What are rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia are two different conditions with some similar symptoms. These symptoms include: pain that may feel like a dull ache sleep disturbances fatigue feelings of depression and anxiety The causes of these conditions are very different. RA is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s…

9 Energy Boosters for AS Fatigue

 Fatigue: A Common AS Complaint Excessive fatigue is a common symptom of ankylosing spondylitis (AS), according to the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA). “Some describe fatigue that is worse than pain,” says Susan Goodman, MD, a rheumatologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Different factors contribute to this fatigue, including not…

Selfish People: 15 Ways to Spot and Stop Them from Hurting You

Selfish people are always lovable, nice and really sweet. It’s true, they really are. For all you know, you may be in love with a selfish person right now, or perhaps you have a best friend who’s selfish. Unfortunately for you, the traits of a selfish person aren’t easy to notice, because they cover their…

Rally to help mum of three struck down by rare Guillain-Barre syndrome walk again

THE community is being urged to stand by a single mother-of-three who was left crippled after a routine vaccination, leaving her family heartbroken. The St Vincent de Paul Society of Victoria and Diamond Valley Leader are calling on people to dig deep to support Greensborough’s Kathy Jones, 47, who was paralysed after she had a…

Treatments for Ankylosing Spondylitis

There are many treatments that can help you feel and function better with ankylosing spondylitis. These treatments include medications to help ease pain and inflammation and surgeries to help you move better. Your goal is to manage your AS so you can live an active life. Medications to Fight Pain: NSAIDS Your first step to…

Teacher’s bookshelf: Early years playgrounds

specific learning difficulties is a delay in the connections between the neural pathways. Constant reinforcement of activities to stimulate these neural pathways is essential if a learner with special education needs or specific learning difficulties is to achieve his or her potential. The brain reacts to the environment as it learns from experience. A stimulating…

You Matter Too: Coping with Narcissistic Co-Parenting

When living in a family with a narcissist spouse or partner, the entire system believes that the only person who matters is the narc. Your children (and you) have been conditioned, through both blatant messages and implication, to believe that your feelings (and you) are irrelevant. Since this is the message your children have most…

Many Multiple Sclerosis Patients Misdiagnosed

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that attacks the body’s central nervous system, causing pain, numbness, difficulty walking, paralysis, loss of vision, and fatigue. Patients diagnosed with MS face enormous physical, emotional and financial challenges coping with a disease that cannot be cured. Many also discover that they don’t actually have MS. A new…

Few Drugs Effective in Treating Neuropathy Pain

Cymbalta and some other anti-depressants are moderately effective at relieving diabetic nerve pain, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). But researchers found little or no evidence that opioids, Lyrica, Neurontin and other widely prescribed medications are helpful in treating neuropathy pain. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes…

Alopecia, BPH Treatments Linked to PED

Longer exposure to 5α-reductase inhibitors (5α-RIs) finasteride and dutasteride has been associated with a greater risk of persistent erectile dysfunction (PED), according to new research published in the journal Peerj.  The findings showed that among those who developed PED, the condition continued for months or years, despite patients stopping treatment. “The new findings of an association…