Pain That Brings You To Your Knees

Have you ever imagined yourself not having knees? Surely, it is a delight to see those shapely, long legs, but without the knees, those legs will be useless. The knee is a weight-bearing joint that connects the thigh and the leg to each other. The role of the knees is to allow movement of the legs by flexing (bending) and extending (straightening) to perform normal daily functions such as walking, sitting, standing, running, and even kicking. However, today’s active society and fast-paced lifestyle has resulted in the rising number of problems related to knee conditions.
When acute knee injuries and trauma occur, parts of the anatomy may be ruptured, such as the ligaments and cartilages which cause knee pain. Habitual or chronic overuse of the knees can cause inflammation, making the knees swell and painful.
Knee pain is no longer a rare case and has become a very common musculoskeletal complaint that brings people to pay a visit to their doctors. Some people may consider knee pain as a minor problem, but it can lead to serious discomfort and acute disability, especially if the damage is severe. Although most knee pains are caused by an injury, medical conditions such arthritis, gout, infections, and chondromalacia can also bring you to your knees.
Acute knee pain is described as severe pain that comes on suddenly and is usually the result of injury or infection. Some of the more common knee injuries and their signs and symptoms include the following:
Ligament Injuries when the tough bands of tissue that connect the thighbone (femur) and the lower leg bone (tibia and fibula) together, also known as ligaments, are torn as a result of a fall or contact trauma, most likely it will cause instant pain in the injured area. Discomfort may range from mild to severe. Pain is heightened when you walk or bend your knee.
Tendon Injuries – tendons are thick, fibrous cords that attach muscles to the bone. Tendinitis is irritation and inflammation of one or more tendons and may involve one or both knees. Pain and swelling takes place at the front knee and below the knee cap. One will not be able to straighten the knee when tendons have been totally ruptured.
Meniscus Injuries involves tears in the C-shaped cartilage that curves within your knee joint. It may hamper knee movement and cause your knee joint to lock so that you can’t extend it completely. When this happens, the knee must be surgically treated.
Loose Body is when an injury or degeneration of bone or cartilage causes a piece of bone or cartilage to break off and float in the joint space. This may not create any problems unless the loose body interferes with knee joint movement the effect is something like a pencil caught in a door hinge leading to pain and a locked joint.
Dislocated Kneecap involves the slipping of the triangular bone that covers the front of your knee (patella) out of place, usually to the outside of your knee. Dislocation is visible and your kneecap swings from side to side. There is intense pain and swelling in the affected area and difficulty walking or straightening your knee. Once a kneecap has been dislocated, there is greater risk of it happening again.
Osgood-Schlatter Disease affects teens and preteens who are into active sports. This overuse syndrome causes pain, swelling and tenderness at the bony prominence (tibial tuberosity) just below the kneecap and frequently affects just one knee, but may develop in both knees.
Hyperextended Knee is an injury in which the knee extends beyond its normally straightened position, such that it bends back on itself. Sometimes the damage is relatively minor, with pain and swelling when you try to extend your knee. But a hyperextended knee may also lead to a partial or complete ligament tear.
Septic Arthritis is a condition when the knee joint becomes infected, leading to swelling, pain and redness. Septic arthritis often occurs with a fever.
Sometimes an injury can lead to chronic knee pain. Often, chronic pain results from a medical condition such as:
Rheumatoid Arthritis this is considered to be the most debilitating of the more than 100 types of arthritis and can affect almost any joint in the body, including the knees. Aside from pain and swelling, aching and stiffness will be experienced when you get up in the morning or after periods of inactivity. It may lead to loss of motion in the knees and eventual deformity of the knee joints.
Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis and the most common type of arthritis. It’s a wear-and-tear condition that occurs when the cartilage in your knee deteriorates with use and age. It usually develops gradually and may cause varying degrees of pain and swelling when you stand or walk, especially before a change in the weather. It also can lead to stiffness, especially in the morning and after you’ve been active, and to a loss of flexibility in your knee joints.
Gout is a form of arthritis characterized by redness, swelling and intense pain in the knee that comes on suddenly and without warning, usually at night time. The pain usually lasts five to 10 days and then stops. The discomfort subsides gradually over one to two weeks, leaving your knee joints apparently normal and pain-free.
There are some relatively minor instances of knee pain that respond well to self-care measures. However, more serious injuries, such as a ruptured ligament or tendon, may require surgical repair. Moreover, not every knee problem can be prevented but one can take certain measures to reduce the risk of injury or disease. Good rehabilitation and focus on strength training of the muscles that control your kneecaps can greatly help in the prevention of dislocation as well as other injuries.

Living with Teenage Acne

You do not have to feel bad if you looked yourself into the mirror one morning and found a disgusting looking zit because majority of teenagers go through this distressing condition at some point of time in their teen life. Clinical studies are of evident that almost 100% of all teens have at least an occasional whitehead, blackhead or pimple.

Several changes occur in your body and emotions while you step into adulthood because of hormone modifications. When hormones are highly active, the glands that are attached to hair follicles (sebaceous glands) produce more sebuman oily substance that lives within the pores. An acne lesion (whitehead, blackhead or pimple) occurs when a hair follicle becomes plugged with the sebum and dead skin cells that are always being shed by the body. Brace yourself.

When acne begins sometime between the ages of ten and thirteen, it is usually going to go on for five, or even ten, years! The most severe cases in some teens stem from the development of comedomes. Comedones are skin-coloured, small bumps that frequently show up on the forehead and chin of those with acne. Some may be so small that they are not visible to the naked eye these are called microcomedones. The heaviest breakouts will be at their worst at about 3 to 5 years after the first comedones appear.

The pimples and blackheads youre experiencing right now should disappear sometime between ages of 20 and 25. However, the most severe cases — nodular acne or cystic acne may not resolve until youre 30 or over.

Most of all, try not to isolate yourself just because youre breaking out. Take a look around you. Lots of the kids you know are also walking around with acne your parents probably suffered with it as well when they were adolescents. Ask them. Acne has not singled you out besides, youre not alone in feeling the way you do.

British teenagers conducted a survey and found that they are suffering the same emotional pain that you are. Almost 40% of them have avoided going to school because they were embarrassed. Over half of them felt that acne prevented them from having a boyfriend or girlfriend. About one-third said it got in the way of them being able to make friends. By treating your acne properly, you can protect yourself from the emotional effects of your condition, and you can stop the breakouts from getting worse. Thanks to modern sciences, that is making the availability of medications possible.

Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome

Every woman knows about PMS or Pre menstrual syndrome leaving some exceptional cases where a women is completely spared by the physical and behavioral changes that characterize pre menstrual syndrome.

Symptoms for PMS can begin from anytime after the ovulation that occurs approximately two weeks before the start of your menstruation cycle. During the last three to fourteen days of your cycle whereby you can notice various changes in your body that could also lead to some degree of distress.

These symptoms include swelling and tenderness in the breasts, temporary weight gain of some pounds, skin blemishes or acne, headaches, nausea or constipation followed by diarrhea at the onset of menstruation, increase in appetite or thirst, craving for certain food items such as sweets or items with high quantity of salt, increased irritability or mood swings, fatigue or insomnia, confusion or forgetfulness, feelings of anxiety or loss of control, sadness or uncontrolled crying etc.

Almost 150 physical and behavioral symptoms are associated with PMS which also complicates the diagnosis process and also makes it difficult to classify the condition as a specific disease. Mild premenstrual changes that some women experience have added to the confusion over PMS.

There are also certain unrelated medical problems that could mimic PMS and mislead you and your physician such as fibrocystic breast changes whereby non cancerous lumps are formed in the breast that are swollen and painful, endometriosis whereby the tissue from the lining of the uterus causes pain anywhere in the lower abdomen, unrecognized pelvic infections such as Chlamydia, dysmenorrhea or painful menstrual cramps that could prompt nausea and diarrhea, diabetes causing excessive thirst and hunger, endocrine disorders such as overactive thyroid, emotional disorders that could be confused with mood swings during PMS or any other sort of allergies.

Natural Remedies for Losing Weight – Citricoma

Losing weight is and can be a real struggle. And it seems it is usually women who are the ones trying to accomplish that. In a recent survery at least one sixth of the women were trying to lose weight. That’s interesingn as almost 37 per cent of men are overweight to obese compared to 24 per cent of women.

Imagine the numbers of people trying to lose weight or at least trying to get down to a healthy weight from what they currently are at. This might be difficult for those trying to shed pounds, but it certainly isn’t all that bad for the diet industry – which has literally quadrupled since 1988.

Diet books still are still on book best-seller lists. Tabloids trumpet 10 Day Wonder Diets, and sales sky rocket as millions search for new ways to beat the bulge. What’s new in the weight loss world?

A brand new kid on the block (patent pending in fact), Citricoma comes from the maker of Cortislim. Apparently Citricoma is a new patent-pending blend of Citrus PMF (polymethoxylated flavones) and Eurycoma longifolia, for the healthy weight loss/management market.

Reading the theory behind this new product would lead one to believe they may have a good idea. The question will be if it is as effective as they indicate it may be.

Citrus peel extract includes Polymethoxylated Flavones (PMFs), particularly tangeretin, sinensetin, and nobilitin, which maintain cholesterol level and promote cardiovascular health. These super flavonoids have 3-fold potency in reducing cholesterol levels as compared to other citrus flavonoids. Citrus flavonoids reduce liver and adipose tissue, promoting healthy blood sugar control and weight loss.

Eurycoma (Eurycoma Longifolia, aka Tongkat ali and Malaysian ginseng) is known to increase energy levels among other things. It is used to help maintain normal (low) cortisol and normal (high) testosterone levels during the stress of weight loss. Effective doses of Eurycoma help stop the “yo-yo” diet effect when a dieter’s initial weight loss of a few pounds sends the body into a catabolic state, leading to binge eating and fat storage. Inhibiting or reducing the cortisol spike associated with weight loss can make it easier for a person to control their appetite. Controlling the cortisol and testosterone levels helps prevent the body from increasing fat storage and increases a person’s baseline energy.

It seems the jury is still out on this new product, but research results should soon be coming back from various groups who have tried this new product.

Acidophilus: Lactobacillus Acidophilus ABC

Lactobacillus acidophilus is a lactic acid producing bacteria. Some scientifics think that acidophilus have beneficial effects on digestion and overall health. Acidophilus can be found in yogurt and other dairy products, which named acidophilus as probiotics.

Acidophilus aids digestive system, because different factors decrease the number of lactic acid producing bacteria that live and work in the gastrointestinal tract and protect us from harmful disease-causing bacteria. Among these factors, it is possible to find narcotics, alcohol, diet deficiencies, aging, antibiotics, drugs, medications, nicotine, and stressful living.

The digestion of food begins in the alimentary canal, mouth and stomach, and finally in the intestines, where millions of microorganisms, working simultaneously, metabolize the partially-digested food. Digestion can be impaired, short-changing us of the full nutritional value from foods, if there is too small a colony of L. acidophilus and other friendly bacteria, such as L. bulgaricus and L. bifidus. Also a fewer quantity of key vitamins will be synthesized and the immune system may be rendered less effective.

According to some health professionals, acidophilus aids the digestive process, helps correct constipation, diarrhea, mucous colitis and diverticulitis. It also reduces blood cholesterol, enhances the absorption of nutrients, sweetens bad breath, treats acne and other skin disorders, conquers harmful bacteria and certain viruses, helps alleviate candidiasis and other vaginal infections, and may even prevent cancer.

There is no solid scientific evidence for these claims according to some experts, but lactic acid-producing microorganisms, such as L. acidophilus, have been called a second immune system, because they put the brakes on growth of disease-causing bacteria, such as shigella-caused dysentery and salmonella and various types of diarrhea.

The Flu Shot or Not

The flu shot is always a hot topic of discussion this time of year. There is always such a sense of panic and fear that sends people running to get their flu shot. I’m always the “odd man out”, for I go running in the opposite direction. The toxins in the vaccines create side effects for some that are as bad as or worse than the flu such as muscle aches, sore throat, fever, chills, congestion, sneezing and headache. There are many undesirable ingredients in the flu vaccine that we don’t hear much about such as Triton X-100 (a detergent); Polysorbate 80 (a potential carcinogen); formaldehyde (a known carcinogen); Aluminum (linked to Alzheimer’s disease) and Thimerosal, (a mercury based preservative) which is being investigated for its link to brain injury, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and autoimmune diseases. Hugh Fundenberg, MD an immuno- geneticist and biologist with nearly 850 papers published in peer review journals, has reported that if an individual had 5 consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied), his or her chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is 10 times higher than if they had 1 or 2 flu shots due to the mercury content. Autism is also being linked to vaccinations due to the mercury. Many doctors of natural medicine believe that and vaccines are “quick fixes” that suppress and or destroy our own immunity leaving humanity as sitting ducks for new strains of pathogens which mutate faster than the vaccines are produced. By the time one gets the flu shot, there will be newly mutated strains that will not be covered with the current shot. It will be covered in next years shot, but the same cycle will occur.

Whether one chooses the flu shot or not, there are safe and effective ways to build immunity and ward off the flu as well as other respiratory problems. The obvious is to eat a healthy diet eliminating or greatly reducing; soda’s, refined flour, sugar and artificial sweeteners (including sucralose), alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. Exercise regularly, obtain adequate sleep and drink plenty of purified water. The Center of Disease Control states that dirty hands are the leading cause of spreading disease and advises that all adults and children wash their hands with soap and water many times throughout the day.

There are nutritional supplements that specifically support the immune system. There are popular homeopathic flu remedies such as Oscillococcinum by Boiron that can be taken as a preventative; just a few pellets under the tongue 3 times a week. Silver water in the form of colloidal or ionized silver has been used for centuries and has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. A teaspoon a day may be used as prevention during flu season. My favorite brand is Silver Biotics Concentrated oil of Mediterranean wild oregano has been proven to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and may be consumed at 5-10 drops a few times a day with food. Elderberry is a popular anti-viral herb that is sometimes traded under the name of Sambucol. There are many effective immune enhancing formulas which contain many vitamins, minerals, herbs and homeopathics that target immune system support. Some of these nutrients include; colostrum, goldenseal, echinacea, elderberry, zinc, astragalus, garlic, olive leaf, silver, vitamins A,B,C, E, and so on.

Nourishing the immune system is like building a second line of defense. It’s simple… If you are healthy…you won’t get sick.

This Article provided by Mike Comeau, is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always consult your doctor when seeking medical advice.

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