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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
June 18, 2018

What your tongue tells you about your health

Your tongue is one of the most powerful organs that you have. It’s made up of a mobile group of muscles that are attached to the floor of the mouth. We use this fleshy pink organ to taste, lick, swallow and speak. The top of the tongue is covered with small bumps called papillae. The majority of our tastebuds are found in these papillae. Your tongue does more than help you gobble down your food; it assists with digestion and mouth cleaning during the chewing and swallowing process. This muscular organ also holds secrets about your health! Stick out your…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
June 18, 2018

5 reasons you’re coughing constantly

It's annoying to sit next to someone who just keeps coughing. What's worse, is when that someone is you. The coughing reflex has an important purpose, but what do you do when it doesn't go away? When you cough, you bring up mucous and harmful substances from your airways: it keeps your airways clear, so you can get oxygen into your lungs. You could also cough if you're i'll, and your lungs secrete mucous to get rid of the germs. Most coughs only last for a few days or weeks and then you feel better, but when . If your…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
June 8, 2018

Alternative therapies to manage chronic pain

Chronic pain is a common problem. Chronic means when pain lasts for more than several months (usually between three to six months). Over-the counter-medication isn’t the only way to relieve pain. Take a look at alternative therapies. Therapies & treatments Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that’s rapidly becoming a mainstream treatment for pain. It’s believed to release pain-numbing chemicals in the body and block pain signals coming from the nerves. This works for pain caused by conditions like fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, back injuries, and sports injuries. Acupuncture can treat lower back pain, menstrual cramps, headaches, joint conditions, and the side-effects of chemotherapy…
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HeadachesSymptoms, Aches & Pains
June 6, 2018

5 unusual causes for headaches

You’ve been hit by a sudden storm of pain. Your head is pounding and you have no idea why. What could have triggered your headache? Headaches are categorised as primary or secondary headaches. The most common types are primary headaches that include tension, muscle and cluster headaches. These are caused by spasms in the neck muscles. Secondary headaches happen when an external factor triggers the sensitive pain nerves in the head. This could a hangover, a concussion, dehydration, blood clots, brain freeze (ice-cream headaches) and the flu. There are also a few unusual reasons for headaches: Your hairstyle Sure, that…
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Back PainSymptoms, Aches & Pains
February 20, 2018

How best to treat your back pain

After headache, back pain is the most common cause of pain. Do you know the signs, how to prevent it and what to do when pain strikes? An estimated 75% of South Africans experience back pain in their lifetime. Some of the factors that place you at risk include ageing, an inactive lifestyle, poor posture, genetic factors, pregnancy and smoking. Common symptoms  Pain in the back. Restriction of back movements. Numbness of one or both legs. Back pain radiating to the foot or knee. Dizziness or disturbance of vision related to neck posture. Difficulty standing up after sitting for a…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
December 8, 2017

Could you have fibromyalgia?

You finally crawl into bed after a long and taxing day, looking forward to nothing more than a few blissful hours of sleep. Except, it’s not. Your body and muscles ache in weird ways and you feel odd prickles of pain all through the night. What’s going on? It could be fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, but it’s not progressive or life-threatening. Nor does it have anything to do with muscle, nerve or joint injury, or any serious tissue damage or disease. People with fibromyalgia are not at greater risk for other musculoskeletal diseases. Fibromyalgia is a muscular pain…
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HeadachesSymptoms, Aches & Pains
December 8, 2017

6 types of headaches and how to treat them

It’s crunch time. Exams are around the corner and your stress levels are through the roof. This, unfortunately, also affects your concentration levels and you find yourself with a headache at the end of each day. According to research conducted by The Headache Clinic, 18% of women and six percent of men suffer from migraines. A headache is not just a headache. There are different types, caused by different things. Popping a pill to ease the tension isn’t always enough; you should identify where your head hurts and know which treatment is best to get rid of the ache. Headache…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
November 16, 2017

What does it mean to be dehydrated?

Amazingly, your body is made up of 2/3 water! It’s essential for many processes in your body, from lubricating your eyes and joints, to aiding digestion, flushing waste and keeping skin supple and healthy. But when the normal water content in your body is reduced, it upsets the delicate balance of minerals, which has a huge effect on how your body functions. Usually, your body re-absorbs fluid from your blood and other tissues if it needs, but by the time severe dehydration sets in, there’s no longer enough fluid to get blood to your organs. This sends you into shock,…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
October 24, 2017

Can’t rest your legs? You may have Restless Leg Syndrome

Is your quality of life and sleep severely disturbed by a sudden uncomfortable and strange urge to move your legs? Do you find yourself twitching and kicking at night when you should be asleep? These are the typical symptoms of Restless leg syndrome (RLS) also known as Willis-Ekbom disease (WED). Researchers believe that RLS is commonly misdiagnosed as insomnia and other neurological or musculoskeletal conditions, and that 1 out of 10 people suffer from restless legs. Treatment is available for the condition, but it can’t be completely cured. You may have RLS if: You have an uncomfortable need or urge…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
October 24, 2017

3 Ways to treat pain without medication

Pain isn’t pretty, but it is necessary. The World Health Organization defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”. The purpose of pain is to warn your body to take action to prevent further tissue damage. How you feel and react to pain depends on what’s causing it. Pain is felt when particular nerve endings detect tissue damage and are stimulated. This may come from damage to your tissues like when you’ve cut yourself, or from disruption to the nerves themselves. Pain can also happen…
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