Hypothyroidism, the chronic condition of an under-active thyroid, affects millions of Americans. It's most commonly caused by chronic autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease, and can result in a variety of symptoms, including: weight ga... Read more
When you hear the term "arthritis," you probably imagine painful and stiff joints. While that is pretty accurate (arthritis literally means "joint inflammation"), there are actually over 100 different types of arthritis, which is... Read more
When your legs ache, you can usually lie down and relax to alleviate your symptoms. But for people who suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS for short), relaxing only makes them hurt more. According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as... Read more
Cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea are some of the common and uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Unfortunately, no one has yet discovered a specific cause for IBS, but there are many factors that are... Read more
Digestion isn't the kind of thing you have to think about much. You eat, and well, digestion just happens. Usually we're more concerned with what we're eating (Is it delicious? Does it meet our nutritional needs?) than what happens after... Read more
I had pancreatitis 5 times while I had gastroparesis. I developed gastroparesis after a gallbadder surgery, in which the surgeon refused to remove it for 4 days. I ended up with a feeding tube for about 4 years, had gastric pace maker implanted. Ab... Read more
Hormonal changes due to fatigue causes the brain to release appetite-stimulating hormones which in turn causes us to overeat.
Apart from physiological causes, there are also psychological causes, such as we feel the need to eat more when we are... Read more
After years and years of studying, analyzing and reanalyzing my eating habits (if I only had a nickel for each time), I've finally realized that yes, sure, I eat out of stress, and yes, I eat because it tastes good, etc. but I'm finally realizing the... Read more
I have a bulged disc in my back, as well as SI joint dysfunction :( Needless to say, the pain is really bad when I have a flare up.
I was working out 5 days a week when I started at Sparkpeople, but due to flare ups and having... Read more
Hi. Cynthia here and I really am in need of some suggestions.
I have had chronic stress for as long as I can remember. It seems like I am almost always in fight or flight mode and often overreact over things that aren't that big of a deal. Does... Read more
I'm taking driver's ed, to become a coach bus driver - I've already been offered a job! Yesterday, right about 2pm, my eyes start rolling around in the back of my head and a fellow student starts snoring! What to do?! We discussed it - it's a majo... Read more
Being recently retired, I have come to the conclusion that one of the best retirement gifts you can give yourself is the gift of your own good health. Take care of yourself before you retire so you can enjoy many years of healthy retirement.... Read more
We will not let disease destroy all that is us! Pain/illness isolates but together we can meet goals of health and wellness despite complex physical/mental challenges, fears, and limitations.... Read more
It's important for people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) to work in conjunction with their health care providers to start a healthy, reasonable exercise program. Physical activity should be gentle and should be increased slowly over time (in... Read more
Today we're giving away five copies of a fascinating new book: Are You Tired and Wired?
We featured this book in our "must-read" roundup earlier this month, and we were thrilled when the author offered to give away five copies of the book to luc... Read more
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