Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief Guide: Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief from the Fridge by Chaves Angles

Sciatica is nothing to be taken lightly. Not that anybody would, of course, pain that travels on one's back, to the buttocks, down to thighs and toes could make anybody forget what it's like to take anything lightly. Who would have thought that Sciatic nerve pain relief could so simple that it can be found on your very own refrigerator?

Cold pressure treatment is best done with an ice pack, sciatic nerve pain relief isn't very different from many other types of nerve and muscle pain treatments, the point is to numb the area where one feels the pain. Once the area is numb, or at the very least the pain is bearable, stretch the muscles of the area with small movements to relieve stress on the nerve. You might have to do this up to three or four times, reapplying the ice when the numbness wears off.

Sciatic nerve pain relief doesn't have to be as difficult to find as it is difficult to deal with the pain. If you don't have an ice pack you can take some ice from the freezer, and rub it in circles around the area where the pain is felt. Be mindful of the bony part of the spine and make sure you avoid that when you're applying the ice, stop application as soon as the area starts feeling numb and begin to stretch the muscles of that area. Do this for the first few days of the pain being most intense, keeping it up as the pain stays unbearable.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Why Professional contact lens fittings? by Donald Miller

Contact lenses are now very commonplace, worn by over 100 million people. For most users, they are miracles. However they should be used with respect.

People get distracted by fads. For example, contact lenses to change color of eyes, or even make fantasy colors and shapes, have been extremely popular even with folks who do not need vision correction. However, such casual acceptance can cause vision problems.

If you have a good prescription for spectacles ("eyeglasses"), that does not mean you are ready to order contact lenses. Whether you are considering rigid lenses of some type or flexible contacts of another kind, there is more to consider than just the eye "refraction" or vision correction.

What about lens shape?

Do this experiment. Find someone with more than one set of spectacles, especially a person with large vision correction. Because clip-on sun shades can be a nuisance even if they are lightweight, and most are easily scratched, a person might have clear lens eyeglassesglasses for non sunny wear, and tinted polarized spectacles for use in bright sunlight. Usually this means that the clear and sun lenses are made by different companies, even though the final adjustments are ground by the same local technician. Even though the vision correction is to be identical, the "base curves" of the original lens blanks can differ, which means the shape and thickness of the two lens sets will not be identical. For large vision corrections, these differences will be obvious to visual or touch examination.

What does this mean about contact lenses? Quite frankly there is no standard eye shape. Not only does shape vary with near and far sightedness, astigmatism, there also will be individual differences in the eye structure. The problem is like spectacle shapes all over again. Oh, and contacts also have to deal with eyelids. If the thickness and shape of a particular contact lens interferes with the eyelid, the wearer will either feel discomfort, or the contacts won't even stay in.

So, simply ordering contacts to the prescription for spectacles can result in a very unsatisfactory wearing experience. The situation is no better if no vision correction is required, such as for colored contacts or fantasy lenses or theatrical effects.

Stupidity has no limits. Friends have swapped contact lenses, especially for cosmetic colorations, as casually as they have swapped eye shadow and eyelash thickeners. This can result in rapid spread of serious eye infections. A badly infected eye can be unable to tolerate contact lenses of any kind, or even go blind.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Difference Between Bipolar And Schizophrenia

For years, psychiatrists and medical professionals have said that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are two very distinct mental illnesses. This idea came from a world-renowned German psychiatrist named Emil Kraepelin. Eric Kraepelin has said that bipolar disease and schizophrenia are two very different mental disorders. Up until today, the separation of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is still being practiced by psychiatrists.

However, you have to consider that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is very difficult to distinguish from each other. Both have the same signs and symptoms and psychiatrist often makes mistakes when diagnosing a patient with one of the disorders.

Today, there are certain methods developed to clearly distinguish both diseases. Psychiatrists and brain specialists all over the world have determined that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia have distinct signs and symptoms where they can base their diagnosis from.

The first thing you have to consider is that patients with bipolar disorder can experience a schizophrenia-like delusions and hallucinations. However, bipolar disorder has a chronic form of the illness. However, it is still very difficult to distinguish both diseases from one another.

Schizophrenia disorder has been found that it also contains signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, which includes depressive episodes and sometimes manic episodes. As you can see, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is very hard to distinguish from one another. In fact, there have been several cases where psychiatrists and specialists have made a mistake in diagnosing their patients. There are some cases where severe schizophrenia disorders have the same signs and symptoms of bipolar disorders and even the same frequency of manic and depressive episodes.

Further studies and research have found that schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is a form of genetic illness. So, this means that finding out about the genetics of the person, psychiatrists and brain specialists can find a significant distinction of both disorders. Today, there are now available treatments for both disorders that can effectively help you in managing schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The treatment for both disorders can be in a form of psychotherapy and is usually combined with medications that can change the brain's biochemistry.

The medications combined with the psychotherapy sessions can help in stabilizing the brain functions and lessen the effect of the signs and symptoms in your life. It is important to remember that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is often misdiagnosed. This will also mean that the patient can be given the wrong medication for their illness. You have to consider the fact that there are different medications for bipolar disorder and in schizophrenia.

Today, one of the most popular medications given to schizophrenic is called Clorazil. This medication is specially made for schizophrenics in order for them to control their brain functions. On the other hand, people suffering from bipolar illness are usually prescribed with a medication called Lithium. Lithium is a very effective medicine that can prevent manic episodes from recurring. For fast cycling bipolar illness, the medicine usually prescribed by specialists is called Valproic acid. This is also a great medication for regular cycling bipolar illness.

It is often very hard to distinguish bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. This is why it is very important for you to choose a doctor, a psychiatrist or a specialist that is reputable in the field of mental diseases. By choosing the right doctor, you can be sure that you will be treated with the right treatment and medications with your illness. It is very important that both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia should be detected as early as possible in order for the treatment to be more effective.

You have to consider that both illnesses can mentally cripple you and make you an unproductive member of the society. By letting the mental illness develop without getting it treated, it will worsen in time and can significantly affect your way of life.

So, if you or a member of your family is showing early signs of manic or depressive symptoms, you should immediately consult your doctor about it. They will be able to refer you to a reputable specialist in brain disorders. The specialists will be able to determine if it is either schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and administer the proper treatment for the disorder. by Jesus Sabu