Migraines

September 20, 2017

MIGRAINES

Definition:a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.’ – Wikipedia These headaches can last from 4 – 72 hours and will worsen with normal activity.Migraines commonly start from childhood and are most frequent in people in their 20s and 30s. They usually occur less frequently from the age 40 and onwards.

SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain is one sided
  • Pain occurs behind the eye/eyes
  • Moderate to severe
  • Throbbing
  • Aggravated by movement
  • Excessive yawning
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, noise, and smell
  • Affected vision (such as an aura)
  • Vertigo or double vision
  • Problems with articulation and coordination
  • Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • Tingling, pins, and needles, or numbness
  • Speech disturbance
  • Paralysis or loss of consciousness (rare)
  • Lasts between 4 – 72 hours

CAUSES:

  • Tyramine and Phenylethylamine: which are commonly found in fermented cheese, chocolate, soy, citrus, and nuts
  • Certain perfumes
  • Alcohol
  • Nitrites: which are in most foods that contain preservatives (hot dogs, deli meats, jerky, and pickled or cured foods)
  • Eye str

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November 9, 2016

HAY FEVER

Scientifically known as Allergic Rhinitis, hay-fever affects about 1 in 5 people in Australia, and roughly 500 million people worldwide. It is defined as an allergy that affects the nose, and occurs when the insides of the nose become inflamed due to the over sensitised immune system reacting to certain substances which the body sees as a threat. This swelling is due to the release of histamines and other chemicals in the body. The majority of hay fever sufferers have found that their condition is worse at night. This is because night time is the worst time for pollen levels, or because the pillow on which they sleep may be full of dust mites (approximately 50 000 dust mites live in the average pillow). Hay fever can trigger asthma attacks as the level of inflammatory chemicals released from hay fever reactions increases, and causes muscle spasms and swelling in wider ranging mucous membranes.  

SYMPTOMS:

  • Mucous discharge
  • Sneezing
  • Itchiness
  • Congestion and blocked nose
  • Eye irritation
  • Watery eyes
  • Sinus pain
  • Throat itchiness
  • Snoring
  • Headaches

 

CAUSES:

  • Pollen (particularly grass pollen)
  • Dust
  • Dander
  • Mould
  • Dust mites
  • Fungal spores
  • Smoke

October 31, 2016

  Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that is caused by the immune system attacking healthy cells and tissues. The immune system produces excessive amounts of antibodies compared to a normal person, and these antibodies can attach themselves to various bodily structures, causing inflammation and pain as a result.   This disease is quite rare and affects women more than men. Women of childbearing age are also more commonly affected. Statistically Lupus affects over 20, 000 Australians, and 90% of those affected are women aged 15–45.   for full article go to Lupus

March 15, 2016

 

Definition: Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.

 

Stress occurs when the brain releases chemicals which cause an increase in energy and strength. This can be helpful in physical situations but when the stress is emotional, this release of chemicals is detrimental because there is no outlet for this extra energy and strength. These chemicals are: adrenaline (the fight or flight hormone), cortisole, and norepinephrine (similar to adrenaline, with the main intent to cause awareness).

  Stress can be a good motivator, but it can become harmful if it becomes excessive and begins to interfere with normal, everyday life.      

There are three main types of stress. These are: acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress.

  Acute stress: This stress is usually a brief event and is often due to an impending deadline, performance, or a traumatic event.  

Episodic acute stress: This occurs when people have to deal with acute stress repeatedly. This often occurs when a traumatic event happens and is followed by more stress inducing events. These people have the tendency to believe that, if something can go wrong, it w

January 25, 2016

Definition: ‘a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.’ – Wikipedia These headaches can last from 4 – 72 hours and will worsen with normal activity. Migraines commonly start from childhood and are most frequent in people in their 20s and 30s. They usually occur less frequently from the age 40 and onwards.   SYMPTOMS:

  • Pain is one sided
  • Pain occurs behind the eye/eyes
  • Moderate to severe
  • Throbbing
  • Aggravated by movement
  • Excessive yawning
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Sensitivity to smell
  • Affected vision (such as an aura)
  • Vertigo or double vision
  • Problems with articulation and coordination
  • Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
  • Tingling, pins and needles, or numbness
  • Speech disturbance
  • Paralysis or loss of consciousness (rare)
  • Lasts between 4 – 72 hours

  CAUSES:

  • Tyramine and Phenlyrthylamine: which are commonly found in fermented cheese, chocolate, soy, citrus, and nuts
  • Certain perfumes
  • Alcohol
  • Nitrites: which are in most foods that contain preservatives (hot dogs, deli meats, jerky, and pickled or cured foods)
  • Eye str

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