FROM GUT TO GOUT!

goutI have a friend that has gout and is in a lot of pain. He read the post from last week and told me to write about gout next time. I listen to my readers and so this week’s post is about gout. Gout is characterized by sudden and severe pain, redness and tenderness in the joints, most commonly in the base of the big toe. The condition is a form of inflammatory arthritis and is most common in men. Women become more susceptible to the disease Continue reading

PANCREATITIS – A PAINFUL DISEASE

I remember years ago when I was a medical/surgical nurse, I had a acute pancreatitispatient with acute pancreatitis. The pain was just incredible for this individual and I hoped that I would never experience that pain. The pancreas is located in the abdomen – just below and behind the stomach. The pancreas produces chemicals called enzymes, which are needed to digest food. The main functions of this gland are to secrete chemicals that help break down food in the small intestine and to produce insulin Continue reading

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME?

          Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) is a serious disorder that occurs when the body’s defense (immune) system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system.  This leads to nerve inflammation that causes muscle weakness.  It is the most frequent acquired (as opposed to inherited) neuropathy.  Nobody knows why or how GBS infects certain individuals and not others.  Its cause is unknown, but it is triggered by a viral or bacterial infection in most patients that somehow causes an autoimmune reaction, i.e. your own Continue reading

DANGERS, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF CELLULITIS

          Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissues that can affect any area of the body.  It often begins in an area of broken skin, like a cut or scratch.  Then bacteria invade and spread, causing inflammation, pain, swelling, warmth Continue reading

ACNE ROSACEA – A MYSTERIOUS SKIN DISORDER

              

            Rosacea, also referred to as acne rosacea, is a mysterious and chronic disorder of the skin.  The condition involves inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, and/or eyelids. It may appear as redness, prominent spider-like blood vessels, swelling or skin eruptions similar to acne.  The cause of the disease is unknown, but you are more likely to develop rosacea if you are Continue reading

BURSITIS OR TENDONITIS?

          Bursitis and tendonitis are two of the most common orthopaedic diagnoses, and they are often used interchangeably.  However, they are somewhat different in the fact that a tendon is a structure that connects a muscle to a bone, whereas a bursa is a slippery structure that exists in places where tendons pass over bones.  These spots are points of potential friction if the tendons were to rub against the bone.  The body creates a bursa Continue reading

OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE

           Most knee problems are caused by osteoarthritis (OA).  In fact, OA of the knee is one of the five leading causes of disability among elderly men and women.  The risk for disability of the knee is as great as that from cardiovascular disease.  I use to work for orthopaedic surgeons and I’m quite familiar with this common disease.  Osteoarthritis is actually wear-and-tear arthritis that is Continue reading