| Thursday, October 07, 2004
| ARE YOU SICK OR JUST TIRED?....
|If you think your fatigue could be caused by something more serious than a little too much nightlife, speak to your physician. One of these underlying medical problems may be sapping your energy:
Symptoms: Extreme thirst, weight loss, repeated yeast infections, frequent urination. "because patients urinate frequently through the night, they do not get adequate sleep," says JudyAnn Bigby, MD, Director of Harvard Medical School Center of Excellence in Women's Health.
Test: Blodd Sugar test.
Solution: Keeping blood glucose at healthy levels by losing weight and fllowing a low fat, high fiber diet.
Symptoms: An underactive thyroid can cause constipation. hoarse voice, dry skin and hair, menstrual irregularities and weight fain.
Test: Blood test for TSH( Thyroid stimulating hormone) levels.
Solution: a daily dose of thyroid replacement hormone L Throxine.
Symptoms: Weakness, feeling cold, carving ice, pale eyes.
Test:CBC (complete blood count) test.
Solution:Eating iron rich foods and taking iron and follic acid supplements help. In some cases, blood transfusions and medication maybe needed.
CONSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
Symptoms: You stop breathing in your sleep and wake up grasping for breath. The alarming sensation causes sufferes to wake up several times a night.
Test: Laboratory sleep study during which you are monitored as you sleep.
Solution:Bigby says, this problem occurs often in overweight women , especially if they have thich necks and tonsil problems. weight
loss can alleviate symptoms; surgery may sometimes be necessary.
Symptoms: Loss of interest in activities, insomia, weight loss or gain, suicidal feelings.
Test:"The diagnosis relies heavily on the patients discussing patients symptoms with the doctor," says Sharon Allison Ottey MD, Ceo of Coshar Medical Inc., Lanham , Maryland.
Solution:Antidpressant medication and theraphy.
(from HealthReport by: Lashieka Purvis)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 3:39 PM