May 1, 2012

See a Doctor “IF” … 20+ yr olds or?

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THANK YOU PCOSA FOR THE HEALTH BYTE...


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Here is this week’s Health Byte from the PCOSA … 5/1/04
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When to See a Doctor About PCOS From The Age of 20 Onwards
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Polycystic ovary syndrome is a long-term condition that can gradually affect females in different age groups from puberty right through to much later in life.
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Symptoms of PCOS are often mistaken for another medical problem, which can make it difficult to know when to see your doctor. But early diagnosis and treatment of PCOS may help prevent serious related health complications such as pre- and type 2 diabetes and heart disease as well as reproductive and metabolic problems.
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Taking a wait-and-see approach, often called watchful waiting, is not appropriate when PCOS is suspected.
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If you are between 20 and 40 years old, consult your doctor if you have:
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~ Menstrual cycles that are consistently less than 21 days apart or more than 35 days apart.
~ Regular menstrual cycles but you have been trying unsuccessfully to become pregnant for more than 12 months.
~ Vaginal bleeding that lasts more than 8 days. Watch out for large clots or excessive spotting.
~ Pelvic pain that lasts for more than 4 weeks.
~ Excessive hair growth or hair growing on the chest, back, belly or face. This PCOS-linked condition is known as hirsutism.
~ Any symptoms of diabetes, such as increased thirst and frequent urination (especially at night), unexplained increase in appetite, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision or tingling or numbness in your hands or feet.
~ Skin problems such as acne, oily skin, dandruff, skin tags in the armpits or neck area, or dark skin patches (acanthosis nigricans) in skin folds or on the neck, groin or underarms.
~ Depression or mood swings. Many women have emotional problems related to the many physical symptoms of PCOS, such as excess hair, obesity or infertility.
~ Excess weight gain or upper body obesity (more abdominal fat than hip fat). This is also known as android obesity and is related to increased male hormone (testosterone) levels.
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If you are older than 40, consult your doctor if you experience these additional symptoms which can be linked to PCOS :
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~ Signs of heart disease, such as chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, unusual levels of fatigue or high blood pressure (hypertension)
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Who To See
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Health professionals who can diagnose and treat PCOS may include:

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~ Endocrinologists (pediatric or medical)
~ Reproductive endocrinologists
~ Gynecologists
~ Obstetricians
~ Family practice physicians
~ Nurse practitioners
~ Physician assistants
~ Internists
~ Registered dietitians
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Sincerely,
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Christine DeZarn
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Association, Inc. (PCOSA)
http://www.pcosupport.org/
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PCOS Lady:
I am happy to post this byte and to see the added info with listed symptoms… Mentioning the added medical people and dietitians that can diagnose PCOS is wonderful!
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When you see your doctor, ask to be tested for Celiac Disease as well, especially if stool is loose for days or always… My DO said that is an automatic dx for Celiac…
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http://www.verity-pcos.org.uk/
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Verity is the UK charity for women whose lives are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
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If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, think you may have PCOS or know someone with the condition – then Verity is here to help you. Verity relies on the support of our volunteers and members.
~ This is a paid membership…
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Verity: PCOS Conference – York 10 Nov 2012
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Poll
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What’s the longest time you’ve had between periods?
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Always been regular:…14.93%
Up to 3 months:……….21.00%
Up to 6 months:……….17.97%
Up to 9 months:……….13.86%
Up to 12 months:……..10.42%
Up to 18 months:……….6.73%
Up to 24 months:……….3.12%
2 to 3 years:………….4.92%
3 to 5 years:………….2.30%
Longer than 5 years:……4.76%
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QUOTE:
“PCOS is not just a reproductive disorder; it’s a major health concern for women who are affected,” Dr. Nestler
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SITES
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GOOGLE:

ACNE: Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

Posted in ACNE (mild to severe) tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:27 pm by PCOSLady

HS ACNE VARIATION....


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ACNE (severe)
Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)
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PCOS Lady
HS effects both men and women it seems… I have experienced minor bouts of this through my life… Luckily they went away… Acne, we all experience it, PCOS women usually have it start on the face, then it moves to our shoulders, etc… We get the few on our breasts and groin areas… Some women try treating acne for years with little success… You may have HS… I suggest keeping this info on hand for your doctor…
~ This can be caused by “bad” parasites as well. Best to look at the symptoms under PARASITES…
~ The Cure Zone covered HS exceptionally well!
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What is hidradenitis suppurativa?
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Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS), also known as ‘Acne Inversa’, is a physically, psychologically, and socially disabling disease affecting inverse areas of the body (those places where there is skin-to-skin contact – armpits, groin, breasts, etc.), and where apocrine glands and hair follicles are found. It is non-contagious and recurrent; typically manifesting as a progression from single boil-like, pus-filled abscesses, or hard sebaceous lumps, to painful, deep-seated, often inflamed clusters of lesions with chronic seepage (suppuration — hence the name) involving significant scarring.
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Abscesses may be as large as baseballs in some people, are extremely painful to the touch and may persist for years with occasional to frequent periods of inflammation, culminating in drainage, often leaving open wounds that will not heal. These “flare-ups” are often triggered by stress, hormonal changes, or humid heat. Drainage of the lumps provides some relief from severe, often debilitating, pressure pain; however, pain occurs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for HS sufferers during flare-ups, and is difficult to manage.
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Persistent lesions may lead to the formation of sinus tracts, or tunnels connecting the abscesses under the skin. At this stage, complete healing is usually not possible, and progression of the disease in the area is inevitable. Occurrences of bacterial infections and cellulites (deep tissue inflammation) are likely at these sites.
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Because of the drainage which may have a foul odor, fever and fatigue caused by acute inflammation and the physical restrictions caused by pain and skin deformation, people often cannot work, drive, exercise or even perform day-to-day tasks, and are ashamed to go out in public. HS sufferers may go through severe bouts of depression, avoid public and inter-personal contact, become sedentary and often overweight.
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HS typically goes undiagnosed for years because patients are ashamed to speak with anyone. When they do see a doctor, the disease is frequently misdiagnosed. Only relatively few physicians are able to recognize it and even when they do, suggested treatments are often ineffective, temporary and sometimes even harmful. There is no known cure nor any consistently effective treatment; what works for one person may not work for another. In advanced, chronic cases, surgery is often the choice, but recurrences of HS are not uncommon.
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The mechanisms of the disease are described in this article.
from The Cure Zone site…
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Historically, HS has been considered a rare disorder, because it is difficult to accurately estimate the number of HS victims; they conceal their condition, even from friends and close relatives. Estimates, however, indicate at least 1 million – potentially up to 12 million – Hidradenitis Suppurativa sufferers in the United States alone!
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What’s in a name…
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HS was first described in 1839 and has since been called many names. We still cannot agree on what to call it. Germans prefer Akne Inversa, the French still like to use Verneuil’s, which we’ll admit, sounds much better than Hidradenitis Suppurativa (‘oozing inflamed sweat glands’). All are equally correct and equally wrong. All but names for symptoms of an underlying disease we don’t yet know.
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…”correct” names for this disease:
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Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)
alt: Hidradenitis Supportiva
Acne Inversa (AI)
Apocrine Acne
Acne conglobata
Apocrinitis
Verneuil’s disease
Velpeau’s disease
Fox-den disease
Pyodermia sinifica fistulans
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Internationally:
Hidrosadénite Suppurée (fr)
Hidrosadenite Supurativa (es)
Idrosadenite suppurativa (it)
Maladie de Verneuil (fr)
Doença de Verneuil (pt)
Akne Inversa (de)
гнойного гидраденита (ru)
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…has been diagnosed as, but is not:
~ Folliculitis
~ Acne
~ Boils
~ Cysts (sebaceous, inclusion and subcutaneous)
~ Furuncles
~ Carbuncles
~ Poor Hygiene
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…is definitely not:
~ contagious
~ Herpes
~ STD
~ Cancer
~ Allergies
~ Plague
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…often happens in conjunction with:
~ PCOS / Insulin Resistance / Androgen Dysfunction
~ Crohns and other inflammatory auto-immune conditions
~ Anemia
~ Hyperhydrosis / hyperhidrosis
~ Depression
~ Acne Vulgaris / Cystic / Conglobata
~ Pilonidal cysts
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Stages of the Disease
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Hidradenitis typically develops slowly over time. Since there are no 100% successful treatments it will run its course. Development differs, however, from individual to individual. With some, the disease may stagnate and never develop past a mild stage, with others, it may escalate and become a debilitating disease. We do not know why.
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This is how HS may progress:
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~ Stage I: Solitary or multiple isolated abscess formation without scarring or sinus tracts;
~ Stage II: Recurrent abscesses, single or multiple widely separated lesions, with beginning sinus tract formation (“tunneling”) and cicatrisation (formation of scar tissue);
~ Stage III: Diffuse or broad involvement across a regional area with multiple interconnected sinus tracts, significant cicatrisation and persistent abscesses.
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SITES:
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http://curezone.com/forums/description.asp?f=754
FORUM: http://curezone.com/forums/f.asp?f=754
~ The Cure Zone … Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS), also known as ‘Acne Inversa’, is a physically, psychologically, and socially disabling disease …
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http://images.mitrasites.com/hidradenitis-suppurativa.html
~ HS pictures…
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http://www.beautylish.com/a/vmsms/hormonal-acne
~ by Victoria Stanell of Beautylish … Get the lowdown on “pimple geography” and learn why your zits can give you clues about other issues in your body.
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http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hidradenitis-suppurativa/DS00818

~ Mayo Clinic … Hidradenitis suppurativa — Comprehensive overview covers causes, symptoms and treatments, which may include surgery. Includes picture.
Symptoms – Treatments and drugs – Hidradenitis suppurativa of the … – Causes
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http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hidradenitissuppurativa.html
~ Medline Plus … Jul 17, 2012 – Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic disease of a type of sweat gland. … HS usually develops in your armpits, groin and anal area.
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http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/hidradenitis-suppurativa
~ Genetics Home Reference … Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic skin disease characterized by recurrent boil-like lumps (nodules) under the skin. The nodules are inflamed and painful… Wealth of info on topic, clinical trials, living with it, etc…
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Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, Inc. – A 501(c)(3) non-profit …
http://www.hs-foundation.org/
~ Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, Inc. (HSF) … Mar 30, 2011 – Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, Inc. Dedicated to improving the quality of life and quality of care for individuals and families affected by …
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GOOGLE:
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