- Gastritis [inflammation of the lining of the stomach]
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Liver disease
- Cardiomyopathy [chronic disease of the heart muscle]
- Neurological impairment
- Electrolyte imbalances
- Nutritional deficiencies
While hospitalized, the patient in withdrawal is monitored closely for the following psychiatric concerns: “Unstable mood disorders—delirium, psychosis, severe depression, suicidal or homicidal ideation—while potentially difficult to assess during intoxication, need to be considered and ruled out”(Asplund, et.al).
While it may appear that most medical professionals are well prepared to deal with the patient obviously suffering through alcohol withdrawal symptoms, the fact is that many who are hospitalized are not accurately diagnosed as being in withdrawal. Disturbingly, according to an article published in 2010 by Jose Maldonado M.D. entitled An Approach to the Patient with Substance Use and Abuse, a poll of physicians clearly illustrates concerns relating to the confidence with which physicians treat the patient with alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Consider from Dr. Maldonado’s report:
Although alcoholism is present in 20% to 50% of hospitalized patients, it is diagnosed only about 5% of the time. A poll of physicians affiliated to the American Medical Association revealed that 71% of them believed they were too ambivalent or not competent to properly treat alcoholic patients.
Taking into consideration the research and science now readily available, the facts are clear concerning the dangers of alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal should never be taken lightly and, in light of Dr. Maldonado’s findings relating to potential failings within the medical community; when considering detoxification from alcohol for yourself or a loved one, take the time necessary to research detox facilities within your area. Use the above information to ask questions of the facility. Armed with the knowledge of the severity and duration of alcohol withdrawal symptoms, make sure your choice of detox facility is prepared and equipped to deal with all of the above symptoms, from benign shakes to the potentially fatal DTs and seizures. When dealing with alcohol withdrawal, your life or the life of a loved one, may well depend upon it.
Parathyroid disease (hyperparathyroidism) causes symptoms in most people, and can decrease life expectancy if the parathyroid tumor is not removed. This page discusses the symptoms associated with disease of the parathyroid glands. Most people with hyperparathyroidism don't feel well. Parathyroid tumors take away the "joy of life".
The most common symptoms of hyperparathyroidism are chronic fatigue, body aches, difficulty sleeping, bone pain, memory loss, poor concentration, depression, and headaches. Parathyroid disease also frequently leads to osteoporosis, kidney stones, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, and kidney failure. This is a devastating condition if left untreated.
Parathyroid disease, called hyperparathyroidism, is a serious disease that becomes very destructive with time. The longer a person has parathyroid problems the more problems and destruction of body tissues it causes, including osteoporosis, high blood pressure, kidney stones, kidney failure, stroke and heart rhythm problems. Because it is a serious and progressive disease, hyperparathyroidism should not be watched or monitored since the destruction will continue as long as the disease is present. Importantly, this disease makes most people feel bad by causing many symptoms while it slowly causes problems throughout the body.
Since parathyroid gland disease (hyperparathyroidism) was first described in 1925, the symptoms have become known as "moans, groans, stones, and bones. with psychic overtones". Nearly all patients with parathyroid problems have symptoms. Sometimes the symptoms are really obvious, like kidney stones, frequent headaches, fatigue, and depression. Sometimes the symptoms are not so obvious, like high blood pressure and the inability to concentrate. If you have symptoms, you are almost guaranteed to feel remarkably better once the parathyroid tumor has been removed. As we often tell our patients: "you will be amazed at how a 16 minute mini-procedure will change your life!"
The symptoms of hyperparathyroidism are different in different people. Sometimes people have symptoms making them miserable within the first year or two of having high blood calcium. Other times it can go 6-8 years without causing too many problems other than fatigue, bad memory, kidney stones, and osteoporosis. But make no mistake about it, hyperparathyroidism kills people--it just takes 25 years to do so (read blog on this topic). Hyperparathyroidism is a simple benign disease that will slowly destroy your body and take away the "joy of life" while it does so. It will make you miserable! Keep reading to see how this hormone-producing tumor makes you feel bad. The good news is that hyperparathyroidism is typically very easy to cure if you have a surgeon with lots of experience.
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There is no other disease that is so easy to cure which has such a huge impact on a person's overall health and their quality of life
—Dr James Norman, 2011 address to the American College of Surgeons.
Symptoms of Parathyroid Disease (Hyperparathyroidism)
- Loss of energy. Don't feel like doing much. Tired all the time. Chronic fatigue. (#1 symptom)
- Just don't feel well; don't quite feel normal. Hard to explain but just feel kind of bad.
- Feel old. Don't have the interest in things that you used to.
- Can't concentrate, or can't keep your concentration like in the past.
- Depression. (blog)
- Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.
- Bones hurt; typically it's bones in the legs and arms but can be most bones.
- Don't sleep like you used to. Wake up in middle of night. Trouble getting to sleep.
- Tired during the day and frequently feel like you want a nap (but naps don't help).
- Spouse claims you are more irritable and harder to get along with (cranky, bitchy). (blog)
- Forget simple things that you used to remember very easily (worsening memory).
- Gastric acid reflux; heartburn; GERD. (blog)
- Decrease in sex drive. (blog)
- Thinning hair (predominately in middle aged females on the front part of the scalp).
- Kidney Stones (and eventually kidney failure). (blog)
- High Blood Pressure (sometimes mild, sometimes quite severe; up and down a lot).
- Recurrent Headaches (usually patients under the age of 40).
- Heart Palpitations (arrhythmias). Typically atrial arrhythmias. (blog)
- Atrial Fibrillation (rapid heart rate, often requiring blood thinners and pacemakers). (blog)
- High liver function tests (liver blood tests).
- Development of MGUS and abnormal blood protein levels.
Most people with hyperparathyroidism will have 5 - 6 of these symptoms. Some will have lots of them. A few people will say they don't have any. but after an operation they will often say otherwise. In general, the longer you have hyperparathyroidism, the more symptoms you will develop.
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If you have a parathyroid problem, go through this list with your family members. Very frequently they will notice subtle changes in your personality over the past couple of years. Often they will say that you have become tired and run-down, without the energy of your old self. They will also confirm that you have become a little more "cranky" over the past couple of years. Have an honest discussion with them and you will be surprised what you may learn. You may realize that the reason for these changes in your personality is that you have a parathyroid tumor that is causing your brain and nervous system to react to the high calcium. The best news is that hyperparathyroidism can almost always be fixed in 20 minutes or less. A simple, out-patient procedure that can change your life.
It is important to know that patients with untreated primary hyperparathyroidism will die an average of 5-6 years earlier than their peers, due to increased rates of heart disease, stroke, and several types of cancers (discussed more at the bottom of this page). Hyperparathyroidism is a more deadly disease than high cholesterol. Thus, if you have hyperparathyroidism, there is an operation in your future to remove the hormone producing tumor so you feel better, and live longer.
This section on parathyroid symptoms cannot be stressed enough.
In other words, people with calcium levels which are only slightly elevated can have some of the worst symptoms, while people with calcium levels around 12 can have kidney stones as their first symptoms. Don't let the fact that your calcium is only 'mildly elevated' fool you (or your doctor) into thinking you have 'mild parathyroid disease' and therefore your symptoms can't be due to the parathyroid problem. If your doctor tells you "your calcium is not that high, let's wait and see what happens", then find a new doctor. This is the most common mistake we see made by doctors and endocrinologists--they tell the patient that their calcium of 10.9 cannot be the cause of their depression, fatigue, and blood pressure. This is not true. The level of the calcium does NOT correlate with the amount of symptoms a patient will have. There is no reason to "wait and see if the calcium goes higher". It doesn't matter if the calcium goes higher. the current level is making the patient sick. And, the tumor will not go away by waiting and watching. If you have this disease, you need to get it fixed. Let's look at symptoms more closely by examining the number of symptoms patients have when we graph them according to what their calcium is.
Who should be vaccinated against influenza?
The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year. Everyone age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. It’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.
The influenza vaccine is updated every year to provide protection from the flu viruses that are likely to be circulating and causing disease. Also, your body’s level of immunity from a vaccine received last flu season is expected to have declined. Getting vaccinated every year before influenza activity begins in your community can help protect you during the flu season. The best time to get vaccinated is as soon as the vaccine is available. However, it’s never too late to get vaccinated.
Flu vaccines protect against multiple strains of influenza. Even if the vaccine is not a “perfect” match to all the circulating flu strains, the vaccine can still offer some protection, and may help to prevent complications or severe illness if flu illness does occur.
Infants younger than 6 months are too young to get a flu vaccine, but they are at higher risk for complications, hospitalization and death from the flu. Therefore, it is especially important that family members and other people who care for young infants get vaccinated to help ensure that they don’t spread the infection to them.
There are some people who should not get a flu vaccine, for instance, people who have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine or any of its components in the past. For more information about who should and who should not get vaccinated, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm.
Who is at high risk for developing flu complications?
The flu is a serious disease, especially for certain age groups and people with certain chronic health conditions, such as:
- Children younger than 5, but especially younger than 2 years old
- Adults 65 years of age and older
- Women who are pregnant or who have just had a baby
- People with chronic lung disease (such as asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurologic conditions, blood disorders, weak immune systems and certain other long-term medical conditions
- People who are morbidly obese
The flu can lead to complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis and can make chronic health problems worse. To help prevent the spread of the flu, those who live with people in a high-risk group and healthcare workers who provide care to high-risk patients should also receive an annual influenza vaccine.
Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?
The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. The viruses contained in flu vaccines are weakened or inactivated (killed), meaning they cannot cause the full-blown illness. The most common side effect of the injectable flu vaccine is soreness at the spot where the shot was given. Persons who receive the nasal spray may experience a runny nose or headache.
If you get flu-like symptoms soon after getting vaccinated, it can mean you may have been exposed to the flu before you received your vaccine, or during the two-week period it takes the body to gain protection after vaccination. It might also mean you are sick with another illness that causes symptoms similar to the flu.
For more information about the flu and the benefits of the flu vaccine, talk to your health care provider or contact your local health department.
Where can I get a flu vaccination?
- Contact your local health department
- Check with your health care provider
- Use the vaccine locator to find a vaccine clinic near you
The cold is believed to be the most common illness in the world. Learn about cold symptoms, causes, and expected duration.
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You know when it's coming — your throat gets sore, your nose starts running, and your body just isn't 100 percent. The common cold is thought to be the most "common" illness in the world. Each year in the United States, it's estimated that people get approximately one billion colds.
He was reassured that these symptoms were due to his body trying to renormalize itself and eliminate the old toxins from the heart drug. Sure enough, after a few days his heartbeat became steady and regular as the drug toxins were finally eliminated.
Every drug used, whether legal or illegal, leaves its mark upon the body. As the body regains health, the drug deposits are put into circulation for elimination. Since a combination of past drug deposits may enter the Bloodstream at once disconcerting symptoms may arise. Drug detoxification can be a lengthy process, but it will be aided by fasting and a diet high in fresh fruits.
Be forewarned: Old drugs that were taken even many years ago may reappear in the bloodstream as they leave fatty tissues and the organs. Drug toxin elimination may express itself in a series of rashes as they leave the body through the skin.
Heavy smokers or coffee drinkers may experience similar symptoms when they withdraw from their drug. Nervous irritability and emotional outbreaks are common symptoms of these drug addicts when they are detoxifying.
Nicotine and caffeine damage the nervous system and upset the vascular system, so symptoms such as headaches, edginess, and extreme lassitude may be expected. Such symptoms from these drugs usually lessen after three to ten days.
Once salt use is stopped and the health improves, old salt deposits in the body exit through the skin and kidneys. Sometimes the elimination is so intense that a person may have a continual salty taste in the mouth for days. The skin may become crusted with salt or it may smell of the particular condiment that is being eliminated (such as onions, peppers, or vinegar).
In Mexico, corpses have been found in the desert that were untouched by buzzards and hyenas. The reason? The people had eaten such large quantities of hot peppers all their lives that their skins were actually too spicy for the scavengers to eat. Condiments can never be used by the body, and so they must either be stored or eliminated when the health is improved.
Salt elimination may also cause a temporary rise in blood pressure. People who go on salt-free diets may actually experience a slight increase in their blood pressure as the heavy elimination of salt begins. Later the blood pressure renormalizes itself and eventually becomes below the norm on a salt-free diet.
Eliminating sugar from the diet may make a person feel slightly nervous and hyperactive until the energy levels adjust to a sugar-free diet.
Mood changes, however, are usually more noticeable than any physical symptoms when sugar is eliminated. Reformed sugar addicts may feel periods of unaccountable depression as their blood sugar level tries to right itself. Getting off the sugar roller coaster, with its rapid rises and falls in blood sugar levels, is easier when a diet high in raw foods is followed. Such a diet renormalizes blood sugar levels and promotes tranquility of emotions.
Almost every person is poisoned by deposits of heavy metals in the body. Lead, aluminum, copper and arsenic collect in organs throughout the body. Because of their heavy weight, they are difficult to eliminate, and may cause discomfort as they leave the body.
Lead enters the body through auto exhaust, paints and canned foods. Aluminum may come from preparing or storing food in aluminum containers. Arsenic is present on sprayed foods, and so on.
Since these metals are heavy, they, tend to remain in the body until a cleansing diet or fast is followed. As these metals come out, headaches and a general achiness all through the body may occur. The gums may hurt and the kidneys may throb as these metals leave the organs and bones.
Occasionally, you can actually taste the metal that is being eliminated. Lead, especially often leaves a metallic taste on the tongue when it is leaving the body.
Calcium-d-glucarate: I lost 1” belly fat overnight!
Kirkman labs calcium-magnesium-vitamin D3 powder. Most calcium products are junk.
No synthroid. Nature-throid instead, totally rocks! The body does not recognize synthroid because it is synthetic and over time is gets resistant to it. Also synthroid contains no t3. You need t3 and t4. Nature-throid has both.
No synthetic bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Use natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy instead! Don’t be fooled! Progesterone and estriol are best in a cream form rather than pellets or troches (better dosage control). Never take estradiol -- estriol only!!
No BCPs for PCOS -- ever! BCPs are bad!
Try dim: -- Nature’s Way brand is good. Helps with estrogen dominance and belly fat.
Insulin resistance: Metformin is one prescription I believe in.
Insulin resistance: Do the paleo diet or modified atkins that incorporates good carbs from leafy greens.
Look into gluten free eating, but don’t fall for “gluten free” food products at your local grocer because they are full of other refined carbs that will still do you in.
Those of you with insomnia and sleep problems, stay away from melatonin. It has fallen out of favor with medical community, Dr. Oz and natural medical doctors, too. Instead, work on leaky gut syndrome by eating low carb, eat no grains (not even “healthy” whole grains). Try taking a good amino acid complex before bed. Look into getting a sleep study -- you may have secret sleep apnea. Did you ever have braces? Were teeth pulled/extracted? You probably have sleep apnea and don’t even know it!
Do you have silver fillings or crowns with mercury under them? Look into getting the replaced with mercury free dental work by a “biologic” dentist.
39) Thank you for sharing your problems and concerns. They have help me understand what I am facing and hopefully provided me with a starting point to heal my problems.
37) I went through four years of absolute hell to get the answer. Trust me: if you have similar symptoms, get a saliva hormone test done. If your doctor won't do it, save the money and buy it online. They send you the test, you mail it out and they get you the results.
I got a saliva hormone test done, and my progesterone level was a 9 -- almost gone -- and that's out of a possible 75-175. My estrogen was also a little low. However, due to the ratio I had estrogen dominance. I am 29, so yes, this can happen to you in your 20's!
The answer almost came a little too late for me. My symptoms began after I had a baby in 2007. I finally got diagnosed in 2012. The symptoms were: severe fatigue, mental fogginess, only had a menstrual cycle every three or four months, couldn't handle stress well. No doctor could tell me what was wrong.
Hot flashes, vaginal dryness and night sweats are some of the best-known symptoms of menopause. However, other symptoms can catch women by surprise. Some women may realize they no longer recognize their own reflection as their skin becomes thin, dry and itchy. Skin changes during menopause are directly related to the same hormonal fluctuations that cause other menopause symptoms. As the ovaries stop producing eggs, the production of estrogen also declines. Estrogen stimulates the body’s oil and collagen production. When estrogen levels drop, women may experience a sudden increase in dry, flaky or itchy skin.
Menopause can cause a variety of symptoms in women. Some symptoms, such as night sweats or hot flashes, are quite well known. Others, such as paresthesis, are less well known but can cause significant discomfort or even pain. Paresthesis refers to a tingling sensation in the extremities. Tingling in hands and feet is generally caused by the hormonal changes associated with menopause. It can range from mild to severe and include tingling, burning, stinging, prickling, increased sensitivity or numbness in the hands and feet. You may feel as though you are walking on gravel or experience a warm sensation accompanied by inflammation.
Allergies can be frustrating at the best of time, but if you are struggling with the sudden onset or worsening of respiratory allergies during menopause, you may find yourself more miserable than before. The hormonal fluctuations of menopause can bring with them numerous symptoms, including moodiness, irritability and hot flashes. According to a new study published in the “Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology,” they may also be more likely to cause allergies.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome refers to dysfunction in the tendons and nerves in your wrist and hand. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, tingling, numbness and loss of strength. Although the dominant hand is most commonly affect, many people experience symptoms in both of their hands.
Women are more likely to develop heart disease during and after menopause, but according to a new study, they may also be more likely to experience high cholesterol. This risk appears to exist for all women regardless of socioeconomic status or ethnicity. For more than a decade, the study followed more than 1,000 women experiencing menopause. They were tested annually for heart disease risk factors, including cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
The carbohydrates you eat provide your body with fuel in the form of glucose. Blood sugar refers to the amount of glucose in your body. A normal blood sugar is about 80 mg/dl after fasting or before a meal. However, typical blood sugar levels may fluctuate between 80 mg/dl and 120 mg/dl.
A rapid heartbeat can occur for many reasons and is particularly common during exercise or moments of extreme stress. When you are experiencing rapid heartbeats, or tachycardia, during perimenopause or menopause, however, your heart rate may speed dramatically for no apparent reason. You may experience an uncomfortable fluttering or flopping sensation in your chest, your heart may be pounding, you may feel lightheaded and you may struggle to catch your breath. Some women may even faint.
Menopause is more than just the cessation of periods for many women. It can bring with it many different symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Dizziness can be one of the more bothersome symptoms and can leave women feeling ill and unable to move quickly or feeling as though they are about to faint.
Indigestion can interfere with healthy eating habits and leave you feeling uncomfortable, bloated or sick. You may experience nausea, abdominal pain, heartburn, burping, gas or vomiting. Apart from being inconvenient, digestion difficulties can significantly affect your quality of life. It can become more common during menopause, although a menopause natural treatment can help relieve symptoms.
Menopause is often accompanied by a variety of symptoms, but rarely do women expect to have increased allergies along with their night sweats, irritability and hot flashes. However, as hormone production slows and eventually stops in the ovaries, the adrenal glands will take over the job. If the adrenal glands become stressed, perimenopausal and menopausal women may experience an uptick in allergies, including food allergies.
Photo allergies are reactions that cause dramatic changes in the skin within one to three days of sun exposure. UV rays trigger an immune system response, and an itchy, uncomfortable rash develops. Unlike a sunburn, this reaction is not isolated to the areas directly exposed to UV rays but can be spread across the body. Although this kind of reaction is most commonly related to medications or topical treatments that can increase sensitivity, it can also be related to menopause.
When ovulation and menstruation cease and are absent for a year, a woman is said to be in menopause. The period immediately preceding menopause is known as perimenopause. Perimenopause and menopause often bring with them dramatic physical and emotional changes that can include uncomfortable symptoms, such as breast tenderness. A natural menopause treatment may be able to help alleviate this type of breast discomfort.
Body odor may not be the favorite topic of a woman going through perimenopause or menopause, but it may well be a subject that is frequently on her mind. Changes in body odor are common as women go through the hormonal fluctuations that accompany menopause.
The sensation of electric shocks on the skin can be quite disconcerting and uncomfortable. You may experience this common menopause symptom as a twitching sensation, zaps, tingles or the feeling of a rubber band snapping inside your skin. In some cases, the tingling, numbness or twitching of shocks may precede a hot flash or night sweat. Natural menopause treatment products may be able to relieve your discomfort.
Perimenopause and menopause can bring with them many symptoms as hormones fluctuate and eventually decrease. Hot flashes and night sweats are some of the best-known symptoms, but many women experience what may seem to be a near-constant state of premenstrual syndrome. Their emotions may be tumultuous, and they may have difficulty concentrating. This can lead to a lack of motivation, irritability, anxiety, moodiness and other emotional swings. In some cases, difficulty with concentration can be caused by depression, which can either be triggered or worsened by menopause or perimenopause, the period just before menopause when your periods become erratic or irregular.