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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Dizziness and Vertigo

Dizziness is a feeling of lightheadedness with or without loss of balance. Dizziness is also felt when there is a blood pressure drop. Dehydration is also a major cause of dizziness, and motion sickness can definitely make people dizzy. There are forms of dizziness that pass without medical intervention. However, dizziness can also be a symptom of a more serious medical condition.

Regular folk might think that vertigo is just dizziness, but in the medical profession it is a very specific type of dizziness. Vertigo is more than a sense of being giddy, but instead it is a sensation that the world is spinning. It is also not similar to a fear of heights or acrophobia. Rather, even if the environment is not moving at all, the person who suffers from vertigo feels as if the world moves all the time. It is also different from a certain type of fainting sensation or disequilibrium. The type of dizziness that is felt in vertigo is a form of spinning due primarily to a pathological condition of the vestibular system which is found within the inner ear.

There is a set of associated symptoms that characterize a state of vertigo. Some of these symptoms are tinnitus or ringing in the ears, hearing loss, vomiting, and nausea. There are a couple of areas that may be problematic, thus resulting in the physical symptoms. If there is a disturbance in the labyrinth within the inner ear or in the auditory nerve pathways, vertigo may result. These disturbances may result from inner ear inflammation, vestibular nerve inflammation, and Ménière’s disease, among others. A certain type of vertigo that is caused by migraine headache is called central vertigo.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV is worth mentioning here because is it a condition that is very manageable as soon as it is diagnosed properly. BPPV is seen more in older persons than in younger people, and its incidence is higher in women than in men. Although there is no known cause, there are available management approaches that address the problems adequately.

BPPV is an idiopathic disease without an identifiable cause, but there are cases where BPPV is seen after head injury, ear surgery, labyrinthitis, vertebrobasilar ischemia (or reduced blood flow in that area of the brain), and prolonged bed rest. BPPV may also be seen as an associated symptom in syphilis, drug toxicity, otosclerosis or a genetic problem in the ear that leads to deafness, and Ramsay Hunt syndrome (viral infection).

Some Alternative Treatment for Migraine

Migraines can often disrupt things like important personal appearances and special events. They can also cause frequent absenteeism from work. This eventually leads to a disruption in both professional and personal relationships and they can affect the inability to advance in the workplace. This also causes social problems such as isolation as well as a reduction in income.

Even though there are a variety of treatments for migraine sufferers, many are realizing that pain medications don’t solve the underlying problem. They only dull or numb the pain for a limited amount of time. In order to gain more control of their lives, migraine headache sufferers are turning to homeopathic treatments such as acupuncture and herbal supplements. It is important to note that studies are now showing positive results from treating the headaches with chiropractic care.

When migraine sufferers were treated with chiropractic care on a regular basis, patients experienced either substantial or noticeable improvement. They found that the frequency of the headaches was reduced, the length of time that they suffered from the headache was less, or they didn’t need to use their medication as much as they did prior to treatment.

Cervical or spinal manipulation is a common choice for those who want a more non-evasive, drug-free solution. While it’s important to note that not all treatments work for all patients, spinal manipulation has proven to be as effective as drug therapy but with fewer side effects.

It’s also important for migraine sufferers to understand the misconceptions surrounding the typical remedies for headache relief.

· Pain medications temporarily relieve pain. They don’t relieve what’s causing the problem.

· Over the counter and prescription drugs can have serious side effects.

· Stress isn’t the direct cause of a headache. It is more related to how your body reacts to the stress in your life.

· A headache or migraine won’t go away unless you treat the cause of the problem.

Jet Lag Affects Body

Medical researchers have attributed to jet lag most of the immunity problems that are experienced by travelers. Immunity problem refers to your susceptibility to be affected by a number of infections. This is because your biological clock helps in the production of a particular type of protein that in turn aids in the detection of harmful bacteria.

Another effect of jet lag is a disturbance in your sleeping pattern. When you travel from one place to another, and effectively cross time zones, your body adapts to a change in climate, temperature level and the surrounding noise. This is why most people who are jet-lagged tend to experience difficulty in falling asleep easily in the new place. This is not to mention the hours you spend awake even if your body already tells you that it should be resting at that time-just because your surroundings are still very much alive.

Finally, jet lag’s symptoms affect your social and physiological functions. As your sleeping pattern suffers and your symptoms continue to bother, you would find it more difficult to communicate with people around you as well as perform different tasks that involve physical and mental well-being.

However, you need not worry because as in most conditions, jet lag lasts only for a few days until you have adjusted to your surroundings. If you always experience jet lag, better consult a doctor first before your travel to get the best advice to prevent jet lag.

Information of Triggers Migraines

Emotional stress: people with periods of high stress, or those who have accumulated stress are more prone to getting a migraine attack. Those who have suppressed emotions or react quickly and easily to stress are also likely to have a migraine attack. The most common stressors include anxiety, worry, shock, depression, excitement, mental fatigue, loss and grief etc.

Stress does not necessarily have to be negative in nature; it can be appositive stress as well. Similarly the way an individual reacts to stress may also bring about or prevent an episode of migraine.

In some people, the exceptionally high self-expectations or anticipations from life can also cause a migraine.

Physical stress: overexertion in the form of strenuous exercise (especially when out of shape!), exercise in unfavorable climatic conditions, or even a marathon race can exacerbate a migraine attack.

Visual triggers are made up of over straining of eyes, e.g. in front of a computer Or television screen, bright glaring lights, fluorescent lights, or using glasses of wrong eye power are all known to cause migraine.

Injuries or becoming tired or fatigued as a result of excessive work may also trigger migraine.

Dietary stress: Dietary stress has been studied under various heads; skipped meals or fasting, low blood sugar, use of specific foods or fasting.

A list of specific foods that may trigger migraine are enlisted here. Some food types may act as triggers for some people, while some may not. You have to keep an individual note of what seems to trigger your migraine.

Food type – Examples

Beverages

Chocolate and cocoa,
alcoholic beverages such as red wine, sherry and beer,
even small quantity of caffeine

Fruits
Figs, raisins, papaya, avocados, red plums, overripe bananas

Vegetables
Beans, peas, olives, onions