(Image: Para-sagittal MRI of the head, with aliasing artifacts (nose and forehead appear at the back of the head)
MRI Scans Explained
What is an MRI scan?
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanning is a medical investigation that uses an exceptionally strong magnet and radio frequency waves to generate images of your body.
Why would I need an MRI scan?
An MRI scan is one of the most sophisticated diagnostic tools available to help a referring clinician understand the cause of your particular health issue.
What can be diagnosed by an MRI scan?
By scanning the relevant sector(s) of a patient’s body, an MRI scan can help to diagnose the following: Continue reading “10 Reasons Why an MRI Scan is Valuable”
Symptoms of Mold Exposure
People often mistake the symptoms of mold exposure for other things. They might think they are experiencing seasonal allergies, like hay fever. They might wonder if they are allergic to pet dander. They might think they just have a cold or sinus infection since mold symptoms resemble those common conditions. Of course, if you realize you have a mold problem in your home, you might suspect your symptoms are related to mold.
Many people don’t realize they have a mold problem until they start getting sick, though. That’s because mold often grows in places where it’s hard to spot, like inside walls, inside heating ducts, and under flooring.
We encountered mold in an apartment we lived in for about 5 years. The building was about 40 years old, and although the property and building were well maintained, the carpets in the bedrooms appeared old. We used to watch T.V. in one of the rooms, however, my husband has asthma and always had huge breathing problems while living there. We’ve moved from that building a couple of years ago and his asthma has improved greatly in our new place. Makes you question, what was lurking in those walls or under the carpets?
Common Symptoms of Mold Exposure
The most common mold symptoms are similar to symptoms of exposure to other environmental allergens, and include things like:
Continue reading “Symptoms of Mold Exposure …What to look for ~ or is it just Allergies?”
The opioid crisis is gripping the American people this year. News stations are constantly reporting on deaths, addiction statistics, and doctors’ role in prescribing narcotic pain killers. There is a real problem of over-prescription. That being said, there is also a stigmatism attached to pain medication which I believe to be unnecessary and inaccurate. A […]
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Lavender oil is a remarkable essential oil that has a great amount of benefit to your health.
It has a gentle and beautiful smell, and its powerful taste makes it a household favorite. It has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with a lot of health ailments.
Some of those properties are the amazing anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative effects it has on our body.
One of the many ways to use lavender oil is to flavor your lemonade with it and get a tasty and healthy drink with multiple medicinal benefits.
This is how to prepare it:
- 1 cup raw honey
- 12 cups pure water
- 1 drop lavender essential oil
- 6 lemons, peeled and juiced
- Lavender sprigs for garnish
Mix all ingredients together and chill. Add more water or raw honey if needed.
Info source: http://www.sejat-jasmani.com/2016/10/this-lavender-lemonade-recipe-will-get.html
*I’ve never tried this recipe, mainly due to my dislike of lavender!
Patients coping with the complex (pain disorder) fibromyalgia often have difficulty sleeping, and a new study published in The Journal of Pain reports that despite the negative quality of life implications, poor sleep is not a significant predictor of fibromyalgia pain intensity and duration.
The complexity of fibromyalgia as a pain disorder is rooted in the variable, patient-to-patient, influence of physical, psychological, social factors that contribute to clinical pain, and their influence often is difficult to understand. Previous research has shown that variables such as negative mood and the number of localized pain areas are significant predictors of clinical pain in fibromyalgia patients.
Many fibromyalgia patients complain about poor sleep, and studies have shown that interrupted sleep experienced by individuals with other pain conditions is predictive of next day clinical pain. Also, sleep duration has been shown to predict clinical pain in healthy adults. For this study, a research team from the University of Florida hypothesized that decreased total sleep time would predict higher clinical pain in a sample of patients with fibromyalgia.
Seventy-four adults with fibromyalgia were recruited for a University of Florida study and they were observed for 14 days. Subjects rated their clinical pain every evening and completed sleep diaries describing the previous night’s sleep.
Results of the analysis showed that four sleep measures evaluated in the study failed to significantly predict clinical pain. The authors noted that the effects of impaired sleep, such as fatigue and inactivity, may play more significant roles in clinical pain than measures of sleep duration or insomnia.
Originally posted on my blog “Living in Stigma“
I’m always looking for other reasons that cause migraines or headaches and came across this:
Chiari malformations (CMs) are structural defects in the cerebellum (the portion of the brain that controls balance).
For the most part, the cerebellum and parts of the brain stem sit in an indented area at the lower position of the skull but above the foramen magnum (funnel-like opening to the spinal canal). But if part of the cerebellum is below the foramen magnum, these are Chiari malformations.
~ Structural defects in the brain and spinal cord during pregnancy, possibly genetic or absence of proper vitamins or diet
~ Excessive draining of spinal fluid from area of the spine
Symptoms (just listing some) Continue reading “Horrible Headaches? Could be Chiari Malformation”