What is homeopathic case taking?

In Homoeopathy “case taking and interrogation” involves unique technique to individualize a patient, i.e., how this patient is different from other patients who are suffering with the same disease, or we can say, case taking is a stepping stone to repertorisation . This is a step, which facilitates the gathering of the data pertaining to what is to be cured in the diseased person. It is said that “A well taken case is half cured case”

The long case taking at times becomes irritating for patients, having to revisit all his symptoms and traumas, feeling and chronology of the events. Here again, the physician is expected to offer a helping hand. Reassurance of the patient about the importance of doing so helps the patient in building confidence in the physician. It assures that his explanations are helpful in understanding the core of his ailments

The case taking process not only develops a required healthy doctor-patient relationship, but also creates a sense of security in the individual and helps him to get the best cure and laurels to our system of healing.

Why is the case taking important in homeopathy?

This process of case taking helps in getting the totality of symptoms and getting the right similimum /medicine. -It helps in finding out the totality of symptoms for the selection of a Homeopathic remedy. -It helps in finding the nature of the disease whether it is acute or chronic, curable or incurable.

How case taking helps….

-It helps in getting the complete knowledge of the disease
-It helps in finding out the totality of symptoms for the selection of a Homeopathic remedy.
-It helps in finding the nature of the disease whether it is acute or chronic, curable or incurable.
-It helps in finding the cause of the disease.
-It helps in analyzing and evaluating the symptoms

What is the difference between allopathic case taking and homeopathic case taking?

Allopathy relies on modern medicine and treatments that target specific symptoms, while homeopathy emphasizes holistic healing and the use of highly diluted natural substances. It is always advisable to consult a qualified healthcare professional before deciding on a particular treatment approach.

What questions does a homeopath can ask from you?

The initial evaluation will be at least an hour and perhaps as much as two or three hours long. The homeopath will spend that time trying to understand your particular symptoms.

In addition to asking about your physical, mental, and emotional complaints or challenges, the practitioner will try to learn what makes the symptoms better or worse, what kinds of foods you crave or abhor, what your sleep patterns are like, the content and patterns of your dreams, your major fears, your weather preferences, and more. The homeopath will also probably ask you to give specific descriptions of your sensations because homeopaths find this very helpful. (For example, one client reported that the pain in his abdomen felt “like a live animal growling.”)

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What Is Hyperlipidemia?

You call it high cholesterol. Your doctor calls it Hyperlipidemia or dyslipidemia. No matter what name you use, it’s a common problem. The term covers several disorders that result in extra fats, also known as lipids, in your blood. You can control some of its causes, but not all of them.

Types of lipids

Your body contains several kinds of lipids. The main types you’ve heard of are probably HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, also known as “good” and “bad” cholesterol.

HDL stands for “high-density lipoprotein.” This type carries cholesterol through your blood to your liver, where it’s used to build cells and make hormones, among other things. Your liver gets rid of cholesterol that’s not used. If you don’t have enough HDL, cholesterol builds up in your blood instead of being carried away by your liver.

LDL stands for “low-density lipoprotein,” the type known as “bad” cholesterol. It causes buildup in your arteries. Too much of it can lead to heart disease.

Triglycerides are another type of lipid. This is the most common type of fat in your body. They mostly come from foods you eat that are high in fat. 

Another type is very low-density lipoprotein, or VLDL. It’s considered “bad” cholesterol because too much raises your risk of heart disease. It’s estimated that 93 million adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol.

Hyperlipidemia is treatable, but it’s often a lifelong condition. You’ll need to watch what you eat and also exercise regularly. You might need to take prescription medication, too.The goal is to lower harmful cholesterol levels. Doing so can reduce your risk of heart disease, heart Attack, stroke, and other problems.

Causes of Hyperlipidemia

Hyperlipidemia has many causes. Some are related to lifestyle, and some are the result of medical issues. 

Diet 

Cholesterol, a waxy substance, is a type of fat your body makes. It can also come from what you eat. Foods that have cholesterol, saturated fat, and trans fats can raise your blood cholesterol level. These include:

Lifestyle 

Your habits also can play a role in hyperlipidemia. You’re at higher risk if you: 

Medical conditions

Some health issues affect your cholesterol levels. They include:

What is mixed hyperlipidemia?

When you have this, you have high triglycerides and LDL, as well as low HDL. It’s an inherited condition, part of a group called “familial hyperlipidemia.” It’s the most common type found among young people who have had heart attacks. 

Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic condition that causes high LDL only. Another inherited condition that affects your cholesterol is familial hypertriglyceridemia. When you have this, your body produces too much VLDL. As a result, your VLDL and triglyceride levels will be high.

Hyperlipidemia Symptoms 

Most people with hyperlipidemia can’t tell that they have it at first. A blood test is the only way to find out if you have it. It’s not something you can feel, but you may notice the effects of it someday. Cholesterol, along with triglycerides and other fats, can build up inside your arteries. This makes the blood vessels narrower and makes it more difficult for blood to get through. Your blood pressure could go up. The narrowing of your arteries could cause several problems: 

Coronary artery disease

CAD is the most common form of heart disease in the U.S. When your arteries get clogged, it becomes harder for your heart to get the blood it needs to work correctly. That can lead to a heart attack or heart failure. You may not realize it’s happening until you have chest pain (also called angina) or some other symptoms of a heart attack.

Heart attack

The stuff clogging up your arteries (called plaques) can break off, creating a blood clot. The clot might block the flow of blood in your artery right there, or it might break free and travel down an artery, creating a blockage farther along. If the blockage causes part of your heart to stop getting blood flow, you’re having a heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack include: 

Stroke

When you have a stroke, a clot travels through your body and blocks blood flow to part of your brain. Symptoms of a stroke include: 

Fatty growths

If you have inherited hyperlipidemia, you might see yellow, fatty deposits under your skin. These are places where cholesterol has built up. If they’re around your eyelids next to your nose, they’re called xanthelasmas. These deposits also can show up in other places on your body, and when they do, they’re called xanthomas. The most common places to get them are your elbows, knees, other joints, hands, feet, and butt.

Hyperlipidemia Diagnosis

To diagnose hyperlipidemia, your health care provider will order a test that checks the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. Names for this test include lipid panel, lipid test, lipoprotein panel, and lipid profile. Your doctor should check your lipid levels regularly. 

Lipid panel

The results of this test show the levels of LDL Cholesterol: The “bad” cholesterol that builds up inside your arteries.

Role of homeopathy in hyperlipidemia

There is a possibility to control and treat the hyperlipidemia with the help of sound knowledge of materia medica and Repertory because homeopathy believes in the patient not in a disease. Our literature is full of information about this clinical condition and related information. In clinical practice most of the time we use to prefer constitutional remedy along with organ remedies to control hyperlipidemia and most of the time works wonder. Only the classical approach is not fit for this case. because of the paucity of symptoms and most of these cases required several remedies (layered prescribing) in a single case.

Diet and Exercise in the Management of Hyperlipidemia

Dietary factors that influence lipid levels include modification of nutritional components, consumption of specific foods, use of food additives and supplements, and major dietary approaches. The most beneficial changes result from reducing intake of saturated and trans fats; increasing intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats; fortifying foods with plant stanols or sterols; iso calorically adding tree nuts to the diet; consuming one or two alcoholic drinks per day; and adopting a Portfolio, Mediterranean, low-carbohydrate, or low-fat diet. Smaller but still beneficial effects result from reducing intake of dietary cholesterol, increasing intake of soluble fiber and soy protein, and eating fatty marine fish or taking marine-derived omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Red yeast rice supplements have effects similar to those of statin medications and are better tolerated in some patients. Regular aerobic exercise has beneficial effects on lipid levels, particularly if performed for at least 120 minutes per week. Brief physician counseling will have relatively small effects on unselected patients, so efforts should be concentrated on patients who are motivated and ready to make lifestyle changes.

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What Are Tonsil Stones?

Tonsil stones are small lumps of hard material that form in the tonsils. Tonsil stones can cause bad breath though they’re usually not painful or harmful. They’re also called tonsilliths. You can usually treat tonsil stones at home. But in some cases, you may need surgery to remove the tonsils.

What are tonsils?

Tonsils are part of your immune system, which helps protect against infection. Tonsils filter bacteria and viruses that enter your body through your mouth. Removing the tonsils does not affect your immune system. Your tonsils are two round, fleshy masses in the back of your throat(pharynx). Part of your immune system, your tonsils are like lymph nodes. They help filter out germs that enter through your nose or mouth to protect the rest of your body from infection. Tonsils are also called palatine tonsils or faucial tonsils.

Tonsil Stone Causes

Your tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other things, including dead cells and mucus, can get trapped. When this happens, the debris can bond together. Tonsil stones form when this debris hardens, or calcifies. This tends to happen most often in people who have long-term inflammation in their tonsils or repeated cases of tonsillitis. Many people have small tonsilloliths, but it’s rare to have a large tonsil stone.

Tonsil Stone Symptoms

Small tonsil stones may not cause any symptoms that you’d notice. Even when they’re large, some tonsil stones are found only after X-rays or CT scans. Symptoms include:

Tonsil Stone Diagnosis

Your doctor can usually diagnose tonsil stones with a physical exam. If they’re hidden in the folds of your tonsils, you might need imaging tests, such as CT or MRI scans, to spot them.

Tonsil Stone Complications

Large tonsil stones can cause swollen tonsils and give you trouble swallowing. Tonsil stones can also sometimes trigger infections.

How are tonsil stones treated?

In many cases, you can remove tonsil stones at home. Here are some things you can try:

Can tonsil stones be prevented?

You can’t always prevent tonsil stones. But there are things you can do to reduce your risk:

Role of homeopathy in Tonsil Stone

Homeopathic medicines for tonsils stones are prescribed symptomatically for every individual case. These medicines are made of natural substances and cause no side effects. They help remove and dissolve the existing tonsil stones from the folds of the tonsils and also help reduce the body’s tendency to create tonsil stones.

Homeopathy possesses a significant role in building the immunity system in the body of patients suffering from tonsils and other ailments. The medicines filter and kill the infections that have entered the mouth. The medicines also help in producing antibodies to further fight germs and save the body from infection.

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Defining dementia

Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving, logical reasoning and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. It happens when the parts of your brain used for learning, memory, decision making, and language are damaged or diseased.

Causes and symptoms 

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Other grounds leading to dementia can be brain injury, depression, vitamin deficiency, excess use of alcohol or drugs, obesity, smoking, infection, diabetes (this list is not exhaustive).

Signs to watch for sensing this problem can be short-term memory loss, communication problems, getting lost, trouble with familiar tasks like paying bills or making meals, remembering important events or dates, personality changes like depression, agitation and mood swings (this list is not comprehensive).

Homeopathy perspective towards dementia

Classical homeopathy uses holistic approach for treatment which means that underlying causes are addressed in detail before starting the treatment. Homeopathy medicine is prepared from naturally occurring substances which are completely safe to use and are selected individually for every case. It helps to improve mental function by slowing down the progression of dementia and eventually improving the quality of life.

An experienced homeopath assesses physical, emotional, and psychological makeup when determining the most appropriate treatment for each individual.

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Fall Season
General
Health Issues
Problem Common Symptoms Prevention Strategies
Allergies Headache, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, fatigue, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue, watery/itchy eyes, short-term loss of smell Try to take shower after spending time outside and keep your home/car windows closed, stay connected online to update yourself about air quality of your city and daily pollen counts in your area
Common cold Runny nose, body aches, headache, sneezing, congestion, sore throat, cough Adequate sleep, Balanced diet, Avoiding crowded areas, covering nose/mouth while coughing or sneezing, Reduce stress level
Deficient Vitamin D Depression, Fatigue and exertion, Bone and back pain, Hair loss, slow healing of wounds, high frequency of getting sick by infections  Nutrient rich diet, Increase sun exposure, Intake of Vitamin D supplements
Arthritis Joint pain, swelling/stiffness/tenderness in joints, fatigue Regular exercise/yoga, Addition of fruits and vegetables in daily diet, Control body weight
Sore Throat Nasal congestion, Muscle and body aches, Itchy/watery eyes, loss of appetite, swollen glands in the neck, hoarse voice Avoid crowded places/sharing food with others especially if they are sick, Cover mouth and wash hands often
Flu Persistent cough, diarrhea, body ache, chest tightness, nausea and vomiting, excessive fatigue, fever Adequate rest, Healthy diet, Avoid crowded places, Washing hands often, Cover nose/mouth while sneezing/coughing
Norovirus Diarrhea, abdominal pain/cramps, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting  Wash hands thoroughly after using toilet, before preparing and eating food, Clean restrooms/toilets with disinfectants, Cook seafood thoroughly
Ear infections Loss of hearing in the affected ear, ear pain, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, feeling ill Stay in smoke-free environment, Avoid cotton swabs in the ear, Follow hygienic practices like washing hands, keeping surroundings clean etc
Bronchitis Shortness of breath, Body aches, Sore throat, chest tightness, Wheezing Leave smoking, Avoid throat irritating things like perfumes, dust, pets etc, Disinfect doorknobs, countertops and other such touched surfaces.
Seasonal affective disorder Exertion, weight gain, sadness, trouble in concentration, greater need of sleep  Self-care, Physical exercise, Vitamin D dietary supplements

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Nasal polyps are soft, painless, noncancerous growths on the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses. They hang down like teardrops or grapes. They result from chronic inflammation and are associated with asthma, recurring infection, allergies, drug sensitivity or certain immune disorders.

Small nasal polyps may not cause symptoms. Larger growths or groups of nasal polyps can block your nasal passages or lead to breathing problems, a lost sense of smell and frequent infections.

Nasal polyps can affect anyone, but they’re more common in adults. Medications can often shrink or eliminate nasal polyps, but surgery is sometimes needed to remove them. Even after successful treatment, nasal polyps often return.

HOMEOPATHIC VIEWPOINT: as mentioned above surgery is not the ultimate treatment for nasal polyps as they can return again. To treat the patient successfully it is important to reach the root cause and eliminate it in order to give relief to the patient. With individualistic homeopathic medicines polyps can be treated gently and in wholesome way and also eliminating the tendency to recurrence by treating the heightened sensitivity which acts as a root cause thus prompting the development of polyps. Homeopathic treatment is the most gentle and safe way to treat the suffering of the patient irrespective of age, as homeopathic medicines are safe for children, adults and old people alike.

 

For further information on nasal polyps please read below.

 

Symptoms

Nasal polyps are associated with irritation and swelling (inflammation) of the lining of your nasal passages and sinuses that lasts more than 12 weeks (chronic sinusitis).

However, it’s possible to have chronic sinusitis without nasal polyps.

Nasal polyps themselves are soft and lack sensation, so if they’re small, you may not be aware you have them. Multiple growths or a large polyp may block your nasal passages and sinuses.

Common signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps include:

 

Causes

Scientists don’t yet fully understand what causes nasal polyps, why some people develop long-term inflammation, or why irritation and swelling (inflammation) triggers polyps to form in some people and not in others. The swelling occurs in the fluid-producing lining (mucous membrane) of your nose and sinuses.

There’s some evidence that people who develop polyps have different immune system responses and different chemical markers in their mucous membranes than do those who don’t develop polyps.

Nasal polyps can form at any age, but they’re most common in young and middle-aged adults.

Nasal polyps may form anywhere in your sinuses or nasal passages, but they appear most often in an area where sinuses near your eyes, nose and cheekbones all drain through winding passages into your nose.

 

Risk factors

Any condition that triggers long-term irritation and swelling (inflammation) in your nasal passages or sinuses, such as infections or allergies, may increase your risk of developing nasal polyps.

Conditions often associated with nasal polyps include:

Your family history also may play a role. There’s some evidence that certain genetic variations associated with immune system function make you more likely to develop nasal polyps.

 

Complications

Nasal polyps can cause complications because they block normal airflow and fluid drainage, and also because of the long-term irritation and swelling (inflammation) underlying their development.

Potential complications include:

 

Prevention

You may help reduce your chances of developing nasal polyps or having nasal polyps recur after treatment with the following strategies:

Humidify your home. Using a humidifier may help moisten your breathing passages, improve the flow of mucus from your sinuses, and help prevent blockages and inflammation. Clean the humidifier daily to prevent bacteria from growing

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat — one tonsil on each side. Signs and symptoms of tonsillitis include swollen tonsils, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and tender lymph nodes on the sides of the neck.

Most cases of tonsillitis are caused by infection with a common virus, but bacterial infections also may cause tonsillitis.

HOMEOPATHIC VIEWPOINT: tonsillitis although an acute infection has a tendency to keep recurring so much as from childhood into adulthood. The only permanent treatment for tonsillitis is tonsillectomy, however with specific individually chosen homeopathic remedies this tendency and recurrence can be treated successfully. The causative factors though the bacterial or viral infection is able to act upon the patient due to weakened immunity, so homeopathic medicines help to build up the immunity so that the body becomes capable to fight off the infections. Therefore homeopathic treatment not only helps to alleviate the symptoms but also to boost up the immune system.

For further information on tonsillitis please read below.

Symptoms

Tonsillitis most commonly affects children between preschool ages and the midteenage years. Common signs and symptoms of tonsillitis include:

In young children who are unable to describe how they feel, signs of tonsillitis may include:

 

Causes

Tonsillitis is most often caused by common viruses, but bacterial infections also can be the cause.

The most common bacterium causing tonsillitis is Streptococcus pyogenes (group A streptococcus), the bacterium that causes strep throat. Other strains of strep and other bacteria also may cause tonsillitis.

Why do tonsils get infected?

The tonsils are the immune system’s first line of defense against bacteria and viruses that enter your mouth. This function may make the tonsils particularly vulnerable to infection and inflammation. However, the tonsil’s immune system function declines after puberty — a factor that may account for the rare cases of tonsillitis in adults.

 

Risk factors

Risk factors for tonsillitis include:

 

Complications

Inflammation or swelling of the tonsils from frequent or ongoing (chronic) tonsillitis can cause complications such as:

Strep infection

If tonsillitis caused by group A streptococcus or another strain of streptococcal bacteria isn’t treated or if antibiotic treatment is incomplete, your child has an increased risk of rare disorders such as:

 

Prevention

The germs that cause viral and bacterial tonsillitis are contagious. Therefore, the best prevention is to practice good hygiene. Teach your child to:

To help your child prevent the spread of a bacterial or viral infection to others:

Sciatica refers to pain that travels along the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve travels from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg.Sciatica most often occurs when a herniated disk or an overgrowth of bone puts pressure on part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.

Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases clear up with treatment in a few weeks. People who have severe sciatica and serious leg weakness or bowel or bladder changes might need surgery.

HOMEOPATHIC VIEWPOINT: neurological pain is one of the many health issues which can be completely treated using homeopathic medicines. The gentle acting homeopathic medicines helps relieve the oversensitivity of the sciatic nerve when it tackles the causative factor which resulted in affecting the nerve, and provides relief from the pain, numbness and other troublesome symptoms. There are numerous homeopathic remedies which are very beneficial in relieving nerve pains without causing side effects of any kind. The results are often quick and long lasting.

 

For more information please read below

 

Symptoms

Sciatica pain can be almost anywhere along the nerve pathway. It’s especially likely to follow a path from the low back to the buttock and the back of a thigh and calf.

The pain can vary from a mild ache to a sharp, burning pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock. It can be worse when coughing or sneezing or sitting a long time. Usually, sciatica affects only one side of the body.

Some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the leg or foot. One part of the leg can be in pain, while another part can feel numb.

 

Causes

Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched. The cause is usually a herniated disk in the spine or an overgrowth of bone, sometimes called bone spurs, form on the spinal bones. More rarely, a tumor can put pressure on the nerve. Or a disease such as diabetes can damage the nerve.

 

Risk factors

Risk factors for sciatica include:

 

Complications

Most people recover fully from sciatica, often without treatment. But sciatica can damage nerves. Seek immediate medical attention for:

Prevention

It’s not always possible to prevent sciatica, and the condition can come back. To protect your back:

Arthritis is described as a disease of joints, which can result in pain, swelling, redness, and bone erosion of the joints, affecting small and big joints of the body. It can affect any person of any age group and of any gender. There are many predisposing factors responsible for the development of the disease however the pathogenicity varies according to the type even though the symptoms of discomfort may be more or less the same.

Different types of arthritis which are most commonly seen are:

 

HOMEOPATHIC VIEWPOINT: irrespective of the cause of the development of rheumatism, homeopathic consultation and treatment is based on the symptoms of discomfort both physical and mental. After establishing the complete disease picture of the patient then the most suitable remedy is prescribed which is gentle enough that the patient is aggravated no further and strong enough that the discomfort of the patient can be removed. Having neither any side effects or the addicting ability, homeopathic medicines helps treating the inflammation, swelling and pain of the joints alongwith stabilizing the hypersensitivity of the immune system, normalizing the increased levels of uric acid and getting the patient relieved of any skin conditions as well. Therefore the homeopathic medicines work holistically and provides relief to multiple problems simultaneously.

 

For more information please read below.

Osteoarthritis

What is it? More people have this condition than any other form of arthritis. It’s the “wear and tear” that happens when your joints are overused. It usually happens with age, but it can also come from joint injuries or obesity, which puts extra stress on your joints.

Joints that bear weight — like your knees, hips, feet, and spine — are the most common places it affects. It often comes on gradually over months or years. It makes the affected joint hurt. But you don’t feel sick or have the fatigue that comes with some other types of arthritis.

What happens: You lose your body’s shock absorber. Cartilage, the slippery material that covers the ends of bones, gradually breaks down.

One example is what can happen to your knees when you’re overweight. The extra pounds put more pressure on the cartilage as it gets squeezed between the bones. It gets damaged and wears away, so there isn’t as much left to cushion the joint.

The damaged cartilage makes movement painful. You may hear a grating sound when the roughened cartilage on the surface of the bones rubs together. You may get painful spurs or bumps on the end of the bones, especially on fingers and feet. The joint lining can get inflamed, but it’s not common with osteoarthritis.

Symptoms depend on which joint or joints are affected. You may have:

Your joint may be:

Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is it? RA is an autoimmune disease. That means the immune system attacks parts of the body, especially the joints. That leads to inflammation, which can cause severe joint damage if you don’t treat it. About 1 out of every 5 people who have rheumatoid arthritis get lumps on their skin called rheumatoid nodules. These often form over joint areas that receive pressure, such as over knuckles, elbows, or heels.

Symptoms

Symptoms can come on gradually or start suddenly. They’re often more severe than with osteoarthritis.

The most common include:

 

Psoriatic Arthritis

What is it? People with this condition have inflammation of the skin (psoriasis) and joints (arthritis).

Psoriasis causes patchy, raised, red and white areas of inflamed skin with scales. It usually affects the tips of the elbows and knees, the scalp, the navel, and skin around the genital areas or anus.

Only about 10% to 30% of people with psoriasis will also get psoriatic arthritis.

What happens: This type of arthritis usually starts between ages 30 and 50, but it can start as early as childhood. It’s equally common among men and women. The skin disease (psoriasis) usually shows up first.

Symptoms: Psoriatic arthritis can swell the fingers and toes. People who have it often have fingernails that are pitted or discolored, too.

In some people, only one joint or a few joints are affected. For example, you could have it in only one knee. Sometimes, it affects the spine or just the fingers and toes.

Gout

What is it? A buildup of uric acid crystals in a joint. Most of the time, it’s your big toe or another part of your foot.

What happens: Often you wake up with a sudden, sharp pain in your big toe after a night of drinking. But drugs, stress, or another illness can also trigger a gout attack.

The attack will last between 3 and 10 days, even if you don’t treat it. It may be months or years before you have another one, but over time, attacks may grow more frequent. And they may last longer, too. If gout goes untreated too long, it can affect your joints and kidneys.

Gout results from one of three things:

Symptoms: They almost always come on quickly. You’ll notice:

 

Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disease that, over time, can cause some of the bones in the spine (vertebrae) to fuse. This fusing makes the spine less flexible and can result in a hunched posture. If ribs are affected, it can be difficult to breathe deeply.

Signs and symptoms typically begin in early adulthood. Inflammation can also occur in other parts of the body — most commonly, the eyes.

There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but treatments can lessen symptoms and possibly slow progression of the disease.

Symptoms

Early signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis might include pain and stiffness in the lower back and hips, especially in the morning and after periods of inactivity. Neck pain and fatigue also are common. Over time, symptoms might worsen, improve or stop at irregular intervals.

The areas most commonly affected are:

Causes

Ankylosing spondylitis has no known specific cause, though genetic factors seem to be involved. In particular, people who have a gene called HLA-B27 are at a greatly increased risk of developing ankylosing spondylitis. However, only some people with the gene develop the condition.

Risk factors

Onset generally occurs in late adolescence or early adulthood. Most people who have ankylosing spondylitis have the HLA-B27 gene. But many people who have this gene never develop ankylosing spondylitis.

Complications

In severe ankylosing spondylitis, new bone forms as part of the body’s attempt to heal. This new bone gradually bridges the gap between vertebrae and eventually fuses sections of vertebrae. Those parts of the spine become stiff and inflexible. Fusion can also stiffen the rib cage, restricting lung capacity and function.

Other complications might include:

Heart problems. Ankylosing spondylitis can cause problems with the aorta, the largest artery in the body. The inflamed aorta can enlarge to the point that it distorts the shape of the aortic valve in the heart, which impairs its function. The inflammation associated with ankylosing spondylitis increases the risk of heart disease in general.

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder which cannot be adequately connected to any anatomical or biochemical abnormality in the body. It is commonly seen in adults and young people and can last throughout the life of the person. The common symptoms are bloating or distension of abdomen, abdominal pain which is relieved after passing stool, increased frequency of stool, and also loose stool or diarrhea and constipation alternately can be seen in people suffering with the issue. 

The exact cause of the disease is not known however in the majority of people any psychological stress or some food items are seen to trigger or increase the condition. It usually lasts the whole life of a patient and can be better managed by handling the stress and lifestyle changes.

 

HOMEOPATHIC VIEWPOINT: as this condition has not so specific causative factors so the homeopathic medicines act wonderfully in managing the condition as the homeopathic prescription is based on the symptoms of the presenting issue and not primarily on the causative agent. Anxiety or any other psychological stress and food are usually the triggering factor, and homeopathic medicines are best known for their action on the mental sphere of the patient, so people can be treated in a wholesome manner through homeopathic approach by not just focusing on the physical aspect of the sickness but also the psychological aspect also. Therefore homeopathic medicines along with the necessary lifestyle changes help in improving the prognosis of this condition.

 

For more information read below.

 

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the stomach and intestines, also called the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. IBS is a chronic condition that you’ll need to manage long term.

Only a small number of people with IBS have severe symptoms. Some people can control their symptoms by managing diet, lifestyle and stress. More-severe symptoms can be treated with medication and counseling.

IBS doesn’t cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.

Symptoms

Symptoms of IBS vary but are usually present for a long time. The most common include:

Other symptoms that are often related include sensation of incomplete evacuation and increased gas or mucus in the stool.

Causes

The exact cause of IBS isn’t known. Factors that appear to play a role include:

Triggers

Symptoms of IBS can be triggered by:

Risk factors

Many people have occasional symptoms of IBS. But you’re more likely to have the syndrome if you:

 

Complications

Chronic constipation or diarrhea can cause hemorrhoids.

In addition, IBS is associated with: