Month: August 2013

Atypical Facial Pain

Facial pain that originates from an unknown source is usually diagnosed as atypical facial pain. Not to be mistaken for trigeminal neuralgia, which is sporadic and intense facial pain caused by pressure on the trigeminal nerve, atypical facial pain occurs chronically and is often of psychologic origin. This condition can present with either sharp or…

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Cervical Epidural Injection

Cervical epidural steroid injections are used for the treatment of chronic pain stemming from the cervical spine. This may present as upper back pain, neck pain, head pain, and pain that radiates into the upper extremities. The injections are non-surgical and performed on an outpatient basis. Usually, a combination of steroidal and numbing medications is…

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Cervical and Lumbar Radiculopathy

Cervical radiculopathy is a condition in which nerve roots in the cervical spine (neck) are compressed by surrounding vertebrae. Lumbar radiculopathy is an equivalent condition of the lower spine and is more common than cervical radiculopathy. Compression can damage the nerves nearest to the spine, causing immense pain, muscle weakness and even numbness in various…

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Cervical Medial Branch Block

Cervical medial branch blocks are diagnostic injections used patients who suffer from chronic neck, upper back, shoulder, and headache pain. These injections contain an anesthetic that is applied to the medial branch nerves located near the facet joints of the cervical spine. When the facet joints become inflamed, the nearby medial branch nerves send pain…

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Degenerative disc disease is a painful condition that causes recurring discomfort and interferences in nerve function. It occurs when the soft, spring-like discs of the spine begin to wear down, losing their ability to absorb shock. Although it is a normal condition associated with age, degenerative disc disease can be debilitating for some patients. Ranging…

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Migraines are headaches that cause throbbing or pulsating pain that is usually limited to one side of the head. These headaches affect everyone differently, with some people experience mild to moderate migraines lasting for only a half hour, and others battling debilitating pain for hours or even days on end. Not everyone is prone to…

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Occipital Nerve Block

Occipital nerve blocks  are shallow scalp injections used for the purpose of diagnosing or treating pain stemming from the greater and lower occipital nerves. The occipital nerves are located along the back of the head just above the neck. By injecting a numbing or anti-inflammatory medication, it is possible to reduce swelling and inflammation in…

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Trigeminal Neuralgia, or TN, is a cranial nerve condition that causes intense facial pain on one or both sides of the face in sudden and sporadic episodes. Though the pain typically only lasts seconds, many people with trigeminal neuralgia describe the pain as debilitating and unbearable. Usually, this impulsive pain occurs unexpectedly and without warning,…

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Diagram illustrating layers of the skin and which area a wart occupies

Genital warts appear on the genitals after sexual contact with an infected person. Often warts do not appear for many months or years after contracting the virus responsible for them. Although not all people who come in contact with genital warts will get them, those who do can experience symptoms ranging from mild to severe.…

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Illustration of a person with Hives on left shoulder

Hives are an inflammation of the skin that are identified by their pink or red tones and itchiness. Hives look different from person to person, ranging from tiny dots to large welts. Sometimes, hives occur as the result of an allergic reaction. But for some people, hives can appear without warning, regenerating and staying for…

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Juvederm

Smooth, youthful skin is the desire of most people – especially as age, genetics and environmental factors begin putting years of mileage on the face. Over time, the skin starts to lose its elasticity and volume, resulting in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Juvederm helps to restore volume and smoothness by replacing depleted hyaluronic…

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Doctor Examining a womans skin with a magnifying glass for Melanoma

Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer that, although rare, is responsible for the greatest number of skin cancer deaths in America. Found in its earliest stages, melanoma is completely curable. But left untreated, this dangerous cancer can spread to other areas of the body. Anyone of any skin color or background can develop…

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Doctor inspecting moles on childs back

Moles are very common among people of all ages and skin colors. Most are benign, causing no reason for alarm. However, some moles can be hiding skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the U.S. Other moles, though previously benign, may evolve into cancerous lesions over time. It is important to keep an…

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Doctor examining a womans face

Rosacea is a benign skin disease identified by reddened skin – especially on the face, neck and chest. There are four types of rosacea, each of which causes different types of symptoms. In addition to redness, the various types of rosacea may also cause flushing, visible blood vessels, swelling, acne-like breakouts, bumpy skin, thickened skin,…

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Distraught woman scratching her hand

Scabies is a skin condition caused by mites that burrow into the skin and lay eggs. Mites are not visible on the skin and go relatively unnoticed until the skin begins reacting to the mite infection. Usually, the skin responds by forming a rash that itches and worsens without treatment. However, it can take up…

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Doctor Examining a spot on a patients back with a magnifying glass

Many people develop skin cancer in their lifetimes. It is by far the most curable form of cancer though early detection is important for a positive outcome. Skin cancers often vary in appearance from person to person, making them difficult to identify to the untrained eye. Did you know… that skin cancer is the most frequently…

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Patient with Eczema rash

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin disease that occurs in people of all ages – though children are most prone to developing it. Approximately 35 million people in the U.S. have eczema, the vast majority of who are children under age 5. The condition causes chronically dry patches of skin and itching…

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Woman treating her dry skin with moisturizer

Dry skin is a condition that affects millions of people of all ages. It occurs when the skin does not have enough hydration or natural oils. There are many reasons for developing dry skin, such as age, environmental factors, and genetic predisposition. People with a history of skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis are also…

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Botox

Botox injections are used not only for therapeutic purposes but for cosmetic ones too. Unlike other fillers, which are superficially injected just beneath the skin, Botox is injected directly into the muscle. Because Botox is made of a neurotoxin, it blocks signals between the muscle and the brain, ultimately preventing muscle contraction in a localized area.…

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Woman examining her face in a handheld mirror

Everyone wants blemish-free skin, but for many, clear skin does not come naturally. Acne usually makes its first appearance on the youthful skin of adolescents during puberty. This is a time when hormones are changing and the body is transforming to take on the appearance of an adult. Although acne is highly common during this…

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EMDR

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, also known as EMDR, is a therapeutic technique used by counselors and therapists to address pain, grief, and emotional wounds caused by negative life events. Many people – especially children and teens – never properly process abuse, neglect, or other physical and emotional traumas. Far too often, this leads to…

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Love and Sex Addiction Therapy

Love and sex addiction are real problems that millions of Americans face – often privately – on a daily basis. Love addicts may believe that their happiness is contingent upon feeling loved, approved or needed by another person. The desire for this type of ‘love’ overshadows rational and logic. Sex addicts also act on compulsions…

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Relationships Therapy

Relationships are foundational to human interaction, but not all of them fit the ‘traditional’ mold. Loving commitments come in all forms and may not always meet the standards deemed acceptable among family, friends, and society in general. Although open-mindedness in trending in today’s culture, members of non-traditional relationships still battle stigmas and social intolerance. Non-traditional…

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Signs of Love Addiction

Addiction is a strong word associated with other words like drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. But an addiction can form around any action or object that brings a perceived sense of satisfaction or a sense of control. Love addiction, for example, occurs in people who become attached to the feelings and the ideals associated with love…

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Sex Therapy

Sex therapy is counseling for complications related to sex and intimacy. Sometimes sex therapy is administered individually and in private, or couples may choose to attend therapy together. The goal is to help clients resolve problems they are experiencing relating to sexual performance, function, or even emotions and feelings. In many cases, issues can be…

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Travel Tips (Sex Addiction)

Sex addiction recovery is best facilitated by accountability and support from counselors, friends, and family. But people who are struggling with addiction may find it difficult to maintain progress when traveling for business or pleasure. Isolation creates opportunities for weakness, which can lead to a relapse into old habits. Because it is particularly difficult for…

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Multiple Sclerosis Pharmacy

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic neurological disease affecting the central nervous system. There is no cure for this disease, but certain medications are available to help make symptom more manageable and also to help prevent MS ‘attacks’. There are many types of medications available. The first – disease modifying drugs – are used…

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Psoriasis Pharmacy

Psoriasis is a dermatological condition that causes the build-up of skin cells on the skin. Instead of shedding the skin normally, it forms patches that may become thick, inflamed, and painful. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but symptoms and ‘flare-ups’ may come and go. Most patients require medications to remove psoriasis plaques and also prevent…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Pharmacy

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a chronic disease that requires ongoing care and treatment for patients to live active and fulfilling lives. Unlike other types of arthritis, which are limited to the joints, RA is a systemic disease that can negatively affect organs within the body. Early diagnosis improves long-term prognosis though patients will require drug…

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Infertility Pharmacy

The path to pregnancy is not always easy. Infertility is a real problem that affects many people who are trying to conceive. In some cases, it can take many months or even years to become pregnant – a journey that can include a bevy of tests and fertility treatments. Drug therapy is often one of…

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HIV Pharmacy

An HIV pharmacy is one that provides specialized support to HIV patients. There are numerous drugs and therapies used to block the HIV virus and help keep patients as healthy as possible. Examples include protease inhibitors, non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, and nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors – just to name a few. That’s not to mention…

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Hepatitis C Pharmacy

Hepatitis C is a worldwide health problem thought to affect approximately 170 million people around the globe. Although the disease is chronic, it is manageable and curable when treatment is enacted. Treatments for hepatitis C include interferon treatments and anti-virals, which are used to help eliminate the disease-causing virus from the body. These medications are…

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Hemophilia Pharmacy

Hemophilia is a very serious disease that affects an estimated 18,000 people in the United States. The majority of those individuals suffer with a severe version of hemophilia A, although a small percentage cope with hemophilia B or a mild to moderate version of hemophilia A. Treatment for hemophilia usually requires periodic injections or intravenous…

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Growth Hormone Pharmacy

Growth hormone disorders are conditions in which the body does not produce the right amount of growth hormone, which is responsible for cell reproduction. This disorder can affect people of all ages, although it is most common in infants and children. Growth hormone disorders can be treated using hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. It is…

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Cancer Pharmacy

Nearly 13 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year. Each faces a journey – some long and hard, and some short and simple. Nearly every cancer patient must begin some kind of treatment regimen, which usually includes the use of prescription medications. Most pharmaceutical companies manufacture drugs into mass-produced dosages. Cancer prescription compounding makes…

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Meditation is the practice of using posture, breathing, and thoughts to focus attention. It is recognized by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) as an alternative therapy that may be performed in a private or group environment. Meditation is often performed as a means of relaxing and eliminating stress and distractions. Some…

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Meditation and mentalization are therapeutic techniques used to manage one’s thoughts and process negative emotions. The mind is the most powerful component in relationships and interactions with other people. Meditation and mentalization can be used to better understand the connections between oneself and other people, imagining in detail the thoughts and feelings of others. Did…

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Music is a foundation of cultures around the world, and it is as varied as the people within them. However, music’s benefits extend beyond entertainment alone. Music therapy is a way for people to use music as a means of inducing physical and mental health benefits. It is often used in addition to traditional medical…

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OBS

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The use of complementary medicine is more popular than ever in the U.S. More and more people are realizing the power of natural sources for remedying and preventing common physical and mental health problems. Because many traditional medical specialists and patients are becoming more familiar with the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), they…

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Woman and Man practicing Tai Chi

Western culture recognizes tai chi as a stress-reducing, alternative therapy. It is estimated that more than 2 million adults in the U.S. currently use tai chi to minimize stress and achieve better overall physical and mental health. Known to many as ‘meditation in motion’, tai chi consists of a series of exercises that are performed…

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People on foam mats stretching their backs practicing yoga

Yoga is a unique physical exercise recognized by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine for its ability to relieve chronic pain and alter the anatomy of the brain. More than 15 million people in the U.S. alone practice yoga either at home or in group sessions. Its low impact and non-aerobic movements make…

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Woman laying down receiving a massage

Massage is an alternative therapy that uses non-invasive techniques to manipulate the body’s muscles and connective tissues. There are approximately 100 different types of massage to choose from though some versions like Swedish massage, sports massage and reflexology are used more frequently than others. Although each massage has different objectives, there are techniques available to aid…

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Diet is an important part of health. A poor, imbalanced diet has the power to cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and many other health complications. On the other hand, healthy diets can set the foundation for a lifetime of wellness. In fact, many people not only practice healthy dietary habit for long-term health, but also…

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Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a progressive disease that causes spinal vertebrae to slowly begin fusing together – especially those in the lower back near the base of the spine. The inflammation that affects the joints can also gradually affect other areas of the body, such as the hip and shoulder joints, the eyes, or the…

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Man with elbow pain from Bursitis

Bursitis and tendinitis are inflammatory conditions that cause swelling or irritation to the bursae (bursitis) or tendons (tendinitis). Though they can occur nearly anywhere in the musculoskeletal system, each of these conditions is most likely to affect major joints in the body, such as the knee, ankle, shoulder, hip, or elbow. Joint pain and stiffness…

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Woman with a Dermatomyositis rash on her back

Dermatomyositis is an inflammatory condition that causes the body to produce antibodies that surround small blood vessels and cause muscle degeneration in those areas. Dermatomyositis most commonly presents itself with muscle weakness and skin changes. Weakness is generally symmetrical and isolated close to the trunk of the body in the shoulders, neck, hips or upper…

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Woman holding her neck in discomfort

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread pain, as well as additional pain at various ‘tender points’ on the body. This pain is usually associated with the muscles and may be accompanied by fatigue, morning ‘stiffness’, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, depression or irritable bowel syndrome. There is no known cause of fibromyalgia, but researchers believe that…

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Man holding wrist in pain from gout

Gout is a very painful form of arthritis that presents in acute and sudden attacks of intense pain. Though gout attacks most frequently occur at night, they can happen at any time with little or no warning. The most common symptom is extreme sensitivity, pain and tenderness at the base of the toe or in…

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Doctor Examining a womans knee

Osteoarthritis is a disease characterized by joint damage caused by ‘wear and tear’ occurring within joint cartilage over time. This degenerative joint disorder causes joint pain and tenderness, as well as swelling, stiffness and loss of flexibility among some patients. Osteoarthritis is progressive, beginning with minimal symptoms that gradually worsen. Some of the joints most…

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Diagram Illustrating what Osteoporosis is

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by brittle bones that are highly susceptible to fractures. Unfortunately, the disease is often ‘silent’ and does not become obvious until it causes a fracture or break. Though osteoporosis can affect any bone, it most frequently causes breaks or fractures in the hips, spine and wrist. Did you know? According…

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