Miscarriage is a spontaneous abortion of the fetus in a pregnancy. Vaginal bleeding or spotting may be common in the initial pregnancy, but other than that it is considered as a threatened miscarriage. Miscarriage occurs when a pregnancy ends without an obvious cause before the fetus is capable of survival. This is a common complication of pregnancy.

The separation of the fetus and placenta from the uterine wall is the cause of the end of a pregnancy. Some of the causes or reasons that lead to a miscarriage are as follow:

1. Chronic Illness: An abnormality in the mother during the second trimester of pregnancy can result in miscarriage. Chronic illnesses like high blood pressure, lupus, diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid problems can lead to spontaneous abortion.

2. Disease of Internal Organs: Abnormalities or diseases of the internal organs like fibroids, multiple gestations, poor muscle tone of womb and abnormal growth of the placenta can put your system under stress causing the pregnancy to end.

3. Acute Infections: Acute infections and emotional traumas can also result in the pregnancy to end.

4. Abnormal fetus: Most of the miscarriages in the first trimester are caused by abnormalities in the fetus. The genes are responsible for the abnormalities and this risk increases as the woman ages.

5. Apart from these, external factors like alcohol, drugs, caffeine and tobacco can also threaten a pregnancy.

The symptoms of this condition may be the following:

1. Bleeding: One can experience slight spotting or severe bleeding with blood clots.

2. Cramps: Cramps may be accompanied by pain in the lower abdomen. It may occur on one side or on both the sides or only in the middle region. The pain may radiate to the lower back, buttocks and the genitals.

3. Symptoms of pregnancy may end: The usual symptoms and signs of pregnancy like nausea and tenderness in the breast may end with an occurrence of a miscarriage.

One should visit the doctor if she experiences any of the above symptoms or any passing of tissue, weakness, pain while urinating or dizziness. The doctor may perform an examination, tests and an ultrasound.

The treatment for this condition can include some safe natural home remedies. Home remedies can be used to prevent miscarriage and continue a healthy pregnancy. Some of the natural home remedies to prevent ending of pregnancy are as follows:

1. Indian gooseberry juice taken every morning with honey is beneficial to prevent miscarriage.

2. Stop consumption of alcohol, tobacco and stop smoking as soon as you find out you are pregnant.

3. Drinking of raspberry tea everyday in helpful since the raspberry tea helps in strengthening the uterus and shortens labor.

4. Tea with nutmeg is effective for this condition.

5. Asafetida is helpful and is a simple natural home remedy.

6. Decoction of black gram with water is helpful in reducing the fear of miscarriage.

7. Asparagus is beneficial in treating the reproductive problems in women.

8. The diet of a pregnant woman should be healthy and nutritious and she should avoid unhealthy and unhygienic junk food.

9. Ascorbic acid in regulated quantity should be taken to prevent miscarriage.

Follow these natural home remedies to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

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Source: http://www.sooperarticles.com/health-fitness-articles/women-health-articles/miscarriage-home-remedies-causes-symptoms-393380.html


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  1. I COME IN PEACE;D

    How can i reduce the redness on my face!!!!! please help me!!?
    I cant believe this. I had such fair skin and all of the sudden its very red and blotchy around my nose and face! i have considered Rosacea, but im still in my lower teens and rosacea is for the ages of 30-60. Please dont send replys saying what the problem with my face is. If you are going to do that, i need a quick home remedy to clear the redness up.

    1. Lady Rose

      First off, it’s a myth that you can not have rosacea if you’re a teenager. My rosacea developed in my teen years, and I’ve lived with rosacea for over 3 decades now.

      However, there are several reasons why a person might have facial redness. Here are just a few possibilities:
      – genetics
      – hormones
      – rosacea
      – hyperpyrexia
      – sun sensitivity
      – allergy
      – medication induced
      – lupus

      For an accurate, professional diagnosis you would need to consult a certified dermatologist.

      In the meantime, whether you have rosacea or not, there’s certainly ways to keep some facial redness under control and less noticeable.

      You can try increasing your omega 3’s by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… and by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts (if you’re not allergic)
      Fennel seeds, Flax seeds and Flax seed Oil supplements also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      Some people have had success using Turmeric orally or topically. (reduce redness & acne)

      There are products you can purchase that are made specifically to reduce facial redness:
      – There is a face cream called ROSACURE which is an anti-redness cream formulated for rosacea-prone skin types.
      – Guinot has a face cream called RED LOGIC which claims to neutralize the appearance of red blood vessels.
      – LaTherapie Paris has a fortifying skin cream that is supposed to help soften high colour (reduce redness)

      I know there are other brands and products that may be similar. You need to find the one that works best with your skin and your body chemistry.

      It’s up to you how much effort you want to put into caring for your health and your skin. Here are a few helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion for a lifetime:
      – avoid any products with alcohol (internally or externally)
      – only use gentle, alcohol-free cleansers on your face
      – avoid scented soaps and creams
      – have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night. Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin)
      – try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you’re not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
      – try using face lotion containing certified green algae (use lotions, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)
      – avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 – 30 spf)
      – drink green tea, rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants)
      – eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
      – avoid spicy foods and greasy foods
      – find out what your own personal food “triggers” are and avoid them so you can avoid flare-ups of redness and acne. (many people find food with histamines aggravate the redness)
      – avoid hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more redness)
      – try to get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
      – try to cut down on stress (stress can magnify a multitude of conditions)

      Facial redness can sometimes be a sign of dehydration. Drink more water and avoid all caffeine (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) and alcohol products. Both caffeine & alcohol can actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out.

      Of course you can try using make-up to cover up the redness, however, when it comes to make-up and rosacea, less is better, as your skin needs to breathe to heal.
      If you use foundation, find a make-up primer that you apply to your face after cleansing & moisturizing, before applying your foundation. Use a good quality foundation, with a slight hint of green. It actually helps counteract the redness.
      Avoid any foundations that have any pink, red or peach tone to them. Those tones will only magnify the existing redness.

      Check out the sites below for the most current, up-to-date information regarding facial redness…

  2. HELP

    I believe I have RSD…?
    I was tested by blood for Rheumatoid issues and the test was positive. I have been diagnosed with Fibromialgia many many years ago but I have always known deep down there was more to it than that. I had an old room mate that had RSD and my symptems were similar to hers and she always said she thought that I had it since I complained alot about the same symtems she had. I knew nothing about RSD although I knew she had it. I was not sure what it was. In my mind I had Fibromialgia because it does tend to run in my family. I never really looked any further. It has been 4 years now since my room mate and I parted ways and my symptoms have become much more severe. I now sweat like a man in the Gym just walking accross the house my skin has changed colors from being very olive complected to being very white with a red tint to it. Like I have a mild sun burn. I swell in my hands feet and face and even in my arms. I am going out of my mind with the burning pain in my muscles and pain in my bones. I want to die. Doctors are so careful about giving hydrocodone or stronger pain meds but they are the only things that make life livable and I have 3 teenagers I am trying to raise as a single mother. I am on SSI but do not qualify for any medical help like Medicare or Medicaid till April 2011. The family doctor I do see is very limited on what he can do for me but it is all I can afford right now. I need to see someone who can test me for RSD. I have every symptom on the list. Anyway, I was just wondering if RSD was a rhumitoid disease and if so could that be why my blood test came out possitive?
    Thank you LOZ for responding to my inquiry. I am going in to see my family doctor on thursday and yes I am going to see a pain specialist as soon as my insurance situation changes. God bless you for the pain that you also experiance. I know how wearing it is not only on your body but your mind. I wish you the best and hope God will heal you.

    1. Loz

      Hi – although nobody really knows what causes Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (the correct name for RSD), it’s generally regarded as a neurological/neuropathic pain condition. It’s not – at least to my knowledge – a rheumatoid disease, so I don’t think that it would account for you having elevated rheumatoid factors. However, some people with CRPS/RSD *do* have other autoimmune-type conditions such as RA or Lupus.

      The symptoms you describe do sound like those of CRPS – especially the swelling, colour changes and burning pain, but it’s important that you have yourself checked out to ensure that there are no other obvious (or not so obvious) reasons for these changes. You have got my utmost sympathies on your pain, regardless of its cause – I have had CRPS since knee surgery when I was 14. I’m now 25 and it’s spread throughout my entire body and left me wheelchair bound.

      As you may know having a family history of Fibromyalgia – opioids like hydrocodone are often not the best option for managing CRPS pain. They do have a role in severe CRPS (I take oxycodone and am looking at transitioning onto hydromorphone instead), but the pain is often more responsive to certain anti-depressants and anti-convulsants, or even to certain anaesthetics such as ketamine ( which is administered via a prolonged, low dose infusion). Unfortunately you can’t be ‘tested’ for CRPS as such – it’s a diagnosis of last resort – based partly on characteristic signs/symptoms and partly on all other options having been ruled out. You do need to see a pain management specialist as soon as your situation allows though.

      I wish you all the best.

  3. GothicLullaby

    Do You Think I Have Rosacea?
    Well i think i don’t have it but i’m not sure.
    I have had red cheeks all my life and i’m 16 now and red cheeks runs in my fathers side of the family so that’s why i dont think i have it.
    And i only get pimples rarely like the average teenager and i have really dry skin.
    I’m really sick of having to put aload of make up on to cover them up,i feel so disgusted with my face,i feel i can’t even step outside the door without make up on.
    I have just started exfiolating and i just started rosaliac but i think it might be making them redder and making me break out!!
    And to make it worst the redness seems to get brighter every year,i dont know how much more i can take of it!
    But do you think it’s rosacea?
    Or do i just have redness?
    Is there anything i can do to make it go away?
    if you sugest products then make sure that i can get them where i live in limerick ireland cause i can’t order anything online.

    Thank you 🙂

    1. Lady Rose

      There are several reasons why a person might have facial redness. Here’s just a few possibilities:
      – genetics
      – hormones
      – rosacea
      – hyperpyrexia
      – sun sensitivity
      – allergy
      – medication induced
      – lupus

      For a proper and accurate diagnosis, see a certified dermatologist. Your dermatoligist may prescribe topical or oral medication. Once you have a proper diagnosis, you’ll be able to determine if and how you can treat the redness.

      The redness of rosacea is often aggravated by frequent, involuntary blushing, and causes small blood vessels in the face to dilate and become more visible through the skin. Repeated episodes of flushing and blushing may promote inflammation and facial redness. Over time this may appear like a red rash and may include tiny red lines as well as small red bumps that often resemble common acne.

      Living with rosacea is about learning & understanding your own personal triggers and adjusting your lifestyle accordingly. It’s up to you how much effort you want to put into educating yourself and caring for your health & your skin.

      Whether you have rosacea or not, there’s certainly ways to keep facial redness under control and less noticeable.

      You can try increasing your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc..
      Fennel seeds, Flax seeds and Flax seed Oil supplements also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Some people have had success using Turmeric orally or topically.
      Try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.

      Here are a few helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion for a lifetime:
      – avoid any products with alcohol (internally or externally)
      – only use gentle, alcohol-free cleansers on your face
      – avoid scented soaps and creams
      – have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night. Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin)
      – try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you’re not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
      – try using face lotion containing certified green algae (use lotions, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)
      – avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 – 30 spf)
      – drink green tea, rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants)
      – eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
      – avoid spicy foods and greasy foods
      – find out what your own personal food “triggers” are and avoid them so you can avoid flare-ups of redness and acne. (many people find food with histamines aggravate the redness)
      – avoid hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more redness)
      – try to get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
      – try to cut down on stress (stress can magnify a multitude of conditions)

      When it comes to make-up and rosacea, less is better, as your skin needs to breathe to heal.
      If you use foundation, find a primer that you apply to your face after cleansing & moisturizing, before applying your foundation. Use a good quality foundation, with a slight hint of green. It actually helps counteract the redness.
      Avoid any foundations that have a pink, red or peach tone to them. Those tones will only magnify the existing redness.
      Regardless of what type of make-up you choose to use, all make-up will apply better and look smoother if you keep your face & skin hydrated.

      Do not exfoliate too often, as it can actually aggravate already sensitive or inflamed skin.
      Dry skin can sometimes be a sign of dehydration. Drink more water and avoid all caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Caffeine can actually dehydrate your skin, which can cause more redness. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. Avoid alcohol (internally & externally) as alcohol can dehydrate your skin, as well as irritate & damage skin tissue.

      Check out the sites below for the most current, up-to-date information…

  4. Dr. Day

    What is wrong with my foot?
    I am a teenager, and I don’t do a lot of sports!

    I have approximately 17 little pink dots on my right foot, with a teeny weeny indentation in the center. They itch sometimes. I have exema, but that isn’t what my exema looks like! On both of my feet, there are a whole bunch of little blisters! I am a girl! What is wrong with me and what do I do?
    It has been here for a couple of weeks now.

    1. Proverbs 31 Woman

      A petechia (pronounced [pɨˈtiːkiə]), plural petechiae (pɨˈtiːkɪiː) is a small (1-2mm) red or purple spot on the body, caused by a minor hemorrhage (broken capillary blood vessels)[1].

      The most common cause of petechiae is through physical trauma such as a hard bout of coughing, vomiting or crying which can result in facial petechiae, especially around the eyes. Petechiae in this instance are completely harmless and usually disappear within a few days. Petechiae may be a sign of thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts), in circumstances when platelet function is inhibited (e.g., as a side effect of medications or during certain infections), or in clotting factor deficiencies[1]. They may also occur when excessive pressure is applied to tissue (e.g., when a tourniquet is applied to an extremity or with excessive coughing).

      A common cause of petechiae is a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). Platelets are blood cells that play an important role in blood clotting. Causes of a low platelet count include:

      ■Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
      ■Viral infections, such as mononucleosis and measles (rubella)
      ■Side effect of certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs
      ■Bone marrow disorders, such as leukemia
      ■Infection of your bloodstream (septicemia, or “blood poisoning”)
      Treatment of petechiae depends on the underlying cause. If you develop petechiae, see your doctor promptly.

      Could be caused by your condition and the medications your were receiving for it.
      I would definitely go get it checked out ASAP.
      Hope we helped you out some! <><

  5. Elle

    Do you know of a teenager with Lupus and does Lupus have remissions?
    I think my daughter’s in remission from some disease, but I’m not sure what. She has signs of Lupus and Sjogren’s. Do either of these go into remission for a time?

    1. mgnysgtcappo

      Hello..well the answer to your question is yes. Both of these diseases can go into remission. My wife suffers from both and has had periods of remission and active disease (currently she is in remission) She was diagnosed with both at 15. Her periods of remission have varied from as long as 4 years to as short as a couple of months. There are tests for both diseases and even if she is in remission she is able to be tested. What types of signs and symptoms is she presenting?

  6. jaz mie

    what is SLE(Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)?
    please explain to me SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) more, so i can fully understand the illness.
    i want to know about the possibility of death on teenagers who suffer SLE.
    are there teenagers who’re aware of their illness and can already predict when they’ll pass away?
    are there cases like this?
    who are the persons who’re usually having SLE?
    what are the causes?symptoms?treatments?
    do they have medications?

    thanks!

    1. unny

      Systemic lupus erythematosus , often abbreviated to SLE or lupus, is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease (or autoimmune connective tissue disease) that can affect any part of the body. As occurs in other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage.

      SLE most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. The course of the disease is unpredictable, with periods of illness (called flares) alternating with remissions. The disease occurs nine times more often in women than in men, especially women in child-bearing years ages 15 to 35, and is more common in those of non-European descent.

      Treatment

      SLE is treatable through addressing its symptoms, mainly with cyclophosphamide, corticosteroids and immunosuppressants; there is currently no cure. SLE can be fatal, although with recent medical advances, fatalities are becoming increasingly rare. Survival for people with SLE in the United States, Canada, and Europe is approximately 95% at five years, 90% at 10 years, and 78% at 20 years.

      Symptoms

      SLE is one of several diseases known as “the great imitators” because it often mimics or is mistaken for other illnesses.[7] SLE is a classical item in differential diagnosis,[3] because SLE symptoms vary widely and come and go unpredictably. Diagnosis can thus be elusive, with some people suffering unexplained symptoms of untreated SLE for years.

      Common initial and chronic complaints include fever, malaise, joint pains, myalgias, fatigue, and temporary loss of cognitive abilities. Because they are so often seen with other diseases, these signs and symptoms are not part of the diagnostic criteria for SLE.

      Causes

      There is no one specific cause of SLE. There are, however, a number of environmental triggers and a number of genetic susceptibilities

  7. pink69ranger

    Is it possible for a teenager to go through Menopause?
    Okay the reason I ask is I am showing a lot of signs of menopause and its scaring me.

    my signs are
    -Irregular periods
    -Mild Hot Flashes
    -Trouble controlling bladder (when i cough or sneeze)
    -Lost intrest in sex
    -Trouble going to sleep, and im up through out the night
    -Im extremly moody
    -Gained some weight
    -I find it hard to consintrate for a long time, and i have been spacing out
    -dizzy with head aches
    -suddenlyy feeling bloated
    -changes in body odor/nails break easier
    -Depression.anxeity. and rapid heart beat/panic disorder
    -sore all over (but i have lupus) and my breast hurt
    -im itchy all over, and tingly
    -hair growing in weird places

    does this sound like it? is it even possible for a 16 year old to go through menapause

    please no mean answers and could you tell me what would be the smart thing to do

    thanx lots
    okay i started my period when i was 8 years old! i have had irregular periods for a few years. but this year i have had heavy bleeding on for a week then off then on then back off and on again…then off for 2 weeks and brownish period blood.

    hair lost yes, but i thought it was part of my mctd/and lupus. my mom wont really talk to me about this kinda stuff. it embarrasses us both. she k me to a gyno when my period started acting up bc i begged her, i bleed for a whole month heavy bleeding i would wear a tampoon and a pad and within 30 min i was litereally covered from my waist to my knees and my mom had our phones shut off so the doctor didnt call back with the results.

    it scares me bc im always sick (mctd/lupus and other issues) and in the hospitals.

    i know im probably being dumb but ive been through a lot this past few years and im terrified!

    1. N o v a

      this is NOT “just period symptoms.” the excess hair growth/weight gain and the irregular periods suggest a hormonal imbalance. Sounds to me like you may have Polcystic Ovarian Syndrome, or perhaps a rarer problem like Late-Onset Adrenal Hyperplasia, or Cushing’s, or possibly Hypothyroidism.

      Hypothyroidism and Polycystic Ovarian syndrome are the most common causes of just about all the symptoms you have described. I recommend seeing an endocrinologist.

      while premature menopause (formally called Premature Ovarian failure) can happen, it’s probably the most rarest of all reasons why periods become irregular – very, very rare, and you would notice a lot of bone denisity loss, thinning hair and absolutely no periods at all.

  8. Dr. Day

    What is wrong with my foot?
    I am a teenager, and I don’t do a lot of sports!

    I have approximately 17 little pink dots on my right foot, with a teeny weeny indentation in the center. They itch sometimes. I have exema, but that isn’t what my exema looks like! On both of my feet, there are a whole bunch of little blisters! I am a girl! What is wrong with me and what do I do?
    It has been here for a couple of weeks now.

    1. Proverbs 31 Woman

      A petechia (pronounced [pɨˈtiːkiə]), plural petechiae (pɨˈtiːkɪiː) is a small (1-2mm) red or purple spot on the body, caused by a minor hemorrhage (broken capillary blood vessels)[1].

      The most common cause of petechiae is through physical trauma such as a hard bout of coughing, vomiting or crying which can result in facial petechiae, especially around the eyes. Petechiae in this instance are completely harmless and usually disappear within a few days. Petechiae may be a sign of thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts), in circumstances when platelet function is inhibited (e.g., as a side effect of medications or during certain infections), or in clotting factor deficiencies[1]. They may also occur when excessive pressure is applied to tissue (e.g., when a tourniquet is applied to an extremity or with excessive coughing).

      A common cause of petechiae is a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). Platelets are blood cells that play an important role in blood clotting. Causes of a low platelet count include:

      ■Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
      ■Viral infections, such as mononucleosis and measles (rubella)
      ■Side effect of certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs
      ■Bone marrow disorders, such as leukemia
      ■Infection of your bloodstream (septicemia, or “blood poisoning”)
      Treatment of petechiae depends on the underlying cause. If you develop petechiae, see your doctor promptly.

      Could be caused by your condition and the medications your were receiving for it.
      I would definitely go get it checked out ASAP.
      Hope we helped you out some! <><

  9. IamHisBaby

    How to steer children in the right direction… Help Please!?
    I am very worried about my 17 yr old daughter and her future. She is planning on getting married on 1/1 to a boy that she has been with for almost 2 yrs. He’s a nice guy… and yes, there is a but.

    He is from a family who likes the finer things in life, the best cars, the best clothes and all the best toys. I have cautioned them b4 about the high cost of living and never knowing what tomorrow holds. He bought his 1st car, a mustang and had a HIGH car payment and HIGH insurance. Unfortunately, the car was totaled when my daughter wrecked it on 7/4. Of course he was disappointed but he was also kinda relieved b/c not long after he bought the car he got laid off from his job. He said the 1st thing he tought about was what I had said. So, he said that in that regard the accident was a blessing in disquise. The problem is he has gotten another job (through a temp agency) and has gotten a credit card, signed up for cell phones (the best w/ required data fees and all the bells and whistles) and now is looking at buying a car this is greatly overpriced. He is getting himself right back in the same situation that he was in b4 and then some. It will take every penny he makes now to pay for these things and he still has to put gas in the car and all the other lil things that are needed and pop up.

    When it comes to them getting an apt., he will not have any $ to contribute to the household expenses b/c of these things which will leave it up to my daughter to work and pay all the household expenses. This will be very difficult for her since she is suppose to go to nursing school. I fear that, her education will end up being put aside for the sake of having to work to pay the rent, utilities and food!

    Her father and I do not have the means to be able to help them financially and I worry about them. I worry that it will end up ruining thier marriage as it is hard for young couples anyway. Not to mention… they are not trying to prevent pregnancy and I expect my daughter to turn up pregnant anytime. This concerns me even more that normal b/c she has Lupus and has been ill for the past 2 1/2 years and hasn’t been able to even go to school. We aren’t sure how nursing school is going to work but she is not physically capable of dealing with all of this.

    When I talk to them, they say they know but yet… they still continue to make what I view as unwise decisions.

    I can’t help worrying and being really concerned… I’m a mom… how can I just turn this off and say “Oh well”?

    Does anyone have any advice? I try not to be a nag to them b/c I remember what it was like when I was 18 trying to spread my wings and wanting to be GROWN UP and seemed to resent anything my mom said regardless as to how much wisdom and good advice she tried to offer.

    I don’t want them to have to struggle the way my husband and I have had to struggle and still do. What can I do to try and prevent them from making these mistakes?

    Worried Mom

    1. yoyoyoyoyoman090

      Not to be blunt, but you’re an idiot for letting your daughter get married at 18. I know it’s like, legal, but seriously? Is it necessary to settle down that early?

      If I were you, I would seriously talk to her about that. Funny how you’re worried about money, and you couldn’t care less about sending your daughter off with another stupid teenager for life.
      And Americans wonder why the divorce rate is so high!

      This is coming from a 15 year old girl who has also been in a relationship for 2 years, mind you.

  10. Brian!

    People who think they’re actually a vampire?
    Are there people who seriously think they’re a vampire?
    There’s this game a friend got me into… the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
    In this game, my character became a vampire. no clue that could even happen… so i googled it and found some site where people were discussing actually being vampires. and i giggled. Twilight is messing with this world.

    Thoughts?

    1. Lord Bearclaw of Gryphon Woods

      Oh, it’s far, far worse than Twilight. There are people out there, and a few of them are on Yahoo Answers, who want to be vampires, werewolves, mermaids, dragons, etc. sooo bad that they will go to extreme lengths to “prove” it to themselves, rationalizing the craziest things into “evidence” of their “supernatural state of being”.
      Then they sneer and completely discount any and all logical, scientific, and medical preponderance of evidence to the contrary, and expect us to simply take them at face value, saying, “Anything is possible as long as you believe.” No, it’s not. My car does not fly or produce its own fuel no matter how much I’d like it to.
      Not to mention the fact of the matter that their DNA is fully human, as evidenced by their birth certificate! and that they are not coming forward to show their “evidence” in any scientific forum, saying that they are afraid of being “hunted or captured for nefarious purposes.” Mein Gott, if I were such a creature, not only would I come forward, I’d write a book or five and cash in on my celebrity status, coauthor medical papers to set the medical world reeling, etc. etc. ad nauseum, and end up filthy rich.

      The real problem with this is the fact that they are suffering from a serious delusion and need psychological counseling, but then they propagate their delusion to impressionable children and teenagers who refuse to believe in the exhaustive, verified scientific and medical evidence that these things are simply fantasy and scoff at experts with real educations who tell them so, in favor of believing any delusional person who happens to have a vampire “webpage”, provides links to such pages, claims to know “real vampires” or worse yet, claims to be one.

      The danger there lies in the fact of their gullibility and impressionability – and that anyone, anyone, could masquerade online as a “real vampire” in hopes of making a real life meeting – people like thieves, rapists, pedophiles, and murderers.

      Edit: porphyria is from the Greek porphyros, which means “purple”, from the hyperpigmentation of the skin associated with the disease. Clinical signs are photosensitivity, abdominal pain, and neuropathy.
      Lupus is a collagen disease with pathophysiological characteristics which include severe vasculitis, renal involvement, and lesions of the skin and nervous system. Even though the word lupus is Latin for “wolf”, the disease has nothing to do with wolves – the primary cause of the disease may be viral infection or dysfunction of the immune system.

      While sufferers of porphyria *may* have been suspected historically of vampirism, the idea of calling them vampires is as accurate as calling a sufferer of swine flu a pig.

    1. Here I Am

      Headaches are one of the most common pain-related health problems in both children and adults. You may have a headache along with another minor health problem such as a sore throat, cold, or sinus problem.

      Types of headaches

      The most common types of headaches usually are not serious but may occur again and again.

      Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and are often caused by stress and emotional strain. Most adults have tension headaches from time to time. See an illustration of possible areas of pain from a tension headache.
      Cluster headaches
      Migraine headaches. Approximately one-third of people who have migraine headaches first began having them as teenagers.
      Common causes of headaches

      Common causes of headaches include:

      Alcohol, caffeine, or other drug use or withdrawal.
      Changes in the levels of chemicals in the body (neurotransmitters).
      Coughing or sneezing.
      Dehydration.
      Dental problems or procedures, such as pain from grinding the teeth or from a root canal.
      Eating or drinking cold foods and fluids.
      Emotional stress.
      Exposure to smoke or fumes from chemicals, including carbon monoxide.
      Eyestrain.
      Fever.
      High altitude. Lower oxygen levels at high altitudes can cause headaches.
      Medical procedures, such as the aftereffects of a lumbar puncture (spinal tap).
      Medications. Many medications can cause headaches.
      Muscle strain in the neck, upper back, or shoulder muscles.
      Upper respiratory infections.
      Headaches with other serious symptoms

      Although rare, a headache may be a sign of a serious illness. Other symptoms, such as vomiting, dizziness, or changes in vision, may also be present. The following serious illnesses or injuries can cause headaches.

      A head injury:
      Injury to the brain
      Fracture of the skull
      Bleeding in or around the brain
      Brain tumor, which causes swelling within the brain.
      Infection in the brain (encephalitis) or of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).
      Stroke, a problem that occurs when a blood vessel (artery) that supplies blood to the brain bursts or is blocked by a blood clot.
      A rupture of a blood vessel with bleeding in or around the brain (aneurysm)
      Headaches and other health conditions

      Other health conditions that can cause or contribute to headaches include:

      Alcohol, caffeine, or drug abuse, overuse, or withdrawal.
      Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes widespread muscle and soft tissue pain and tenderness.
      Glaucoma, an eye disease that damages the nerves at the back of the eye.
      High blood pressure (hypertension).
      High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
      Infection in the sinuses, such as sinusitis or an abscess.
      Inflammatory problems , such as arthritis, lupus, or temporal arteritis.
      Kidney disease, which causes wastes to build up in the blood.
      Low calcium levels in the blood (hypocalcemia) or overactivity of the gland that helps control the release of calcium into the blood (hyperparathyroidism).
      Lyme disease, a bacterial infection spread by certain types of ticks.
      Mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression.
      Problems with pregnancy, such as severe high blood pressure (preeclampsia).
      Sleep problems, such as insomnia or sleep apnea.
      Thyroid problems, such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

  11. Tiffany

    Can Systemic lupus erythematosus appear in teens?
    im 13, and i have some odd things going on with my body. I sometimes get a burning, tingling sensation in my arm and legs, my face gets hot easy, i get really light head and have rainbow flashes in my eyes, and feel my pulse in parts of my body (as a heavy, uncomfortable beating). i look up my “symptoms” and lupus came up. im scared i have it. could lupus appear in teens? if not then what could i have?
    Well, i probably should have mentioned i have depression and severe anxiety, but the flashes in my eyes im still worried about. Maybe low blood pressure?

    1. mgunnycappo

      Yes, lupus is often diagnosed in teenagers. My wife was diagnosed at age 15 and my daughter was diagnosed at 13. However, they actually exhibited signs of Lupus whereas the signs/symptoms you are talking about really aren’t specific to Lupus. You need a complete evaluation by a doctor.

  12. Hannah Jane

    Is it bad to get my mole on my face beside my nose?
    Help!My life right now is so horrible.I don’t know what to do.When I was a kid,my mole was still smaller.I never had a problem with my physical appearance before because all I care was to play and study.But now,I am already a teenager which beginning to become mature enough,my mole is getting bigger and bigger like a ball.No one likes me or either wanted to make friends with me.Every time i’m in school,I always feel such a loser like no one likes to eat lunch with me,no school partner etc.And you know what,I really thank God because he has given me a talent-singing.I thanked Him that he has given me a beautiful voice.It’s my dream to become a singer but people around me said that just forget about my dream because it won’t really happen.Mostly singers are good-looking…So,I seriously give up on that thing.But my problem is my big mole on my face.I want to get it but they said that once I get it,I will have skin cancer…and i am eagerly want to get my mole but I don’t want to die young.I never knew that a physical appearance can ruin my life,it can make my life suffer and may have a bad future because:
    1.No friends
    2.Nobody likes me
    3.Classmates,schoolmates and people around me would tease me
    4.Failure Dream
    5.Unsuccessful life…and it’s all because of that big mole on my face that forms like a ball!
    I really don’t understand what my life is.It’s look like i’m here on earth just to make my life suffer.I don’t know why God gave me a big mole on my face.Why is it it so big?I heard from the sayings that God loves us and he wouldn’t let us down.But i’m already a failure since birth.And of course,I always accept my face that God has given me but I will never ever accept my mole forever! I feel guilty when I don’t accept it and it’s a sin.I always ask God about that and I really need answers.Please help me!

    1. Whisper

      The more you are exposed to the sun, the more your mole(s) get bigger, darker & bumpier.

      Have your mole(s) checked out by a dermatologist. You said it’s getting bigger. It’s not a good sign.

      Mom had many moles on her face & neck, but by the time she’s 89, I removed them. She had Paget Cancer on her breast, but not from her moles. She did had Bullous Pemphigoid, but they went away. Not related to her moles. . . . Mom had me removed her little moles, and only one bigger one bled. I put a Band-Aid on it and it was OK. But have that mole checked out first! Dr. can take a biopsy if it’s cancerous.

      Don’t worry, when I was in HS, I didn’t have friends just one. You can achieve your dreams, without friends! Just be positive about yourself. I was bullied for 2 years in grade school. I got bullied even when I was in my 50’s. There will always gonna be someone meaner as you move into your old age, no matter where you go, or what you do. The number thing you need is confidence, and be yourself. That’s what will carry you throughout your lifetime.

      Maybe, if it’s a good mole, your dermatologist can safely take them out. Julio Iglesias had his beauty mole by his nose taken out, but after that, people decided HE LOOKED BETTER WITH THAT MOLE ON.

      Go check some celebrities with their ‘beauty moles’ like Elizabeth Taylor. There are others, I just can’t remember what their names.

      Email me a photo and I’ll tell you if it’s a good mole or not.

      I’ve been protecting myself from the sun, because I don’t want to have moles or freckles like my aunts, since age 9. I use a wide brim hat or umbrella. It’s OK, they’re invented to protect us from the rain, snow, sun. People are just ignorant. In Asia, everyone uses umbrella for the sun! But no matter, I still got Discoid Lupus, Google it. It took 12 years for that to fade away. No lotions, no tanning products, they just stain your skin and they you still get sunburned.

  13. Zappster (Deep Thunker)

    Prednisone and NSAID’s are anti inflammatory drugs generally prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or lupus.

    I am glad that you were free for a day and made the most of it.

    Have you tried Rosemary Oil? There is strong scientific backing now for general improvement in arthritic and musculoskeletal disorder sufferers.

    Edit:

    Vitamin B12

    A Swedish study demonstrated low levels of vitamin B12 in the cerebrospinal fluid of people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Twelve women who met the criteria for both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome were studied, along with a control group of 18 healthy women.

    Levels of homocysteine in cerebrospinal fluid were over three times higher in the women who had fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome compared to the control group. Cerebrospinal fluid vitamin B12 levels were also low in 7 out of 12 people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Low levels of Vitamin B12 would also explain the thinning of hair/ loss. As would an Iron deficiency.

    And bizarrely something else that helps fibromyalgia is exercise. Animal fats may contribute to inflammation, but olive oil may make you feel better. Try fish oil omega-3, fatty acids helps many people reduce pain.

  14. Geminat

    He is 70 years old and is showing none of the obvious signs of lung disease. At this point I doubt he is going to want to quit.

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    However here are some arguing points:

    Alzheimer’s Disease: Smoking Speeds Up Mental Decline

    In the elderly years, the rate of mental decline is up to five times faster in smokers than in nonsmokers, according to a study of 9,200 men and women over age 65.

    Participants took standardized tests used to detect mental impairment when they entered the study and again two years later. Higher rates of mental decline were found in men and women — and in persons with or without a family history of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers reported in the March issue of the journal Neurology.

    Smoking likely puts into effect a vicious cycle of artery damage, clotting and increased risk of stroke, causing mental decline, writes researcher A. Ott, MD, a medical microbiologist with Erasmus University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.

    The bottom line: The study provides substantial evidence that chronic tobacco use is harmful to the brain and speeds up onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Ott says.

    Lupus: Smoking Raises Risk of Autoimmune Disease

    Smoking cigarettes raises the risk of developing lupus — but quitting cuts that risk, an analysis of nine studies shows.

    Systemic lupus erythematosus — known as lupus — is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation, pain, and tissue damage throughout the body. Although some people with lupus have mild symptoms, it can become quite severe.

    For the analysis, Harvard researchers reviewed studies that examined the relationship between cigarette smoking and lupus. Among current smokers, there was “a small but significant increased risk” for the development of lupus, they report. Former smokers did not have this increased risk, according to the study, which appeared in the March issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.

    An Increased Risk of Impotence

    Guys concerned about their performance in the bedroom should stop lighting up, suggests a study that linked smoking to a man’s ability to get an erection. The study of nearly 5,000 Chinese men showed that men who smoked more than a pack a day were 60% more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction, compared with men who never smoked cigarettes.

    Overall, 15% of past and present smokers had experienced erectile dysfunction, more commonly known as impotence. Among men who had never smoked, 12% had erection problems, according to the study, presented last year at the American Heart Association’s annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in Miami.

    Blindness: Smoking Raises Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    Smokers are four times more likely to become blind because of age-related macular degeneration than those who have never smoked. But quitting can lower that risk, other research shows.

    Age-related macular degeneration is a severe and progressive condition that results in loss of central vision. It results in blindness because of the inability to use the part of the retina that allows for ‘straight-ahead’ activities such as reading, sewing, and even driving a vehicle. While all the risk factors are not fully understood, research has pointed to smoking as one major and modifiable cause.

    “More than a quarter of all cases of age-related macular degeneration with blindness or visual impairment are attributable to current or past exposure to smoking,” Simon P. Kelly, MD, an ophthalmic surgeon with Bolton Hospitals in the U.K, wrote in the March 4, 2004 issue of the BMJ. He came to his conclusion after reviewing three studies involving 12,470 patients.

    But other studies show that former smokers have an only slightly increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, compared with never smokers, he writes.

    Rheumatoid Arthritis: Genetically Vulnerable Smokers Increase Their Risk Even More

    People whose genes make them more susceptible to developing rheumatoid arthritis are even more likely to get the disease if they smoke, say Swedish researchers.

    In fact, certain genetically vulnerable smokers can be nearly 16 times more likely to develop the disease than nonsmokers without the same genetic profile, according to the study in the October issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.

    Swedish researchers asked participants about their smoking habits and screened their blood for a gene-encoding protein sequence called the shared epitope (SE), which is the major genetic risk factor currently linked to rheumatoid arthritis. Compared with people who had never smoked and lacked SE genes, current smokers with SE genes were 7.5 times more likely to have rheumatoid arthritis.

    Smokers with double SE genes were almost 16 times more likely to have rheumatoid arthritis, while smokers without SE genes were only 2.4 times more likely to be affected.

    Snoring: Even Living With a Smoker Raises Risk

    Smoking – or living with a smoker — can cause snoring, according to a study of more than 15,000 men and women.

    Habitual snoring, defined as loud and disturbing snoring at least three nights per week, affected 24% of smokers, 20% of ex-smokers, and almost 14% of people who had never smoked. The more people smoked, the more frequently they snored, the researchers reported in the October issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

    Even nonsmokers were more likely to snore if they were exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes. Almost 20% of these nonsmokers snored, compared with nearly 13% who had never been exposed to secondhand smoke at home.

    Acid Reflux: Heavy Smoking Linked to Heartburn

    People who smoke for more than 20 years are 70% more likely to have acid reflux disease than nonsmokers, researchers reported in the November issue of the journal Gut.

    Roughly one in five people suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, known medically as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

    The researchers based their findings on two major public health surveys conducted in Norway in the 1980s and 1990s. Just more than 3,100 people who complained of having heartburn and 40,000 people without reflux symptoms answered questions about lifestyle factors including diet, exercise, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use.

    * Smoking is linked to certain colon cancers.
    * Smoking may increase the risk of depression in young people,
    * Some studies have linked smoking to thyroid disease.

  15. jimrcollinsjr

    does anyone have auto immune heppititis?
    Does any teenager out there have auto immune heppititis that could have conversations with our daughter about this topic she has been getting depressed about having this. It’s like she’s the only one that has it in the state of ohio it seems like it anyway. Auto immune heppititis is basically her body rejecting her liver she ‘s doing fine now but it’s in the back of her head all the time.Can someone help via the internet.

    1. Phoebe

      I do not have it, but my sister-in-law did. She recently passed away, not from the auto immune hepatitis! It is very rare, but she had some wonderful doctors at UofM hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. She took 10-15 mg of prednisone daily and it really helped with her body trying to reject her liver. But also be aware that it is very common for people with this disease to have other auto immune diseases as well, like Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis. Your daughter also will probably be eligible for Social Security Disability, because this is a terminal disease. This disease also affects a person’s memory, making you forgetful and sometimes confused. Make sure that she has a blood work-up once a month, to check AST and ALT levels, and platelet and white blood cell counts. Staying on top of that will help with treatment because if there is a change in them it doesn’t often show physical signs right away. Exercise is important, just walking 1/2 mile daily will help with pain issues. Antidepressents also help with chronic pain and the fact that this disease is always on her mind, causing anxiety.

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