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Back Pain Constipation Diabetes Fibromyalgia Headache/Migraines Hypertension Obesity Sexual Dysfunctions

Back Pain

Many people suffer from severe and chronic back pain, which often occurs in the lower back. Back pain can be caused by a number of factors, from muscle strains caused by heavy lifting to problems with the spine, such as herniated discs. This type of pain may also be caused by conditions such osteoarthritis and sciatica.

Constipation

Constipation is a condition where bowel movements are difficult to pass, and/or occur infrequently. There are generally two types, one is caused by an obstruction and the other is classified as colonic slow transit (hypomobility). Constipation is considered a symptom, and not a disease. There are several treatments to alleviate the symptoms; however, the aim is to determine the cause.

Constipation can be an unpleasant side effect from certain medications and treatments, such as opiates and chemotherapy. Diet and hormones can also play a factor, and can be modified to reduce occurrences. The usage of laxatives and enemas relieve symptoms, but in more severe cases, biofeedback and surgery are required.

Diabetes

When a person has diabetes, his or her pancreas fails to produce any or enough insulin, which results in the body being unable to process glucose that enters the bloodstream from digested food. Glucose is crucial for the body because it serves as its main source of fuel for growth and energy. People who have diabetes must rely on insulin shots or medications so that their body can process glucose properly. The three different types of diabetes are Type 1, Types 2, and gestational diabetes.

Fibromyalgia

This is a disorder that causes chronic pain in muscle and soft tissue throughout the body. Other symptoms include fatigue, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, and memory problems. For some individuals, the symptoms can be triggered by things like stress, surgery, physical trauma, etc. While this disorder is not curable, its symptoms can be treated with medication.

Headache/Migraines

Headaches are described as any pain in the head and neck area. It can occur as an overall dull ache, a sharp stab or a throbbing pain. A more severe version is referred to as a migraine. Often accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, migraines typically hurt on one side of the head. The causes of migraines are unknown, but some sufferers claim to notice a particular sensation or visual aura, that indicate a migraine will soon occur. Migraines are treated for each symptom, including analgesics for the pain, anti-nausea medications and the avoidance of triggers.

Hypertension

Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension is a common condition that can go unnoticed for years without displaying symptoms. The narrowing of blood passageways causes high blood pressure, making the heart work harder. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to long-term management, as hypertension is a major risk factor for potentially fatal cardiac complications.

Obesity

Obesity is a condition where an individual has excessive body fat, and as a result, has a negative impact on their health. Obesity elevates the risk of heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.

The leading treatment for obesity involves changes to diet and exercise, however some individuals may require additional treatments due to medical conditions, such as endocrine disorders. Many factors play a part in obesity, genetics, medicinal side effects and psychiatric disorders can all affect an individual’s circumstance.

Sexual Dysfunctions

Sexual dysfunction refers to an individual or couple experiencing difficulty in any stage of sexual activity. When treating conditions of this nature, a thorough evaluation must be conducted. From sexual history to overall health, finding the correct assessment is critical to a positive and permanent recovery.

Sexual dysfunction can also occur as a side effect from certain medications such as SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) drugs. Other factors, such as anxiety, performance, guilt, emotional or physical trauma are also taken into account in developing the most appropriate therapy.

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