Three Serious Issues Your Shoulder Pain Could Be Hinting At

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By Dr. Louis Catalano

grandparentsEveryone has shoulder pain at some point in their life. Most often, it is caused by rotator cuff tendonitis or shoulder bursitis – maladies that cause pain with activities such as raising the arm overhead, reaching into a coat sleeve, or reaching into the backseat of a car. Often times these pains are sporadic, but not severe.

However, here are three serious issues that your pain could be hinting at:

1. Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis.
This disorder can occur with mild trauma or no injury at all. It is more common in diabetics. Patients present with gradually worsening pain and loss of shoulder range of motion. The range of motion that is often lost is external rotation, or the ability to twist one’s shoulder away from the body with the shoulder at the side and the elbow at a 90-degree angle. The patient can also gradually loose the ability to reach overhead or behind one’s back. This problem should not be ignored because early treatment, including physical therapy and a steroid (cortisone) injection, can make recovery more easy and rapid. By avoiding treatment, the shoulder can become more “frozen”, and make a full recovery of range of motion difficult, if not impossible. Also, surgery may be needed if the shoulder becomes “too frozen”.

2. A pinched nerve in the neck.
These patients present with pain in the back of the shoulder, neck or both. They will also complain of numbness and tingling down the arm and into the hand. Constant numbness/tingling is worrisome. Any weakness of the shoulder, elbow, or hand is very concerning as well. The important point is that any symptoms in the arm/elbow/hand, whether numbness or tingling or weakness, must be evaluated immediately. A pinched nerve in the neck can possibly result in permanent numbness/tingling or weakness, so medical attention should be sought promptly.

3. Cancer.
Pain from a cancer lesion around the shoulder will be severe, constant, and tends to be worse at night. The pain will worsen, and never “go away”. Most patients will be ill, with unexplained weight loss or fevers/chills. I have seen a few patients who sustained a shoulder fracture caused by cancer, and this was the first manifestation of the cancer! Some cancer, like multiple myeloma, develops in bone. Other cancers often metastasize to bone and these include lung, prostate, colon, thyroid, and breast cancers. If a patient has a history of one of these cancers, and has severe, unrelenting shoulder pain, that patient should seek immediate medical attention.

Not all shoulder pain could lead to these, but if you have a decreased range of motion, frequent back pain or any of the above listed symptoms, it might be worth giving your doctor a call.

Louis W. Catalano III, M.D. is an assistant clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Icahn Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, residency director and attending surgeon in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and attending hand surgeon at the CV Starr Hand Surgery Center at Roosevelt Hospital. Dr. Catalano has had his publications appear in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Hand Clinics, Journal of Hand Surgery and other leading surgical publications. He is presently on NY Magazine’s “Best Doctors List” and takes care of many musicians, dancers and athletes in the New York area. Dr. Catalano currently resides in Pelham Manor with his wife and two children.

Three Types Of Fungi Responsible For Most Fungal Skin Infections

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footodorThree types of fungi are primarily responsible for the majority of fungal skin infections that afflict millions of Americans each year, says Joshua Fox, MD, medical director and founder of Advanced Dermatology P.C. Trichophyton, microsporum and epidermophyton, all part of the fungal genera category, are the three main culprits. Fungal infections of the skin account for about four million visits a year to outpatient medical facilities in the U.S. alone.

To understand how pervasive and hard-to-treat fungal skin infections can be, it is good to know how they emerge, explains Dr. Fox. Often described as superficial fungus infections, the microscopic organisms that cause them feed on warm, moist, dark environments, like the feet and the jock area. The four main microorganisms that cause fungal skin infections include bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.

Athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm

Athlete’s foot is perhaps the most common of the fungal skin infections and very often one of the most stubborn, says Dr. Fox. There are three different types, including interdigital athlete’s foot, the most common form; moccasin athlete’s foot, which begins on the sole and spreads to the side of the foot; and vesicular athlete’s foot, which is the least common and shows up as blisters on the bottom of the foot. In fact, athlete’s foot (“jungle rot” as it was called) was one of the most the most common foot problems Vietnam veterans have suffered, and they still plague many veterans today.

The clinical reason for such outbreaks is due to an imbalance of microorganisms in the body, Dr. Fox explains. “A decrease in bacteria and an increase in the growth of fungi, sometimes caused by the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, is a common culprit,” he adds.

Jock itch is also a common complaint, especially among men. Jock itch, a form of ringworm, usually occurs in the groin area and on the upper, inner thighs and buttocks.

Ringworm, which can occur on the hands, nails, feet or scalp, typically appears as a circular rash with patches that may be red or peeling or have bumps that resemble blisters. Like the symptoms of athlete’s foot, the infected areas are often itchy and can spread easily. Blistering and cracking of the skin is particularly common on the feet.

A yeast-like fungus, known as Candida, is the culprit behind the common vaginal yeast infection, says Dr. Hu. Such yeasts normally live on the skin and mucous membranes without ever causing infection, she explains. But overgrowth of such organisms can produce an infection in certain areas of the body, adds Dr. Hu.

Tips for treating fungal skin infections

If over-the-counter medications don’t eliminate irritating fungal skin infections, Dr. Fox suggests medical intervention. The kind of treatment that’s given for most fungal skin infections depends on the severity of one’s condition, he notes. For some, oral treatment is the only solution.

“Many people have suffered with fungal skin infections for years,” Dr. Fox says. The choice of oral anti-fungal medications depends on the type of fungus that needs to be treated, the affected area, other co-existing diseases that a person might have and interactions with other medications currently being taken. The most common oral medications are Lamisil, Sporanox and Griseofulvin.

Maintaining best hygiene practices is perhaps the best way to prevent fungal skin infections from recurring or even happening at all. To prevent athlete’s foot, for example, Dr. Fox suggests wearing footwear in public locker rooms and shower areas. One should wash the feet daily and most importantly, dry them thoroughly. Wearing shoes that give feet room to breathe and wear cotton socks and underwear. If necessary use a powder to keep them dry.

Dr. Fox says that while fungal skin infections can be annoying to deal with, proper treatment and attention to hygiene practices can keep such conditions from recurring.

“Unfortunately there is evidence that fungal infections of the skin can recur, even after treatment,” says Dr. Fox. “However, with careful adherence to good hygiene and close monitoring we find that most patients can overcome fungal skin infections.”

Advanced Dermatology P.C., the Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery (New York & New Jersey) provides cutting edge medical, laser & cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery services. http://www.advanceddermatologypc.com

Joshua L. Fox, M.D., F.A.A.D., is the founder and medical director at Advanced Dermatology P.C. He is a leading authority in the field of dermatology with expertise in skin cancer, cosmetic surgery and laser procedures and is program director of a fellowship in laser and cosmetic surgery

Judy Hu, M.D., F.A.A.D. is a board certified dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology P.C. Dr. Hu specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology with extensive experience in skin rejuvenation utilizing injections and laser therapy.

Change Your Mood On The Count Of Three!

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By Kac Young Ph.D. ND, DCH

womantwistingSo what (or who) ticked you off today? Someone at work? A phone call you received, or didn’t receive? Some bad news from a friend or relative, or did you just get up on the wrong side of the bed?

It happens to all of us. One day our emotional cookie jar is full; the next day it is empty. So what can we do to increase our happiness?

Don’t confuse the issue. Don’t reach for the chocolate cake or hot fudge sundae. When the sugar wears off you’ll feel even lower. Put down that second martini and have a mini personal intervention instead. Don’t substitute something outside of yourself, a pill, a smoke or a drink until you’ve worked on it from the inside out.

The first thing you want to tell yourself is that this mood isn’t your leash. You have the power to change how you feel in three easy steps.

Count 1) write down three things that went well today. (Write it on your cocktail napkin if that’s where you are!)

Count 2) write down the reasons why these three things went so well.

Count 3) give yourself credit for why they went well.

Sounds too simple doesn’t it? This process has been proven to lift your personal happiness quotient if you do it every day – no matter what mood you woke up in. You can celebrate after you’ve gotten your inner strength back and are feeling confident again.

Try this process by writing in a journal or email that you compose and send to yourself. The reminders and the re-reading will help you focus on all the good you have in your life. Suddenly you’ll feel a lot better about everything and it’s all in your own words. You’ve just become your own best friend and cheerleader in 3 easy steps.

– Kac Young , a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. The Quick Guide to Bach Flower Remedies is her latest book about self- healing that provides a short cut to natural remedies we can use to improve our life and well being.

Three Tips For Preventing A Stroke

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heartAccording to the National Stroke Association, up to 80% of all strokes can be prevented. Strokes can happen to anyone at any time, but certain risk factors can increase the odds. Mom’s Meals provides tips for preventing a stroke:

1. Talk to a healthcare professional about your risks. One of the first steps to reducing risk is knowing exactly what risk factors you should be aware of based on your personal and family history. Consulting a physician is the best way to understand these risks. Be sure your healthcare professional include the following:

Blood pressure: High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors. Know if you have high blood pressure by having it checked yearly. It you are at risk, more frequent checks may be necessary.

Atrial fibrillation: If you have an abnormal heartbeat, or “afib,” it can increase the stroke risk by 500%.

2. Clean up your habits. The habits we have often impact health more than any other genetic disposition, or external factor. If you want to prevent a stroke, two areas that are very important to address are smoking and alcohol consumption.

If you are serious about preventing a stroke, stop smoking immediately, and make sure your alcohol consumption is moderate at most. Having a regular exercise habit, even just walking around your area mall several times each day, can strengthen the heart and help keep blood healthy.

3. Improve your diet. What you eat plays a huge role in stroke prevention. A heart healthy diet can reduce your risk significantly. Opt for low sodium meals, and be sure to get plenty of healthy foods. If you or a loved one has difficulty preparing food for a heart healthy diet, consider home meal delivery service. Mom’s Meals offers an entire menu of items specifically created by chefs and Registered Dietitians to be heart healthy and tasty.

If a loved one does suffer a stroke, recuperation and recovery can be a long, slow journey. The National Stroke Association provides tips for the caregivers and family members, as well as the stroke victims at their web site.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

The Three Faces Of Pink Eye

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By Alicia Bell

eyeConjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye,” is an inflammation of the thin white covering of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. If you’ve ever had this infection before, you know it’s annoying. If you haven’t, it might sound a little scary. It’s actually quite common and preventable. Usually, small children, college students, teachers, and daycare workers represent the highest risk for infection, but this is largely because their job or who they are puts them in contact with a lot of other people. Although conjunctivitis can have many causes, there are primarily three ways to get the infection:

Viral Infection

This form of the infection is caused by a virus similar to the common cold. It’s extremely contagious, but it will usually clear up in a few days or a week if left untreated. You’ll know if you have it because you’ll get itchy, watery, eyes and you’ll be sensitive to light. You can become infected in one or both eyes. If you’ve got it in only one eye, avoid rubbing your eyes since you might spread the infection to the other eye.

Unfortunately, with a viral infection, there’s not much that can be done. A cold washcloth can alleviate the symptoms. Just make sure you’re the only one using it.

Bacterial Infection

A bacterial infection should be treated as soon as possible. It could lead to serious damage to the eye if left untreated. Bacterial pink eye usually presents with a sticky, yellowish or greenish discharge in the corner of the eye.

In some cases, it gets so bad that your eyes are stuck together when you wake up in the morning. Obviously, this is unpleasant. Most people don’t wait too long to see a doctor, and neither should you. Like viral infections, one or both eyes may be infected. Don’t rub your eyes as the infection can spread to an unaffected eye. Treatment is via antibiotic eye drops or ointments.

When taking antibiotics, remember to take the entire course of treatment. Even if your symptoms improve, it’s crucial that you finish the entire prescription.

When taking antibiotics, remember to take the entire course of treatment. Even if your symptoms improve, it’s crucial that you finish the entire prescription. It’s entirely likely that you’ll have no outward symptoms by the time you’ve finished with the antibiotics. That’s fine. Finishing the prescription ensures that you kill everything and do not create an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria that can come back to haunt you (or someone else).

Allergens

When you have an allergy-caused pink eye condition, you’ll get watery, burning eyes. Sometimes, they’ll also be itchy. It’s often accompanied by other cold or flu-like symptoms such as a runny or stuffy nose. You may have some light sensitivity. Usually, both eyes are affected. Thankfully, it’s not contagious.

Because the pink eye is caused by an allergy, in this case, your best bet is allergy medication. It can help prevent or shorten the reaction. Your doctor can prescribe the meds. You can also try boosting your immune system through diet and intelligent vitamin and mineral supplementation.

In most cases, the best source for vitamins and minerals is food: green vegetables, low-sugar fruits, and lean as well as fatty cuts of meat (to help with absorption of fat-soluble vitamins). Supplements that you might find especially helpful include vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc. Rest will also help your body recover faster.

– Alicia Bell is a health blogger and busy mom who suffered from pink eye. Her posts appear mainly on health, medical and family websites.

Three Best Strength Workout Routines For Women

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By Rod Devreese

womanstrengthworkoutWomen, especially on their late teens all the way to middle age have this one common frustration – to look as fabulous and fit as their favorite star. Lo and behold not all women are built the same. Due to factors universal to all of us – time, money, discipline, etc. not all women can have those to-die-for washboard abs or that firm behind that everyone is talking about.

Let’s face it; you can’t achieve that sexy physique with minimal effort but expecting maximum results. Advertisements on TV promise everything under the sun but mostly they’re all just a bunch of bull. Here are three surefire workout routines for women to pump up those problem areas specifically the arms, abs and lower extremities. Note that this will always be more effective if done with proper diet.

The Arms

Most women are afraid of lifting weights just because it might make their arms larger. Wrong. By forcing your body to burn calories more than they usually do, it essentially carves away the fat to reveal more lean muscle. Goodbye flabby arms!

Body weight training can be most beneficial for a newbie. By doing pull-ups and push-ups, you essentially gain the strength to lift your own weight. This prepares you for the big boys and all that iron. One can easily do this at home without need for any other equipment. As you progress and with proper supervision you can start on with free weights, gradually going heavier.

Push-ups with mountain climbers will give you a good cardio workout while firming essentially your arms, legs, chest and abs. You can do this by getting on the push-up position but with your arms straight and on the balls of your feet. Lift your right knee to your right arm. Hold for thirty seconds with your back straight. Do this with the other arm and leg. Then slowly bend your arms to ninety degrees and back up to the original position. Do this in eight to twelve repetitions.

The Abs

exerciseballWhole body exercises can make great abs like the push-ups I mentioned earlier. But to concentrate specifically on the abdominal muscles, crunches are the way to go. Add some resistance by doing this on an exercise ball. It supports the back and firms your butt. Sit on the exercise ball and slowly roll your back with your arms crossed. Lift your shoulders and tighten that abs. Release and get back to the original position.

The Lower extremities

The hips butt and legs are the most problematic areas in women. Plie squats with shoulder raises can be most effective. Do this by standing with your feet wide apart about shoulder length. Then slowly bend your knees up to ninety degrees while tucking your stomach in. Then raise your arms (preferably done with dumbbells) up to your head and slowly lower them. Do this for about five seconds in eight to twelve reps.

Train hard

The myth that men and women have to train based on their gender is wrong in so many ways. That notion that we are all created equal proves true at this point. Look at all the athletes out there. Strength training and high intensity interval routines challenge the body to adapt to the ever-changing movements. These workout routines are great for your heart and force your body to burn all that fat FAST!

– Rod Devreese is a health and fitness enthusiast as well as an author for www.AllWorkoutRoutines.com. His research and writing focus mainly on workout routines for women and workout plans.