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  • 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 Barnes13

  • 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

  • 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

  • Debating on whether to get invisible aligners such as Invisalign? (Not Sponsored) Here’s my experiences with them, cost, time, pros, and cons.

    Should I Get Invisible Aligners?

    Should I Get Invisible Aligners?

    by Cathy0

  • 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

  • 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 LM165

  • 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: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Undiagnosed Mystery Illness: Where Do We Go From Here?

    by Debra Roberts12

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • I’ve probably had reflux my entire life. I’ve taken reflux medication, and I’ve done natural alternatives. One surprising and very important strategy in my arsenal is my adjustable bed.

    My Adjustable Bed and My Reflux

    My Adjustable Bed and My Reflux

    by rmcrayne0

  • 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

  • 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

  • How can I have terminal cancer and be grateful for it? Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? The truth is that it has taught me so much and has made me more appreciative of things I may have taken for granted.

    Stage IV Cancer: Being Terminal and Grateful

    Stage IV Cancer: Being Terminal and Grateful

    by Jean Lee2

  • 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 Amber19

  • Once you advance through the stages recommended by your surgeon and/or dietician post-op, many patients find that they don't get much guidance other than protein first and drink between meals. Here are some tips on protein rich foods and recipe sources from a bariatric patient.

    Now That I've Had Gastric Sleeve Surgery, What Do I Eat?

    Now That I've Had Gastric Sleeve Surgery, What Do I Eat?

    by Michelle Mollohan0

  • I would like to share with you my personal experience with an invisible illness in hopes to stop the judgement cast upon those who do not "look" disabled.

    Invisible Illnesses: A Walk in My Shoes

    Invisible Illnesses: A Walk in My Shoes

    by Justus Layne0

  • Twenty-two years after surviving breast cancer, I was diagnosed with stage IV inoperable lung cancer. I decided not to let cancer beat me. This is my story.

    My Battles With Breast and Lung Cancer

    My Battles With Breast and Lung Cancer

    by Susan Zutautas244

  • 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

  • You no longer need to endure the embarrassment of cold sores. From effective first aid to long-term prevention, modern developments have transformed life for cold sore sufferers.

    How to Beat Cold Sores

    How to Beat Cold Sores

    by Kate Swanson21

  • 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

  • Do you plan to get this vaccination? How long should you wait? What might happen if you don't get it? What are the risks of the vaccine, and is it worth the trouble? Learn all about it here!

    Shingles Vaccination - Get Yours Now!

    Shingles Vaccination - Get Yours Now!

    by Jackie Lynnley64

  • 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 Gasperson64

  • Discovering you have a genetic susceptibility to developing cancer is terrifying, but it is important to know if you have BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutation so that breast cancer and ovarian cancer can be caught early, or even prevented.

    I Have a BRCA Mutation: What’s Next?

    I Have a BRCA Mutation: What’s Next?

    by Jennifer Wilber2

  • Life can throw us a curve ball sometimes. It’s up to us whether we want to let it keep going or hit it out of the park. Learn about my experience with this disease and how I've been able to manage it.

    When Rheumatoid Arthritis Struck With a Vengeance!

    When Rheumatoid Arthritis Struck With a Vengeance!

    by Lorelei Nettles2

  • 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 with an Ostomy

    Tips on How to Travel Long Distance with an Ostomy

    by Alobeda6

  • 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

  • For many years, I struggled with health issues that were a consequence of genetics, not diet. I now struggle with the notion that type 2 diabetes was somehow my own fault. I want to share a few home truths that will help some sufferers and hopefully re-educate others to stop blaming and shaming.

    Yes, Type 2 Diabetes Is a No-Fault Illness

    Yes, Type 2 Diabetes Is a No-Fault Illness

    by Lisa Marie Gabriel0

  • 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

  • Diverticulosis is a condition, which for most people, will not show symptoms. It can be diagnosed in a routine colonoscopy. Diverticula, or small sacs that emanate from the intestinal wall, sometimes bulge and break through the muscle tissue of that wall. Inflammation may result.

    Diagnosed With Diverticulosis During a Routine Colonoscopy

    Diagnosed With Diverticulosis During a Routine Colonoscopy

    by John R Wilsdon0

  • 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

  • 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

  • If you are living with a colostomy, bags ballooning out, caused by gas build up, is one of the most common problems you’ll encounter. How can you avoid this? If it happens to you often, what are the possible ways to reduce its occurrence? Find out how I coped with my ostomy bags ballooning issues.

    How I Prevent Colostomy Bag Ballooning

    How I Prevent Colostomy Bag Ballooning

    by Alobeda14

  • 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 crissytsu141

  • 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

  • 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

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