The most common answer to this question is…. “possibly, but we can’t say for sure … come back in 3 months time.” Not what you want to hear when your body’s wracked with aches and pains, you’re depressed, exhausted, constipated and constantly getting migraine. Fibromyalgia (FM), a condition which causes chronic muscle pain throughout the body, is thought to affect 3-6% of the world’s population, which on first glance doesn’t seem like a large percentage. When you actually add up the math though, it means that 450 million people are diagnosed with FM, and a huge 75% of those people are female.Read More
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February brings us Valentine’s Day, a day where we celebrate all matters of the heart. Both the UK and USA have embraced this concept, and seen it as an opportunity to raise awareness of heart health, so February also marks National Heart Month for both countries. We have chosen to write about one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm conditions, Atrial Fibrillation (AF). It affects around six million people in the US and over one million people in the UK. Because of this, it’s really important that you know the symptoms to look out for and how you can manage the condition should you have it.Read More
In December 2016, a large international survey of 1,385 women, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, found that two thirds of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) were dissatisfied with the length of time they waited and the number of healthcare professionals they had to see before they received a diagnosis. Nearly half of the women in the study saw three or more healthcare providers before they were diagnosed, and for a third of participants, the diagnostic process took more than two years to reach a final diagnosis. PCOS is notoriously difficult to diagnose, making it an often lengthy process, but there are a lot of symptoms to look out for and flag up in a consultation, as well as knowing who is most at risk of developing the condition. We’ve put together the symptoms and treatment information for the benefit of both patients and healthcare professionals, so you know what to spot when, and a diagnosis can be reached more efficiently.Read More
There is a lot of information out there on the importance of seeking a second opinion if you’re unsure of a diagnosis, and at Isabel we blog about it all the time. We stress the need to use validated, professional symptom checker tools to open up the conversation with your doctor and ensure many possible diagnoses have been considered.Read More
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, during which the world comes together to help raise awareness of this often misdiagnosed, potentially lethal disease. A mere 5% of patients survive Pancreatic Cancer. That’s the worst survival rate of all 22 common cancers, and with 985 people dying around the world every day, that makes it the 7th biggest killer of all cancers, and 4th and 5th in the US and UK respectively.
There will be awareness events and fundraising campaigns throughout the month, but the focus is on the 17 November 2016, when charities will be hosting ’Turn it Purple’ events for World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Famous landmarks will be floodlit in purple, and everyone is encouraged to wear purple, sharing a selfie with the hashtag #InItTogether. To celebrate both Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and World Pancreatic Cancer Day, we’ve got some facts, figures and symptoms on pancreatic cancer, so that you can #KnowYourSymptoms and spot any issues as fast as possible.