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What Causes Lower Left Side Back Pain?

Many people experience lower left side back pain, which can last for days, weeks or months at a time. Common symptoms may include localized pain below the ribs and around the side of the torso. In addition, lower left side back pain may be intermittent in frequency in which it is more tolerable during certain hours of the day. Often times, people who have lower left side back pain will notice a stabbing or dull, aching pain. Many people may also be hyper-sensitive to touch, which stays localized to the lower left side of the back. For others, the pain remains unaffected even with changes in dietary habits. Some people who have lower left side back pain may also experience discomfort when taking deep breaths, lying still or during exercise. Changes in bowel movements may also be accompanied with lower left side back pain.

Frustration can be a common emotion for many people experiencing these symptoms because many doctors have trouble finding an accurate diagnosis. Even extensive testing such as medical imaging, colonoscopy, ultrasound, heart scan, blood tests, urine tests and stool tests may all come out normal.

Your doctor may prescribe pain medication, which may or may not help alleviate your pain. Although it is difficult to remain patient during period, please remember that lower left side back pain can be caused by many factors, which make it very difficult to diagnose your condition. If you and your doctor have tried every approach to diagnosing and treating your pain, ask your physician to refer you to a specialist. If you have tried this approach without much success, you may want to consider seeing a new physician. Doctors are very knowledgeable about medical conditions but some may have more expertise and relevant experience with your particular condition. The key to your success is finding a physician who is willing to work with you in treating your condition.

Here is a list of conditions which can cause pain in the lower left side of the back:

Hypochondrial pain: Symptoms include pain under the rib cage, which can be referred from the colon or spleen.

Ectopic pregnancy: A woman with a developing ectopic pregnancy may not display any signs or symptoms of being pregnant. Symptoms include lower abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, cramping or stabbing pain around the pelvic area, dizziness and felling lightheaded.

Endometriosis: Symptoms may include pain in the pelvis, abdomen and lower back. Heavy flow of vaginal bleeding may accompany these symptoms.

Pancreatitis: Symptoms that are chronic may include indigestion, abdominal pain, back pain, weight loss and steatorrhea (stool that is appears oily and foul smelling).

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Also known as spastic colon, IBS may be accompanied by abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, low back pain and chest pain.

Peptic Ulcer: Symptoms may include a burning pain in the chest, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, change in appetite and back pain.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder: Symptoms may include heartburn, chest pain, back pain, difficulty swallowing or dry cough.

Gastrointestinal bleeding: Common causes include esophageal varices, stomach ulcer, erosions of the esophagus, duodenum or stomach; duodenal ulcer, abnormal blood vessels, colon cancer, anal fissures, colon polyps, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, internal hemorrhoids and inflammation of the large bowels.

Celiac Disease: Symptoms of celiac disease may mimic those of other conditions such as anemia, parasite infections, irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers and skin disorders. Symptoms may include joint pain, weight loss, back pain, weakness and fatigue, bone disorders such as osteoporosis, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and anemia.

Radicular pain: This occurs when there is irritation or compression along the nerves exiting the spine. Symptoms include pain that is accompanied by weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation. Causes of radicular pain can be due to injury, trauma, soft tissue, disc degeneration, disc herniation, facet syndrome or bony changes to the vertebral column.

Kidney stones: Symptoms include pain below the ribs, pain around the torso and back pain. It is also common to experience pain radiating into the lower abdomen and groin region. Other symptoms include pain during urination, nausea and vomiting.

Gallstones: Symptoms may include pain between the shoulder blades, pain in the center and upper right region of the abdomen, back pain and pain into the right shoulder. Additional symptoms may include abdominal pain after eating meals.

Problems with the adrenal gland: Common symptoms include headaches, dizziness when standing up or changing positions quickly, sensitivity to bright lights and low back pain.

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Hair Loss Prevention- Why Do Castrated Men Never Go Bald?

Note-This content only presents overviews of hair loss

prevention research for educational purposes and does not

replace medical advice from a professional physician.

The best start to preventing hair loss is understanding the

basics of hair: what it is, how it grows, what system

malfunctions can cause it to stop growing.

Most common hair loss comes under what has been commonly

known as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB). Although referred to

as MPB, females suffer a similar syndrome, so it is more

properly called androgenetic alopecia. Although hair loss

is not life or health threatening, it can cause serious

problems with a personâEUR(TM)s psyche and self-confidence. There

has been no absolute cure found for hair loss, and many

factors of hair loss are hereditary, however there are

several preventative measures one can take to maintain

healthy hair and scalp.

Although both men and women can suffer significant hair

loss, over 50% of men will suffer with Male Pattern

Baldness (MPB), also known as androgenetic alopecia, at

some point in their lives. The reason behind hair loss is a

genetically inherited sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone

(DHT) and 5-alpha-reductase. The enzyme 5-alpha-reductase

converts testosterone, a male hormone, to DHT, the

substance identified as the end-cause for hair loss.

Hair loss has been noticed and studied throughout the ages,

and some interesting discoveries were made in ancient

times. For one it was noticed that eunuchs: those males

without genitals-never went bald. Men who were castrated as

a result of accidents in battle also never went bald. This

was the first indication that testosterone had something to

do with hair loss. It has also been found that the more

recessive the hair gene, the more propensity toward

baldness one has.

Some common myths have arisen concerning hair loss. Because

of medical advancements many of these myths are being

addressed and corrected. For starters, although

androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness is genetic and

therefore can be hereditary, it is not passed down through

only your motherâEUR(TM)s side of the family. Either side of the

family can pass down the genetic disposition toward

baldness. Also, contrary to old family tales, wearing hats

does not cause baldness either.

Beyond the genetic propensity of certain people toward hair

loss, there seems to be various dietary triggers that

activate the process, a notion that is promising since this

can be controlled.

The effects of high-fat diets and the increase of DHT

(Dihydrotestosterone), a chemical produced by the body

found to cause hair loss, is not conclusive at this time.

However, there does seem to be a connection; as societies

that consumed relatively low-fat diets such as pre-World

War II Japan experienced almost no pattern baldness,

whereas in post-World War II Japan there is an increase in

pattern baldness as their society consumes a higher fat

diet. In fact, Asian and African men in their native

countries traditionally suffer very little Male Pattern

Baldness (MPB). Although when the same peoples come to

North America, they begin to develop MPB.

Because people of all races and ethnicities tend to develop

MPB or androgenetic alopecia, yet do not exhibit these

tendencies before moving to America, changes in diet may be

a leading contributing factor. Diets high in fat do

increase testosterone, which is the main component in DHT.

More research needs to be done on this topic to reach

conclusive evidence, although it certainly could not hurt

to lower oneâEUR(TM)s fat intake.

There are a number of foods and substances to avoid and

limit the intake of. Substances such as alcohol, caffeine,

sugar and nicotine can deplete the body of nutrients and

raise adrenal levels, which will cause a chain reaction of

producing more androgen and causing hair loss. High levels

of saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods are also linked

to increased DHT levels and their consumption should be

limited. Additionally, common table salt has been linked to

hair loss. And the average diet provides the recommended

amount of sodium intake; therefore, salt should never be

added to food. However, when using salt for seasoning

during cooking, be sure to use salt with Iodine being that

it is a nutrient that is vital to hair growth as well,

unless you are a regular consumer of seafood, which

contains high levels of Iodine.

Although hair loss can be caused by many other variables,

lack of proper nutrition will assuredly cause hair loss in

many people. Fortunately, adopting a proper diet that

includes the proper nutrients can reverse hair loss caused

by malnutrition. One thing for certain, regardless of

whether your hair loss was caused by malnutrition or not,

adopting a healthier diet will help the function of other

areas of the body.

There are some methods that have been used that prevent

hair loss on some people, in addition to the dietary

improvements, there are some naturopathic remedy

suggestions. Massage and aromatherapy have been used with

some success. In minor cases of temporary hair loss, hair

growth can be stimulated by massage, since blood and oxygen

flow to the scalp must be healthy in order for hair to

grow. A blend of six drops each of lavender and bay

essential oils in a base of four ounces of either almond,

soybean or sesame oil massaged into the scalp and allowed

to sit for 20 minutes has been used by aroma therapists to

stimulate the scalp. Once the mixture is in the scalp for

20 minutes, wash your hair and scalp with your normal

shampoo mixed with three drops of bay essential oil.

Massaging the scalp in general for a couple of minutes a

day can stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and in

mild cases stimulate some hair growth. Of course, one must

be careful to be gentle when massaging and not tug at the

hair or use the fingernails when massaging the scalp. If

one is concerned about fingernails getting in the way due

to extra long fingernails, there are several options. One

is a flat-handed massage, which while not as effective as

the finger massage can provide some circulatory benefits

and results.

There are several electric massagers on the market that

have an attachment for scalp massaging as well. An oriental

method called Qi Gong (pronounced Chi Kung) has been used

to increase circulation to the scalp and face also. The

fingers should be placed at the center of the skull base

and then begin to tap approximately 30 times. Work your way

outward toward the ears continuing to tap gently. After

reaching the ears go back to the center of the skull a

little higher up and work your way around to the ear

region. Keep going up about eight levels, each time

repeating the process.

There is a definite connection between the prostate and

hair loss for men, and therefore a connection between

breakthroughs in BPH treatments developed and their

effectiveness in restoring hair growth. There have been

some herbalists that have experimented with the herb Saw

Palmetto in order to block the production of DHT in

treating BPH. Although most studies of Saw Palmetto have

been for the treatment of prostatic disease, more recent

studies have been conducted on its effectiveness in

treating loss. The herb has been found to work in fighting

benign prostatic disease by lowering levels of DHT, which

is a known cause of androgenetic alopecia. Studies have

shown Saw Palmetto extract is an effective anti-androgen

and therefore there is promise for its effectiveness as an

effective treatment for hair loss prevention.

Rosemary and sage are two herbs that have shown benefit

traditionally when used externally. It is suggested that to

promote a clean scalp, stimulation of the hair root, and

thickening hair one should boil together in water rosemary,

sage, peach leaf, nettle and burdock. Then strain the loose

herbs from the liquid and use the liquid to wash the hair

daily. Also recommended is steeping one ounce of ground

rosemary, two ounces of ground sage, and a half ounce of

ground nettles in one pint of ethyl alcohol for a week,

straining the solution and adding one ounce of castor oil

and one ounce of water to the liquid. This is said to make

a great hair lotion to apply at night before bed or just

before shampooing.

Hair is a living protein, and as with any living part of

our bodies we must be sure to maintain proper health to

optimize our chances of maintaining a healthy head of hair.

Proper nutrition is vital to maintaining healthy hair,

since the hair is a living and growing part of the bodyâEUR(TM)s

system. Viewing it in this manner can help us to treat our

bodies different and raise expectations through proper

care. A healthy balanced diet, occasionally with the help

of vitamin and mineral supplements and exercise are all key

components to a healthy regimen of maintaining healthy

hair.

There is an obvious link to hair loss and prostatic health

and this only increases the pace of hair loss discoveries.

Most treatments for prostatic diseases such as benign

prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) also have the pleasant side

affect of growing hair on the heads of those taking it.

With the pace of research and discoveries today, there is a

great deal of optimism in the field of hair loss prevention

and treatment. Hair is an important part of our dress and

appearance, therefore a large part of our self-esteem. It

is likely that there are answers for your situation

presently or coming in the near future.

Remember, the restoration of hair growth is not an

overnight process. The process takes time regardless of the

method chosen. Be patient and follow as much of the advice

given by professionals as possible. Keep in mind that the

body is a system, and it is the abuse of this system by

food intake and environmental causes that lead to most

common hair loss.

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Don’t Believe The Myths About Facial Exercises

Facial exercises are becoming increasingly prevalent for men and ladies in their quest to look younger, but there are many myths about facial exercise regimens. We detach fact from fiction.

For those who are not sure what yoga facial exercises are, they are usually techniques used on various parts of the face and neck to firm sagging face skin, eradicate hog jowls and double chin, revitalize skin color, tighten turkey neck, and smooth out face and eye wrinkles. Some face exercise programs involve isometric principles, and some employ massage techniques involving the use of the fingertips.

Here are some interesting things to take note of concerning facial exercises:

Myth: You can alter the facial structure of the face with plastic surgery, but not with a facial exercise system.

Fact: To some extent, you can actually change your face structure using facelift exercises, just not as fast and as drastic as cosmetic surgery. If you concentrate on certain regions such as cheek exercises, the cheeks will fill out. If you do them on eye bags, these will diminish and your face form will alter towards a more youthful shape. However, facial yoga is not effective for correcting birth defects or damage caused by an accident.

Myth: Surgically cutting away loose skin to firm turkey neck, lift sagging face skin and hanging jowls, and to solve a double chin problem is better than painstakingly massaging these areas.

Fact: Surgical lifting of sagging skin is temporary. After a while, it will become baggy again, and you will have to repeat the surgery at more cost to you. Face and neck exercises will keep the skin firm and toned on an ongoing, yet non-invasive basis.

Myth: DIY Non-surgical facelifts are not as effectual as plastic surgery procedures.

Fact: Cosmetic surgery is radical and interferes with the body’s natural energy lines and nodal points. Facial exercises are gentle, non-invasive, and boost the energy and blood flow, as opposed to restricting it.

Myth: A facial exercise system has to be undertaken every day, and it’s complicated to remember all the techniques and points, and is also time-consuming.

Fact: It’s advisable to do facelift exercises daily for about twenty minutes. There are generally about twenty points to massage on the face and neck, so one minute on each point will suffice; usually they are situated on the same face and neck positions that acupuncturists use to treat certain ailments.

Myth: Facelift exercises are painful, or will damage the sinuses.

Fact: Face exercises must be applied with the fingertips firmly to very specific pressure points. Firm, but not too firm as to cause pain or discomfort. At first, you might experience some stuffiness for the first few days in your nose as you massage the sinus area, but that is perfectly natural, and this will dissipate quickly.

Myth: Facial yoga, or exercises don’t produce better results than creams, lotions, Botox, thermage, laser treatments as an anti-aging skin care routine to smooth out eye wrinkles(crow’s feet), laugh and forehead lines.

Fact: Lotions and creams are great for anti-aging skin care in the long term, and I advise people to use this when performing yoga facial exercises to work in the cream simultaneously. Botox and other artificial methods are quick fixes and can even be harmful to you. But facial yoga can easily turn back the clock holistically, not just be used to slow down the effects of aging.

Before spending substantial amounts of money and risking your looks to a surgeon, try a facial exercise program. They are very cost-effective, and a powerful tool to regain your youthful looks in a couple of weeks!

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I’m a Woman and My Hair is Thinning in the Front at the Bangs – What Should I Do?

The other day I received an email from someone who said that she had noticed a lot of thinning of the hair in her bang area – so much so that you could see the white of her scalp where her bangs met the top of her head. She asked me what could be causing this and what she should do about it. I’ll tell you what I told her in the following article.

Things That Can Cause Your Hair To Thin In The Front: The first thing that I asked her was if she had noticed any increase in the amount of hair that she had been shedding or losing. As the bangs are often more sparse to begin with, this can be one of the first places that you notice over all thinning or shedding. And, telogen effluvium (TE) is a condition that occurs because of changes in your body. In females, common culprits are changing hormones, stress, pregnancy, giving birth, going off of birth control pills, thyroid issues, and other things. Typically, it takes a couple of months between the stress or change on your body until you start to notice more hair coming out. As I said, the bangs are one place where you will start to see the thinning first since this area has less hair to begin with. If you have this condition, you will often know it because you will shed hair all over – not just in the front. And, you will see more clothes on the floor, on your clothes, and in your brush.

Genetic Hair Thinning In The Front: Men’s genetic thinning will often manifest itself in the temples when we are talking about the front of the scalp. Women though, often notice a thinning in their bang area. This is due to hormones also, but it’s often not a lack of hormones or even an excess or hormones. It is a sensitivity to the normal presence of hormones that increase as we age. It doesn’t’ happen to everyone. Generally speaking, you will have a genetic tendency toward this sensitivity and the front of the scalp (as well as the crown, temples, and part line) are particularly susceptible to this.

What You Can Do About Thinning In The Front: First off, you need to pinpoint why this is happening. If this is run of the mill TE, then generally what you have to give is just time in cases like giving birth or stress. However, if this is due to medical or other condition that you can treat and improve then you should certainty do that. This is important because this condition is not likely to improve if you don’t treat it or don’t treat the correct cause of it.

If it is a genetic issue that we are talking about, then you will have to work on reducing your sensitivity to the androgens which are the cornerstone of this issue. Many people will try to eliminate their presence from the scalp, but this is really impossible. Your scalp will continue to produce them and as long as the sensitivity is there, you will still have the problem. It’s far better to work on both reducing them (if your levels are too high to be healthy) and on reducing the sensitivity.

Also, you will want to take a look at and then reduce any inflammation. Often, the inflammatory process is present in both TE and in androgen driven loss. There are many natural substances that work well for this. (Tea tree oil, emu oil, lavender, etc.) Finally, you will want to really focus on stimulating your scalp to reproduce healthy hair in that area. Once the androgens are being treated, you must pounce on this window of opportunity to stimulate the follicles because the longer that they are not producing adequate regrowth, the harder it becomes to reignite this process.

In the meantime, there are powders that can cover the white of your scalp like topik and couvre. They do help. And, you can try growing out your bangs so that the area where scalp meets bang isn’t so noticeable. But, this things will only take you so far. Eventually, you will need to take the next step and figure out what is causing this and fix it.

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What’s the Difference Between Thinning Hair and Balding?

I recently received correspondence in which the writer asked me how to tell the difference between thinning and balding. Specifically, she asked: “My hair is thinning out very rapidly. Will this eventually lead to complete baldness?” Is there any way to tell what is going to happen with my hair in the future?” I will try to address these questions in the following article.

What Causes Hair To Thin? What Causes Baldness?: Sometimes, the same factors cause both of these conditions, but not always. By far, the most common cause of balding and thinning are sensitivity to androgens of the scalp or some form of androgenic alopecia (or AGA.) However, there are other conditions that will cause the hair to shed which can eventually lead to hopefully temporary thinning also.

Telogen effluvium or TE is one such example. Sometimes, reactions to medications can cause shedding which causes thinning. Some medical conditions fall under this umbrella also, as do allergic reactions or conditions of the scalp. Most of the time, if you can stop what is causing the shedding, your hair will resume to normal growth and shed patterns so that the thinning out of your hair will eventually stop also.

Also, there is a condition called alopecia areata (AA) which is an autoimmune disorder which will sometimes eventually cause total baldness or diffuse thinning. This condition has nothing to do with androgens, although it is relatively rare. But, with that said, specialist will often tell you that the most common culprit for changes in hair thickness and volume have to do with genetics and / or androgens.

Thinning Can Sometimes Be The First Stop On The Path To Baldness, But This Is Not Always The Case: Let’s discuss how the path to baldness happens when AGA or a sensitivity to androgens is at play. The person experiencing this might notice an increase in shedding or hair loss or they may not. It’s typically not the rate of hair loss that is problematic here. It’s the compromised regrowth. What happens is that because of the androgens and the hair follicles being compromised by them, the hair that is coming back in is miniaturized. It may be lighter in color or more thin in diameter.

At first, the person experiencing this may just notice a loss in volume. But with each hair loss and regrowth cycle, that same hair becomes smaller and smaller in diameter. So, it is able to cover less ground with each cycle. And, this is when people will typically start to notice thinning. Now, sometimes this cycle continues on so many times that eventually, there will only be peach fuzz in the area in questions. Eventually, the peach fuzz gives way to nothing at all and this is when you start to see bald spots in the area in question. Usually, we’re talking about high androgenic areas like the temples, top, or crown.

However, due to genetics or treatment, some folks’ hair loss never reach the level of total baldness. Some people only thin over time and some are able to regrow their hair as medical causes are found or treatment works. Family history comes into play here as does what treatment options you are trying as well as other factors like diet, environment, and stress.

People who are thinning often ask me if they have to just accept their fate to be bald. I don’t buy that you have to accept this. You should know that, even without treatment, not everyone will reach this balding level and there are fewer women than men who reach this. Early treatment can sometimes change the cards that nature dealt you and even mild thinning can often be improved upon.

And, if you’re experiencing thinning due to a temporary condition like TE or a medical issue, you can often see good results if you treat both the hair and the condition that is causing the thinning in the first place. And even hair loss caused by AGA can respond well to treatment.

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