If you are suddenly experiencing anxiety when you never have before, it may be due to thyroid dysfunction. Conversely, if you’ve already been diagnosed with underactive or overactive thyroid function, don’t be surprised if you begin having bouts of anxiety.
We all want to be happy and healthy, but in this day and age, life gets really hectic and we often clutter our schedules, leaving out time for a few key things that could be helping us in the long run – like exercising and choosing to eat healthy foods. Not everyone wants to make the effort to work out or eat right because we don’t put it at the top of our list of priorities. If we simply changed our mindset, we could have a happy and healthy life.
Maybe you notice yourself bumping into things a little more often, or having trouble seeing in dim light. Or maybe it seems as if you're looking at the world through a narrow tube. This is what is referred to as tunnel vision. If you're noticing these, you might be experiencing peripheral vision loss. While some vision loss is common as you age, peripheral vision loss is often a side effect of conditions that need to be taken seriously.
It’s certainly been an eventful season for illness. Over the past month or so, I’ve seen patients coming in with everything from the common cold to the flu, which, if you haven’t heard, is making something of a nuisance of itself this year. Another condition I’m seeing a lot of is laryngitis. You’re probably familiar with it – if you have or have had laryngitis in the past, you’re probably familiar with how it affects your ability to talk. That’s because it’s usually triggered by a viral infection that causes the larynx (or voice box) to become swollen and irritated, which means you’re left hoarse, or without any voice at all for a few days.
Shingles is painful, energy-draining and can strike without warning if you’ve ever had the chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus (the virus that causes chicken pox) takes a little nap in the nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. If it “wakes up,” it reactivates as shingles, a painful rash with blisters. You may already know that the only way to prevent shingles is with the shingles vaccine. But did you know there’s a new vaccine on the market that, according to research, offers stronger, longer-lasting protection than the previous one?
Although there are several strains of the flu virus, for many people there are only two that matter: the flu and the “man flu.” It’s a stigma that persists, that while women might be up and moving around with the flu, managing a household albeit achy and sick, men are down for the count.
Traffic. Deadlines. Sick kids. Major life events, hardships, or tragedies (such as a citywide flood). All of these experiences can, and do cause anxiety. Unfortunately, it’s a fairly normal part of everyday life, and the anxiety most people feel goes away in a relatively short period of time. There are some people, however, whose anxiety gets out of control and they find it extremely difficult to manage on their own. What’s worse – sometimes the distinction between normal worries and anxiety that might be indicative of an anxiety disorder isn’t exactly clear. Here are some ways to tell if the anxiety you’re feeling goes beyond normal and some ways you might be able to manage it.
Hormones. You never realize how much they affect your body until something throws them off balance. Because every type of hormone works as a messenger sending specific instructions to the rest of your body, everything from your weight to your mood can be impacted when signals get crossed.
Arthritis or inflammation of the knee joint is painful and can make it difficult to do everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. As prevalent as knee arthritis is, it’s one of the major causes of lost time at work and disability claims.
It’s no secret that smoking and drinking are bad habits, but did you know there are several other common habits that could be slowly killing you? Many of these habits lead to similar potentially deadly circumstances, so getting these habits in check could truly help save your life.