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Hypoglycemia Is A Serious Disease
Hypothyroidism: Impaired mental activity, including problems with concentration & memory. Depression. Chronic fatigue. Difficulty concentrating.Sensitivity to cold headache.Muscle&joint aches. Weight gain, despite diminished appetite.Constipation. Early puberty. Menstrual irregularities. Hearing loss. Husky voice.Skin & hair changes (pale, rough, dry skin, less sweat, hair coarsens, brittle nails). Serious enough. ...Read more
Depends on agent: Meningitis is defined as an inflamation(generally caused by infection) of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.The agent may be bacterial (like strep/staph/meningococcus); viral, fungal or parocitic.Some viral cases are mild & resolve without special rx. Most bacterial are deadly if untreated & may damage even with rx. Fungal & paracitic causes are also deadly & often harder to rx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No and yes: Hi. Any diabetic taking insulin will tell you how very real hypoglycemia is. However, there is an utter nonsense self-diagnosis of "hypoglycemia" that is not in the same universe as "true illness". There are also true hypoglycemia cases (VERY rare) due to tumors or hyperplasia of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. So if you take insulin or your pancreas makes it inappropriately, yes ...Read more
Intense nerve pain: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy is renamed to complex regional pain syndrome to acurately reflect the localized nature of this illness. It is often result of trauma to the area injurying the nerve which healed abnormally and thus becomes hypersenstive. It can be severe and disabling for some, but i don't believe it is generally regarded as catastrophic. Consult doc if u r having trouble. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Papilledema means a swollen optic nerve from increased intracranial pressure. The increased pressure must be investigated and treated. Otherwise the optic nerve may become damaged and you will become blind. Also the cause of the increased pressure could be life-threatening as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be: Heartburn is a common condition, affecting millions of americans. Most of the time this is mild and not serious, but heartburn can dramatically affect quality of life such as by reducing effective sleep. It can lead to complications such as strictures in the esophagus (swallowing tube) and even increase the risk of esophageal cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, still serious: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. Fevers, chills, fatigue, swelling of the spleen, etc... Usually occur as red blood cells break apart. With treatment, the symptoms should go away in a couple of weeks. However, without treatment, and depending on the type of malaria, an infected person can have symptoms for a few years, up to a few decades. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Panic disorder: If untreated is a very frightening experience which sends them to emergency rooms on a frequent basis until it becomes clear that the problem is not a medical one, but psychological. Therefore it is very costly. Once someone gets psychological treatment, it is not hard to help them get over the disorder using cognitive behavioral therapy and some insight oriented treatment. ...Read more
A disease. : According to the american diabetes association, "diabetes mellitus (mel-ih-tus), or simply, diabetes, is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin." the actual definition of disorder and disease are very similar, but the term disorder implies less severe. I would stress that diabetes is quite serious. ...Read more
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