Increased Hip Pain – Three Possibilities of Cause
Your hip joint is one of the largest in your body, and the responsibility it bears isn’t insignificant: It’s one of your primary weight-bearing joints, so when there’s a problem, your mobility and overall quality of life are greatly affected. Countless people are affected by hip pain, whether from a sports injury, sitting at an office desk for too long, or because of a chronic condition. There are some diseases that are responsible for a disproportionate amount of hip pain, and it’s important to learn about them so you can practice preventive self-care and be well-informed when you talk with your doctor. Hip Pain Defined First, it’s important to know that, unfortunately, there are many types of hip discomfort, from numbness, burning, and
Do You Need an Endocrinologist?
What Is Endocrinology? Endocrinology is a specialty that offers advanced training in the endocrine system, which includes various glands and organs that secrete hormones such as the thyroid, pancreas (diabetes), testes, and adrenal glands, among others. Endocrinologists also commonly treat osteoporosis. Today, let’s discuss the thyroid gland and more specifically hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of your neck. It releases hormones that control metabolism, the way your body uses energy. The thyroid's hormones regulate vital body functions, including your heart rate, body weight, temperature, nervous system, menstrual cycles in women and even have an effect on your cholesterol. The Underactive Thyroid Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is a condition in which your thyroid gland doesn't produce
Choosing The Right Fertility Specialist?
Fertility treatment is physically and emotionally demanding, and depending on your needs it can be expensive, so it’s important to find a doctor that’s right for you. You should ask your general practitioner for advice about choosing a fertility specialist; but you can also do your own research before committing to a doctor. Here’s some information to consider. Clinics Vary A Lot There are many types of clinics that operate in different ways. For example, some clinics are set up to cater specifically for same-sex couples, so they may be more equipped for donor egg or sperm treatment and surrogacy. There are also low-cost clinics that offer limited treatments for people with a capped budget. If you want to choose one of these
When Should You See A Fertility Specialist?
When it comes to fertility struggles and the decision to seek professional help, it can be difficult for couples to determine if they are really facing infertility, or if they are experiencing a normal timeframe for achieving pregnancy. The following infertility definitions can help you decide when to seek help: Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant within 12 months of unprotected sex by couples in which the woman is younger than 35 years of age and has no major medical problems. For couples in which the woman is over 35 years of age, infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after six months of unprotected sex. If a man, woman or couple answers Yes to either
What’s the Difference Between Leaky Gut and IBS?
Maintaining proper gut health plays a key role in optimizing your personal wellness. Risk factors such as autoimmune disorders, poor nutrition and stress have all been linked to disruption of the gut’s microbiota, resulting in varied GI conditions. However, it’s not always easy to distinguish between common diagnoses. Like many GI disorders, IBS and leaky gut continue to be a mystery to many, so we wanted to break down the differences (and similarities) between the two. What Is Ibs? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic, functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder that primarily impacts the large intestine. Though it impacts up to 20 percent of the global population, there is still relatively little known about IBS. Common symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and/or