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    The knee is an extremely complicated joint, with several structures that can be injured, including the collateral ligaments, the cruciate ligaments and the meniscus Read more →

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    First identified by Dr James Parkinson in 1817, Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic condition which affects sufferer’s movements - everything from walking to talking. Read more →

    Hi,i am 35 and have no confidence due to a range of diffrent diagnosis i.e chloasma of the face ,tachycardia ,vasomotor instability ,and also horrid marks in my thighs due to injections when i was a baby ,after being slight spina biffida and contracting meningitas so unhappy with my body please help !





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    My son is 9 yrs old and has always suffered from shakes. It's obvious in his hands but he has an underlying tremor throughout his entire body and head. After reading the comments posted here I feel very worried for his future as I believed it wouldn't get any worse. He is already very accident prone and suffered many injuries as a result of instability. Could anyone tell me how this diagnosis is made, is there a specific test I need to request? Also, is this a genetic disorder?





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    My son is now 9 yrs old. I had noticed the tremors from the day after he was born. As he got older it was only noticable in his hands and voice when in an emotional situation ie stress, excitement, etc. He finally got a diagnosis of ET when seeing a Doctor about another condition. He was sent to an assessment clinic who had to create a test as they had never had a case of ET before. It was based on test from kids who had physical and motor issues. From what I was told this condition is hereditary and I know this runs in the male side of my family. Although it can get worse there has not been a worsening of the condition of any of my family so I am hoping that my son's ET shall remain the same. You should speak to his teacher as she will be able to monitor how bad and when his hands shake, he may have issues with writing and an assessor ahould monitor him in class to see if he possibly needs equipment or additional time to complete tasks. I was told if his hand writing is really bad then a laptop can be provided to do class work on, thankfully my son just requires additional time although teachers are aware to monitor the situation.

    there is no standard test for depression - the scans simply show whether or not you have tumors or areas of damage in your brain - clear, organic causes. have you had all your thyroid, iron and hormones checked? chemical imbalance is a catch-all term to describe depression not caused by either your history (abuse, instability etc) or non organic (not a tumor, low blood level of something etc) there isnt a way to test this as such since they're still not entirely sure how depression and antidepressants work. did you find out which part of the fluoxetine you were allergic to? whether it was the actual drug or one of the additives/coatings? i hope that the appointment went well - good luck xxx

    What a shame this wasnt gone into in a bit more detail as the whole area of balance disorders is so little talked about. I have bilateral severe end-stage Meniere's Disease and it has disabled me beyond imagination. It started with violent episodes of dizziness (unable to stand) nausea and vomiting and has gradually progressed over the course of 9 years into severe hearing loss, permanent chronic instability and dizziness, a good deal of hearing loss and multiple (rarely discussed by medics) cognitive problems colloquially known by sufferers as 'brain fog'. I am rarely able to leave the house. Anyone suffering from Meniere's may want to contact the Meniere's Society or join one of the many Facebook Support Groups such as Meniere's Disease UK. People walk down the street taking their balance for granted - I used to be like that. Now I cant walk without a stick or my walker - IF I'm able to go out at all.





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    I too have been very poorly on and of for last 4 years. I have never had a' official' diagnosis of Menaires Disease. And I still continue to work full time. The dizziness, tinitis and brain fog are my worst symptoms. I have had CT and MRI scans they came up with nothing!! My GP is no help whatsoever, I dread going to see him as he constantly tells me that it's stress and that it might be to do with my weight!! I have been given various medications over the years and none of them help!! I have attacks of dizziness without warning there is no pattern in relation to tiredness or stress they just happen. I can have an attack that lasts a day or one that can carry for weeks followed by the tinitus and a long term brain fog!! Recently I also have started to feel drunk all the time and the tiredness is unbelievable!! I just don't know what to do!! I really need to see my GP again as not getting better this time but I just know that he is going to tell me it's pyschological and as usual do nothing!! I am getting desperate for someone to help me!! The difficult thing physically I look fine and nonkne really understands!! I really just font know what else to do!!

    It's such a relief to know that I am not alone in this craziness. If only my boyfriend could understand what we as women have to go through. I am only 32 years old and started "losing my mind" last year after I had a cyst that ruptured. I'm not quite sure if that's what triggered my emotional instability, or if it was merely a coincidence. After talking with my mother,(who did not raise me),I learned that early menopause is our family curse. At first,I just thought it was depression. But after trying nearly every antidepressant known to man,I realized there was something else going on. I stopped taking my birth control 3 months on my doctors advice to begin rounds of hormone testing. Little did I know the hell I was in for. Without the pill somewhat leveling my hormones,I went into a whirlwind of depression, extremely high anxiety, anger,etc. And not the normal kind of anger. I literally scream in my head, imagine typing my hair out, and take it out on everyone around me. While I was once a confident, happy, loveable person...I have become a monster. Everyone has that little voice in the back of their head that leads them to question or doubt things, but mine is always screaming at me...forcing me to imagine things that aren't true. It is destroying my relationship. I wish men could understand that we have no control over these emotions. High cortisol levels are most likely to blame for my wicked anxiety attacks and nagging doubts. I just pray that I can get this under control before it ruins me. I've been keeping a log of my symptoms for a few months now and know what to expect and when to expect it, but no matter how hard I try there's just no avoiding it. It takes control no matter how hard I try to remain happy. I'm terrified right now because I'm nearing the end of menstruation and know what's coming...But I don't know how to stop it. It always comes in the same wave. A couple days after my period ends I get extremely angry and irritable for a day, followed by a debilitating depression that lasts for 2 to 3 days...then I'll be happy as a clam. I just don't know how to cope...and am not scheduled to see my doctor until September 23rd. So other than locking myself in the basement until this next wave passes, does anyone have any advice?





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    I know exactly how you feel! I have only been married for 8 months and it is destroying what once was a loving happy relationship. .... I tried to end my life last month because I couldn't take feeling like this anymore! ... I'm now going to my doctor to ask if I can have a hysterectomy as I've read this can help.

    I literally thought I was the only one that went through this every month. I started noticing this probably six years ago but it has gotten worse and its unbearable. It starts like 2 weeks before my period, I am emotional and will cry over EVERYTHING then I feel like I am not even the same person, I cant concentrate or focus and I have actually heard people say to me," What is wrong with you, you are not the same person". Plus my husband thinks I have anger issues. Its very difficult. I know that I need to go to the doctor. But, its like I get one week out of the month that I am ok and that is the week after my period. So basically I get 12 to 15 weeks out of the year that are good and the rest suck. This is no way to live for sure.

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    Hi there I am 20 years young and have a few questions I am a young mother of two boys 4 years and 11 months I have been with my partner for 5 years now..... With my first son I fell pregnant on the pill with a good normal pregnancy with my second son I also fell pregnant on the pill but with a horrible pregnancy I was in and out of hospital and I ended up getting pelvic instability and could not walk for the last 3 months of my pregnancy as my hips turned like jelly as my gp worded ! About 4 weeks ago my hips started going really sore and hard to walk again I went to the gp and to find out I was pregnant AGAIN I was very emotional shocked and sceard me and my partner decided its best not to keep the baby.... I had been booked in to have the pregnancy terminated on the day I went in they had me in the bed getting ready to be put to sleep as they did a last ultrasound to make sure everything was ok... Next minute they had called a ambulance and rushed me to hospital I didn't understand what was going on as I was half out of it when I went to the hospital they said they had noticed I had 2 cysts on my right overie and they could see the sack for the baby but unfortenaly they couldn't locate the baby so they were assuming I was having a eptopic pregnancy witch is very dangerous I was in hospital for 14 hours and they couldn't work out what was wrong so they drugged me up and sent me home... I went home was fine the next day but that night I was at my mums house on the ground screaming in pain literally thinking I was going to die I could not move mum rang a ambulance and got rushed back to hospital ( different hospital ) they sent me in for a emergency scan and finally I had results !!!! I had two cysts on my right overie and they found out I deffently was having a eptopic pregnancy ( baby in the tube ) and I needed to be rushed into surgery as they said if my tube burst I could easily not make it through with in 10 minutes I was off to surgery .... When I woke up from surgey they told me they removed two cysts safely and as they cut me open my tube burst if I had gone in any later there would have been a high chance of not making it through they then turned around and said there was no other wat of removing the baby without removing my hole left tube as they baby was getting quiet big then the surgen turned around and told me I have been diagnosed with polysistic overiers but not the syndrome I was so shocked with everything that had happened so quickly and I was so sceard and still half out of it after all they had givin me for the pain I didn't stop and think about asking what polysistic overies was all I no is I have a lot of follicles on my overies !!!! Sorry for the long story but I guess to read the full story it's easier to understand.... CAN ANYONE HELP OR EXPLAIN !!





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    Hiya guys, my name is dan I am 26 years old. I have wet the bed most my life but on occasions iy hasn't happened. When I was spoken to about my bed wetting I was told to have a look at my child hood and piece together the events that's started my bed wetting. I looked back, and because I was in care and under going some very stressful and hard times it was what triggered it all off. Guys and girls there is help out there. I went on the bladder and bowl foundation web site and did some research, they pointed me to a medication called oxybutinyn, I have been taking it now for over a year, it does work but you have to keep on top of it if it is to be successfull: How does it work? Ditropan tablets and elixir contain the active ingredient oxybutynin hydrochloride, which is a type of medicine called an anticholinergic (or antimuscarinic) muscle relaxant. (NB. Oxybutynin tablets are also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine.) Oxybutynin works by relaxing the involuntary muscle that is found in the wall of the bladder. The muscle in the wall of the bladder is called the detrusor muscle. It can sometimes contract in uncontrollable spasms, and this is often referred to as having an overactive or unstable bladder. The overactive detrusor muscle can cause an increase in the number of times you need to pass urine, uncontrollable urges to pass urine, or involuntary leakage of urine (urinary incontinence). Oxybutynin works by relaxing the detrusor muscle in the wall of the bladder. It does this by blocking receptors called cholinergic (or muscarinic) receptors that are found on the surface of the muscle cells. This prevents a natural body chemical called acetylcholine from acting on these receptors. Normally when acetylcholine acts on these receptors, it causes the detrusor muscle to contract and the bladder to empty. By blocking acetylcholine, oxybutynin helps the muscle in the bladder wall to relax. This reduces unstable, involuntary contractions of the bladder, and thereby increases the capacity of the bladder to hold urine. In turn, this reduces the need to pass urine. Oxybutynin is used to treat urinary frequency, urinary urgency and incontinence in people with unstable bladders. The condition may have no known cause (idiopathic bladder instability), or may be due to problems with the nerve supply to the bladder (neurogenic bladder), for example following a spinal cord injury, or as a result of conditions affecting the nervous system such as spina bifida or multiple sclerosis. Oxybutynin can also be used to treat bedwetting in children over five years of age. In these cases the medicine is used in combination with other non-drug therapy, and only when other approaches have failed. What is it used for? Urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency in adults and elderly people with unstable bladder conditions. Improving bladder control in children over five years of age with diseases of the nervous system that cause problems with the nerve supply to the bladder (neurogenic bladder). Bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) in children over five years of age, in conjunction with non-drug approaches when these have been unsuccessful. Hopefuly guy this will help you out, reply back to me and let me know how you get on.





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