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Dangers of How Excess Weight Can Increase Pain

Debra Murray

  As people age, they face unique challenges to their health. Any health concerns can be exacerbated by weight gain. Doctors agree that excessive weight gain poses great risks to people’s physical well-being. Even more, carrying extra weight can cause people to suffer significant pain that may be difficult to treat.  Weight gain, however, may be due to more than a lack of exercise or poor diet. Thyroid glands may be undermining their efforts to maintain healthy weight. The thyroid is an important organ in the body that regulates people’s metabolism and contributes to how well people gain or lose weight. If a person’s thyroid becomes...

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Breaking Health News: Spondyloarthritis – Inflammatory Arthritis

Debra Murray

    Normally, osteoarthritis doesn’t cause inflammation in the joints. But there’s a type of arthritis called spondyloarthritis, which is a catch-all term for a group of joint diseases that do cause inflammation. Interestingly, unlike osteoarthritis, spondyloarthritis often attacks young adolescent and post-adolescent men.    Symptoms  Most people who suffer from spondyloarthritis suffer pain in their lower back, especially if they have a type of the condition called axial spondyloarthritis. They also suffer from painful swelling of their limbs if they have peripheral spondyloarthritis. The inflammation sets up in the areas where the tendons and the ligaments of the body connect to the sufferer’s bones. The bones...

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How Much Sleep is Needed for Health

Debra Murray

  Sleep - we all know we need it, but how much is too little or too much? Is it healthy to sleep a lot? Or is it bad for your body to spend too much time in bed?   The amount of sleep you need depends upon many factors and that includes your age. According to the National Institutes of Health, most adults should get between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep a night. It's a myth that people need less sleep as they age. Adults in their 60s, for instance, need just about the same amount of sleep as those in...

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Breaking Health News: Movement Can Help Relieve Arthritis Pain

Debra Murray

  Individuals experiencing symptoms of arthritis may avoid moving painful joints. However, remaining still can actually make arthritic joints stiffen. As individuals walk or move, the joints develop flexibility and strength. Finding ways to exercise in a safe manner is imperative to help individuals with arthritis feel better.    People who engage in gentle forms of movement such as simple yoga poses, water aerobics or walking also maintain appropriate body weight. Excess weight while walking places an enormous amount of pressure on the hips, knees and ankle joints. Continual intense pressure on joint tissue leads to cartilage breaking down causing...

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Health Warning: Dangers of Sciatica

Debra Murray

  While there are many debilitating diseases that can compromise an individual's ability to lead a healthy and productive life, sciatica can be a particularly problematic condition to grapple with. Although defined broadly, sciatica is basically a condition that entails pain moving along the path of the individual's sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve branches from the lower back, through the hips and bottoms, and down both legs. In general, sciatica will only affect one side of the individual's body. By learning more about sciatica and its dangers, individuals can arm themselves with the information necessary to prevent them from becoming...

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Glucosamine Sulfate: Studies on its Efficacy

Debra Murray

  Glucosamine sulfate is a chemical that naturally occurs in the body. It's found in the fluid that serves as the cushioning for joints. Without this fluid, the joints begin to painfully grind against each other, similar to pistons in a car engine that's low on oil. This causes a myriad of symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness and swelling, commonly referred to as arthritis or osteoarthritis. Joint disease can affect any part of the body. Since glucosamine sulfate is found in this fluid, it's a natural conclusion that taking a glucosamine sulfate supplement may alleviate joint disease symptoms and...

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Breaking Health News: Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Debra Murray

  Osteoarthritis often occurs with aging but younger people can acquire it too. When the cartilage that cushions joint bones becomes worn, it no longer cushions the moving bones of the joint. This condition can cause swelling, stiffness and pain in the joint. A number of treatments are recommended to reduce pain and increase mobility.     What Occurs in Osteoarthritis    Joint cartilage is composed of collagen, water and certain proteins. This cartilage may become damaged by repetitive movement of the joints or injury to the area. In the condition of osteoarthritis, the cartilage that helps to cushion the bones is...

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Breaking Health News on Psoriatic Arthritis

Debra Murray

  What is Psoriatic Arthritis?  Individuals with skin psoriasis often also develop psoriatic arthritis that affects the nails, tendons and joints. Medical researchers have determined that a particular inherited skin tissue type is usually responsible for the condition. Patients often have inflammation in the bones of the vertebral column such as various forms of arthritis.    Additional symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include pain in the ligaments, tendons, joints and muscles of the feet. Plantar fasciitis creates pain on the sole of the foot throughout the connective tissue. Most patients have tears in the tissue of the feet that develop over many years...

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Studies About the Effectiveness of Chondroitin Sulfate

Debra Murray

  Osteoarthritis is sometimes commonly referred to as the wear and tear disease of joints. Some new studies are looking for biological factors that may lead to acquiring the disease, but the sad fact remains that there is no medical cure available today. In fact, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reports that 27 million Americans suffer from this degenerative joint disease, and it is expected that 50 percent of people may get osteoarthritis in their knees.    Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers are the standard recommended treatment, but even OTC pain relievers in pill form (such as Aleve, Tylenol, etc.)...

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Breaking Health News on Dangerous Side Effects of Arthritis Medicines

Debra Murray

  Many drugs used to manage or treat arthritis have been associated with a number of complications. Here are a few of the dangers of arthritis drugs.    Hydrocodone Painkillers  Federal health advisors specializing in drug safety at the Food and Drug Administration have recommended restrictions on the use of hydrocodone, which is used to make many painkillers. Hydrocodone is a major ingredient in Vicodin, one of the most abused drugs. The recommendation comes from the concern that hydrocodone is addictive.  The Drug Enforcement Agency in the U.S. has consistently ranked hydrocodone as either the first or second most abused medicine in...

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Health Warning: Avoid the Risk of Osteoarthritis

Debra Murray

  Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition of the joints that occurs from normal wear-and-tear. It generally affects people over the age of 40, causing chronic pain, stiffness and immobility in joints of the ankles, knees, hips, fingers and other areas. Osteoarthritis problems often have their genesis earlier in life. You can avoid the pain of osteoarthritis with proper care of minor injuries when they occur.     What Happens in Osteoarthritis?  Osteoarthritis begins when the cartilage wears away and is no longer available to provide the cushioning for joint bones. The bones become gradually more misaligned, leading to poor function and...

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Drug Store Pain Pills Can Increase High Blood Pressure

Debra Murray

  For the most part, medications available for purchase at stores are safe for most people to use moderately when necessary. However, it appears that taking over-the-counter pain relievers can raise blood pressure. Even persons who have normal blood pressure levels can experience an increase when using non-prescription pain remedies, but the effect can be dangerous for those who are already diagnosed with high blood pressure issues.    Over-the-counter pain relievers are the most commonly used medications that can be purchased at nearly any store. They are taken for a variety of reasons, including fever reduction and for relief of minor to moderate...

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The Right Mood for Better Health

Debra Murray

  The Right Mood for Better Health BLUESPRING's Mood Support Formula is a compilation of St. John's wort, L-tyrosine, Siberian root extract, and other compounds that positively impact overall mood and outlook on life. Each of these ingredients have been tested individually and were found to reduce the symptoms of mood disorders, including depression. When all of them are included in one product, the blended effort supports the body's natural processes to achieve and sustain a positive mood. For those with mild depression or other mood disorders, taking Mood Support daily can give your body what it needs to balance...

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Breaking Health News About Achilles Tendinitis

Debra Murray

  Achilles tendinitis is an injury resulting from overusing the tendon, which is the band of tissue connecting the calf muscles running along the back part of the lower leg to that of the heel bone. It commonly occurs in those who are runners that have suddenly increased the duration or intensity of their runs. It’s also increased in those who are middle-aged individuals who play in sports, such as basketball or tennis.    Most cases of Achilles tendinitis are easily treated with simple, at-home care. Self-care strategies are imperative at preventing any recurring episodes of the condition. Some of the...

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Simple Health Tips for Avoiding the Need for Arthritis Drugs

Debra Murray

  If you are over the age of 50, you're in the group of adults most likely to suffer from arthritis, the condition which is the main cause of painful joints and decreased mobility among the senior population.    When the protective cartilage of the body's musculoskeletal system begins to deteriorate, the result is painful and stiff joints, accompanied by inflammation, pain, swelling and redness. Many men and women are searching for ways to avoid using traditional arthritis drugs.     Not only are arthritis drugs an expensive ongoing financial burden, they also have many dangerous and unwanted side effects, including headaches, diarrhea, nausea, loss...

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Simple Health Tips to Ease and Avoid Bursitis

Debra Murray

  Bursae are sacs that are filled with fluid; these sacs are found all over the body. They provide the necessary cushioning and lubrication that muscles, bones, and tendons need in areas where they move across each other. Bursitis is a painful condition where the bursae are inflamed or damaged, thus causing pain. In order to ease the pain of bursitis and to prevent it altogether, there are several steps you can take.    Bursitis and arthritis may be hard to differentiate. In addition, arthritis often leads to bursitis. Super Blue Stuff OTC and Super White Stuff OTC are approved for both arthritis and muscle...

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How to Reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Debra Murray

  Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. The immune system of RA sufferers mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, and this includes the membrane that covers the body’s joints. The initial result is usually pain, swelling and warmth of all affected areas. Some people run a fever during a flare up and feel generally run down.    Rheumatoid arthritis should be diagnosed quickly so that treatment can begin as soon as possible. This helps prevent future complications. After your diagnosis, you have several options for treating the pain both via your physician and at home.    Oral Medications    Your doctor may...

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Simple Health Tips for Aching Feet

Debra Murray

  Aching feet can be a sign of poor health.  Health disorders like arthritis, diabetes, and poor circulation have been found to cause foot pain.  Foot disorders, such as calluses and ingrown toenails, cause foot pain too. One other common cause is ill-fitting shoes.    To rule out any serious health conditions that may be causing your feet to ache, get examined by a qualified doctor. Once your doctor knows the cause of your pain, he will be able to guide you toward the proper course of treatment. Listen to his expert advice, and follow these healthy tips for aching feet. ...

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Breaking Health News on Essential Fatty Acids

Debra Murray

  Numerous studies have shown that most of us do not get enough essential omega fatty acids in our daily diets, yet these fatty acids are key to healthy living. The body needs omega fatty acids in order to keep it functioning properly and to help fight the occurrence of disease and illness.    It is essential that we feed our bodies with foods or supplements rich in fatty acids because the body cannot make the fatty acids on its own. The lack of omega fatty acids in humans is linked to a number of problems, including memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, heart disease, stroke, lupus, eczema,...

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