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Disease Affect Life
Progressive dz: Parkinsons is a progressive dz. Its initially controlled with medications like levodopaand Dopamine agonists. Eventually they lose their effectiveness. And can cause invoulentary movements called dyskensia. Rehab diet and execise can alleviate some symptoms early on. Research to a cure is ongoing. ...Read more
Many things: Having a chronic respiratory condition affects overall daily functioning. One cannot do much exertion or be outdoors in any extreme of weather, or in polluted air. Medication can help, but many patients still have some problems at least occasionally. ...Read more
Misery: Affected patients appear normal at birth & progress normally up to about 6 mo when they plateau & start their decline. They gradually deteriorate & die of complications of their disease by the age of about 4 yrs. ...Read more
If caught in time: Hypothyroidism only affects weight when it is poorly treated because of not complying with instructions or has been ongoing for a long time before diagnosis (inital symptoms are very vague). Weight issues are over- attributed to thyroid dysfunction that it has become an urban legend. ...Read more
Different ways: Crohn's disease can cause pain, fatigue, and any chronic condition can cause depression, all of which can affect sex life. Also fistulas and ostomies can sometimes get in the way. There are some medications that can affect fertility in men (methotrexate, sulfasalazine, etc.), or risk of birth defects in women (methotrexate, etc.). Ask your doctor because this is a very individual issue. ...Read more
Parkinson's disease: The symptoms of parkinson's disease vary from patient to patient. Although hand tremor is commonly associated with parkinson's disease, other symptoms like balance or gait instability, rigidity, slowing of the movements, memory problems, constipation, and depression are also noticed. Recent studies indicate that physical activity with exercise, stretching and large rapid range of motion helps. ...Read more
Information needed: Quality of life is different for everyone and liver disease has a broad spectrum. Much more information is necessary to be able to give a reasonable answer. What kind of liver disease and how bad? Is this due to a virus or due to an injury of some type or due to a poor lifestyle choice? To give you a good answer, more would need to be known. ...Read more
Yes: Periodontal disease is a risk factor in erectile disfunction. ...Read more
Yes: Certainly if you don't feel well, have pain, diarrhea, bleeding can put a damper on sex life. Fistulas (abnormal connection between loop of bowel and something else-bowel, bladder, vagina, outside world) definitely can affect sex life. Meds like steroids can affect. Sulfasalazine can decrease sperm count. Ostomies can be a challenge. ...Read more
Varies.: Liver disease is complex, varied and fluctuates, meaning that no one person’s experience of liver disease is the same as another’s. Your experience of liver problems may vary from day to day. Treat every day in as positive a manner as you can. Talk to others in your situation. Above all, don't beat yourself up...Look forward, not back. ...Read more
Yes: However, there are some significant advances made in the treatment of ha (http://www. The-dermatologist. Com/content/humira-enters-phase-iii-clinical-trials-treatment-hidradenitis-suppurativa). ...Read more
Cause?: Gerd can have many causes such as a hiatal hernia, an ulcer, food allergies, medication or supplement side effect, etc. It's important to know the cause to know the right treatment. I got rid of my own gerd by eliminating unhealthy foods and losing 25 pounds. I eliminated fried foods, spicy foods, sweetened foods, etc. You are too young to have gerd and you should have your symptoms checked by dr. ...Read more
Can be done: Take your medicines properly, keep close follow up with your doctor, don't stop meds without consent of doc, get adequate rest, excercise, eat healthy, get proper colon cancer surveillance when indicated. Compliance with your doctors management is most critical. Have fun and consider a support group like croh's and colitis foundation (ccfa). ...Read more
Possible: Work closely with your primary care physician and your specialists. There are good treatment for crohn's disease. ...Read more
The neuromyelitis in Devic's disease usually affects the OPTIC NERVES the effect on life expectancy is minimal!
Hopefully TREATMENT will improve the QUALITY of life (not just the QUANTITY. New treatments for MS and ALS (Lou gehrig's disease) are "in the works!!! "
Hope this helps and Good Luck
Dr Z ...Read more
Get support: Important question! Healing from chronic illness takes time and focus. But illness is not a person's identity, though society can make it seem so. I say that I am a person living with chronic illness, in my case crohn's disease, but I am much more than cd. I have learned to be curious about where cd will take me in my life, who I will meet along the way, and appreciate the journey. ...Read more
Hard to predict.: Sarcoid has a variable course, your pulmonologist will know more about your specific risks. For many sarcoid is a disease that comes and goes, for others it is permanent. It is the cause of death in less than 5 %. ...Read more
What is the maximum amount of low fat plain yogurt an adult male 46 years old without any major life style disease can have per day.?
Recommendation: 8 oz (one cup) is good. If you want more you can drink 2 cups. But you have to eat other variety of food. Be rational. ...Read more
Is it possible that someone can have a very serious disease even life threatening yet have no physical symptoms. Thus having it go untreated for a length of time and eventually dying?
Possible but rare: Occasionally this does happen with certain cancers, but generally speaking life threatening diseases present with physical symptoms early on. ...Read more
Uniformly fatal: Hiv is a virus that causes aids. Without therapy (multiple expensive targeted medications), the average life expectancy for someone who contracts HIV is 8 to 10 years, and without therapy virtually everyone with HIV would die of disease. This is why HIV is "life threatening". With appropriate drug treatments and good diet/lifestyle some people with HIV may live decades and die of other causes. ...Read more
I don't have fever. Even with diseases that always go with fever. I had 2/3 times in my life (when I was young).+my body temperature is always 35.2C?
Questions:: 1) is the instrument you're using to measure your temp accurate? 2) are you using oral, rectal, axillary temps or forehead strips? 3) what time of day are you checking it? 4) How is your overall health? (A sluggish thyroid may lower your body temp.) Generally we're concerned when the temperature is too high, not "too low" unless you have symptoms or an associated medical condition. ...Read more
I have Cfs m e why is it doctors insult me and don't recognise even when I have been diagnosed and it completely ruined my life this disease is real?
Tough issue: Since there is no definitive treatment for CFS, your doctor is likely frustrated as well although he shouldn't have insulted you. Perhaps another doctor may better in handling your care. ...Read more
Unlikely to happen: The only way to change this would be a bone marrow transplant from a compatible donor. ...Read more
Control the disease: The best way to minimize symptoms is to suppress disease activity with proper meds. Discuss this with a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Yes: Coping with a chronic disease is always important. There may be limitations but the majority of my patients lead a great life. The treatment needs to be tailored to the involvement and needs of the person with lupus. The person with lupus needs to take charge. People with lupus are normal people who happen to have lupus. This should be the guideline but personal responsibility is tops. ...Read more
CANAVAN DISEASE: Genetic disorder among jews causing major malformations in the fetus. ...Read more