Irritable Bowel Syndrome Complications

There are not that many complications one can experience from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. Oftentimes IBS symptoms are triggered by eating and patients who want to avoid IBS may alter their diets or reduce their food intake leading to loss in weight.

Having IBS can complicate one’s life. One such complication is the need to look for public toilets when you’re outside.  When you have IBS you will likely experience urgent diarrhea and many people with IBS would rather stay at home rather than visit public places for fear they may experience a moment of incontinence in public.

Psychological impact

Some people who have never experienced IBS will think that IBS is just a form of indigestion and thus a very small issue to deal with.  But those who daily suffer from the inconvenience, discomfort and pain of this condition, IBS can have a major psychological impact in their lives. Many doctors treating IBS patients have stated that almost all of their IBS patients experience some form of anxiety and depression.

Constipation and diarrhea are symptoms of IBS and can aggravate into conditions leading to hemorrhoids.

IBS can affect your personal and social life. It can restrict your social life for fear of experiencing incontinence outside the home making you decide not to attend or avoid certain social gatherings.

IBS can also lower the quality of you and your partner’s sex life. It may affect your lovemaking forcing you to excuse yourself to go to the bathroom while you’re in the midst of your lovemaking.

These complications may hinder the sufferer to live his/her life to the fullest causing the sufferer to become sad and eventually depressed.

 

Itching – Coping and Support

Skin itching is oftentimes unbearable and scratching can make the itching even more intense. In order to stop this unpleasant cycle here are some healthy advices to help relieve your itch.

Keep your skin moisturized 24/7 – One of the best ways to prevent your skin from drying up and itching is to keep it moist. Use a moisturizer to emolliate and smooth your skin. When the skin dries, the skin hardens and cracks allowing pathogens to enter the skin and body causing inflammation, itching and other conditions. Moisturizers prevent skin cracking and make the skin flexible making it impossible for irritants and allergens to enter into the skin.

Moisturize your skin immediately after washing or bathing. Use a moisturizer that does not come with chemicals, fragrances or additives. Petroleum jelly or ointments have proven much better in keeping moisture in the skin than lotions or creams. Choose a moisturizer that really feels good on your skin since you will tend to use it more often than a moisturizer you merely tolerate using.

Take a bleach or oatmeal bath – Diluted bleach baths neutralize allergens and kill pathogens that irritate and inflame the skin. When taking a bleach bath, fill your tub with mild or cool water and pour half a cup of bleach into the tub. Immerse yourself in the water for at least 10 minutes and afterwards thoroughly rinse yourself by showering with mild water to remove the bleach from your body.

Talk to your doctor to see if taking a bleach bath is advisable for you since bleach is a caustic substance that can likewise irritate your skin.

For an oatmeal bath, take a bath in cool or mild water and add colloidal oatmeal to relieve your itchy skin. You can buy an oatmeal bath mix which comes with directions on how to take an oatmeal bath at a drug store. Take a bath following the directions in the package and immerse yourself in the bath for about 20 minutes. Dry yourself gently with a soft towel after your bath. Use a moisturizer before dressing up and while the skin is still halfway dry.

Apply cold compresses on your itchy skin – You can put ice in a soft towel or an ice pack inside a plastic bag and then put it on the itchy skin. When the itch has subsided, you can stop applying the compress on the skin.

Use cotton clothing that feels comfortable to you – Clothing that feels good to your skin and one that does not cause irritation or skin friction will help you stay itch-free and comfortable. If possible, do not wear synthetic fabrics, wool or rough textiles that will only irritate the skin.
Trim your fingernails regularly – Long fingernails may carry germs under them and when you scratch with these fingernails, it can cause skin damage and infection and other possible maladies. Trimming your fingernails will prevent itchy and diseased skin. Wear cotton gloves at night to protect your skin if you feel like scratching during your sleep.

Use anti-itching medications – If the above tips do not stop your skin from itching, consult your doctor about medications you can use for your itch. One of the most effective anti-itch medication is 1% hydrocortisone cream which can be bought over the counter and is good at temporarily relieving skin itching. Antihistamines taken orally are also effective in addressing itch particularly if the itch is caused by an allergic reaction. One of the side effects of many antihistamines is drowsiness so if you’re taking these medications, do not drive.
Dale Roach is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Dale Roach, MD,L.Ac in Larchmont, NY.

Drug Addiction – Preparing for your Appointment

The first step in seeking real treatment for your drug addiction is to visit your physician. The physician will then likely refer you to a professional mental health provider like a psychiatrist, psychologist or a counselor.

If you want to make the most out of your appointment, then come prepared. How do you get prepared and what can you expect from your doctor?

Things you can do to prepare for your doctor’s appointment

Tell your doctor the truth about your addiction – If you are tempted to give your doctor or your mental health provider the impression that your drug addiction is not as worse than it actually is, your course of treatment is likely to be one that does not give you the best results.

Bring with you a trusted friend or a member of your family – A friend or family member can provide more helpful additional information about your drug addiction if you happen to overlook some pertinent information that your physician or mental health provider may deem important about your problem.

Write down all the medications and drugs you are taking presently. This could even be the supplements, vitamins and of course, the drugs, legal and illegal you are taking.

Make a list of the questions you want to ask your physician or mental health provider.  This is one vital factor to make the most out of your appointment. Some of the questions you can include in the list can be:

  • Do you have some reading materials that can be taken home to read? Are there any websites you can recommend helpful for the treatment and understanding of my addiction?
  • Will I need to stay in a hospital or be treated in an outpatient basis? Will I need to stay or visit a recovery clinic? What recovery clinic do you recommend for me?
  • What kind of mental health provider do you recommend for me? Will it be a counselor, psychologist or a psychiatrist?
  • What do you think is the right course of treatment for my case?
  • Are there any alternative therapies you can recommend besides your main course of treatment?

If new questions rise in your mind during the appointment be sure to tell them to your provider or doctor as well.

What to expect from your doctor/psychiatrist/mental health provider

The doctor needs to ask you relevant questions about yourself to help you with your problem. It is important to answer them truthfully and honestly. If you need to ponder over the questions before answering them then do so. The right information will lead to the right treatment and to a much better recovery.

Questions to be expected from your physician

  • Are you willing and prepared to go through the treatment for your drug addiction problem?
  • Have you attempted to halt your addiction by yourself?  What did you experience when you tried to quit by yourself? Did you suffer from withdrawal symptoms when you stopped?
  • When you take drugs how much drug do you take?
  • How frequent do you use those drugs?
  • What are the drugs you are taking that are addicting?
  • When did you first start taking those drugs?

Harmony Wellness Center
110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 234-6454
http://www.harmonywellnesscenter.com/

Migraine Treatments and Drugs

The best way to treat migraines so far is through medicines. Drugs specifically created to address migraine pain are the most widely used while other drugs made to treat other conditions are availed to prevent or relieve migraines.  Migraine medications are classified into two types. These are:

Preventative drugs – These drugs are taken on a daily basis to help lessen the recurrence or the intensity of the headaches.

Pain-relievers – The medications, also termed abortive or acute treatment, are taken when the person experiences a migraine attack. They are meant to stop the symptoms of an ongoing migraine attack.

The doctor often provides you a treatment plan for your migraine depending on the intensity and regularity of the headaches. Other factors physicians consider as well  for the formulation of an effective migraine treatment plan include other health issues you have, the effect of migraines in your life, the number of times your migraine attack happens and their severity.

Certain medicines will not be prescribed by the doctor if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding your baby. Some medications are not prescribed for children with migraines.

Preventive Medicines

If you suffer from incapacitating attacks at least twice or more times a month, the doctor may likely give you preventative medications especially if painkillers are not effective enough for you or if your attacks include extended numbness or aura along with weakness.  Preventative medicines help curtail the duration, intensity and regularity of your migraines and can enhance the effectiveness of the drugs that help relieve your symptoms during a migraine attack.

Preventative drugs are often taken on a daily basis or when an event is coming that you know will trigger migraine attacks like menstruation.  If you have not experienced a migraine attack for at least half a year to a year, the doctor will often cut down the dosage or the frequency of your medications. He will then observe if your attacks come back or not.

Some of the preventative drugs use for migraine prevention may include:

Botox or botulinum toxin type A – Botox has been certified by the FDA as a preventative drug for chronic migraine headaches in adults. This drug is administered through injection in your throat and forehead. This treatment is done every three months.

Antidepressants – Tricyclics like  protriptyline, nortriptyline and amitriptyline is often doctor prescribed for migraine prevention. They help lessen the frequency of headaches by controlling serotonin levels and other brain chemicals that help trigger migraine headaches.

Cyproheptadine – This is an antihistamine that controls serotonin activity and is sometimes prescribed for children with migraines.

Anti-seizure medications – These meds include Neurontin, Topamax and Depacon. They help lessen the occurrence of migraines. Some anti-seizure meds like Lamictal can be used for migraine sufferers who experience aura.  These drugs have side effects like dizziness, cramps, diarrhea, hair loss, vomiting and nausea.

Cardiovascular medicines – Beta blockers have proven effective in limiting the regularity and severity of migraines. Certain beta blockers like Innopran XL, and Inderal La help prevent migraines. Calcium channel blockers like Verelan and Calan have been reported to lessen or prevent symptoms from aura. A high blood pressure medicine called Zestril has proven to mitigate the intensity and duration of migraines. No one knows how these medications work effectively I controlling migraine symptoms although they have side effects like lightheadedness, drowsiness or dizziness.

Pain Relievers

These medicines help make the migraine pain more tolerable and provide relief from migraine attacks.

Analgesics – These include acetaminophen like Tylenol or ibuprofen like Motrin or Advil or even aspirin. These temporarily provide relief for your migraine symptoms.  However, long-term use of these drugs can result in gastrointestinal hemorrhage, ulcers and rebound headaches. A prescription analgesic called indomethacin is available as a suppository and helps also in minimizing migraine symptoms.

Triptans – These drugs are especially popular for migraine sufferers who experience sound and light sensitivity, nausea and pain associated with their migraines. These drugs include Relpax, Frova, Maxalt, Zomig, Amerge, Axert and Imitrex. Side effects of these drugs include weakness of the muscles, dizziness, vomiting or nausea. These drugs are not recommended for patients who have suffered heart attacks or strokes. One particularly effective migraine medication which is a combination of naproxen sodium and sumatriptan has shown to efficiently relieve migraine symptoms and signs.

Ergot – The brand names Caferogot and Migergot are more effective in treating migraine signs and symptoms that have lasted for more than two days. An ergot extract called Dihydroergotamine has fewer side effects and is more effective in relieving migraine pain and discomfort than ergotamine.

Anti-nausea medicines – These drugs like Compro or Reglan are meant to address nausea with or without vomiting caused by migraine. These are usually taken along with other migraine drugs.

Opiates – These drugs are alternatives for people who cannot take ergot or triptan medicines. They contain narcotics like codeine that are at times good in relieving migraine pain. Opiates can be habit forming and are taken only as treatment of last resort

Dexamethasone – This is a corticosteroid that can be taken along with other migraine medications. Owing to the inherent toxicity of steroids, dexamethasone should only be used sparingly.

Alternative Treatments
Biofeedback – This is a stress-reducing technique that electronically measures brain waves, skin temperature and muscle tightness to “record” a person’s condition. Then biofeedback training based on the person’s health condition will be provided as treatment for the person health issues.
Acupuncture – This procedure is a very old Chinese medicinal technique that uses very thin, non hollow needles inserted into specific parts in the body. The needles stimulate the body to address imbalances that cause health problems. Acupuncturists believe that migraine and other headaches are due to the blockage of energy called chi in certain body organs. Acupuncture removes the blockages in energy pathways called meridian of these organs as well as release natural body pain-killers like endorphins in the blood to help reduce headaches and migraines.

Nawei’s Acupuncture Clinic
559 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Suite 212
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-632-7103
http://acupuncturechinanawei.com/

Tremors – Definition

Tremor is an involuntary, throbbing oscillatory (to-and-fro) movement of the muscle in one or multiple regions of the body.  Tremors can affect the legs, trunks, voice, face, head, arms and hands and is the most often experienced involuntary movement of the body. A lot of tremors happen in the hands.  In certain individuals, tremor can be a sign/symptom of a neurological disorder or a side effect of certain medications.  Anyone can experience tremors. Curiously, the most common form of tremor, occur in healthy people.  This condition is not serious although it may be a cause for embarrassment for those who have it and make it difficult to do regular tasks and activities.

One of the best ways to describe and understand tremors is to define them based on their types. Resting tremor happens when muscles are relaxed (i.e., when the hands are hanging next to the trunk when walking or standing or when the hands are resting on the lap. Tremors can also be the shaking of the limb regardless If the person is resting or not.  Usually this condition occurs in the fingers or hands and is most often seen in people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. A tremor that happens during movement of an affected part of the body is called an action tremor. Action tremor has many sub-classifications. A tremor that happens when you maintain a position against gravity (like outstretched arms) is defined as a postural tremor. Tremor that is seen during movement of a body part (such as moving the wrists up and down) is known as a kinetic tremor. Intention tremor is defined as an intentional movement toward a target like touching your finger to your nose during a medical exam. Tremor that occurs when speaking, handwriting or any highly skilled task is classified as a task-specific tremor. A tremor occurring during voluntary muscle contractions not accompanied by any type of movement is called isometric tremor.

DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214
http://www.miamiacupunctureclinic.com/

Unintentional Weight Loss– Treatments and Drugs

Because there are many potential causes of unintentional weight loss, treatment is solely tailored to target the problem that causes this condition.  There are occasions where unexplained/unintentional weight loss may happen due to inappropriate or inadequate food intake. In these particular cases, the caloric intake needs to be monitored by a dietician and a four or six meal daily nutritional program per day may be advised. A broad supplementation plan may be required as well that can be accompanied by a progressive workout program.  The workout may require light to moderate weight training to prevent the further loss of muscle tissue and to restore those that have been lost.  Exercise should integrate both strength training and cardiovascular exercise. It is through strength training that a weak and thin person can enhance his lean body mass and bone mass density. By the mere engagement in these types of exercise, a person can almost automatically increase his appetite.

One conventional and often physician-prescribed pharmaceutical option for weight gain is appetite stimulants. They are used to help restore muscle health but can also lead to appetite overstimulation which can cause excessive fat gain.  After a thorough medical evaluation, more aggressive and radical treatment may be justified. Testosterone/anabolic steroids or growth hormone are often specified for muscle gaining. These are potentially hazardous options causing a lot of serious side effects and will only be given if the need to do so is imperative.

One other safe but invasive option to treating weight loss is through intravenous feeding.  This process is usually given to patients suffering from heavy chronic illnesses. Intravenous feeding helps prevent any further degeneration of muscle tissue and weight loss.

Weight loss due to reduced nutrient intake and anorexia is one of the effects of cancer.  Damages and abnormalities in the digestive system caused by tumor growth or from cancer therapies lead to problems in the nutrition of the patient. Cancer cachexia, which is a wasting syndrome, causes more than weight loss as it can lead to permanent damage of the tissues and organs in the body often leading to death.  Cancer cachexia is treated with pharmaceuticals to boost appetite and reverse or, if not, at least stop the degeneration of organs and tissues.  Pharmaceuticals given for cancer cachexia include mirtazapine, olanzapine, cyproheptadine, cannabinoids and glucocorticoids. Anti-inflammatory agents that help retard cancer cachexia include omega 3 fatty acids, melatonin, pentoxyphylline and thalidomide. Anabolic steroids are also introduced into cancer patients to help boost the levels of testosterone in their body.

Natural Therapies

For those sufferers of unexplained weight loss who want to take a safer, more natural path, the first step to address this problem is to consult with a naturopathic doctor.  This doctor will perform a thorough and complete checkup on the patient to ascertain nothing is imbalanced in his digestive and/or endocrine system. If both systems check out fine, the naturopath will recommend that he see an acupuncturist. Through the use of acupuncture, a person can get back his healthy appetite by rebalancing it to its optimum function. In order to help a person regain his healthy appetite, the acupuncturist will focus his treatment on the spleen and stomach meridians to help rebalance the patient’s energy or chi energy and help him get back his natural appetite.

Acupuncture is one of many alternative therapies that provide effective and totally safe strategies that focus on nutritional enhancement of the body and hormonal balance to boost appetite and regain weight.

Some therapies integrate the use of high-quality foods and proteins like seeds and nuts that are loaded with calories. One good high-quality protein food is spirulina – a food that has one of the highest protein levels of any food available. Spirulina has actually about 12X more protein than beef pound per pound.  It also is far richer in calcium content than milk.

One of the traditional sources of non-meat protein is soy.  With soy products or soy protein one is sure to acquire a lot of healthy fats into his diet.  One can also derive weight-gaining benefits from sources like extra virgin coconut oil, flax oil, seeds and nuts, seeds.  These are foods that any naturopathic doctor will highly recommend to his thin and emaciated patient wanting to regain weight. A patient who experiences some health improvements through acupuncture or other natural therapies, the inclusion of strength training and training exercise will help quicken the process of the patient’s weight gain.

The ideal way to help accelerate the regaining of one’s appetite is to perform regular exercise. This does not mean the person needs to start exercising right away especially if he’s too thin, the person may need to wait until his hormone systems and digestion are properly balanced.  Once this balance has been achieved it is important to include a regular exercise program in his life.

 
 Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Definition of Itching (Pruritus)

Pruritus is simply the scientific term of itchy skin that is an irritating, discomforting sensation that leads to scratching of the affected area.  Scratching is a natural reaction to a body itch. An itchy skin can come from literally hundreds of possible causes. Itchy skin or pruritus can be likely a result of dermatitis or psoriasis. However, pruritus can also be a sign of severe underlying conditions like kidney failure or liver disease. Itching sensation may be accompanied by skin blisters or bumps, rough skin or skin redness or no sign at all.

Knowing the cause of your itching can lead to treatment that primarily addresses the itching sensation. Treatments for itching can include light therapy, wet dressings and medications. Utilizing remedies like cool baths and anti-itch products can also address the itch.

Conditions Associated with your Itching

In order to ascertain whether your itching is a symptom of a more basic condition, tests and examinations can be helpful. Skin conditions associated to itching can involve:

  • Scabies – This is a skin problem that is caused by a mite called Sarcoptes scabiei and if left untreated can lead to severe skin scarring and damge. Scabies can also be very contagious. It can be contacted through physical contact.
  • Lice – One of the common sources of severe itching is lice (head lice, pubic lice and body lice). Lice can be acquired through contact with infected animals and people. Lice are insects that parasitically feed on your blood. They can leave red bumps on the skin that signifies that they have sucked blood in that area.
  • Hives – These are skin conditions characterized by red, itchy, raised bumps on the skin. You can develop hives due to allergies from certain foods or medications.
  • Tinea diseases – Tinea is a fungal infection and is also known as ringworm. Some forms of tinea infection include jock itch, ringworm or the scalp, ringworm of the body and athlete’s foot. The signs of ringworm infection include flat, round patches of itchy skin.
  • Psoriasis – This skin disease is caused by a shorter-than-normal life of the skin that results in the accumulation of dead and rough skin cells on the surface of the skin. When dead skin cells begin to collect, they look like red, dry patches and slivery thick scales that can be painful at times.
  • Dermatitis – This is referred to as skin inflammation or eczema. Dermatitis has many types and correspondingly different causes as well. It can also develop into several forms. The most common form of dermatitis is atopic dermatitis. Dermatitis is characterized by itchy, reddened and swollen skin.

Brent Keime, LAc, MSTOM
4410 Lamont Street
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 619-800-2287
http://weloveacupuncture.com/

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Preparing for your Appointment

If you are suffering from intolerable irritable bowel syndrome, talk to your doctor about it. After the doctor has evaluated you, he may refer you to a gastroenterologist for further tests to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition.

In order to make the most out of your doctor’s appointment, the following are some helpful information of what you can do to gain more knowledge of your condition and what you can expect from your physician.

  • Jot down all the questions about your condition to ask your physician – Coming prepared with all the questions can help you avoid forgetting them and will make your consultation with your doctor more productive.
  • List down all your important medical information – This list should include all the illnesses you’ve had in the past and present as well as the present supplements, vitamins and drugs you are asking.  Bring along all your past and recent medical records to your appointment.
  • List down all the symptoms you have been experiencing
  • Keep a food diary – Mention the foods that seem to aggravate your IBS symptoms in your diary
  • Mention in a list the things that make you stressed out and any recent changes you’ve experienced in your life – These things may be the ones making your IBS symptoms more severe and/or frequent.

The following questions are some of the useful questions you can ask your doctor to properly inform you about your condition.

  • What are the things causing my IBS problems?
  • What are the causes for my IBS condition?
  • What tests and exams should I undergo? Do I need to specially prepare for these tests?
  • What do you think is the best treatment procedure for my condition?
  • What is the next optional treatment if the first treatment does not work?
  • Will these treatments entail side effects?
  • Are the foods that I eat responsible for my IBS?
  • What are the foods that can help remove or at least lessen my symptoms?
  • What changes in my lifestyle can help me improve my condition? Will exercise, counseling or therapy aid me in making my condition better?
  • When will be my next doctor’s appointment?

If you have other questions to your doctor, you need to ask them all during your appointment time.

What to expect from your doctor

In order to gain information about your condition, your physician will ask you certain questions. Some of these questions may need you to ponder for the right answer. You need to take your time when replying to these questions so you may answer them as honestly as possible since providing the correct information to your doctor will make him come up with the right diagnosis and a correct treatment plan. Some of the questions may look like these:

  • What symptoms do you experience?
  • When was the first time you experienced these symptoms?
  • Do these symptoms come intermittently or do you experience them most of the time?
  • What things seem to cause or aggravate these symptoms? (These can include the foods you eat, the things that stress you highly or in women, their menstruation).
  • Are you losing weight unintentionally?
  • Have you noticed blood in your feces?
  • Do your symptoms include vomiting and/or fever?
  • Have you been under severe stress lately?
  • What are the foods do you eat?
  • Are you lactose intolerant or have any food allergies?
  • Do you have other health conditions that have been diagnosed in the past?
  • What over-the-counter and prescription drugs are you now taking and have recently took? What supplements, herbs and vitamins are you now taking and have recently took?
  • Do you have family members or relatives who have a history of bowel conditions?
  • Is your condition severely affecting your work or school functions? Is it severely affecting your personal relationships?
  • Is your stomach pain relieved by a bowel movement or not?

Vital Gate Acupuncture
107 W 82nd St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-4244
http://www.vitalgate.com/

Definition of Stress

Stress is a normal reaction of people towards different situations they face in their life.  The reaction can be emotional or physical.  The state of stress stimulates the body to release stress hormones like norepinephrine and cortisol. These hormones help one to adapt to the situation at hand.  They force physiological changes in the body like increasing blood sugar levels, as well as increasing the heart rate and blood pressure of the person.

Stress as mentioned is a normal body reaction and it helps the person to react quicker and more capably during times of emergency or potential danger. A sudden surge of strength and alertness is experienced during stress.  These benefits are normally short lived.  The prolonging of stress is actually the one that damages physical and mental health.

Stress can be experienced during negative moments; however, even happy moments can cause stress.  These moments may involve:

  • Financial problems
  • Death of a loved one
  • Severance of a relationship
  • Job loss
  • Marriage
  • Having a newborn baby

Symptoms of Stress

  • Irritability
  • Rage
  • Inability to focus
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lack of energy

Dealing with Stress

To help minimize stress, you can do some breathing and stretching exercises that can help unwind your tight muscles.

 

Osteoarthritis Definition

OA or osteoarthritis is also referred to by doctors as degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis. OA is a type of arthritis that is the result of the inflammation, degeneration and wearing out of the joint cartilage over time.

In the United States, around 28 million people are affected by this joint disorder according to the Arthritis Foundation, USA.

Since the symptoms and signs of osteoarthritis slowly worsen over time, osteoarthritis is considered a progressive disease. Osteoarthritis has been affecting humanity for centuries but so far, no cure is still available for this condition. Treating the signs and symptoms are the only ways to address osteoarthritis and this entails relieving the inflammation, swelling and pain and enabling the sufferer to be active and mobile. It has been observed that people who perform measures to proactive control their osteoarthritis are in a much better position to better manage their symptoms than those who follow a more passive path when addressing their symptoms.

All joints in the body can be affected by osteoarthritis; however, it most likely hits these parts of the person’s body:

  • Neck
  • Lower back
  • Knees
  • Hips

There are three attributes that osteoarthritis possesses:

Synovitis – Evidence of inflammation of the tissues surrounding the joints

Cartilage damage – The cartilage is a joint component that serves as a shock absorber for the bones and cushions the ends of the bones. It also enables the joints to move smoothly and painlessly

The ends of the joints develops bony growths

People of all ages can develop osteoarthritis although people 50 years of age and above are the most likely one to acquire this disease.

Osteoarthritis symptoms usually start to manifest after a person passes 40 years old. As mentioned this is a progressive disease and as the person ages his symptoms become more severe. Osteoarthritis has a considerable impact to the US economy since it is one of the major reasons of loss for man hours and medical expenditures (about almost $130 billion in medical expenses). On average osteoarthritis will cost the sufferer about $5,700 in medical and other related expenses.

Healthy by Nature Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Center
9231 S. IL Rt 31
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
Phone: 847-658-6004
http://myhealthybynature.com/