Based on studies conducted by The Brain & Spine Foundation of London. Here are several facts gathered: “Dizziness” is a general term to explain the feeling we have when there is something wrong with our sense of balance. Many people who experience dizziness find it difficult to explain exactly how it makes them feel. For example, some people who feel dizzy, light-headed, giddy or off-balance describe the feeling as if they, or their surroundings, are spinning around. Doctors use the term vertigo to describe this spinning, revolving form of dizziness.
Dizziness & Vertigo are not diseases in themselves. They are symptoms of a distinct condition or cause. There are many different conditions that can cause dizziness. Most cases of dizziness and vertigo are caused by problems with the balance systems located in the inner ear. The widely-held belief that our sense of balance comes from the inner ear is largely true.
Dizziness can often be short-lived, and can ease on its own accord. For shor...
Headache is one of the most common disorder of the nervous system. It happen when the nerve endings in different parts of your head and neck become irritated. Common complaint are pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck.
A typical headache may lasts for about 3-4 hours. But for some people, severe headaches drag on much longer, sometimes for several days or months. Here are some of the possible causes of your "never ending headache" namely:
Hemicrania Continua - It is a continuous & fluctuating pain without shifting sides of the head. The pain is usually mild to moderate in intensity.
Rebound Headache - It is caused by a prolong & regular use of certain medications to treat headaches, such as migraine. Over the counter pain relievers may provide temporary relief.
Depression - According to studies; a generalized aches and pains is one of the main symptoms of depressive individuals.
It is advisable to visit a headache specialist when you...
Lower back pain is very common in the Philippines. According to surveys, almost 4 out of 5 of us may suffer from back pain at some point in our lives and every year, 1 out of 5 people visit a doctor pertaining to lower back pain. Typically, back pain is concentrated in the lumbar (lower back) region which takes most of the strain of our lifestyle. The pain can be associated with stiffness and muscle spasm.
The spine or spinal column is one of the strongest part of the body giving us a great deal of flexibility and strength. It is made up of 24 bones, one sitting on top of each other and disc in between and lots of strong ligaments and muscles around them for support. As we grow older, the structures of the spine, age as well. The structures remain strong but it is usual for your back to get stiffer as you get older.
Here are a few tips and tricks in order for us to reduce the risk of back pain:
A brain tumor is a collection of cells that have grown in a non ordered way. Tumors that start in the brain are called primary brain tumors. This is different to cancers that have spread to the brain from somewhere else in the body. These are called secondary brain tumors or brain metastases.
The truth of the matter is that brain tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or non cancerous (benign). Around half of all brain tumors, or tumors in another part of the central nervous system, are malignant. The other half are benign tumors, or tumors where the diagnosis is not known.
Brain tumors that are cancerous (malignant) are more common in males than females. Non cancerous brain tumors, and tumors where the diagnosis is unknown, are more common in females.
According to studies; Almost half (46%) of brain tumors each year are diagnosed in people aged 65 and over. This includes tumors in other parts of the central nervous system and tumors anywhere else inside the bones of the head...
Daily Persistent Headache (DPH) is a type of continous headache that starts suddenly and happens on a daily basis with migraine-like or tension-like features. The headache is often described as a pressure-like or tightening sensation. The pain is often on both sides of the head, but can also be on one side or localized to one specific area.
People with DPH will frequently have sleep disturbance, pain at other sites, dizziness, worsening anxiety and mood, and school absence. Other frequent symptoms include non-specific abdominal pain, back pain, neck pain, and diffuse muscle and joint pain. It can resemble chronic migraine in its features, with days when there is light or sound sensitivity, nausea, throbbing, or pain on just one side of the head. Sometimes, it may resemble a tension-type milder headache without any of those features.
Daily Persistent Headache is treated like the headache it resembles, generally c...
It may be a case of Peripheral Neuropathy. It develops when nerves in the body's extremities – such as the hands, feet and arms – are damaged. The symptoms depend on which nerves are affected. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes. More than 50% of the people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.
The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves that lie outside the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). It includes different types of nerves with their own specific functions, including:
sensory nerves – responsible for transmitting sensations, such as pain
motor nerves – responsible for controlling muscles
autonomic nerves – responsible for regulating automatic functions of the body, such as blood pressure and bladder function
The common signs of peripheral neuropathy may includ...
Depression is certainly no laughing matter. We recently heard of the news regarding the celebrity chef & CNN Star, Anthony Bourdains' death (apparent suicide) last week. According to news reports the culprit was depression.
Depression is a disorder by low mood and a wide range of other possible symptoms, which will vary from person to person. This illness can develop quickly or gradually, and be brought on by life events and/or changes in body chemistry, and it is often accompanied by feelings of anxiety. It can strike anyone, and is manageable in very many cases.
This is different from feeling sad or feeling down. Unhappiness is something which everyone feels at one time or another due to particular cause. Well, depression is an intense emotions of anxiety, hopelessness and helplessness and the feeling stays within a person instead of going away.
There are certainly many signs of depression because this soul-destroying illness affects each person differently, and in its d...
Do you know that migraine pain is a complex neurological condition; which can affect the whole body and can result in many symptoms, sometimes without a headache at all. It may be easily overlooked or mistaken for other conditions and can affect people in many different ways.
Some of the symptom of migraine may include: flashing lights, blind spots in the vision, nausea, vomiting, debilitating head pain, pins and needles & even numbness in the limbs.Migraine is triggered by an enormous variety of factors - not just cheese, chocolate and red wine! For most people there is not just one trigger but a combination of factors which individually can be tolerated. When these triggers occur altogether, a threshold is passed and a migraine is triggered. The best way to find your triggers is to keep a migraine diary.
Thanks to modern technology; A drug-free & non-invasive migraine treatment option is now available. Many people suffer from frequent migraine attacks and a significant...
We first have to remember that motion sickness is not a serious illness and may be prevented. It is commonly defined as the feeling of cold sweat, nausea, dizziness accompanied with vomiting when a persons' sense of balance is disrupted by constant motion. Riding in a car, aboard a ship or boat may cause stimulation of the vestibular system and visual stimulation that often leads to motion sickness. It usually quiets down as soon as the motion stops. The more you travel, the more easily you'll adjust to being in motion.
While all five of the body's sensory organs contribute to motion sickness, excessstimulation to the vestibular system within the inner ear has been shown to be one of the primary reasons for this condition.Balance problems, or vertigo, are caused by a conflict between what...
Cardio exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate. Face it our bodies were made to move. And we all know that to keep our muscles in shape we need move them. This movement makes them stronger and stronger muscles make for a more efficient and healthy body. Your heart is a muscle. Therefore working it makes it stronger. A stronger cardio-vascular system means more capillaries delivering more oxygen to cells in your muscles. This enables your cells to burn more fat during both exercise and inactivity. Cardio exercise uses large muscle movement over a sustained period of time keeping your heart rate to at least 50% of its maximum level.
Some of the Best Cardio Workouts Are:
Walking – This is the easiest and safest way to start getting in your cardio.
Elliptical – Minimal impact on the knees and hips but calorie burning is still high. When you increase the incline you will activate more muscles.
Running – This one is easy to understand. Just remember if you train like a...