Do you suffer from 'vacation constipation'?

Do you suffer from 'vacation constipation'?

You’ve waited months for this trip, planned every detail and managed to remember to pack everything you need. But now, it’s Day 2, and you realize you haven’t pooped. Suddenly, you’re panicking. When’s the last time you’ve used the bathroom? “With spring break and summer vacation on the horizon, people will be taking vacations with family and friends. A common problem that pops up is ‘vacation constipation,’” says Dr. Kabir Julka, gastroenterologist with Advocate Medical Group. “Simply put, when traveling away from home, it can be very typical for bowel habits to change significantly. Anecdotally, constipation and change in regularity...

Here's why your mouth tingles after eating fresh produce

Here's why your mouth tingles after eating fresh produce

For sufferers of seasonal allergies, spring and summer are not always something to look forward to. Alongside celebratory barbeques and picnics, warm weather means the return of pollen season and unexpected allergy triggers that may be part of these food-centered activities. Oral allergy syndrome (OAS), also known as pollen-food syndrome, is a condition caused by an allergic reaction that occurs after eating fresh fruits, vegetables and some nuts. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), a particular protein found in some fruits and vegetables can trigger a preexisting pollen allergy (hay fever). Because the protein is...

Lyn's fibro story: Fibro and chronic fatigue through the hardest years

Lyn's fibro story: Fibro and chronic fatigue through the hardest years

My experience with (FM) is linked to my experience with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I first experienced the extreme level of fatigue associated with CFS in 1992. Along with the fatigue came pain. It often seemed pain and fatigue were taking turns tormenting me. If I was capable of functioning outside my bed, I was in pain so intense that aspirin brought no relief. If the pain subsided, I couldn’t move from my bed. The days that I could not move far from my sickbed turned into months and years. I went from doctor to doctor, finally being diagnosed with...

Want the mental health benefits of exercising? Less may be more

Want the mental health benefits of exercising? Less may be more

Recently published research in the Lancet Psychiatry says that just two hours each week of whatever exercise you choose may make a significant impact on mental health, even lessening or preventing depression. More than 1.2 million U.S. adults responded to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey between 2011 and 2015. The study researchers analyzed participant data, which included questions about exercise, lifestyle habits, health history and days per month of poor mental health. Participants who exercised – through various forms – experienced about 1.5 fewer bad mental health days per month than those...

Colonoscopy or home test: which is right for you?

Colonoscopy or home test: which is right for you?

In recent years, new products have hit the medical market as alternatives to having a colonoscopy. These alternatives, typically a take-home sample test, have gained popularity due to their convenience and relative non-invasiveness. However, they are far from perfect and not recommended for everyone. Gastroenterologist Dr. Kevin Liebovich of Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Ill., helps explain the benefits and shortcomings of each procedure to help you decide which option is the best choice for you. Colonoscopy A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure performed by a gastroenterologist. During the procedure, a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end...

Can moisturizers help with fibromyalgia itching?

Can moisturizers help with fibromyalgia itching?

itching causes a lot of suffering to the people who are affected by it. It’s a common, but little-known, symptom of fibromyalgia. As such, there isn’t a lot of scientific study of what causes it and how it can be treated. People with fibromyalgia itching often find that the chronic itch can be worse than the pain. They have trouble sleeping at night because the itch strikes at all hours of the day. And scratching doesn’t seem to make the itching any better while still breaking and damaging their skin. The constant itch and the inability to do anything about...