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I am really young and just had my first baby. My parents keep telling me how i need to be responsible and take care of my baby like a real mom and im trying here. I am really freaking out about stuff though because of this one thing. How do i know if my baby is still hungry? I dont know how much he can eat without getting too full and i'm afraid to keep giving him more milk in case he gets sick and throws up. how can you tell if a baby is full? I heard that if you don't stop feeding a baby they will just eat and eat and then the stomach will split inside or something? :\ (link)
Rest assured that your baby will NOT eat until his stomach splits.

First of all, the stomach is incredibly elastic and can hold more than you can imagine. If you are familiar with the show Mythbusters, they did an experiment attempting to burst a stomach. If you are interested this link should take you to a very brief snippit on their experiment.

Secondly, our bodies are designed so that our brain works with every part of our body to work as a "well oiled" machine. Without getting into a major anatomy and physiology lecture- There is a portion of the brain called the hypothalamus. This is responsible for many things including regulating our body's temperature, hunger, thirst, our "human clock"... but, to keep it simple if we are physically in need of nourishment there is a message sent to our brains that says "feed me". So we feel hungry and we eat. When our bodies have had enough our brain is sent the message "thank you. I feel much better now" and we feel full and stop eating. In infants and children this works very well and they either eat if they are hungry or don't eat if they are not. Ask the parent of any child and they will tell you 1 of 2 things: either "I don't know how my child survives! She eats next to nothing!!!" OR "My child eats us out of house and home!"

If your baby has a tendency to throw up you need to talk with your doctor... but you may need to try a few things. One would be to give him smaller amounts more frequently. Rather than 4 ounces every ... 3 hours??? I have already forgotten what it is for babies... but change it to 2 ounces every 1.5 hours. He is getting the same amount in the same time period but his body is able to digest the smaller amount easier. He may need to remain seated in an upright position for a while to aid in digestion. There is a difference between being "spitty" and "vomiting" which you can discuss with the doctor. He may need reflux precautions and even treatment. This is very common.

You should never force your child to eat if he is simply not interested in eating. He's fine. He knows what his body is telling him. Likewise, as long as your child is being offered healthy food options, you should let your child eat until he is full. He needs the extra nourishment for a growing body. (Note I said "healthy" options).

Your baby's hypothalamus will tell him if he is hungry and he will tell you by crying nonstop until he is full. Feed him. If he isn't crying, he has had enough.

All that being said there are certainly a few conditions to put on this hunger, brain signal thing. One is- this is all said assuming your baby is a normal, well developing baby. If your doctor weighs him in at his well-child checks and is not concerned you probably should not be either. If your baby is gaining too much weight or too little weight, your doctor will give you suggestions to overcome this. But in general, if your baby is hungry he will cry and you should feed him.

Now for the exception to the rule: It is possible to eat until you rupture your stomach! It is extremely rare and usually involves a genetic disorder or a major illness, but it can happen. This is why I have said that "as long as your baby is a normal, well developing baby..." because the chances of him having one of these problems is EXTREMELY slim.

Then of course there is the high incidence of childhood obesity... but again, I said "healthy food options". Clearly if your son is 5 years old and wants to get two or three value meals at the local fast food chain, the answer should be NO. This goes in line with one other issue which is learning how to override the signal that our hypothalamus sends. As we get older, we tend to ignore when our brains say we are full because that hamburger or piece of cake is SO good we are not about to throw the rest of it away! Have you ever heard someone tell their kid "you are not leaving the table until you have eaten all of your (enter food item here)" This should not be done! Give your child smaller portions in the future but do not force your child to override the message his hypothalamus is naturally giving him.

You said you are young. This is your first baby. I was not so young when I had my first; I was 25. He was our first, and the first baby I had EVER held!!! I was clueless. BUT, I love reading parenting books and magazines and books on child psychology... all of these things are important. I have a philosophy that when I am in charge of the world (you are allowed to laugh here) I am going to require every parent to take at least 1 parenting / child psychology course. You clearly have your baby's best interest at heart. Good for you. It is not an ideal situation to be a young single parent but we have to make the best of our situations in life. You are trying to do just that. The fact that you are "really freaking out" and are asking for advice shows how much you care about your baby and want to do what's best for him. This tells me, and I don't even know you, that you want to be a good mom and will try very hard to do just that.

Let me suggest that you get a copy of "what to expect the first year". It doesn't have to be a 2011 copy... I mean, kids have been surviving for a long time so if you are able to buy a brand new one, great. Otherwise pick up (even borrow from the library) a copy that is just a few years old and read through it. That was my bible with my first son.

I now have three ages 2, 4, and 6 and I am not ashamed to say there has been the occasion that food has fallen on the floor and I did NOT stop them from eating it! My point here is that... it does get easier.

The more concern you have the more research you do so go with your anxiety. Read about babies and parenting.

I feel like I left something out but I think I have said enough for a while LOL...

Good luck. Parenting is the hardest, scariest job you will ever do but in the midst of all the fear, look down at your little boy. Kiss him on his little nose. It will all be ok.

My husband has pretty risky cancer. The doctor has told me that it's likely he won't make it to see his next birthday. This frightens me and I'm unable to cope with that news. I have been crying day and night over this. I feel like I'm trapped all alone in this mess. I don't want him to die. How can I make this better and just stop being so...miserable? I keep telling myself, "He's not dead yet!" but it feels so hopeless. (link)
The first thing I want to say is don't let the doctors scare you into believing your husband is going to die. If your husbands body is strong enough and he gets his treatments or surgeries or whatever is prescribed, he may have a chance of fighting this!

Now that I have that laid out on the table- You don't need advicenators. You need a support group. You need to be in a group of people who are where you are emotionally and dealing with the possibility of losing a spouse or someone else just as close.

Grief is not something that anyone can tell you how to deal with. You have to go through the five stages of grief on your own time and in your own way. You may want to surround yourself with friends and family or separate yourself and be alone for a while. There is no wrong way to feel what you are feeling.

You and your husband will go through these stages; Denial, anger, resignation, bargaining, and depression but may not be on the same stage at the same time and you may return to the same stage many times. You need a support group to be there for you and talk you through this regardless of your stage. The AMerican Cancer Society may also be able to help you find the support you need. They will have connections in any area and can point you in the right direction:

Hospitals usually offer some sort of grief counseling or support and certainly if you go into a church (a good church) there will be someone there to sit and talk with you. I dont know about all churches but I know if you walked through the door of mine, ANYONE would drop what they were doing and sit with you as long as you needed to talk.

My heart aches for you and I have never even met you. I wish I could offer you some brilliant piece of advice to either resolve your stress and sadness or tell you I know a place your husband could go to have his cancer cured. The truth is I cannot. This is a very difficult situation to be forced into.

All I can offer is feel free to write me any time if you just want to talk or have a question. If you would like to contact someone at my church and gain a penpal (or even me) all you have to do is ask. Talk to your friends and family. It's great to have a shoulder to cry on... even if everything turns out ok with your husband.

I wish you the best of luck and will be praying for your family.

hi im 15 years old and i have being seeing this whitish clear slimy discharge coming out of my vagina.i have being seeing this from i was 13 or 14 and i don't even know what is going on with me am i sick are something.and it never stop what should i do. i want to tell my mom but she is going to think im having sex but im not help? (link)
This is actually a sign of your ovulation cycle. It is referred to as cervical mucous and it is completely normal and absolutely ok to talk to mom about.

Many women use this as a tool to get pregnant. Generally the way it works is you have your period. Once it is over you begin to have a clear, sticky discharge. Eventually (around 2 weeks after your period) this discharge may become less sticky and more... pliable in that IF you were to actually hold it between your fingers or using toilet paper it would string out a good 6+ inches without breaking. It is usually the most prolific and the most pliable during the 24 to 48 hours that you are ovulating. You will continue to have the thick discharge, though possibly less in amount until you start your period again and thus eliminating the unfertalized egg.

Here is a link to a website that gives a tremendous amount of detail regarding your menstrual cycle if you are interested. Some of it you may find boring but if you skim over it, you may find bits and pieces that will sort of fill in the blanks of things you may have never been taught.

You are normal. You are not in trouble. Talk to mom.

hopefully someone out there can help me. i know some of the symptoms of appendicitis but im not positive. im 14/f and probably about the end of June or the beginning of July i started getting this random pain out of no where in my middle back on the right side. hurts so bad like a knife is slicing my back open but at the same time it feels like liquid pain surging through my back in a line at light speed. then starting around august 30, i just felt, ick. i was dizzy, nauseous, tired and weak. however it went away the 6th and hasn't been back since. during it i was active and went on with my life. on the 5th i left for vacation and i just got back and i was fine. now im getting this sharp pain on my right side almost like a cramp. i want to think its just hormones or puberty but something just doesn't feel right. my friend just got his appendix out and it partly sounds like his case. please help. if it is appendicitis i would like to know because i am not completely sure that i can afford the surgery. and what happens if my appendix bursted inside me? thank you sooo much! (link)
It does not sound like appendicitis. Appendicitis is a severe medical condition that needs immediate treatment. If your appendix ruptures it allows the infectious matter inside of it to spill into your abdomen which can be fatal if not treated immediately with a strong antibiotic. Since your problem has been going on for a couple of months- this suggests another problem.

Your abdomen is divided into quadrants. Your problem is on the right side so is possibly located in the right quadrant. The right upper quadrant which is above the belly button contains your liver, gall bladder, stomach, part of your intenstines, your right kidney, just to name a few. Your right lower quadrant contains your appendix, an ovary, part of your intestines, among other organs.

If your pain is in the back above your belly button this could suggest a kidney problem such as infection. Kidney infections can be quite painful. It could also be a muscle problem. You described it as a liquid pain. Don't let this get you confused. If your appendix ruptures, for example, you are not going to fell the fluid "flowing" from the appendix. It almost sounds like you may be describing a pain that seems warm or hot and "flows" across your back. This describes many muscle pains.

The fact that you had dizziness, nausea, and weakness does not strictly suggest a muscle problem. You may even have more than one problem.

This is something you need to talk to your parent/guardian about. You are only 14. It is not your job to decide what medical attention you can and can NOT afford. There are ways that adults figure these things out. Hospitals allow reductions in price to those with financial hardship. They offer payment plans. There are even sources available to give temporary medical cards... that is not something you are expected to know about and know how to obtain these services!

Your job as a 14-year-old is to go to Mom, Dad, Auntie, whoever and say listen... I have been having this problem since June. It has me scared. Can I go see a doctor? There is a good chance it is nothing to worry about. As humans we have aches and pains all the time. Most of them are from us doing something we dont even remember and then we wake up the next day paying for it with back pain or our arm hurts. At 14 you unlikely have something terrible wrong but if has you that concerned- let the adults in your life figure out how to pay for it. You be a kid. You only have a few years left. Get your health taken care of and someone else (for the next few years at least) will decide how to pay for it.

To recap: Highly unlikely to be appendix. Appendicitis is serious, however, and needs immediate medical attention. Once it ruptures you will die without medical attention. Highly unlikely it is anything "serious" - though it is clearly making you uncomfortable enough to seek out advice. Tell your mom. Forget the cost. That is mom's problem.

Best of luck.

I am a woman 25 years of age. My menstral cycle began when I was 12 years old. Since the beginning of my cycle, I had always had irregular periods. Last month (July 2010) I had a normal period which last for 5 days. This month (August 2010) its very light ( brownish color). Usually I bleed for 5-7 days. This month I bleed for 10 days as of today. Also, I'm experiencing nausea and fatique. I love to eat but some how I've lost my appetite. The last time when which I was sexually involved was May 2010. I took a pregnancy test and the results were negative. Is there a chance I could be pregnant? (link)
I am pasting some highlights here from a medical website as well as the link to the website itself should you desire further information:

"Sometimes you may notice that your menstrual blood becomes dark brown or almost black as you near the end of your period. This is a normal color change. It happens when the blood is older and not being expelled from the body quickly.

Temporary thick heavy flow isn't necessarily cause for concern. However, regular heavy periods justify a trip to the doctor to check your blood counts. Many women become accustomed to heavy periods, considering them to be normal. Over time, though, the excess monthly blood loss leads to anemia, potentially causing weakness or fatigue. If you ever feel something's not right with your period, see your health care provider.

Changes in color and thickness of menstrual blood are often normal. But there are a number of problems that might cause abnormal clots to form in your menstrual blood or lead to the changes in color or thickness during your period. Remember, it's important to discuss any concerns you have with your doctor. Problems that can cause changes include:

Miscarriage. Women who have miscarried may pass blood clots or gray clumps of tissue from the vagina. If there is a chance you are pregnant, be sure to check with your doctor immediately if you notice excessive bleeding or clotting.
Fibroids. Uterine fibroids are also called leiomyomas. These are non-cancerous tumors that form in the womb (uterus). Fibroids do not always cause symptoms. In fact, increasing research information suggests that most women with small “fibroid” tumors have no symptoms at all. But women with fibroids may notice greater than usual amounts of menstrual blood. If you have fibroids, you may have more clots in your period than you had in the past.
Hormonal changes. Your body relies on a delicate balance of the hormones progesterone and estrogen. These hormones regulate the production and shedding of the uterine lining. When this balance is disturbed, it can lead to the development of an excessively thick uterine lining. This thickness can contribute to more bleeding than usual. It can also cause clots in the menstrual blood when the lining is shed."

I'm a male and I have this problem its kinda weird. But when I go pee instead of one sream of urin its like two or three and it goes crocked so it like goes on the floor on the tolie seat and I have to clean it up everytime I use the restroom anyone know what the problem could be and my penis has a curveture also (link)
I am not sure if this is your issue but... you may want to try going more often...

You know what a garden hose does when you have no spray nozzle on it, and then you cover the end with your thumb and the water pressure causes the water to "fan" out? This may be whats happening. If you are waiting too long... your stream may have so much pressure on the way out that it is being "fanned".

You did not mention if this is a "problem" meaning something new. If this is new or is associated with pain, redness, a fever, or any other issues you may want to have it checked out. You probably DONT have an infection or a kidney stone if you havent been having pain or other symptoms... but try urinating more often so there is less pressure and less urgency to go... and if that doesnt work and especially if you have other symptoms, have a doctor check it out just to make sure there isn't something going on.

Can anyone please tell me the signs of getting your first period? I have not got mine yet and im 13.... I just concerned about it. (link)
Ok... here comes "the talk" lol...

Around the age of 10 (give or take a year or two) you go through thelarche. This is the beginning of the signs of puberty. You begin to have breast budding which can be somewhat painful. You will likely have other obvious signs of puberty as well as begin to have discharge.

You need to remember that everyone is different- but typically within a year or two after thelarche you will have your menarche or first period.

There are rare instances when girls actually start menstruating without going through telarche and even instances where it is a number of years AFTER telarche before they have their first period.

Now, you asked for specific symptoms of your first period:
The symptoms are generally the same every month, especially once you have been on your period for a long time (a year or so). WHen you first start it is not uncommon for it to be sporadic- you have one this month but not next month, and then you have it three months in a row and then not the next.

For your first time you may realize that you dont feel good. You cant really explain WHY... your "tummy" is kind of bothering you. You just want to lay around. You have a bit of a headache and your lower back is bothering you. You may get a bit snippy toward friends or family. You may not know why but they are really being irritating!

You can experience ALL or practically NONE of the symptoms. Some girls only problem with their period is the inconvenience of having to use pads or tampons. Other girls it can become so painful and debilitating that they really need to take a day off from "life" to just suffer in peace. Only once you begin your period will you know how YOU will feel.

Basically, at the age of 13 you probably already have the general signs of puberty and can expect to begin menstruating literally any day now!

Good luck.

When IM on my period my vagina hurts like is sore. I thought maybe its a maxi pad rash since I wear pads?? Is that normal? what causes that? can I stop it or the pain or whatevers? Why does my vag hurt during my period anyways? thnx (link)
This is very common and you can control the pain by using warm or cold compresses (this can be tricky as you have to sit on them or straddle them) or you can use an over the counter pain relief such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, Midol, Pamprin, etc.

The nature of your period is swelling and inflammation of your reproductive organs (uterus and vagina) and hormonal fluctuations. These fluctuations in hormones actually cause cramping around your cervix similar to contractions in childbirth and the fact your cervix dilates both during menstruation and childbirth.

When you have a headache, pain in your arm or leg, etc. your instinct is to hold it to give counter pressure. This is what I sometimes feel like doing... except the discomfort is far up inside enough that there really isn't any way of giving that counter pressure. I generally use tylenol or advil for this but be a little cautious with advil. Its main ingredient is ibuprofen which is a mild blood thinner which can cause issues given you are bleeding to begin with. I have never had a problem with Motrin on my period but you should understand this is you decide to use Motrin while menstruating.

The good news is you are normal. The bad news is it is a part of female life and you have to learn to live with it to an extent... or use comfort measures.

Ok uhh so when is it normal that when i use a tampon on my period it like doesnt last a whole week? it seems like it goes by alot faster..idk how to explain it ahha but is that weird or is just me idk! ahah thanks (link)
It helps that the tampon is soaking up the blood from up inside you and the drainage can take a few days to work itself completely out of the length of the canal.

I know in this day that lots of people are HIV+ or have AIDS. I know they can lead decently healthy lives. Just, personally, I have never known an HIV positive person or someone suffering from AIDS, and, of course, I do not want something like this. It's just scary.

Yesterday I was at work and this new guy said something about getting AIDS tested the day before. He was talking to another guy from work that he's made friends with.

I am really feeling weird about this. I know HIV/AIDS has to be spread through blood or some sort of bodily fluids like that. I know I'm not going to just catch it from the air or just looking at him. I'm a bit uncomfortable though and I'm nervous. I won't ever know if the test says he's positive or not probably. I mean that's not something you go around screaming at work.

Should I look for another job? I'm serious about this making me uncomfortable. There isn't anything that can make me relaxed around this guy and I don't want my work to suffer because I'm too focused on him possibly having an STD. He does seem like a good guy apart from this possible problem so it's nothing "against" him. I've only been at the job for maybe 6 months so it isn't like I've been working there for years and years.

What would you do?
What should I do? (link)
You are obviously correct in that body fluids are the only way to transmit HIV (blood, semen). Therefore, if the ceiling collapses at work and he is bleeding, you need to take precautions before helping him; primarily gloves.

You have no issues if you are sitting near him in a meeting, drinking from the same fountain, using the same toilet seat, etc. So there is reason to understand precautions, but no reason to be frightened or change jobs.

That being said, you have already made your decision. You have already said there is nothing that will make you relax about this. It is not fair to either you or your co-worker for you to feel this way. If you want to be more open-minded I suggest you do more research and possibly even attend some sort of support group regarding HIV. You could get to know people and talk to them specifically about this disease; how they got it, how it has affected them, etc because you may not be able to talk to your co-worker. If you are NOT willing to be open-minded, it would probably be a good idea to either look for a new job or ask to be transferred.

You asked "what would you do?" As you previously stated people with HIV don't typically wear a shirt advertising it but I have met several people in my life who have it; one was at a seminar like the one I was discussing. I shook the womans hand and thanked her for coming! The others were where I worked because they came in for medical attention. I didn't turn them away or avoid them!

What should YOU do? That is entirely up to you. If you will never be comfortable and never relax around this person... Well, there is an estimated 1.1 million people just in the U.S. with the disease. Just hope the next place you work doesn't have the same problem.

You have already met someone with the disease I am sure, and you likely have rubbed up against someone with the disease. The best suggestion I can offer you is get more educated on the topic and don't be afraid to talk to people about it such as medical professionals or at support groups or seminars.

Ok, so I think that I might have the eating disorder called Pica. Here's some info about it:

Here are some of my symptoms:
I love chemical smells and tastes: libraries, hotels, video stores. If anything tasted like how these places smell, I'd eat them.
When I had a retainer, I'd want to swallow it. I loved the plastic-y taste. I like sucking on bottle caps and pen caps for the same reason.
When I'm blowing up balloons, I want to eat them. I also like to chew on rubber bands and other rubber things.
I eat paper, paper towels, and Kleenex (not very often, but I do enjoy the taste).
I LOVE the taste of sandstone. I'll go to bluffs and break off small chunks and then suck on them all day. I also like the taste of just plain sand. I used to eat that when I was little.
I chew gum constantly. I never EVER spit it out when I'm done chewing it, I always swallow it. And sometimes, when I'm not done chewing it, I'll feel like I have to swallow it.
I love the taste of chalk (recently, while I was taking my ACT, I sat near a chalkboard. During the breaks between the sections of the test, all I could think of was getting up and shoving chalk in my mouth.

Here's why I don't think I have it:
Pica is supposedly uncontrollable. You can't control your body not to eat these things, you have no willpower. I could control my urges very easily, I think. It's not like I have to eat these things, I just REALLY enjoy the taste. Is there a disorder where you just have a taste for chemicals?

I know this is kind of gross, but please don't judge me. I'm just trying to find out what's up with me.

Thanks for all your advice!!! (link)
It certainly sounds like you have some type of problem whether it is PICA or something else.

Don't focus on the idea that you don't think you have PICA because it is "supposedly uncontrollable"... that is not entirely accurate. PICA is a strong desire but not necessarily uncontrollable.

Now, you really should seek medical attention for this. You said you have not ingested any harmful chemicals. You HAVE eaten sand (you mentioned you like the flavor), chalk, paper, and suck on various types of plastics. These things are nondigestable.

You may have started out with a vitamin or mineral deficiency which went untreated. These deficiencies can lead to abnormal cravings. Left untreated you began trying some of the non edible things you had been craving which could have lead to some sort of blockage. This could have disrupted your digestive system and therefore leading to more cravings!

There is also a study done that suggests these peculiar cravings could be a sign of brain tumors.

I do not want to have you panicking but this is a real medical condition you have that has the potential to be serious. A doctor will start by doing a history and physical exam to try to rule out any physical or mental abnormalities you may have have as PICA is typically associated with kids and is generally associated with some type of retardation. Once that is completed you may be asked to have blood tests and scans of your head or even full body to rule out any toxins in your blood, blockages, and tumors, etc.

You should be proud of yourself for asking for help... and the fact that you KNOW this is wrong and have the strength to reach out makes you stronger and wiser than you may think. Good for you to ask for help... now keep that momentum going and seek professional medical care.

If your problem IS in fact caused by a nutritional deficiency and you can get this corrected by taking a nutritional supplement... think of how greater your quality of life could become!

Good luck to you.

I've been on birth control since October 2009, and I'm going on a little vacation with my boyfriend, and I'm supposed to get my period over it, I was wondering how harmful (if it is) would it be if I just skipped my placebo pills and went straight to my next pack? Would that affect my next period? I'm just wondering. And is it safe? I mean I know you're supposed to get your period for a reason so I don't know how that would make me feel when I did get my period the next time but yeah..
Thanks :) (link)
Here is information directly from the Mayo Clinic:

"It's possible to prevent your period with continuous use of any birth control pill. This means skipping the placebo pills and starting right away on a new pack. Some evidence suggests an advantage to this type of pill regimen. By continuously taking the pill, you prevent hormonal fluctuations that are responsible for bleeding, cramping, headaches and other discomforts associated with getting your period. However, you're at greater risk of breakthrough bleeding — bleeding between periods.

Continuous use of your birth control pills works best if you're taking a monophasic pill — with the same hormone dose in the three weeks of active pills. If you're taking a triphasic pill — with a different hormone dose each week of the active pill phase — using them continuously carries a much higher rate of breakthrough bleeding.

You may find continuous use of birth control pills a convenient way to avoid having your period during an important occasion or trip. Taking a monthly regimen birth control pill continuously is fine for about three months, but then you should plan on taking the placebo pills so that you'll have a menstrual cycle. "

my doctor said my cpr blood work was very high is that erally bad im freaking out a bit
I was just about to answer your question when I found an article at the mayo clinic website. I will give you the link below and then paste the info here.

The jist is, CRP- C-reactive protein is produced by the liver in response to an injury or inflammation. If your level is higher than normal it COULD mean you have "something" going on in your body but the blood test alone does not tell the doctor much... mostly it tells the doctor that more testing needs to be done to find out why your body is producing this protein that is a response to inflammation.

A higher level of CRP could be suggestive of a heart issue (heart disease) BUT... this level alone is not a diagnosis of heart disease.

Read the following from the mayo clinic and then I highly recommend you discuss your concerns with your doctor... that is what he/she is there for.

"C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein your liver produces as part of your body's response to injury or infection (inflammatory response).

CRP is a marker for an inflammatory response somewhere in the body. However, CRP tests can't pinpoint where in the body this may be happening. Inflammation plays a central role in the process of atherosclerosis, in which fatty deposits clog your arteries. Measuring CRP alone won't tell your doctor your risk of heart disease. But factoring in CRP test results with other blood tests results and risk factors for heart disease helps create an overall picture of your heart health.

The American Heart Association doesn't yet recommend CRP screening for the general public — only those at known risk of heart disease.

Cholesterol-lowering statin medications may reduce CRP levels and decrease your heart disease risk, but it's not recommended that you take statin medications solely to decrease your CRP level. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about your CRP level. "

Good luck.

here are my symptoms that lead me to believe i do:

i'm always tired, no matter how much sleep i get.

i have depression

i'm dizzy a lot

i have very poor balance

i get muscle pains, especially in my back

my joints are sometimes sore or weak, and they sometimes grind

i read something on chronic fatigue syndrome and i had most of the symptoms, others i didnt. like weight gain and loss, panic attacks, sore throat, bloating, and a few others. but the main ones i do. i also might be anemic so some of these may have to do with that. i haven't been diagnosed by any doctors yet, but should i? i'm 17/f, by the way (link)
You have some symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. You have many symptoms of depression. You also have symptoms of anemia.

Given that you are a 17 year old female, your most likely diagnosis is depression. Depression is SO common, add to that you are a teenage girl and you can multiply the likelihood of this being your problem. Depression can cause the most unusual things to happen to our bodies.

Depression can cause difficulty in concentrating, extreme fatigue where even the smallest task seems daunting. Weight loss and gain, headaches, unexplained body aches. CFS frequently has other physical issues such as enlarged lymph nodes and sore throat.

Without sitting down with you and having a conversation and evaluating you, and possibly blood tests to rule out such things as anemia it is impossible to give a diagnosis here... but your symptoms are quite indicative of depression. Again, add to your symptoms that you are 17... you should certainly see a doctor. There is no reason for you to have these issues. If you see a doctor he/she may be able to suggest some lifestyle changes that can make you feel better or even prescribe a medication that make you feel better.

I have had 3 kids and had post partum depression after each, and it got worse with each pregnancy/delivery as well. The difference between being on medication and NOT being on medication was indescribable. It takes a couple of weeks for the medication to really kick in but once it does you feel back to yourself again and it is GREAT.

But... what if it is not depression? If you are anemic or have another underlying condition, you need to get clinically diagnosed so you can continue to take care of yourself, mind and body.

Don't ignore this. You may be thinking "its not a big deal, I just dont feel good most of the time"... but your quality of life can be so much better if you nip this in the bud. Good luck.

okay so my medication comes in packets, like you pop them out and i wanted to put them into a pill bottle(just because its easier for me). A pill bottle like this one would i be able to use that heron(panadol)pill bottle to put MY pills in it and still not go bad? because ive been told once you pop the pill out of the packets, that they go bad so i want to know if i can stop them going bad if i put them in the bottle. (link)
Generally speaking, yes you can reuse a pill bottle. There are a few reasons why you should not...

Pills come in packages for a reason. Many tablets and capsules come (from the manufacture) in bottles that have silicon gel tabs in them to keep the moisture level low. Some pills come in blister packs because that keeps them individually fresher OR because they are dangerous enough to kids that the blister pack adds added protection if they get into the hands of little tikes. There are certain pills that come in small quantities because once the seal is broken on the bottle, the pill immediately starts to deteriorate. How many pills left in that bottle after a certain period of time should be thrown away once that bottle has been open: for example, nitro tabs for chest pain commonly come in a dark colored bottle of 25 tablets. These need to be kept in their original container because they need to be away from light, moisture, and once the seal is broken you only have a few months to use them before the pills are considered no good.

You did not mention what pill you are on. If I had to guess I would say birth control, prenatal vitamins, or something with iron. If this is the case, you should be fine IF you take them as they are supposed to be taken and the pills will only be in the replacement bottle for a month. Moisture can be a real issue if the pills are popped out... but the MAIN reason they are in blister packs is to keep children from getting iron poisoning.

The only other issue can be with traveling, ordering refills, and remembering the information needed on the package. It might be a good idea for you to, each month cut the label off of the blister pack and either tape it to the replacement bottle or fold it and tuck it inside the replacement bottle. This way you have your current refill number, the doctor's name, and directions, etc.

If you travel, you MUST keep the pills in their original package. Airports, customs checkpoints, etc. do not like meds to be outside of their orig. container.

Does the internet really know what its talking about?
Both my parents smoke in the house, internet says the person breathing in the smokers smoke is more at risk of getting sick, because you're breathing in the smoke from the cigarette and then you're also breathing in the smoke the smoker is exhaling, what doesn't make sense is wouldn't the smoker be more at risk then me especially if its BOTH my parents smoking around eachother because they're both breathing in eachothers smoke.
I mean I go in my room to get away from it as much as I can, so how can I possibly be more at risk of getting lung cancer then them?
please helppp.
I don't have anything to add or dispute regarding the answer you have already received concerning the dangers of smoking, be it first or second hand.

One thing I just wanted to get out here is a new study that has brought about the term third hand smoke!

This study was done by Berkely Lab and to quote:
"The burning of tobacco releases nicotine in the form of a vapor that adsorbs strongly onto indoor surfaces, such as walls, floors, carpeting, drapes and furniture. Nicotine can persist on those materials for days, weeks and even months. Our study shows that when this residual nicotine reacts with ambient nitrous acid it forms carcinogenic tobacco-specific nitrosamines or TSNAs,"

The jist of it all... its not even good to be touching items that have been exposed to smoking. It can absorb into the body and cause problems.

hi im 14 years old and im turning 15 in december and most of my friend in my class have gotten there period and i have started puberty like hair and pimplies etc and im going into grade 9 and im kinda worried because one i have breast my cup size is 34B and it strange how i havnt gotten my period yet i really need help i just want to be sure that i wil get my period (link)
It is true that everyone is different and have their "menarche" (first period) at different times.

However, there are some guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists which state the following:

1. Girls are on average 12-13 when they experience menarche.

2. You generally have menarche two to two and a half years after breast development. Think about how long you have had breasts and other signs of puberty to determine if it has been more than 2 1/2 years.

3. There are some reasons you may want to see your doctor...
A. If you have had other signs of puberty for 3 years with NO menarche.
B. No menstrual flow by the age of 15.

A few things your doctor may want to check are your hormone levels and your diet. Both of these could cause issues.

If you are concerned, you should talk to your mom or an adult female you trust and ask that you see your doctor. He/she will be able to put your mind at rest that you are either perfectly normal or there is a plan of care that can be taken to get you on track.

Best of luck.

about a week ago, me and my boyfriend went to the lake. we same in it for the two days we were there. when we came back home, a day after, he noticed some scabs on his feet. they were reaaaaallly tiny, barely noticeable. but they stayed, they never went away. i at first thought that he just scraped himself on some branches or something under the water. but after a few days, they were still there. i saw him the day before yesterday, and his foot still looked the same, but yesterday i noticed a big scab on his foot, up towards his pinky toe. he said he didnt remember scratching it or hitting it on anything, and it looked like the scab has been there for a few days. i didnt think much about it, but then that night he seemed to be running a little bit of a fever. he was hot, and sweating. and he said his head hurt. i gave him 3 ibuprofin, to break the fever and help his head. later that night when we were sleeping, i reached over and felt his head. he was still sweating, but his head was cold. i know it sounds stupid, but i'm worried that while we were at the lake, some kid of parasite(sp?) got into his system. maybe he swallowed some water or something, and he's getting sick. i'm really worried. any answers will be very helpful. (link)
There are three things that come to mind reading this.

1. He could certainly have contracted some sort of "bug" or parasite and if he continues to have health issues he should be seen by a doctor.

2. If he scraped up his foot while swimming, he may not have realized it as it was in the comfort of cool water. This scrape (or scrapes) could have become infected from the less than sanitary lake water. If they are infected, he needs to see a doctor.

3. The lake could be a coincidence. There are several viruses that can cause scabs or blisters and they would also cause fevers. Some of these need medical attention. Some such as "hand, foot, and mouth" disease (Coxsackie virus) is quite common in children but there are adults who get it. Coxsackie is not a dangerous virus BUT... without seeing a doctor you cannot be certain what it is. There are so many skin ailments... and what if it isn't a virus but rather a serious infection or parasite...

Best to see a doctor- especially in light of the fever. Without the fever I would say take it day to day and see what happens but if there is a fever involved... you should always seek medical treatment. The inside of our body only has a few ways of communicating with the outside of our body; generally pain and fever... don't ignore what the inside is trying to tell the outside.

soo both my parents smoke! getting them to quit would literally be impossible, i've been wanting to get both of them those water vapor cigarettes, but I was wandering how much they cost? and do you have to keep buying little peices to it? or do you just buy it and it lasts forever?

I am gathering from your second sentence that you are trying to get them to stop smoking... without them actually stopping smoking. You already have an answer to your "water vapor cigarrettes" but I wanted to add a slightly different perspective.

It may actually be better/safer to just let them smoke cigarettes. Here is a little bit of information from the Mayo clinic, and I have also pasted the website should you desire further investigation.

"Hookah smoking is not safer than cigarette smoking. Also known as narghile, shisha and goza, a hookah is a water pipe with a smoke chamber, a bowl, a pipe and a hose. ... The tobacco is no less toxic in a hookah pipe, and the water in the hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke. Hookah smokers may actually inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do because of the large volume of smoke they inhale in one smoking session, which can last as long as 60 minutes."

I will leave the above here just for information but I wanted to apologize for mis-reading your question. I thought you were asking about smoking water pipes, not the vapor cigarettes.

Because I feel guilty for misreading your question I will submit to you some information I found on one particular brand. The link is below though I am not suggesting, recommending, or endorsing this product. I am sure there are other brands available that may be better, safer, etc.

what does it mean when you have pains in your stomach and you poop has blood in it? (link)
There are a number of reasons you could have stomach pains and blood in your stool. Some of the reasons can be treated by medication or perhaps a change in diet. Some may require surgery. ALL of the reasons are concerning enough that you MUST see your physician.

Bloody stools alone can be a symptom of hemorrhoids, although these do not typically cause pain in the stomach. Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be very painful but is generally associated with constipation/diarrhea, and mucosy stools.

The blood could be caused by some sort of gastrointestinal bleeding. This means somewhere between your throat (esophagus), your stomach, your intestines, and your rectum there is a problem. This could be an ulcer. This could be inflammation of the colon. It could be a number of things.

Your doctor would more than likely feel (palpate looking for signs of point-specific pain, if the abdomen has areas of "hardness" when it is supposed to be soft, etc.) your abdomen, and likely want a stool/urine sample. From there, depending on what is found you may need to get a scan of your abdomen such as an X-ray or an ultrasound. Neither of these are painful.

Again- this could be something as simple as needing an antacid or an antibiotic. But blood in stool should never be ignored.

Please, visit a doctor and find out. Our health should always be #1

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