.
  • At times the doctor might suggest a surgery to repair a severely torn and damaged ligament.
  • Physical therapy is essential with any line of treatment to ensure strengthening the weakened muscles and managing symptoms.

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Genetic Makeup and Lifestyle Disorders

Genetic Makeup and Lifestyle Disorders

Genetic Makeup and Lifestyle Disorders

It is a very common tag line heard here and there- “live healthy and stay healthy”. Sure living has its major role to play, but what about the inclinations we are born with. When we enter the womb of our mother we also inculcate the parent’s body types, disease tendencies and genetic make ups for which we later may have to pay the price. The thought seems strange, but we all have to give up a bit to be the dad’s blue eye and mom’s stature.

The medical science has advanced extremes with treatment and medications to ailments that were dreaded in the earlier centuries, but still science too fails on the hereditary grounds. Many a times there are diseases which prompt no apparent cause with just a positive family history of the same. The genes still stand a challenge for the medicine world and all efforts are made to minimise the extents and let all free from the unhealthy ancestral assets. Let’s get to understand the genetic inflictions that may pop up despite of best efforts and living.

Lifestyle disorders

Hypertension and diabetes are among the top makers on the list. If the father suffers hypertension, then chances almost double for the child to develop the same. Instances are where children with enough wise actions do abort or lessen the pain, but elimination is still not a word to count. Similarly diabetes too makes a fair genetic entry along with risk additives like inactive lifestyle, luxurious eating habits and obesity. Further, people with a positive family history of complications of hypertension and diabetes must pay extra attention to lessen the hassles.

Asthma

The asthma difficulty usually arises with a combination of factors that include the genetic makeup, environmental factors and a person’s individual allergy to certain substances. Genes play quite a vital role and the condition is seen to run in families, though preventive measures and medication help and control but absolute cure is still inconspicuous. Also, asthma parents do open a doorway for other allergies to set place in their kids in form of food allergy, lactose intolerance, eczema, hay fever etc. With advancements and newer discoveries most have acclaimed success, but still when it comes to the inherent genes many kneel down helplessly.

Gall and kidney stones

In layman words these gall / kidney stones or hard structure formations majorly arise with calcium and phosphorus deposition, but family history here has its existence to say. Almost half of the cases will report of a positive family history of the same, simply revealing the link. Though not understood by medicine but sure genes have everything to pass on from good looks, eye colour, skin tone, hair to even disease tendencies.

What to do?

Obviously with apt investigations and tests available worldwide, it is not uncommon to find identified ailments. So, if one knows the genetic affliction, then working from the very beginning is the key. Getting thoroughly examined at a young age where one may be perfectly healthy can give an insight and enough time for one to prepare and combat well.

May be there isn’t absolute termination, but yes complications and painful hazards can be kept aside. Corresponding dietary measures, exercises and timely examinations will cause no harm but will sure work in favour. For instance, kidney stones may keep lying for years and years and may suddenly leave one in extreme pains. Thus, early identification and small pieces void out with urine only can abort troublesome deeds.

The genetic hazards can be many, above is just a glimpse. So get in touch with the genetic counsellor soon and see for the odds that may bother later.

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