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How Does One Get Porphyria
Inherited: Typically inherited problem in the breakdown of red blood cells, in particular heme. The abdominal pain and crises can be set off by medications, alcohol, or low calorie diets. Medications that cause include but are not limited to barbiturates, anticonvulsants, estrogens, oral contraceptives, or even supplements (chromium for example). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A group of rare hereditary conditions involving abnormal metabolism of heme. A common form, Porphyria cutanea tarda affects the skin, with blisters, itching and rash that are worse after sun exposure. In Acute Intermittent Porphyria, abdominal pain, muscle pain, numbness or tingling, seizures, and ...Read more
False motion: Vertigo is a sense of false motion. It can be caused by a problem in your inner ear (peripheral vertigo) or by a problem in the brainstem (central vertigo). The inner ear has 3 separate balance canals that help keep your balance in space during movement. The brainstem is responsible for processing all the information from both inner ears, your eyes, and your muscles to help with balance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sexual contact.: Herpes infections are actually very common. By the time you are sexually active, there is about a 40% chance that you have been exposed to herpes type 1 or 2. Most people you have herpes will not know it, yet they can transmit it to others. Some people actually get an outbreak and rarely some individuals get frequent outbreaks. Limit your sexual partners to as few as possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acquired, inherited: The immune system is the specialized part of our body that protects us against infections, identifying and eliminating microbes and germs that harm our body. It also helps to control tumors. A deficiency of this system can be inherited, caused by a defective gene, or most commonly acquired, caused by an infection such as HIV or measles, medications or a condition like diabetes or malnutrition. ...Read more
Cushing's syndrome: Cushing's syndrome is any condition that cause the adrenal gland to produce too much cortisol. Some common cause of cushing's syndrome include taking too much steroids (prednisone by any route), the presence of a tumor on the adrenal gland that produces too much cortisol, a tumor on the pituitary gland that produces too much acth causing the adrenal to make too much cortisol... ...Read more
No need: You know you have insomnia if you're not sleeping. You don't need a test to know that. Talk to your doctor about the type of insomnia you're having (trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep etc). The you can discuss possible causes (drugs, medicines, pain, stress, etc. ) and possible treatments, which can include changes in eating habits, life style, supplements or medications. ...Read more
Unprotected sex: Aids is spread during unprotected anal, vaginal or oral sex with a partner who has AIDS. It is not spread through the air, on doorknobs or toilets, etc. So you have to work a little to get it. If you are unsure about your partner in sex, always protect yourself. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Autoimmune, systemic: Lupus is an autoimmune disease, in simple terms, your body produces certain antibodies that attack your own organs.It can affect any part of the body. Common symptoms - joint pains, facial rash, photosensitivity, mouth ulcers, hair loss. Organ involvement usually kidney, brain. No one really knows why someone gets it- it is believed that genetic, environmental factors play a major role. ...Read more
Genetic: Either from heredity or from other causes which are largely unknown. We know that one has about a 50 % chance of having schizophrenia if both parents have it and about 10% if just one parent. Also, there are cases of schizophrenia in which no known family member has the condition. About 1% of the population has schizophrenia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A while: I don't know for sure but it should take at least a week. This is a rare test and most labs do not run it. It is usually sent to an outside lab. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Tenesmus mean straining at bm's, often with no results, and can come from many different causes. Mostly things that inflame the anal canal and rectum causing irritation are the problem, and the cause needs to be identified to fix it, so get a good anorectal exam. If you have a diagnosis already, your doctor should have suggested a treatment. ...Read more
Red blood cells: Anemia happens when you do not have enough red blood cells and hemoglobin. It may be a production problem in the bone marrow or you may have chronic blood loss. Iron deficiency is one of the main causes but there are others: vitamin b12/folate deficiency, chronic disease, genetic conditions, certain medications, toxins, etc. ...Read more
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