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What is chronic pelvic pain? Pelvic pain symptoms and causes

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Fri, Dec 20, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Chronic pelvic pain is pain in the pelvic area (below your belly button and above your hips) which lasts 6 months or longer and is affecting your quality of life.  It affects 15-20% of women of reproductive age. Chronic pelvic pain can be intermittent or constant and it may present as a dull ache or it can be sharp.  There may be a pattern to when chronic pelvic pain develops if its related to menstruation (monthly period/menses), it may occur before or after eating (postprandial), whilst passing urine, or maybe during sexual intercourse.  Chronic pelvic pain is difficult to diagnose, treat and cure and so is a frustrating symptom for patient and doctor. 

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Diagnostic challenges in older patients - how to create a good differential

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

In the United Kingdom (UK), adults over 80 years are the fastest growing population.  Around a quarter of the population in the UK are over 60 years old, and by 2030, this figure will rise to a third of the population.  In the United States, in 2018 those age over 65 accounted for 52 million (16% of the total population) and projections currently estimate that by 2060 this will increase to 95 million (23% of the total population).

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Types of seizures - Epilepsy Awareness Month

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Fri, Nov 01, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month in the US, so in this week’s post we’re going over the basics of this neurological condition that affects more people than you might think. 1 in 26 of us will experience epilepsy at some point in our life, and in the US alone around 150,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy each year. There are many different types of epilepsy, different types of seizures, and different symptoms for these seizures.

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What do the new Cystic Fibrosis drugs mean for CF patients?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Oct 24, 2019 @ 11:51 AM

There have been several announcements this week, both in the US and the UK, and also in Australia, on some new drugs that will become available for cystic fibrosis patients. Pharmaceutical company Vertex have reached deals in the UK and Australia for the double-combination drugs Orkambi and Symkevi, while in the US, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved a new 3-drug treatment marketed as Trikafta.

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Why does my stomach hurt? Epigastric pain symptoms and causes

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Oct 17, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Everyone has experienced stomach pain at some point in their life. Often the cause is obvious, such as a stomach bug or too many sit ups at the gym, and the symptoms will disappear in a day or two. Sometimes, however, the cause of a stomach ache isn’t clear, and this can be quite unnerving. There are a few clues when assessing the cause of a stomach ache, and one of these clues is the location. If your stomach ache is in a particular area of the stomach, or abdomen, you can eliminate other causes and narrow down to the cause. One such type of stomach ache dictated by the area of the abdomen is called epigastric pain.

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What is wrong with my lungs? 5 lung conditions to be aware of

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Oct 03, 2019 @ 12:22 PM

We all know that our lungs are a vital organ, necessary to keep us alive, and if we don’t have a medical career, we can probably remember some of the information we were taught at high school and that’s about it. Something to do with aioli? Or is that the garlic dip? The good news is that for our bodies to work, we don’t need to know what they’re doing, they are able to function by themselves. But what happens when we get a pain, a rash, or an ache that we’ve never had before, and our body is unable to work as well as it usually does? With something as vital as the lungs, this can be quite alarming, and we suddenly wish we’d paid more attention in biology class. Difficulty breathing and pains in our chest are definitely not symptoms to be ignored, and knowing what the symptoms mean, how to spot them, and what to do next is really important. You should always talk to your doctor if you have any new symptoms that don’t go away, but researching the symptom yourself with a credible symptom checker can really help you and your doctor to reach a diagnosis quicker. Here are the most common causes of problems in your lungs and their symptoms.

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Iron deficiency anemia in infants and children - Signs and symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Iron deficiency symptoms, as we explored last week in our blogpost, are common in pregnant women and in women who experience heavy periods. Another predominant age group at risk of iron deficiency symptoms are infants and children. In this week’s post we will explore how iron deficiency manifests in the under 18’s and symptoms to be aware of, which can give you an early warning that your infant or child is becoming iron deficient.

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Could I have Bell’s palsy? Symptoms and treatment for Bell’s palsy

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Fri, Aug 23, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Bell’s palsy can be very frightening to experience or witness, and cause great alarm. Over a matter of hours, muscles in the face begin to lose function, and many mistake these temporary symptoms for the more serious condition of a stroke. While not as medically threatening as a stroke, Bell’s palsy, which most commonly occurs in those between the ages of 15 and 45, is an acute condition that should be treated within hours to encourage the best prognosis. In this blogpost we’ll explain the condition further, talk about the symptoms to look out for and how to differentiate between Bell’s palsy and a stroke, and what to expect with treatment and recovery.

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1 Minute Read -  Aplastic Anemia Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Aplastic anemia is a rare life-threatening disorder with hypocellular bone marrow, where the bone marrow cannot make enough new blood cells. This hypocellular bone marrow results in pancytopenia, which is low reticulocyte, granulocyte and platelet counts. We’ve written about pancytopenia before if you’d like to know more about that. Each year between 2-5 people per 1 million are affected by aplastic anemia.  Aplastic anemia occurs most frequently in young adults between 10-25 years old, as well as patients older than 60 years.

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Could I have myeloma? Myeloma and blood cancer symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 01, 2019 @ 11:39 AM

This blogpost is another instalment of our in-depth look at specific blood cancers. We’ve written an overview of blood cancers, touching on the 3 main types. We have written posts about Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and leukemia. This week, we’re going into more detail with myeloma, a type of blood cancer inside the bone marrow. We’ll go over the definitions, types, and symptoms of myeloma, as well as helping you know what treatments are available and how to get help if you are concerned.

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