Stephanie Donnely

  • Colon Cancer Stages

    Colon cancer, or colorectal cancer, involves the growth of one or more tumors in the large intestine and rectum. As colorectal cancer is both preventable and treatable, it is important to recognize the symptoms: A change of bowel habits Blood in the stool Diarrhea, constipation, or a feeling that the bowel has not completely voided Unusually narrow stools Recurrent gas pain, bloating, or intestinal cramping Weight loss that cannot be accounted for Unusual fatigue Stages There are 5 stages of colon cancer, which the...
  • Colon Cancer Symptoms

    Colon Cancer is the third most common cancer in men after lung and prostate cancer according to the reports from the National Cancer Institute. The reports also find it to be the fourth most common cancer in women after lung, breast and cervical cancer. The symptoms are normally very minimal in the earlier stages of the disease but as it progresses, the symptoms become more obvious and evident. Since the symptoms do not present themselves until the cancer is severe, it’s imperative that one...
  • Plaque Psoriasis Treatment Options

    Plaque psoriasis is an inherited or genetic inflammatory disease. Approximately 2% of America’s population suffers from Psoriasis. Of the 2%, 90% suffer from plaque psoriasis. Psoriasis is caused by an immune system malfunction and results in red, swollen skin. Patients will see effects of the disease mainly on (but not limited to), the scalp, elbows, and knees. Patients will most likely see symptoms between the ages of 16 and 22 years. The main problem associated with this disease is that it can go undiagnosed...
  • Psoriasis, plaque psoriasis

    6 Common Types of Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is a chronic condition in which skin cells grow too quickly. The result is large patches of red, raised skin, skin scales, and flakes of dry skin. People with the condition may see symptoms that range from mild to severe. The severity depends on other factors in their environment, such as cold, dry climates, infections, stress, dry skin, and taking certain medicines. Your specific symptoms will also depend on which type of psoriasis is affecting you. Psoriasis treatments will vary depending on the type and...
  • Life Threatening Allergies

    Allergies are caused by a hypersensitive immune system that flags an otherwise harmless substance in the environment as if it were a disease-causing organism. When your immune system overreacts in this way, it sets off a chain of events with a goal of saving your life from a harmful disease. But allergens—the perceived threats—are not diseases, and your body’s defensive response to fight against them can be harmful, if not fatal. An estimated 60 million Americans suffer from allergies, according to the American Academy...
  • Night Terrors?

    Night terrors, or sleep terrors, are a parasomnia, or undesired and abnormal behavior that occurs during sleep. Night terrors are distinctly different from nightmares, although they are such a rare issue that they aren’t well understood and are therefore often mistaken for bad dreams. Here’s a look at how night terrors happen and what some of the potential causes may be. Exactly what instigates sleep terrors is difficult to pinpoint. There does, however, seem to be a significant genetic link to night terrors —...
  • Symptoms of a Miscarriage

    Miscarriage occurs when a pregnancy is suddenly lost before the 20th week. Between 10% and 20% of confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage, so it is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms if it happens to you. Warning Signs of Miscarriage If you start to experience any of the following symptoms, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible to see if you are having a miscarriage. Weight loss White-pink mucus Mild to severe back pain Cramping in the abdomen...
  • Miscarriages

    Miscarriages are unfortunately a fairly common part of the pregnancy process. Since there are so many different types of miscarriages, as well as several varying factors that can increase your risk, the statistics surrounding miscarriages can be confusing to understand on an individual basis. Here are the most important statistics to know about miscarriages: Chemical pregnancies account for 50% to 75% of all miscarriages. This means that the pregnancy is lost shortly after implantation, usually resulting in bleeding around the time of your expected...
  • Stress and Health

    Stress doesn’t only wear on your mind—it wears on your body as well. When you start getting stressed out, your brain switches into “fight or flight” mode, also referred to as acute stress response, releasing excessive amounts of hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. This process can result in physical health problems in addition to the condition’s psychological effects. So what exactly does stress do to your body? Musculoskeletal Problems Muscle tension is probably one of the first physical signs of stress. When...
  • Cold Weather Running

    Running when it’s warm and sunny out is an easy feat. It’s running during the colder months that is the true test of a runner. Instead of sticking to the treadmill for 6 months or giving up running all together, try my personally tested cold weather tips. Figure out your layers. Sounds obvious, right? Well, learning the proper way to layer takes a few uncomfortable runs in the chilly air to figure out. After several attempts at running in a sweatshirt, I’ve learned it’s...
  • OAB Remedies

    Overactive bladder affects millions of men and women. Symptoms include feeling an overwhelming, uncontrollable urge to urinate, increased frequency, urine leakage, and waking to urinate several times during the night. Overactive bladder is a frustrating condition for many people. It can also be embarrassing if symptoms such as leaking urine are difficult to control. Fortunately, there are natural treatments that are effective in reducing, preventing and treating overactive bladder. Exercise Most exercises are used to train the bladder and strengthen muscles that control urination....