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  • Living with pancreatitis sucks. If you have pancreatitis, you know what I'm talking about. In this article, I share how I managed to live with it as well as tips to avoid further complications.

    My Experience Living With Pancreatitis

    My Experience Living With Pancreatitis

    by TheHealthGuy LM166

  • The cost of a Crystalens implant can vary widely. Learn how the cost can be affected by a surgeon's philosophy and product packaging—from personal experience and the experience of others.

    My Cataract Surgery and How Much Crystalens Cost

    My Cataract Surgery and How Much Crystalens Cost

    by gracenotes64

  • So you've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It's a bit of a bummer; it was for me. Nowadays, I take no medication for it, and my HBA1C scores under 32. This is how I did it.

    What I Did to Reverse My Diabetes

    What I Did to Reverse My Diabetes

    by Rob Wyborn0

  • Hashimoto's is a complex illness with many different symptoms. Here is a snapshot of my experience fighting this debilitating disease, from the countless medical trials in my eight-year path to a correct diagnosis and my current methods for reclaiming my life despite its many difficulties.

    Hashimoto's Disease: My Life as a Zombie

    Hashimoto's Disease: My Life as a Zombie

    by Scarlett_RRL117

  • Diverticulitis is easy to confuse with other health issues, such as food poisoning and the common stomach flu. This was my experience with diverticulitis and how I was able to identify it and seek treatment.

    My Experience With the Symptoms of Diverticulitis

    My Experience With the Symptoms of Diverticulitis

    by CapriCookie6

  • Are you thinking about getting dentures? Learn what it's really like from someone who has personal experience. Separate fact from fiction.

    The 10 Biggest Myths About Dentures

    The 10 Biggest Myths About Dentures

    by EB Black6

  • As a colostomy patient, you will experience a few challenging situations that are best described as minor mishaps. What are they, when do they occur, and how can you overcome them or keep them to the barest minimum? Find out in this article.

    6 Problems to Expect If You Have a Colostomy

    6 Problems to Expect If You Have a Colostomy

    by Alobeda0

  • A mastectomy causes both physical and emotional pain, not just from the surgery but because of the lifestyle changes it requires. Knowing what to expect helps. These tips for adapting to your new body should also help.

    The Pain of Mastectomy: What to Expect and How to Cope

    The Pain of Mastectomy: What to Expect and How to Cope

    by Catherine Giordano21

  • Carrageenan is a thickener used in many foods that can cause allergy and intolerance symptoms in some people. Learn the symptoms of a carrageenan allergy and how to avoid foods with carrageenan.

    My Carrageenan Allergy Symptoms

    My Carrageenan Allergy Symptoms

    by carolynkaye6

  • Do you know if your house was built using asbestos? If it was built before 1990, it likely was. This is the story of how we found out our house was built from asbestos, including important health and safety information.

    We Lived in a House Made From Asbestos Blocks

    We Lived in a House Made From Asbestos Blocks

    by L M Reid12

  • I thought preventing cavities would be easier with Invisalign than with braces, since the Invisalign trays can be removed for teeth cleaning. It turns out, however, that it's not quite so simple.

    How I Prevent Cavities While Using Invisalign

    How I Prevent Cavities While Using Invisalign

    by carozy68

  • In this article, I talk about my experience having my wisdom teeth removed and offer personal tips and facts from sources regarding the preparation, surgery and recovery. Learn what to expect if you are having or expect to have this procedure done in the future.

    What It’s Like to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

    What It’s Like to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

    by Laura Smith11

  • Lupus is curious disease that greatly decreases your quality of life. Trust me—I've lived with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) for over 45 years. I'll walk you through what it was like to live with lupus and the changes I had to make to regain control of my life.

    How Lupus Impacted My Life and How I Controlled the Symptoms

    How Lupus Impacted My Life and How I Controlled the Symptoms

    by Pamela Oglesby48

  • Are you home from school or work because you're sick but you've checked Facebook one too many times already? Here's 22 productive things to do when you're home sick and bored.

    Things to Do When You're Home Sick and Bored

    Things to Do When You're Home Sick and Bored

    by Kierstin Gunsberg2

  • Some colostomy patients wonder if they can travel with an ostomy without having unpleasant occurrences but having an ostomy shouldn't stop you from travelling long distance. Find out how you can travel without worry, how to prepare, and why you don't need to cancel a holiday because of your ostomy.

    Tips on How to Travel Long-Distance If You Have an Ostomy

    Tips on How to Travel Long-Distance If You Have an Ostomy

    by Alobeda6

  • Pareidolia is a condition in which one perceives familiar patterns in inanimate objects. One of the most common examples is seeing faces. This is known as facial pareidolia.

    Face It: My Experience With Facial Pareidolia

    Face It: My Experience With Facial Pareidolia

    by Stephen Barnes17

  • For your stoma care, there are some important colostomy supplies you cannot do without, that is asides colostomy bags. There are some other products you’ll require, without which proper management of your stoma will be virtually impossible. What are these supplies and how important are they?

    Colostomy Supplies You Need for Your Stoma Care and Management

    Colostomy Supplies You Need for Your Stoma Care and Management

    by Alobeda1

  • Ataxia is a neurodegenerative disease that impairs balance and coordination. It has not been easy living with this disease, but I've found that by having a positive mindset and determination to get better, I was able to greatly improve my condition.

    Living With Ataxia: How Having a Positive Mindset Saved Me

    Living With Ataxia: How Having a Positive Mindset Saved Me

    by Imogene Tyrrell5

  • Are you really flexible? Have you dislocated your knees or other joints? Hypermobile joint symptoms may mean you have a disorder often called hypermobility joint syndrome, or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

    What Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? My Story

    What Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? My Story

    by MaryBeth Walz28

  • What are some of the most common reasons for not taking thyroid medication? There are many reasons why you might avoid taking medication, but of course there are many important benefits, as well.

    Taking My Thyroid Medication: Benefits and Concerns

    Taking My Thyroid Medication: Benefits and Concerns

    by Boo McCourt165

  • In February, I reached out to get started with Smile Direct Club. My experience was horrendous with problems from the start and customer service had no idea why their own company was unable to fulfill my order.

    Smile Direct Club Review: Nothing to Smile About

    Smile Direct Club Review: Nothing to Smile About

    by Melanie Shebel0

  • The popular view of seasonal allergy has it that if you experience it in spring or fall, it is all right to treat it yourself. Even though a general belief is that you can diagnose seasonal allergy yourself, it is still important to see physician, since inflammation of the chest can mean infection.

    Seasonal Allergy and Bronchitis: What Is the Connection?

    Seasonal Allergy and Bronchitis: What Is the Connection?

    by John R Wilsdon2

  • As a concerned mother and registered nurse, I am writing this article with not only the hope that my son's symptoms will be familiar to others who may be able to help us conquer a diagnosis, but also to increase awareness on the growing number of mystery illnesses in today's population.

    Undiagnosed Mystery Illness: When Every Lead Has Failed

    Undiagnosed Mystery Illness: When Every Lead Has Failed

    by Debra Roberts31

  • Colostomy bag blowouts can turn out to be a very unpleasant situation and many ostomy patients will encounter this. How do you know when to expect this colostomy bag problem and what can you do to reduce its incidence to the barest minimum? This article is about my own personal experience.

    How I Avoid Problems Like Colostomy Bag Blowouts and Leaks

    How I Avoid Problems Like Colostomy Bag Blowouts and Leaks

    by Alobeda6

  • Ingrown toenails can be painful and debilitating, but surgery to remove the toenail is no fun, either. You may be able to avoid surgery with these tips.

    How I Avoided Ingrown Toenail Surgery

    How I Avoided Ingrown Toenail Surgery

    by Sondra Rochelle2

  • Although there's no official medical "cure" for lactose intolerance, sufferers can learn to manage it so completely that they never experience any symptoms.

    The Only Way to "Cure" Lactose Intolerance

    The Only Way to "Cure" Lactose Intolerance

    by Jo Kenyon2

  • In October 2017, I developed DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and PE (pulmonary emboli) left and right. Here I recount my experience and share my accumulated knowledge of causes, symptoms, treatment, and preventative measures.

    DVT and PE: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prophylaxis

    DVT and PE: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prophylaxis

    by John Rickson0

  • How to take care of full and partial dentures so they continue to fit well and look great. Proper care can save you money on early replacement due to accident or avoidable damage.

    How to Take Care of Your Dentures

    How to Take Care of Your Dentures

    by Alison Graham4

  • Is there a special colostomy diet for stoma patients? If you have an ostomy, you probably want to know if you have to make major changes to your regular diet, or not. As an ex-colostomy patient, I can only tell you of my experience and the nutritional pattern I followed.

    My Colostomy Diet and Food Tips for Stoma Patients

    My Colostomy Diet and Food Tips for Stoma Patients

    by Alobeda2

  • Braces are a great investment, but they can also be a pain. Here are some tips, based on my personal experience: from finding the right orthodontist to eating with braces to proper oral care.

    My Tips and Advice for Anyone With Braces

    My Tips and Advice for Anyone With Braces

    by Amber18

  • Are you in need of gum graft surgery? Living in the UK and not sure how much this procedure will cost you? This is my experience with getting a gum graft surgery due to an ongoing infection.

    Gum Graft Surgery and Cost in the UK

    Gum Graft Surgery and Cost in the UK

    by Evie Sparkes0

  • How does one cope with wearing colostomy bags? If you asked me a week after my procedure, I’ll tell you I wish I were dead! But then, a few weeks down the line and I soon became an expert at managing a stoma. It’s not so bad after all.

    How I Coped with Wearing Colostomy Bags and Managing a Stoma

    How I Coped with Wearing Colostomy Bags and Managing a Stoma

    by Alobeda6

  • Doctors and other professionals advise against popping cold sores—and for good reason—but the temptation will always be there. Learn how it worked for me and how to do it safely.

    Get Rid of Cold Sores Faster by Popping Them

    Get Rid of Cold Sores Faster by Popping Them

    by crissytsu143

  • Do you have a toilet paper allergy? I do. It can be so frustrating and embarrassing but the good news is you can be symptom free, too.

    Allergic to Toilet Paper: My Story

    Allergic to Toilet Paper: My Story

    by Claire Helpful2

  • As an ostomate, caring for your stoma and ensuring that it is clean and germ-free is an important part of a stoma care routine. A clean stoma will guard against bacteria that may result in irritation, or worse, an infection. Learn how to keep your stoma hygienic and infection-free.

    Stoma Care: How I Keep My Stoma Clean, To Avoid Infection

    Stoma Care: How I Keep My Stoma Clean, To Avoid Infection

    by Alobeda2

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