Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Five Symptoms Of Bacterial Vaginosis

By Danielle Clement

The symptoms of Bacterial vaginosis or BV can be very embarrassing and uncomfortable for women who are suffering from it. They can vary from women to women and for some can be mild and others very intense. It is also worth knowing that in fact some women can show no symptoms at all.

Odor and discharge These are the more common symptoms. The odor is a fishy unpleasant smell though it varies in intensity from case to case. The other symptom, the discharge, means you are discharging more frequently than usual. It has a grey or white color looking somewhat like milk. The abnormal discharge also often becomes even more so after sex. These two symptoms happen due to a bacterial change that is abnormal in the vagina; that is the casue of Bacterial Vaginosis.

Itching Itching is not as common a symptom as the smell and discharge, but can happen. Because itching is the most common sign of a yeast infection this can sometimes lead to an incorrect diagnsois, by women themselves and by doctors. Remember that in a yeast infection there is no odor or it is yeasty. The fishy smell is a sure sign of BV. Just look carefully at all the symptoms not just one.

Irritation and Cramping Again these are less common than the first 2 symptoms of odor and discharge. They can be very uncomfortable to deal with and can range in how severe they are. As irritation is also a symptom of a yeast infection remember to check your other symptoms too.

It is important if you belive you are suffering from any of these symptoms that you do something about it. Bacteria Vaginosis may be just a slight inconvenience if you are only experiencing mild occasional symptoms but you cannot leave it untreated for any length of time. As with all illness if you leave it untreated there can be long term repercussions. It is a good idea to educate yourself about Bacterial Vaginosis symptoms verus yeast infection symptoms and understand the causes of both in case you can make changes to prevent them. If you belive you have BV there are various options to treat it.

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Quick and Easy Hemorrhoid Cures

By Heather-Jane Hunter

As an ex sufferer of hemorrhoids I once found myself in a situation where I felt that everything I tried failed. Nothing worked for me for a long time and I was left feeling demoralized and doomed. I was at a point where I was willing to do anything to get rid of my hemorrhoids once and for all.

Looking back on those times I have the virtue of hindsight. I suffered a lot and learned a lot. In this article I will tell you a little more about some of the things I tried and give you some pointers as to which type of hemorrhoid cure is best for you.

Painful side-effects were one of the main problems I experienced when using creams and gels to try to cure my hemorrhoids. My hemorrhoids did reduce in size but over the period of a couple of days the irritation increased to the point where I was experiencing burning and stinging sensations which eventually forced me to end the treatment. The way that the majority of gels, creams and lotions work is by first reducing the swelling which in turn reduces pain. As mentioned above " my hemorrhoids did reduce in size but my pain increased. Im sure that some hemorrhoid creams would work effectively but none that I tried worked for me. If you do use creams keep a close eye on your progress and if you notice any increase in irritation or pain, stop the treatment immediately.

Hemorrhoid surgery is usually reserved for only severe cases of hemorrhoids. This is for 2 main reasons. It is very costly (usually upwards of US$1200), and it can be very painful. Luckily I never needed hemorrhoid surgery although I did come very close to having it and I do know numerous people who have had hemorrhoid surgery. A friend of mine called Jared had a hemorrhoidectomy after battling hemorrhoids for more than 18 months. He was practically bed ridden for over 4 weeks following the operation and struggle with extreme pain. Hemorrhoidectomys are not for the faint hearted. Be prepared for extreme pain and expect to remain in the house for at least 3 weeks after the operation. While hemorrhoidectomys do cure hemorrhoids, it is possible that hemorrhoids will return at some time in the future. Hemorrhoid surgery should only be used as a last resort after all other methods have been tried.

The way I finally cured my hemorrhoids (after struggling for 18 months) was through using natural hemorrhoid remedies. The natural remedies worked so well for me because they work on fighting the cause of hemorrhoids instead of healing the effects of hemorrhoids. Natural hemorrhoid remedies can work very quickly to cure hemorrhoids with some people noticing results in as little as 4-5 days. Natural hemorrhoid cures are by far the cheapest option and can be done from you own home.

If you suffer from hemorrhoids or know of someone who suffers from hemorrhoids, a wealth of information is available from the pages mentioned below.

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Why Allergy Sufferers Love Silk Flowers

By Phillipa Davis

Are you worried about having flowers at your wedding because of allergies? There is no need to worry about this any longer because the high quality silk flowers that are available will make you forget all about fresh cut flowers. The silk flowers that are on the market now are so realistic that nobody will know the difference unless they touch them. If you have been worrying about suffering from allergy symptoms on your wedding day, you can relax because you have found the solution. You will be able to enjoy the beauty of flowers without all the downsides as long as you choose wisely.

Improved technology means that there are brands of silk flowers available that are extremely detailed and lifelike. You would really be hard pressed to tell them apart from real flowers. It's really not surprising that they have gotten so popular. People with allergies to real flowers will enjoy them because they are non allergenic, but that's not the only benefit. Silk flowers will never wilt, crush under careless handling, or turn brown. There are so many varieties available that you can come up with endless possibilities for your wedding arrangements. Think about it, the flowers you adore will always be in season.

To create a basic silk flower arrangement for your wedding reception tables, consider using opaque vases. That way, you'll be able to set a piece of floral foam securely in the bottom. If you need to, you can use a glue gun to keep it from moving. For clear vases, use glass pebbles and water. It's important to create a sturdy base that's heavy enough to keep the arrangement from tipping. Some silk blossoms are heavier than they look, after all.

When making the arrangements, choose one flower to be the focus. It should be tallest bloom in the vase and should never be more than three or four times the height of the vase. Since you want this flower to catch the eye, choose one that is richly colored and large. If this flower is drooping, simply trim the stem a little to stabilize it. Once you have this bloom in place you can start adding smaller and slightly shorter flowers to give some visual support. Make sure all of the flowers are above the lip of the vase or they will be unseen. Three to five flowers are usually sufficient for small arrangements and will draw the eye to the center of the arrangement.

Once all the flowers are in place, you're ready to add some filler. You can use fern fronds and other kinds of leafy greenery. You can also add some very small accent flowers like forsythia, eucalyptus branch, baby's breath, and forget me not. You want the arrangement to look full without it appearing to be overcrowded. Keep in mind that imperfection is much better that perfect symmetry, which will look rather artificial. You may have to try several times, but once you're finished you'll have the perfect silk flower arrangements for your wedding. The nice thing a about silk flowers is that you can do it over and over until you are pleased.

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Memory Boxes And Their Significance

By Oliver Jackson Carter

Death is a part of life. We all know this, yet we all get very emotional and upset should we lose someone close to our hearts. And rightly so, if we've lost someone who we have spent a great deal of time with over the years, of course we should feel this way, we miss them and we want to remember them.

Regardless of what relationship you had with the deceased person, if you were close then you will most likely want to remember them as well as possible, and a "memory box" is the perfect way to achieve this.

Memory boxes are most commonly used for the in the heartbreaking situation of a Mother having a stillbirth or a miscarriage. They are simply boxes that contain representations of how the deceased child was or would have been.

Typically, most memory boxes will contain the following items; fingerprints on paper & ink, finger and hand moulds in clay, a lock of hair, clothes that were going to or did belong to the child and the child's birth details, among other things.

Although that is the most, common, it is not the only time that memory boxes get used. Recently it is becoming quite common for people who know that their time is near to make one for themselves to give to their friends and family.

If a parent knows that they are on the way towards death, but they still have fairly young children, or if someone simply has many close relatives or friends and wants to be remembered, then a memory box would be a great thing to leave behind.

Items normally included in a memory box are things like photographs of the deceased with the recipients of the memory box, any trademark items, eg. if someone always wore the same watch, that would be included, and also fragrances are a good stimulant for the memory.

The boxes are always personalised with the persons name on the outside (well, not always, but usually). They make a perfect keepsake for anyone who has lost someone dear to them until the day comes when they make their own memory box.

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Know Your Training Frequency Before Cycling

By Alison Addy

Each person has by birth an inbuilt strength to perform an activity of a better quality than the other. Likewise, a cyclist can ride miles together at ease with whatever constitution he is made up of. Leaving this ability aside, there is no method to gauge a cyclist's performance except by the type of training he has undertaken. If a cyclist forces his body to adjust to a definite physical adaptation, his riding capacity and performance are enhanced to a great extent.

To plan a successful training program, the cyclist has to understand as to what happens to his body when certain training methods are implemented. The body of the cyclist is made to adapt higher standards of stress and therefore performance by subjecting it to the calculated training stimuli during a methodical training program. He must get prepared mentally before deciding to better his cycling techniques. Next comes, the nutritional diet and the proper equipment. Top athletes of the world have devised scientific principles, by trial and error method which may be useful for the aspirant in cycling.

A cyclist who wants to develop his own techniques is groping in the dark. Training is much superior to random exercising or performing irregular workouts. The purpose of stress training is to conserve one's energy even after performing strenuous acts. The cyclist's commitment to this type of training makes him approach it in a scientific way. At the novice stage of development, he should not imitate an advanced stage cyclist or follow his training plan. This leads to injuries due to overuse.

He can develop his own type of training as long as he understands how that workout stresses his body systems equally. For a cyclist, training volume means the number of miles covered by riding the bike in a week. This value is logged as a reference for the volume of work done.

Next in the order of importance is the intensity which is the capacity to exert in a given period of time. This can be understood by the cyclist's guessing or measured with instruments like power meter, heart rate monitor or VO2 max testing machine fitted to the cycle. There is no point in exerting with high intensity at the start of the training program.

Training frequency has to be known as the number of training packages undertaken in a given period of time. To determine the quality of a training week, frequency attempts to ascertain the difficulty factor. If a cyclist covers 600 Kilometers in 5 days which was deemed to be covered in 7 days, his frequency is said to have increased.

Read more articles about cycling training and Vo2Max available here at this web.

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