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Multiple Sclerosis – Why a hug might be the last thing you need

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, and another prime example of an invisible illness. Physically, an MS patient may look well for most of the time, and might be able to go about normal daily activities like work and family life. However, what’s happening below the surface tells a very different story. The immune system attacks the myelin sheathing which protects the body’s nervous system, leaving the nerve exposed. To visualise this, you might like to think of an electrical wire with its casing worn away. Like that wire, the exposed nerve becomes dangerous and unpredictable.

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Type 2 Diabetes: Not Invisible, but Misunderstood

Type 2 diabetes is a rapidly growing global health concern. It is estimated to affect more than 300 million people worldwide, and around 90% of all diabetics have this form of the condition. However, despite type 2 being well and truly in the spotlight, it is still frequently misunderstood. Much has been said in the media about the connection between type 2 diabetes, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle – so much so that perhaps we’re inclined to feel unsympathetic towards type 2 patients? But even while it’s true that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in many cases, it remains a serious and incurable condition which can only be controlled through a constant effort on the patient’s part.

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Pelvic Pain: The Master of Disguise

In July we started a new series of posts about invisible illnesses in conjunction with Covance. This month’s post is one which has a huge amount of relevance to our readers because it’s a problem which will almost certainly affect most, if not all at some point. The reason the subject caught our eye was because one study in particular has stood out for Covance recently – the trialling of a brand new treatment for chronic pain relief.

But should we be searching for a treatment for pain, if that pain is just one symptom of a bigger condition? Why not concentrate on curing the disease which is causing the pain? Unfortunately it’s not necessarily that easy and we thought we’d try and and explain why.

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Thank goodness I went to GP!! – Joy’s Story

Hi all. I started off the year badly! I slipped over on a slimey wet path onto my front & badly bruised & battered myself, this was in February 2014! In March I had an itchy clear discharge, firstly I thought it was thrush, & treated accordingly. But still it continued! I made an appointment to see my GP for the following week. Believe it or not on the day, of my GP appointment the discharge became blood stained, I may not have mentioned it otherwise! As I’m 3 years post menopause my GP fast tracked me to the local hospital! So in April I had an appointment for an ultrasound in the morning & hysteroscopy & biopsy in the afternoon!

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Living with Sjogren’s – When your grin shows, but your illness hides…

An autoimmune disorder is any illness in which the body turns on itself – white blood cells which are designed to protect your body’s intricate systems malfunction and attack. Types of autoimmune disorder are many and varied, but the majority are able to pass under the radar because they chiefly affect the interior working of glands, joints and the nervous system.

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Premenstrual Syndrome

Whilst it is extremely rare for a woman to have a hysterectomy due to Premenstrual Syndrome alone, it can be a contributing factor in overall gynaecological health. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) (also known as Premenstrual Tension or PMT) is the name given to the physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms that can occur in the two weeks before a woman’s monthly period.

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