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Saturday, 21 January 2017

World Cancer Day

As February is rapidly approaching I just wanted to spend a moment to spread the word about World Cancer Day which is happening on the 4th February 2017. In the last few years I have lost a handful of family and friends to cancer. Through the support of the amazing people at Marie Curie and the Cancer Research team the blow of having cancer was softened. However, there's never enough time to spend with someone when the diagnosis is terminal which is why Cancer Research needs all the help they can get.

I appreciate that given the current economy you may not be able to afford monetary donations but please remember that they are always happy to accept goods at their local shops (each donated bag is usually worth £25) and there are plenty of free fundraisers and other volunteer options available to you.

Please take some time to check out the Support Us area of their website to see how you can help, or simply spread the word.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Really Good At Yoga Or Is It Your Genetics?

Are you more flexible than the rest of your friends and family even though you're not doing yoga every day? Well, you may have a hyper-mobility condition which is determined by your genetics and it's called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. This condition can cause all sorts of problems such as wear and tear on your joints, dislocations, pain, rashes and lots of other nasty symptoms. 

If you want to find out some more information then take a look at this article called What Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It's going to give you a lot of useful information on getting the right diagnosis and treatment for your condition.

Friday, 12 July 2013

At Home Treatments For Constipation

If you're suffering from constipation then you're going to be suffering from a lot of discomfort and maybe some embarrassment too. There are plenty of products available over the counter but determining which one is the best for you can be fairly difficult, especially if you don't know much about constipation. 

Don't fret though, it's best to get help sooner rather than later otherwise you'll end up having to go to the doctor with a very embarrassing problem and may need a procedure to manually have a bowel movement. If you're a little embarrassed about going to the pharmacy to talk about the different types of products you can check them out at this website: What Are The Best Stool Softeners For Constipation? You'll be able to find out all the different types of stools softeners to ease constipation and also how they work to your advantage too. 

Just remember that you'll need to read the manufacturers guidelines and if you are taking any other medications you'll also need to make sure that the stool softeners don't react badly to those you're already taking. 

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Best Over The Counter Medications For Constipation

Constipation is a topic that we just don't talk about enough. If you've ever suffered the unpleasantness of constipation then you'll know what I mean. The bloated tummy, loss of appetite, nausea, cramping, and fatigue are awful and that's only a few. If you leave it for too long then it'll just get even worse until it's so bad you need to get to the doctors.

Thankfully there are things that you can do at home and also medications that you can pick up from your local pharmacist to assist you in this difficult time. There are a couple of medications that you can try but it's best to check with your pharmacist as to which one will be best for you:

  1. Stool softeners: these make the stool a lot easier to pass naturally by getting water reabsorbed into the stool. When it's soft enough to body will do a normal bowel movement to get rid of it.
  2. Laxative based: these activate the nerves and muscle fibers in your gut to get things moving again. You need to be really careful with this type because your bowel and become dependent and lazy if you take too much for too long.
For more information on at home remedies for constipation and to also take a poll regarding this condition please follow the link below. 

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Warfarin For Deep Vein Thrombosis

Well, it's certainly been a while since my last post but that's mainly because I've been doing a lot more things due to my improved health. For a while I was on my Clexane injections which was improving my condition along with my own rehab program that I've been doing and that improved my health to some extent. However, for the last month or so I've been moved across to Warfarin as my clot has now stabilized and it has been the best decision me and my doctors have made in the last 18 months.

Warfarin comes in tablet form so I no longer have to do twice daily injections which means that my overall pain has reduced (it's now only in my leg) and my haematoma have disappeared. Although there are some side effects and complications with Warfarin they definitely out weigh the side effects of Clexane.

With Warfarin I have to be careful with the types of food that I eat and even avoid certain foods as vitamin K can really effect how it's absorbed and used by the body. Things like sweet potato, dark green leafy vegetables, egg yolks and cranberry juice are a nightmare for your INR which is the value the doctors use to monitor how thick your blood is. 

As a women you'll also find out that Warfarin will make your periods a lot heavier than they used to be. Fortunately there are certain contraceptive options that can help to control your periods by introducing more progesterone to your body which will decrease the amount of active oestrogen, therefore making your periods lighter. 

I'll be writing up further updates in the next few weeks to provide some more information on how my body is reacting from the Clexane to Warfarin shift. So, stay tuned for some more.