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  • in 2010, my husband was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had to get a urostomy. This article assists with practical steps on how to change the urostomy bag and also discusses some of the other practical issues around the urostomy.

    Living With a Urostomy

    Living With a Urostomy

    by elnavann0

  • My diet as a colostomy patient wasn’t much different from my pre-ostomy days, and If you’ve just had an Ostomy, you want to know what you can eat & drink, and what you can not. Here, you’ll find tips on my experience, the nutritional pattern I followed, my diet, and my general eating habits.

    My Food and Diet Tips for Colostomy Patients

    My Food and Diet Tips for Colostomy Patients

    by Alobeda2

  • 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 Black7

  • Sleep is a major indicator of good health. I am not a fortunate one on this aspect, and I will share what I did to improve my sleep patterns over the years.

    7 Things I Do to Sleep Better at Night

    7 Things I Do to Sleep Better at Night

    by Mohan Babu6

  • My colostomy reversal procedure was done one year after my colostomy surgery. But what do you need to know about and stoma reversals and how long should you wait before the stoma reconnect procedure? Find out what to expect, and more.

    My Colostomy Reversal Story

    My Colostomy Reversal Story

    by Alobeda3

  • 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 PermissionGiver6

  • If you're looking for juicy tips for your intimate encounters, this is not the page for you (sorry). Here, I share how to pass the time enjoyably when you're obliged to be in bed due to illness.

    17 Things I Found to Do While Sick and Stuck in Bed

    17 Things I Found to Do While Sick and Stuck in Bed

    by Wendy Iturrizaga43

  • 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 Oglesby50

  • 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 Required to Care for Your Stoma

    Colostomy Supplies Required to Care for Your Stoma

    by Alobeda1

  • 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

  • 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

  • As a colostomy patient, you will experience a few stoma problems 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.

    Stoma Problems to Expect If You Have a Colostomy

    Stoma Problems to Expect If You Have a Colostomy

    by Alobeda0

  • 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

  • I discovered the importance of my thyroid gland only after I no longer had one. Following my thyroidectomy, I struggled with weight gain. In this article, I share what I've learned.

    My Thyroidectomy and Weight Gain

    My Thyroidectomy and Weight Gain

    by Cindy Vine183

  • 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 a Colostomy

    Tips on How to Travel Long-Distance If You Have a Colostomy

    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

  • 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

    How I Coped with Wearing Colostomy Bags

    by Alobeda6

  • 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

  • In this article, I discuss what it was like for me to have a cancer diagnosis and treatment while beginning grad school.

    Balancing Cancer and Grad School

    Balancing Cancer and Grad School

    by Addy Jaye0

  • Topical steroid creams and ointments, as well as over-the-counter steroid creams used for any skin condition, have a potential for Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome (TSWS). Please practice caution if using.

    My Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome Story

    My Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome Story

    by Joey18

  • 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 LM168

  • 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 carozy67

  • Sometimes PMR is hard to diagnose. Many have to persist—through scores of tests, misdiagnoses, misinformation, and lack of knowledge—to find out what's wrong with them. This article is to help newly diagnosed PMR sufferers understand what is happening to them and know what to ask their doctors.

    Questions About the Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) Diagnosis

    Questions About the Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) Diagnosis

    by Joanna Fonté2

  • 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

  • A leaking colostomy bag can turn out to be an unpleasant situation and many ostomy patients will encounter this. How do you know when to expect this 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 Colostomy Bag Leaks and Blowouts

    How I Avoid Colostomy Bag Leaks and Blowouts

    by Alobeda7

  • 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

  • Ménière's Disease is an inner ear disorder causing tinnitus, vertigo and hearing loss. It can also lead to depression, fatigue and endless sleepless nights. It is an incurable condition that often only affects one ear. Discover how I was diagnosed with Ménière's disease and manage its symptoms.

    Ménière's Disease: Symptoms and Treatment

    Ménière's Disease: Symptoms and Treatment

    by C L Grant6

  • Chemotherapy is hard on your body. It can cause nausea and decreased appetite. Taking care of yourself is very important. Here's how I ate and coped with the side effects.

    How I Coped With Nausea During Chemotherapy

    How I Coped With Nausea During Chemotherapy

    by Lorna2

  • Ringworm isn't a worm at all; it's a fungal infection that is not only contagious but also embarrassing. I tried a succession of treatments over a three-month period before I finally got rid of the rash.

    How I Got Rid of Ringworm

    How I Got Rid of Ringworm

    by Robert T Gasperson65

  • We're everywhere, but most people never know that even though we may be eating the same food as them, playing the same sports as them, that we're diabetics. Listed here are a few of the things a diabetic needs to do every day in order to live a seemingly normal life.

    Diabetes: Surviving This Disease in a Normal World

    Diabetes: Surviving This Disease in a Normal World

    by Don Bobbitt10

  • 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 carolynkaye7

  • As a concerned mother and registered nurse, I'm writing this article with not only the hope 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

  • Did you wake up with a weird waddle hanging down the back of your throat? It could be a swollen uvula. Here I share information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for this condition.

    My Experience With Uvulitis (Not Fun)

    My Experience With Uvulitis (Not Fun)

    by victoriuh50

  • 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.

    How I Keep My Stoma Free From Infection

    How I Keep My Stoma Free From Infection

    by Alobeda2

  • 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

    Smile Direct Club Review

    by Melanie0

  • 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

  • Sleep Apnea affects more people than you think, and you might have it. You could be exhibiting various symptoms, both at bedtime and during the day, and don't know it. Find out more!

    How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

    How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

    by Nathan Bernardo0

  • I am unable to walk in the dark. Little did I know, I have vestibular migraine. This is story of my symptoms, diagnosis, and everyday experience with the odd condition.

    My Puzzling Secret: I Can't Walk in the Dark

    My Puzzling Secret: I Can't Walk in the Dark

    by Diana Majors9

  • 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

  • A lucky few kids go through life with perfect teeth; however, many kids have teeth that require more attention, possibly including tooth extractions. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare.

    What to Do When Your Young Child Needs Teeth Pulled

    What to Do When Your Young Child Needs Teeth Pulled

    by Brainy Bunny21

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