At its most basic, anorexia nervosa is mental disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight. In fact, individuals suffering from anorexia often greatly fear gaining weight, even if they are already weigh less than their physician would consider healthy or safe.
As such, anorexia sufferers hold distorted body images about themselves (e.g. they feel fat when they’re actually very thin), which is what pushes them continue losing weight.
Dupuytren's contracture involves a benign progressive thickening of the skin of the palm, as well as the thickening of the palmar fascia, which is connective tissue responsible for finger contraction and grip strength.
Whether you’re a man or a woman, bringing up the topic of hair loss is sure to cause some tension for anyone suffering from it. After all, in today’s beauty obsessed world, each and every one of us want to have the thickest, healthiest head of hair possible. And although it can take a toll on your ego, there are also some health concerns that may be indicated by sudden hair loss.
Did you know that 20% of the U.S. population suffers from weekly heartburn? And for many of these patients, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) may be the underlying cause. But even though it has a funny name, this medical condition is no joke.
As such, in this article we’ll talk about what GERD is, how you can find out if it’s causing your heartburn, and what you can do to help alleviate some of its symptoms.
During this time of year, the light is low, the days are short, and the cold weather can keep you indoors for extended periods of time. As a result, you may notice that you feel a little more “down,” don’t have the energy you used to, have put on an excessive amount of weight, or find yourself unable to concentrate. If you begin experiencing recurring symptoms like these during the late fall, and they typically subside by spring, then you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Sleep apnea syndrome is a disorder that includes abnormal respiration during sleep, resulting in disruption of sleep, snoring, drowsiness throughout the day, as well as chronic fatigue. Individuals suffering from sleep apnea are frequently overweight and suffer from elevated blood pressure, which can lead to additional health concerns.
Have you been experiencing upper stomach pain, bloating, and/or frequent heartburn? If so, you may be suffering from an H. Pylori infection.
According to statistics over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Patients with symptoms of chronic pain are seen by clinicians across multiple clinical settings; and come with pain complaints that rate from moderate to severe.
When your ears hurt even the most mundane tasks can become unimaginable, all the mind can think about is ending the pain. Now, most adults are not susceptible to ear aches that are so frequent in childhood, but there is one ailment of the ear that is common at any age: otitis externa—swimmers ear.
At Advanced Family Medicine (AFM) we think that modern medicine is truly a wonderful thing, but to truly appreciate where we are today, it is helpful to look back to where we have come from; and one the most dynamic examples of the progress of medicine is in regards to coronary heart disease (CHD).
Only a short two hundred years ago the primary method of treating CHD was by the crudest of methods; ‘bloodletting, a tincture of opium, (and) bed rest...’ Since then–thankfully–leaps and bounds have been made in regards to our understanding of the disease; and now much can be done to both treat, and prevent this deadly disease. For the rest of this post we want to explore CHD and discuss some of the steps that can be taken to treat and prevent it.