Living in New York City, Sarah (Jennifer Aniston) must make the cross-country trip back to her home state of California for the wedding of her younger sister (Mena Suvari). Once with her family, Sarah learns some interesting things from her grandmother (Shirley MacLaine), including the family's inspirational ties to the famous film "The Graduate." But all this leads to millionaire Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), and Sarah wants answers -- especially since Burroughs might be her real father.
When astronaut Spencer Armacost (Johnny Depp) returns to Earth after a mission that nearly cost him his life, he decides to take a desk job in order to see his beautiful wife, Jillian (Charlize Theron), more often. Gradually, Jillian notices that Spencer's personality seems to have changed, but her concerns fade when she discovers that she's pregnant. As Jillian grows closer to becoming a mother, her suspicions about Spencer return. Why does it seem as if he's a different person?
In the early 1960s, Victor Torres and his family moved to Brooklyn from Puerto Rico in search of a new life. The American dream quickly fades as they face a life of want in their adopted home. As a new recruit in a street gang, Victor embarks on a lucrative new drug trafficking business in an attempt to help his struggling family. Victor is quickly enslaved by drug use, and his parents, Manuel and Lila, desperately search to find a way to help their son.
"I Am Sam" is the compelling story of Sam Dawson (Sean Penn), a mentally-challenged father raising his daughter Lucy (Dakota Fanning) with the help of a unique group of friends. As Lucy turns seven and begins to intellectually surpass her father, their close bond is threatened when their unconventional living arrangement comes to the attention of a social worker who wants Lucy placed in foster care.
Tom and Lauren thwart a watery suicide attempt. The drowning young man turns out to be Danny, who was accused of the murder of an old woman many years ago. Although Tom provided psychological testimony at the trial, he seizes the chance to help.
Willy Beachum (Ryan Gosling), a hotshot prosecutor, is about to leave his post for a lucrative job at a private law firm when his boss (David Strathairn) hands him a seemingly open-and-shut case. Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) tried to kill his wife with a shot to the head and is defending himself in court. All hope for a quick and easy trial fly out the door when Ted proves to be a more cunning and devious adversary than Willy anticipates.
Hoping to get support from his mother (Naomi Watts) and grandmother (Susan Sarandon), a New York teen (Elle Fanning) prepares to transition from female to male.
Lauren Adrian (Jennifer Lopez), a Chicago reporter, travels to Mexico to investigate the unsolved murders of hundreds of Mexican women taking place over the years near an American-owned factory. Lauren reunites with Alfonso Diaz (Antonio Banderas), her former lover and colleague, who publicizes the murders despite threats from local authorities. Together the pair seek the truth and try to help the survivor (Maya Zapata) of a brutal attack find justice.
Addie Moore and Louis Waters, a widow and widower, have lived next door to each other for years. When Addie tries to make a connection with her neighbor, the two begin sleeping in bed together platonically, with the innocent goal of alleviating their shared loneliness. As their relationship deepens, however, they each deal with grief and loss, and a real romance begins to blossom.
A woman accidentally kills her husband during a kinky game. Handcuffed to her bed with no hope of rescue, she begins hearing voices and seeing strange visions.
Between all my recent testing for an heart evaluation, I did throw in a bit more concern about that neck pain that occurred and continues to plague me although not as severe.
My primary mentioned it could be a touch of idiopathic Torticollis. Wry neck, or torticollis, is a painfully twisted and tilted neck. The top of the head generally tilts to one side while the chin tilts to the other side.
This condition can be congenital (present at birth) or acquired. It can also be the result of damage to the neck muscles or blood supply. Wry neck sometimes goes away without treatment. However, there’s a chance of relapse.
Chronic wry neck can cause debilitating pain and difficulty performing daily tasks. Fortunately, medications and therapies can relieve pain and stiffness. Surgery can also sometimes correct the condition. Treatment is most successful if it’s started early. This is especially true for children.
Wry neck can be inherited. It can also develop in the womb. This may happen if your baby’s head is in the wrong position. It can also be due to damage to the muscles or blood supply to the neck.
Anyone can develop wry neck after a muscle or nervous system injury. However, most of the time, the cause of wry neck is unknown. This is referred to as idiopathic torticollis
Types of torticollis
This type of wry neck usually disappears after one or two days. It can be due to:
Fixed torticollis is also called acute torticollis or permanent torticollis. It’s usually due to a problem with the muscular or bone structure.
This is the most common type of fixed torticollis. It results from scarring or tight muscles on one side of the neck.
This is a rare, congenital form of wry neck. It occurs when the bones in your baby’s neck form incorrectly, notably due to two neck vertebrae being fused together. Children born with this condition may have difficulty with hearing and vision.
This rare disorder is sometimes referred to as spasmodic torticollis. It causes neck muscles to contract in spasms. If you have cervical dystonia, your head twists or turns painfully to one side. It may also tilt forward or backward. Cervical dystonia sometimes goes away without treatment, but there’s a risk of recurrence.
Cervical dystonia can happen to anyone. However, it’s most commonly diagnosed in people who are roughly ages 40 to 60. It also affects more women than men.
Symptoms of wry neck
Symptoms of wry neck can begin slowly. They may also worsen over time. The most common symptoms include:
What to expect at the doctor’s office
Your doctor will want to take your medical history and conduct a physical exam. Be sure to tell them about any injuries to your neck area. Several types of tests can also determine the cause of your wry neck.
An electromyogram (EMG) measures electrical activity in your muscles. It can determine which muscles are affected.
Imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI scans can also be used to find structural problems that might be causing your symptoms.
Treatments for wry neck
Currently, there’s no way to prevent wry neck. However, getting treatment quickly can keep it from becoming worse.
You can improve congenital forms of wry neck by stretching the neck muscles. If started within a few months of birth, it can be very successful. If this or other treatments don’t work, surgery can sometimes correct the problem.
Your doctor can treat acquired wry neck according to the cause if it’s known.
Treatments for wry neck include:
Your doctor may recommend surgery, such as:
Living with wry neck
Wry neck caused by a minor injury or illness is likely temporary and treatable. However, congenital and more severe forms of wry neck can cause long-term health problems.
Chronic wry neck can cause complications, including:
If your wry neck isn’t treatable, consider seeking out a support group. Many people with chronic conditions find them both comforting and informative. Your doctor or local hospital may be able to give you information about groups that meet in your area. You may also be able to find a supportive community online. Communicating with others who have wry neck or similar conditions can help you cope. - Healthline
Once I finished the chest x-ray, I was immediately sent across to the next building to complete an EKG. My doctor expressed concern over my increasing irregular heart palpitations and felt it best to rule out any underlying bio electrical issues.
When your doctor may suggests you get an electrocardiogram -- also called an EKG or ECG -- it is to check for signs of heart disease. It's a test that records the electrical activity of your ticker through small electrode patches that a technician attaches to the skin of your chest, arms, and legs.
EKGs are quick, safe, and painless. With this test, your doctor will be able to:
How Should I Prepare?
Some things you can do to get yourself ready:
What Happens During an Electrocardiogram?
A technician will attach 10 electrodes with adhesive pads to the skin of your chest, arms, and legs. If you're a guy, you may need to have your chest hair shaved to allow a better connection.
During the test you'll lie flat while a computer creates a picture, on graph paper, of the electrical impulses that move through your heart. This is called a "resting" EKG, although the same test may be used to check your heart while you exercise.
It takes about 10 minutes to attach the electrodes and complete the test, but the actual recording takes only a few seconds.
Your doctor will keep your EKG patterns on file so that he can compare them to tests you get in the future. - Web MD
My test showed a Left Bundle Branch Block or LBB. More information to be sent over to the Cardiologist.
A bundle branch block is a condition in which there's a delay or blockage along the pathway that electrical impulses travel to make your heart beat. It sometimes makes it harder for your heart to pump blood efficiently through your body.
The delay or blockage can occur on the pathway that sends electrical impulses either to the left or the right side of the bottom chambers (ventricles) of your heart.
Bundle branch block might not need treatment. When it does, treatment involves managing the health condition, such as heart disease, that caused bundle branch block.
In most people, bundle branch block doesn't cause symptoms. Some people with the condition don't know they have a bundle branch block.
Signs and symptoms in people who have them might include:
When to see a doctor
If you've fainted, see your doctor to rule out serious causes.
If you have heart disease, or if your doctor has already diagnosed you as having bundle branch block, ask your doctor how often you should have follow-up visits. You might want to carry a medical alert card that identifies you as having bundle branch block in case a doctor who isn't familiar with your medical history sees you in an emergency. - Mayo Clinic
I have just made an appointment with the cardiologist, and they have asked me to come in to get a 24 hour holster monitor before my appointment. Fingers crossed!
During the month of May, I was plagued with more nuances of the heart. It happens to be a busy month if you are working in a school setting. I took stock due to this, made notes, and decided it would be a good time to mention it to my primary care provider again when my check up was due the last week of the month.
I had been experiencing more fatigue, upper chest tightness, a bit more pain in my upper spine area, and definitely more palpitations than the previous month. There were times it seemed as if my heart stopped all together and then a resonating "boom" would kick it back to its normal rhythm. I have complained often of these strange sensations, but it had never been this pronounced. After all, several EKG's showed no abnormalities to worry about through the years.
Nonetheless, he ordered several tests since I hadn't had a full work-up done since 2007. The first ordered was a simple chest x-ray. Your doctor uses a chest X-ray to:
You don’t need to do anything to get ready for it. But you do need to let the technician know if you could be pregnant. Luckily they had a chest x-ray machine in the building, so I trudged over there to perform the first round of testing.
The X-ray will take no more than 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll have to remove all of your clothes and jewelry from the waist up, and wear a hospital gown. And you have to stand very still while you hold your breath.
The process is painless and simple. It can show your doctor if you have:
The very next day I got a call back stating that there was calcification in my aorta. I can tell you my heart sank. As an individual plagued with fibromyalgia, the worst news you can get is a positive result when you are already dealing with a chronic illness. More importantly, that means more testing which is very difficult for those suffering from the illness especially if you have multiple chemical sensitivities.
What Is Atherosclerosis?
Atherosclerosis -- hardening and narrowing of the arteries -- silently and slowly blocks arteries, putting blood flow at risk.It’s the usual cause of heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral vascular disease -- what together are called cardiovascular disease.
How does atherosclerosis develop? Who gets it, and why? This deadly process is preventable and treatable.
First, an Anatomy 101 review: Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from the heart throughout the body. They're lined by a thin layer of cells called the endothelium. The endothelium works to keep the inside of arteries toned and smooth, which keeps blood flowing.
Atherosclerosis begins with damage to the endothelium. It’s caused by high blood pressure, smoking, or high cholesterol. That damage leads to the formation of plaque.
When bad cholesterol, or LDL, crosses the damaged endothelium, the cholesterol enters the wall of the artery. That causes your white blood cellsto stream in to digest the LDL. Over years, cholesterol and cells become plaque in the wall of the artery.
Plaque creates a bump on the artery wall. As atherosclerosis progresses, that bump gets bigger. When it gets big enough, it can create a blockage. That process goes on throughout your entire body. As a result, not only is your heart at risk, but you are also at risk for stroke and other health problems.
Atherosclerosis usually doesn’t cause symptoms until middle or older age. But as the narrowing becomes severe, it can choke off blood flow and cause pain. Blockages can also rupture suddenly. That’ll cause blood to clot inside an artery at the site of the rupture. - Web MD
Well, I can ultimately say that my diet can not be the cause of this as it is very rigid. The other fault it could be is labile blood pressure. My blood pressure fluctuates within extreme highs and lows when I am emotionally stressed or overwhelmed. And, unfortunately, my BP medication can't always keep up with the normal flow.
Labile means easily changed. Hypertension is another term for high blood pressure. Labile hypertension occurs when a person’s blood pressure repeatedly or suddenly changes from normal to abnormally high levels. Labile hypertension usually happens during stressful situations.
It’s normal for your blood pressure to change a bit throughout the day. Physical activity, salt intake, caffeine, alcohol, sleep, and emotional stress all can impact your blood pressure. In labile hypertension, these swings in blood pressure are much larger than normal.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is defined as having a blood pressure of 130/80 mm Hg and higher. This includes those individuals with any top reading (systolic) 130 and above, or any bottom reading (diastolic) 80 and above. People with labile hypertension will have a blood pressure measurement of 130/80 mm Hg and over for a short period of time. Their blood pressure will then return to a normal range later on. - Health Line
With this information in tow, I am off to see the cardiologist to see what information and preventative measures he can recommend.
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I had an interesting affliction the other day that a bit of research didn't answer completely. I was sitting quietly at the beach when I felt a pinching pain in the middle of my left neck. I began feeling disoriented, so I packed up my belongings and quickly went home. I might add it was not an overwhelming hot day and I had only been there an hour.
On my bike ride home I noticed the pain worsening. By the time I was home, and out of the shower, it was excruciating. Not throbbing, not hot, just like some body builder punched me dead in the neck.
I came across a few things on the Internet. There's not much in that area, in terms of offering such severe pain, but I did come up with something - carotidynia. I'd like to share it with you in case someone else has been in the same predicament. Most importantly, I had to DIG DEEP for this one by scaling the health boards so that tells me it may not be common knowledge for most of our primary care physicians.
Carotidynia refers to a syndrome which causes a one-sided/unilateral tenderness of the carotid artery near the bifurcation. Palpation of the carotid artery present in the neck results in a type of a headache that resonates on the face, ears and neck. In most cases, carotidynia occurs in people below the age of sixty and women are four times more prone to suffer from such a pain.
Sometimes, people describe carotidynia as a secondary headache because of its association with other underlying health problems that can be the probable cause of the pain. Misdiagnosis of carotidynia as chronic sinusitis or trigeminal neuralgia is an ordinary possibility in the early stages of the syndrome.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PAIN
CAUSES OF CAROTIDYNIA
DIAGNOSIS OF CAROTIDYNIA
Using an ice pack on the neck may be helpful in reducing the pain and swelling, apply the ice pack for about 10 – 20 minutes while placing a thin cloth between the skin and the ice pack. Prevent chances of frostbite by making sure of not leaving the ice on the skin for too long.
Use a heating pad set on low or a bottle of warm water or a warm cloth is advisable, but avoid going to sleep with a heating pad on the skin.
TREATMENT OF CAROTIDYNIA
Usually, carotidynia is a condition that is self-correcting. The doctor prescribes medications to treat migraine and corticosteroids. The medication prescribed depends on the course of treatment that the doctor chooses for the patient. Certain medicines that prevent the occurrence of irreversible blindness are also given to the patient.
Of course, this is nothing to play around with. Like I said previously, I have a call into my doctor to ensure this is not serious. Should you experience the same, I advise you to seek medical treatment.
,Heart palpitations run rampant in the fibromyalgia community. Type in "Fibromyalgia and heart issues" on your browser's search engine and a myriad of comments, suggestions, and studies ensue.
Take a look on any fibromyalgia symptom board and minor heart irregularities linked to a possible autonomic nervous system response seem to top the charts. I have been personally told, by my primary physician, that these specific palpitations and irregularities may be stemming from diet, stress, and lack of exercise.
Yet, I exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day. I weight lift at least once a week, and I keep to a very strict diet. Still weight loss and gain show common discrepancies. Simply put, nothing seems to work consistently all the time. The doctor even went so far to say that my strict, healthy diet may be harboring the genetics to lower my metabolism. Which in all fairness to him, is more than likely true. Nonetheless, he ordered some routine testing and a trip to the cardiologist.
Seven years ago, when I first harbored the initial symptoms of fibromyalgia I had heart irregularities. I was sent for the same workup. This same workup stumped my primary and specialists showing no heart abnormalities. Today, the first of the two referrals popped up with some minor issues. The heart x-ray showed some plaque to my aorta, and the EKG showed some minor shifts from the first one completed in 2011. The verdict on a recent phone call from the nurse stated, "I have the lab results from your recent testing......... Have you made an appointment with the cardiologist yet? The doctor wants me to impress the importance that you need to see the specialist immediately."
Of course, I went on an internet research spree and I now share with you a recent scientific study posted in Fibromyalgia News Today by Magdalena Kegel -
Fibromyalgia is common among patients with chronic heart failure, according to research from Australia, which demonstrated that the condition was linked to poorer health outcomes.
Cardiac failure patients with fibromyalgia were also more commonly affected by other diseases believed to stem from so-called central sensitivity — abnormal brain and spinal cord responses to sensory stimuli.
The finding that fibromyalgia is common in this patient group provides an opportunity to address not only heart failure, but also fibromyalgia symptoms, the research team from Monash University School of Medicine in Melbourne, Australia, argued.
The study, “Fibromyalgia has a high prevalence and impact in cardiac failure patients,”was published in the European Journal of Rheumatology.
Earlier research showed that fibromyalgia often coexists with other chronic diseases, ranging from autoimmune conditions to infectious diseases such as hepatitis.
Patients with coronary artery disease, a heart condition in which blood vessels become blocked with plaque, often have fibromyalgia. A study found that the severity of fibromyalgia followed the severity of the heart disease.
But there had been no data, until now, on the prevalence of fibromyalgia in patients with cardiac failure, the Monash research team noted.
The team recruited 57 heart failure patients, of which 63.2% were men. The average age of the group was 70.3 years. These characteristics differ from typical fibromyalgia patients, which are mainly younger women.
Among them, 22.8% fulfilled diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia. Even more — 31% — had widespread musculoskeletal pain, with at least 11 tender points. In addition, 19.3% had depression. When this number was split for those with and without fibromyalgia, slightly more patients in the fibromyalgia group were affected by depression.
Patients with fibromyalgia and heart failure scored worse on all aspects of a general health assessment, compared to patients with only heart failure.
Researchers found that the severity of fibromyalgia was related to the severity of general health impairment, with more severe fibromyalgia linked to worse physical and mental health.
“This finding highlights the broad and significant effect [fibromyalgia] has on all aspects of well-being,” researchers wrote.
In addition, the team found that all other central sensitivity diseases investigated, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, irritable bowel disease (IBD), headache, and chemical sensitivity were more common in people with both heart failure and fibromyalgia.
The results support the idea that fibromyalgia is caused by an increased central nervous system sensitivity, researchers said.
They now hope that the recognition of fibromyalgia in patients with heart failure may lead to better outcomes for these patients.
I leave you with some closing thoughts. My doctor did not order my recent tests because he noticed a heart irregularity from my office visit.
I went into this visit noticing and voicing that my heart palpitations seemed to be coming more frequent. I expressed this to him immediately when he first sat down. He quickly went to my patient file and noted it had been sometime since my last full lab workup concerning heart issues. His response was, "Hmmmm..... let's get you another set of referrals to see what's going on and to be on the safe side." This was due to the fact I expressed to him my concern over the recent article I posted titled "Fibromyalgia Often Exists with Other Diseases".
Doctors are not magicians. They can't always accurately diagnose your list of symptomologies without input from you. Don't assume because you've been told, "It is probably the fibromyalgia that's causing this...." as full credit. Do your research, know your body, and keep questioning. At all costs, keep questioning - it could save your life.
Fibromyalgia (FM) commonly occurs alongside rheumatological diseases as well as certain non-rheumatological disorders such as neurological, gastrointestinal, and psychological conditions, a review study found.
The study, “Comorbid fibromyalgia: a qualitative review of prevalence and importance,” was published in the European Journal of Pain.
Fibromyalgia — a disease characterized by chronic widespread body pain — is known to commonly occur with various rheumatological diseases. Although initially considered a unique condition, prevalent in 2-4% of the population, fibromyalgia is now increasingly recognized as coexisting with other rheumatological and non-rheumatological diseases.
Fibromyalgia that accompanies another disease is associated with a less favorable outcome, more severe symptoms, and impaired function. Therefore, if the condition goes undiagnosed in a patient who also has another disease, it can be detrimental because it requires treatment, and unrecognized fibromyalgia may be misinterpreted as poor control of the primary disease, affecting the management of both conditions.
Since there are few studies that have looked at the coexistence of fibromyalgia with other illnesses, with the exception of rheumatic diseases, researchers conducted a literature review to find evidence of the disorder occurring in different illnesses, and the effect it may have on the primary disease.
Fibromyalgia occurs in 20-30% of patients with various rheumatic conditions. In particular, one study showed that the disease was found in 21% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, 37% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosis and 17% of patients with osteoarthritis.
Fibromyalgia is also reported to occur in patients with non-inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions, such as chronic spinal pain and chronic low back pain. It was also reported in 23-41% of patients with chronic disabling occupational musculoskeletal disorders.
There are four neurological conditions that have been reported to be associated with pain or fibromyalgia — multiple sclerosis (MS), post poliomyelitis syndrome, neuropathic pain, and Parkinson’s disease. However, no studies have assessed the outcome of the underlying disease when fibromyalgia is also present.
Fibromyalgia occurring with gastrointestinal diseases has mostly been reported for celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, studies that report the prevalence of the condition in IBS are conflicting, and there is no general consensus.
One study indicated that fibromyalgia is present in 23% of patients with heart failure, which, interestingly, is not a disease commonly associated with chronic pain.
Another study reported that 21% of patients with post-traumatic stress disorder also had fibromyalgia. Thus, the disease is not only present in physical disorders associated with pain but also mental conditions.
The authors believe that fibromyalgia may be an unidentified condition that occurs among many different diseases and may contribute to the overall burden of illness.
Because fibromyalgia coexisting with other disorders is associated with an overall less favorable health status in both rheumatic and non-rheumatic diseases, “physicians should be alert to the possibility of comorbid FM, and symptoms of FM should be specifically addressed,” the researchers said. -Shared from Fibromyalgia News today
If you're into the Zoodle or squash noodle craze, you're going to love this one. Packed with protein and great vegetable nutrients, this one will be a favorite for years to come.
Best of all, you can make a container and store it in the refrigerator for a few days just dolloping out what you need. I like to keep on hand some brown rice to layer a 1/4 cup on the bottom of my plate for some necessary sedating carbs.
8 oz. chicken breasts, cut into 1-inched cubes
8 oz. shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 large zucchini
1 large summer squash
3 tab. butter
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup almond milk
1 slice provolone cheese
6 tab. Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
In an oiled pan on medium heat, fry chicken breasts for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and cook until pink. Remove meats from pan and place in a small bowl.
Spiral squash and spaghetti with Zoodle Maker.
In the same pan make Alfredo Sauce. Melt butter, add garlic, provolone cheese, and almond milk. Add Parmesan cheese one tab. at a time and stir vigorously.
Add zoodles and cook 5 minutes. Add chicken and shrimp.
Toss until well-coated. Serve
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It is believed that fibromyalgia suffers may possess an intolerance to life's daily toxins. Unfortunately, these toxins can be found in most items we purchase. And, furthermore, the skin being the largest organ our body hosts drinks in all these atrocities daily. Why just check out your personal care products and notice if they contain any of these substances:
1. IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLLCARBAMATE
Reproductive system toxicity.
2.LECITHIN Penetration enhancer.
3. RESORCINOL Possible human carcinogen.
4. FDC YELLOW 6 Possible human carcinogen.
5.PARABENS Reproductive system toxicity.
6. SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE Gastrointestinal toxicity.
7. PROPYLENE GLYCOL Immune toxicant.
8 TOCOPHERYL ACETATE Immune toxicant.
9.FRAGRANCE Immune toxicant.
10. DISODIUM DTA Penetration enhancer.
-taken from Skin Authority
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