Symptoms & Treatment

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Adrenal Fatigue

Month: February, 2014

Anti-Ageing Program – Restoring Your Health

People are often worried about getting old and declining health. With latest anti-ageing programs, you can live a healthy life with increased energy levels, improved skin tone, wrinkle free skin and an extended life span. Anti ageing programs helps to maintain wellness as people get old. It is important to stay aware about you declining health and get medical help whenever required. Following steps of anti-ageing programs can help you to live a healthy and happy life:

 

  • Ageing is generally followed by increase in fat storage and decrease in metabolic rate. This usually happens because with growing age, body fails to burn the excess fat present in your body. By increasing your daily physical activities, metabolic rate can be controlled. To improve your metabolism, weekly cardiovascular fitness program can be done. After waking up and before having breakfast, you can do this fitness program. When you are sleeping, the body depletes the level of carbohydrates present in your body.  So after waking up due to empty stomach, the body uses the stored fat to give energy for the exercise.

 

  • It is quite important to keep your heart strong because with ageing the ability of the heart to pump blood reduces. This happens due to build up in the arteries. The circulatory capability and functionality of your heart can be improved by proper workouts. But it is strongly recommended to consult your doctor and hire a personal trainer before starting the fitness program. For any anti-ageing program, exercise is considered important to keep the heart strong.

 

  • Research has shown with the ageing there is a decline in the memory capacity, if there is no involvement of brain in mental functions. Poor memory function and even memory loss can be caused due to constant mental inactivity. You have do mental exercise by participating in social activities, playing games, writing, reading, problem solving etc. Mental exercise results in improvement of cognitive function and eliminates depression and boredom as well.

 

  • Ageing results in reducing the lungs elasticity which decreases breathing capacity or oxygen uptake. By doing exercises or workouts this problem can be dealt with as it increases the breathing capacity of your lungs.

 

  • A loss is muscles mass is reported with ageing, this happens due to slower rate of metabolism. Therefore it is advisable to increase your muscle mass or lean tissue. Loss of muscles is one of the major signs of ageing. With help of anti-ageing programs you can burn fat, increase muscle mass and metabolism at the same time. These goals can be achieved by visiting anti ageing doctor. Sydney is a home for some of most renowned anti-ageing doctors across Australia.

 

  • With ageing multiple physical and psychological changes are noticed. Sex drive often decreases as people grow old, though as a youth they may have unlimited enthusiasm and energy for sexual activities. Ageing results in loss of ability and desire for sexual practice, this problem can be solved by having a proper anti-ageing program that can help to maintain sex function.

 

You would find anti-ageing programs to be highly multidisciplinary. Search online to find anti ageing doctor, based in Sydney(http://drpeterdobie.com/the-anti-ageing-program/), Australia.

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Symptoms and Affects of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease infection is transmitted by tick and is caused by three or more types of Borrelia bacteria like Borrelia burgdorferi, B. Garinii, B. Afzelii etc. A patient suffering from Lyme disease ha symptoms such as joints aches, headaches, fever, rashes and tiredness. It is not easy to diagnose this disease and sometimes an expensive Western Blot test is conducted to determine the presence of the disease. A number of people suffer from Lyme disease in Australia, though its patients are found around the globe.

The Lyme bacteria are similar to the one that is responsible for syphilis. These move inside the body through bloodstream and body tissue. Dodges the immune system of a body and develops a protective shell (a fibrin) after changing its shape from spiral to ball. Medically this disease has three phases which are:

  • Early disease with skin inflammation,
  • Early disease involving nervous system and heart,
  • Later disease results in brain inflammation, arthritis and nerve damage.

Within days of the tick bite or in early phases, the skin develops a rash in shape of a ‘bull’s-eye’ around the affected area. The outer ring and centre spot are bright red in colour. Following are the details about Lyme disease symptoms and affects:

  • Arthritis: Within a few weeks after getting infected, swollen and painful joints are reported by patients who are not given any antibiotics. They have severe recurrent attacks which can last from days to months. More than one joint is affected and knee is the most common joint that is highly affected.  Arthritis usually switches from joint to joint causing much pain for the patient. A medical research reported that about 20% of people, who are not treated for Lyme disease, ultimately develop arthritis. If left untreated, after a period of time arthritis can damage joints severely, also affects body parts like skin or eyes.

  • Erythema migrans: It is a rash that develops on the bitten area within a month. From a small red spot, it expands in size forming various types of shapes especially circular. Rashes appear after three days of a tick bite and as the infection spreads, these increase in number appearing on various body parts. These rashes are neither itchy nor painful, but are warm to the touch. People suffering from Erythema migrans have also reported symptoms like fatigue, stiff neck, headache, body aches and fever. Even if left untreated, the rashes disappear after 3 to 4 weeks.

  • Neurological symptoms: Nervous system is highly affected by Lyme disease, resulting in severe headache, stiff neck, Bell’s palsy (temporary paralysis of facial muscles), weakness or pain in limbs, numbness etc. Change in sleeping habits and mood, lack of concentration, temporary memory loss are other symptoms are also linked to Lyme disease. Problems related to nervous system mostly develop after few weeks or month. These problems can be cured with help of proper dosage of antibiotics.

  • Heart problems: This is another area affected by Lyme disease, though the numbers of patients are quite less. It slows down the heartbeat that causes shortness of breath or dizziness. You can search for doctors who can cure Lyme disease in Australia. Severity of this disease is usually different from person to person.

Lyme disease is a Bacterial Infection

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. It is a bacterial infection that is spread through the bite of one of several types of ticks.

Causes of Lyme disease

There are various stages of Lyme disease.

In first stage the infection has not spread throughout the body.

In second stage of Lyme disease the bacteria have begun to spread throughout the body.

And in third stage the bacteria have spread throughout the body.

Risk factors for Lyme disease include: doing outside work i.e. gardening, in an area where Lyme disease is known to occur.

Symptoms of Lyme disease

Symptoms of early localized Lyme disease stage first begin days or weeks after infection. They are similar to flu and may include: fever, general ill feeling, headache, joint pain, muscle pain etc. Lyme disease can spread to the brain, heart, and joints.

Symptoms of second stage may occur weeks to months after the tick bite and may include: numbness or pain in the nerve area, paralysis or weakness in the muscles of the face, heart problems, chest pain, or shortness of breath

Symptoms of stage third can occur months or years after the infection. The most common symptoms are muscle and joint pain. Other symptoms may include: Abnormal muscle movement, joint’s swelling, muscle weakness, numbness and tingling, speech problems etc.

Tests for Lyme disease

A blood test can be done to check for antibodies to the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. The most commonly used is the ELISA for Lyme disease test. An immunoblot test is done to confirm ELISA results.

In areas where Lyme disease is more common, your health care provider may be able to diagnose early disseminated Lyme disease without doing any lab tests. In the early stage of infection, blood tests can be normal.

Treatment of Lyme disease

Anyone who has been bitten by a tick should be watched closely for at least 30 days.

A single dose of doxycycline may be offered to someone soon after being bitten by a tick, if all of these conditions are true:

  • The person has a tick that can carry Lyme disease attached to his or her body. This usually means that a nurse or physician has looked at and identified the tick.
  • The tick is thought to have been attached to the person for at least 36 hours.
  • The person can begin taking the antibiotics within 72 hours of removing the tick.
  • The person is over 8 years old and is not pregnant or breastfeeding.

A 10 day to 4-week course of antibiotics is used to treat people who are diagnosed with Lyme disease, depending on the choice of drug.

  • The choice of antibiotic depends on the stage of the disease and the symptoms
  • Common choices include doxycycline, amoxicillin, azithromycin, cefuroxime, and ceftriaxone

 

 

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