9 Important Things You Should Keep In Mind When Having A Bath

One of the mundane tasks that everyone does (more or less) daily is taking a shower once or twice a day. Taking a shower in the morning helps you feel fresher and stay hygienic for the day ahead. While it may sound like a routine task, however, there are certain things that you might have been executing in an incorrect manner in this process.

Now let’s have quick run-through 9 important things you should bear in mind while taking a shower everyday:

Dodge Scrubbing Too Much

Scrubbing is definitely good for skin, but many people think that if they will be doing it way too much they will look fairer and have dirt-free skin is a myth. In fact, if you scrub quite often, it will ruin your skin to an unbelievable extent. Do you know that the top layer of your skin is pretty sensitive and chances are it can get removed when you scrub hard and every so often which may make you prone to various skin infections? So dodge scrubbing your face too much and stick to once a week routine.

Don’t Leave the Loofah/Scrubber not cleaned properly

Many of us out there have the tendency of leaving the loofah or scrubber in the shower and use it the same way next time. Ewww! If some of you are doing that way please for the sake of not getting infected. Did you know that following such practice would result in providing breeding grounds for bacterium which in turn can cause skin allergies or itching when you use it again on your body? Hence, always and always after taking shower rinse off your loofah or scrubber properly and let it dry.

Never ever wax or shave before shower

Those who love to get themselves waxed or shave before having a bath need to stop doing this as soon as possible. Well, it is not a good practice as it leads to an increase in the size of the pores on your skin. This consecutively may leave your skin way too dry and dull. Hence, whenever you have to wax or shave, always prefer doing it after the shower.

Application of too much soap ain’t good

Application of too much soap on your body and face is not good for your skin. Soap has the propensity to absorb natural oil and dust which gets swept away with water when you rinse it off. However, the excessive usage of soap will only leave your skin dull, dry, and lifeless. Curb the use of soap to oily parts of your body and to parts which are disposed to stink like feet, face, groin, and armpits.

Don’t shower immediately after working out

After a rigorous or mild workout, we all feel too sweaty and exhausted that wish to quickly rush for the shower to feel more fresh and relaxed. However, this is not the right practice to follow. When you work out, your body gets warmed up and if you take a bath instantly after physical exercise, chances are very much high that you may fall sick because of cold and cough or even flu in some cases.

Don’t make use of towel for too long

Some people, specifically women, take hell lot of time to remove the towel after having a shower. They love to wrap their hair and body in the towel for a quiet long time and decide which dress they should wear. Well, the important fact that they actually don’t know is that keeping oneself wrapped up in a towel can leave your skin dry and also cause excessive hair loss if you tend to tie up your hair in the towel for a long time.

Make sure you use deodorant and anti-bacterial soap as less as possible

Most of us have a habit of using anti-bacterial soaps and applying deodorants immediately after taking bath. This is another of those things that may harm your skin. Using deodorant immediately after having a bath may cause itching, flakiness or even dry skin as the strong aroma and chemicals used in the deodorant may extract the moisture out of your skin. Your skin may also start aging prematurely!

Condition your hair after shampooing

Many people assume that it is purposeless to condition their hair after shampooing. Just like your skin, your hair to get dry with every wash and split from the end. As the chemicals in the shampoo extracts the natural oil of your hair you need to take proper care by moisturizing them with a good conditioner. Conditioning the hair after shampoo thwarts your hair from getting dry and dull. It also aids your hair in holding the protein above and beyond making it look glossy and soft.

Application of a moisturizer immediately after shower is a must

Do you wait for a while to apply moisturize your skin? If so, then please do not wait for more than 3 minutes after coming out of the shower. Baring your skin for too long after the shower may lead to losing of skin moisture and it will develop unwanted cracks thereby making it more exposed to bacteria and infections.

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Tramadol: The most dangerous drug in the world

Imagine a prescription medication that relieves pain just as well as narcotics like Oxycontin, but isn’t addictive. Too good to be true?

Turns out, yes.

For years, that was the case with Tramadol, a synthetic opioid drug that was released in 1995 under the brand name Ultram to great expectations. This new drug seemed to offer all the benefits of more powerful, more addictive drugs, but with fewer of the downsides of dependency — at least in clinical trials. This was apparently in part because trials examined tramadol use by injection, but it is manufactured — and far more potent — in pill form.

And if the drug was unlikely to make people dependent, it was not likely to be abused, unlike other opioid alternatives like Vicodin (also known as Norco), Percocet — let alone be as dangerous as high potency opioid medications like morphine, Dilaudid, or Fentanyl.

So for many years, Tramadol was widely prescribed by doctors as a “safer” alternative to narcotics for pain. The difference between narcotics and opioids is subtle, but opioids are natural or synthetically made drugs that function metabolically in the body like opium derivatives derived from poppy plant, while narcotics is more often used as a legal term, classifying drugs that blur the senses and produce euphoria, including cocaine and other non-opiates.

Indeed, unlike other opioid drugs, the Drug Enforcement Agency didn’t classify Tramadol as a controlled substance, because the FDA believed it had a low potential for abuse.

Though there were concerns about tramadol abuse in the years after release, the FDA repeatedly determined that the drug was not being widely abused, and so left it as an unscheduled drug.

This made Tramadol a particularly dangerous drug — because it was, in fact, highly addictive and prone to abuse. But because it was easier to obtain and had less concerns from physicians, it was more widely prescribed. Over the years, as often happens, a difference between clinical trials and the real world started to emerge. Emergency rooms began to report a growing number of overdoses related to Tramadol, even as the number of prescriptions soared, especially after the drug went off patent and cheaper generic versions became available in 2009. In 2013, nearly 45 million prescriptions for tramadol were written for patients in the U.S., nearly doubling in just five years.

In fact, one of the reason people like taking Tramadol is because for some people it works as an antidepressant, producing euphoria or energy, unlike other opioids which tend to make people drowsy. This has led it being used recreationally, while people still go to work or live their daily lives.

The problem didn’t just emerge in the U.S. Tramadol has become a widely available and widely abused drug across the world, as a recent report in the Wall Street Journal spelled out, pointing out horrible abuse in African nations of Cameroon and Nigeria. Ireland has seen overdoses from Tramadol soar. Egypt has been another victim of the misleading perceptions of the drug, as cheap pills have spread as daily-helpers among the poor and working class.

Finally, in 2014, the DEA finally changed Tramadol to a Schedule IV designation as a controlled substance. But the World Health Organization continues to classify the drug without restriction, under the belief that it would become much more difficult to obtain by people who need legitimate pain relief, according to the Wall Street Journal report.

When you actually consider the real world experience of people taking the drug, however, it quickly becomes evident that Tramadol, like other opioids prescribed for pain relief, also carries the trade off of dependency and withdrawal. Among the 50 or so first-person reports on Iodine.com, many Tramadol users cite these effects.

“I wish I knew this was an addictive narcotic. My doc told me it was non narcotic,” offered one user, who identified herself as a 36 year old woman.

This is exactly what makes Tramadol so dangerous. Despite it’s reputation as being a “safe” opioid, it is still an opioid. These drugs have been massively over-prescribed over the past 20 years, causing an opioid crisis in the U.S. with thousands of people suffering the consequences of addiction, ruined lives, and death. In 2014 alone, more than 28,000 people died from opioid overdose — at least half of them prescription drugs, compared to street drugs like heroin (which are often the cheaper drug of choice among people who started with a prescription opioid).

On every page for an opioid drug at Iodine.com, we have placed a clear and emphatic warning about the risks of these drugs in a big orange box. For many people, these drugs serve a purpose, and are a necessary part of coping with pain. But people need to be careful before they begin using them, and they need to be aware that the drugs carry a significant risk of dependency that can squander lives. These are dangerous drugs that must be taken seriously.

SOURCE : https://blog.iodine.com/

This Baby Was Born With Giant Tongue: The Whole World Felt Sorry For Her, But Today She Looks Like This (Photo)!

Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome is a rare syndrome that appears in babies and causes their tongue to become enormous. This little girl in the picture (Paisley) is suffering from it and it’s really difficult for her, since she is unable to close her mouth. However, the good news is that she defeated this condition.

She is from a small town in South Dakota called Aberdeen and she is 16 months old. Her condition developed even before she was born, so she came out with an adult-sized tongue. Babies who suffer from Beckwith-Wiedemann are under a serious danger, since they can choke from the tongue at any time. So, the doctors, well aware of this, connected her to a breathing apparatus in the first week of her life.

This Baby Was Born With Giant Tongue: The Whole World Felt Sorry For Her, But Today She Looks Like This (Photo)!

Her tongue was actually two times the size of her mouth. Earlier, she had a surgery, which was not successful and her tongue didn’t stop growing. Statistically, this syndrome hits 1 out of 11.000 babies.
The doctors were amazed by the tongue size. It was also difficult for her to eat, so for half a year she was fed through a tube.

Her parents, Shannon and Madison, were praying that one day soon her mouth reaches the size of the tongue, but this was far from happening. So, a second surgery was performed, which was successful this time and the doctors removed 15 cm of the tongue. This made little Paisley able to laugh for the first time in her life. If the tongue remained big, she would have been unable to speak as well.

Her mother couldn’t control her emotions. She said, “When she recovered from the surgery, Paisley smiled for the first time. I was shocked how beautify is my baby. Now, it’s a completely different child, her facial expression is different and we can’t wait for her to say her first words.”


She is also happy that the tongue will not attract any more attention. However, although she is well now, it’s possible that another operation is required. Also, the doctors will keep monitoring little Paisley, so that the syndrome doesn’t manifest itself in any other way.


Source: healthy life experts

Dumped boyfriend, 20, found dead left heartbreaking last Facebook post telling ex-girlfriend where to find Christmas presents

A young man was found dead just hours after writing a heartbreaking last Facebook post saying “I don’t know what to do anymore”.Kieran Lister, from Leeds, told friends and family he had recently split with his girlfriend of two years but stressed ‘this isn’t her fault’.The 20-year-old’s final message told his ex-partner where to find her Christmas presents and asked his family to sell his belongings and give the money ‘to someone else that’s in need’.Kieran also asked Facebook not to remove his message in the hope it will be an “eye opener to the people that are looking for happiness”. 

He posted the message at 8.30pm on Monday, December 12, shortly after he had been reported missing to police. (Image: Facebook)


He posted the message at 8.30pm on Monday, December 12, shortly after he had been reported missing to police.

Officers found his body in the Cottingley area of Leeds at around 1.40am on Tuesday, December 13.

Kieran’s post reads: “I don’t know what to do anymore. My girlfriend of over 2 years (yes you may think it’s a short period) has decided we aren’t good for each other anymore – 2 years is a long time to bond, to be happy with.

The upsetting post has prompted a number of users to send best wishes to Kieran’s friends and family.The 20-year-old’s final message told his ex-partner where to find her Christmas presents (Image: Facebook)Now we are separating I don’t feel like I can cope without her full love any longer. She was and still is my everything. I don’t think I will be able to get over this. I don’t want to wait till I get over the situation because she’s the only one that’s ever made me truly happy.This isn’t (girlfriend’s name) fault at all, we both just weren’t right for each other in the end. I did a lot of bad in the relationship that may of led up to this. From day one to the end, I should of cared the same as I did during happy times.I guess people slowly move apart from each other and I would do anything to stop this but it’s something that I have no control over.


I know I’m being selfish considering I have my two families, my dog snoop, my reptiles & my princess (girlfriend’s name).

“I’d like to wish upon everyone to listen to these last wishes.

To remember the good times I shared with people I’d like my favourite song to be played for me – Lion King circle of life. I would like someone to look after snoop for me until he joins me. He’s looked after me through hard/good times and I’m sure he will look after whomever chooses to take it upon them.The flat and car I own, is now (girlfriend’s name). Use my bank account to pay for it & the clothes I have that are worth money, eBay them to get more for it (don’t throw them it’s pointless). Once you have enough money to get a place better, make sure you are moving out with someone that cares. That won’t just be there for the meantime, then move out but please take the photo on the wall with you

Kieran Lister, from Leeds, told friends and family he had recently split with his girlfriend of two years but stressed ‘this isn’t her fault’. (Image: Facebook)


“Please sell all my belongs, like consoles and everything that’s worth something, the furniture, once you are done with, give to someone else that’s in need and looking for somewhere to live. I wish everyone to look after each other, stop falling out and remember how precious life is. The presents I have bought (girlfriend’s name) they’re in loft), take them and have a good Christmas, a happy one. It’s what I want & a lot of thought went into them.

As I’m writing this upset and I can see snoop feeling the pain I’m feeling while whining (either that or he’s hungry lol)

“I’m sorry to all the people I have hurt, let down and just generally upset. If I could I’d make everyone forgive me but I’m not god. Yet. I am not a believer of god, I’m just imagining someone powerful, who’s indestructible. I wish I was.

Please Facebook, don’t take my post down. The reason I’m writing this for Facebook is because maybe this note will leave an eye opener to the people that are looking for happiness, something I’ve looked for my whole life. I want my family and friends to read this and to know, I care. I love everyone so dearly. I’m out. Don’t try save me it’s what I want.

‘Let’s play hide and seek but never stop looking for true happiness.'”

His post has been reacted to by more than 20,000 people and shared around 11,500 times.

Thousands of people have commented about how “heartbreaking” it is to read the post, while others have simple wrote “RIP” and “God Bless”.

Unfortunately the post also attracted some negative comments prompting family members to speak out.

Sarah, a cousin of Kieran’s, posted “I just want to put it out there that yes Kieran Lister was my cousin and I’m sure at time like this that all his family and friends want is some privacy.

“I cannot believe some of the nasty evil comments I’ve been reading especially from people that didn’t know him. R.i.p Kieran you really was a popular guy loved by many #havesomerespect (sic).”

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “At 7.42pm on Monday, December 12, police received a call expressing concerns for the welfare of a 20-year-old man who had gone missing from his home in Churwell and had last been seen earlier in the day.

“Enquiries were carried out and searches conducted and the man was found dead in the Cottingley area at about 1.40am on Tuesday. The death is not being treated as suspicious and the Coroner’s Office has been informed.”

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SOURCE : www.mirror.co.uk

This little girl waited for night to fall to do something horrible. The consequences of her actions brought me to tears.

Sofia Ezhova is a five-year-old Russian girl who, like thousands of other little girls around the world, adores the cartoon Winx Club. It’s an animated series about five fairies who live in the kingdom of Alfey.

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One day while she was on Facebook, she noticed something that caught her attention. It was a picture of two of her favorite Winx Club characters with the caption, “How to become a fairy?” Sofia couldn’t believe her luck. Like so many little girls, she had always dreamed about becoming a real fairy.

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At the age of five, it’s easy to believe in magic. But at that age, it’s also difficult for children to tell the difference between fantasy and reality, especially when presented with such an enticing invitation.
Sofia read the message and its instructions over and over until she knew it by heart. Then she waited for her opportunity to use the “magical spell” and transform herself into a fairy.
That night, Sofia went to bed and waited until everyone else was asleep. Then she sneaked out of bed and went down to the kitchen to carry out the instructions in the message.
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This was the message:
“At midnight, when everybody is asleep, get up from your bed and go around the room three times. Now say the magical words: ‘Alfey kingdom, sweet little fairies, give me the power, I’m asking you.’
Then go to the kitchen silently, so no one notices you or the magic of the words will disappear.
Switch on the gas stove, all four burners. But do not light it. You don’t want to get burns, do you? Now go back to sleep.
The magic gas will come to you, you will breathe it while sleeping and in the morning, when you wake up, say: ‘Thank you Alfey, I’ve become a fairy.’
And you will became a real fairy of fire.”
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But when Sofia tried this, the burners on the stove ignited and she was badly burned. Luckily her parents woke up quickly and brought her to the hospital. But if things had gone differently, the family might never have woken up again.
Many similar cases have been reported in Russia. Some families have been fortunate and the parents have woken up in time to prevent any injury to the child and the rest of the family. But others, like Sofia’s, haven’t been so lucky.
Police are still investigating to find the people responsible for this horrible and potentially deadly hoax. They believe that it’s the work of people with some very professional skills — obviously very sick individuals who are trying to kill little girls by tricking them into committing suicide.
Authorities have informed the public about the danger and hope that parents will talk to their children and explain that they should never follow any kind of instructions without showing them to their parents first.
It’s terrifying to think that there are people out there who would try to harm children in this way, but it’s an unfortunate reality. The only thing for parents to do is pay careful attention to what their children are doing online and talk to them about the potential dangers. Hopefully the perpetrators of this horrendous crime will be brought to justice so that parents have at least one less danger to worry about.
Source: The mirror , credit:http://www.hefty.co/

This 38-year-old felt only pain in his face. After the diagnosis, his world fell apart.

Warning: this article contains images some readers may find disturbing.

Tim McGrath is 38 and comes from Michigan state. When he felt a sharp pain in his jaw one day, there was no way he could have known that this marked the last day of his, until now, normal life.

He went to the doctors and they established what was causing the pain. Tim had a synovial sarcoma growing in his face. This is a rare, aggressive form of soft-tissue tumor, that often develops without any particular symptoms, but which can spread very quickly throughout the body.

In the beginning, Tim decided to fight the tumor without surgical intervention, but 18 months later, the growth was already the size of a grapefruit, and because synovial sarcoma are resistant to chemotherapy, that wasn’t an option. The sarcoma had to be cut out of his face — in an operation that lasted roughly 30 hours

Although the doctors did their best to reconstruct the 38-year-old’s face, the attempts were unsuccessful: his body rejected the transplants. Tim told the New York Post, “After the operation to remove the tumor I was heartbroken, I didn’t realize that half of my face would be taken away.”

Not only was his outward appearance now very misshapen, attempts to reconstruct his face also often led to infections. For a time he had a cavity in the side of his face.

On the recommendation of a friend, Tim turned to top plastic surgeon Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyaste who gave him hope again. In further operations, he used skin from Tim’s leg and under his arm to restore part of the left side of his face.

After the surgery, the 38-year-old said, “I currently can’t drink liquid, eat through my mouth, or pronounce certain words, however, my quality of life has improved massively. There are people who stare at me, mostly children who don’t understand, but I would hope that others look past what they can see.”

This time, his body accepted the transplants. The reconstruction is not finished, but his doctor has advised Tim to take a break before further surgery. Tim said, “Dr. Chaiyaste now wants me to have a year off to relax and gain my strength back, let the swelling go down and just have fun in life.” In the next operation, Dr. Chaiyaste will try to give Tim back the ability to eat and drink using his mouth.

Despite this tragic illness and his disfigured face, Tim hasn’t lost his optimism and is an example to us all.

He said, “I have now found the confidence to share my story, and if my journey can lead to a happy life for others around me then I truly understand why I was chosen to walk this path.”

SOURCE : www.hefty.co


Parents couldn’t possibly imagine their lives without using baby wipes. They have become a true necessity when it comes to a quick cleaning of the diaper mess or even for sticky hands, toys or faces.

However, they have probably assumed they are absolutely safe for use but is that so? They are not aware of the true content of the baby wipes.

Many researches have pointed out that the baby wipes are not the most preferable thing for the sensitive baby skin. The experts recommend that parents should avoid using these chemical wipes because they expose their children on risk any time they use baby wipes.

The NBC News has presented a study which pointed out that baby wipes are not safe for usage for babies because of one ingredient. The study has conducted a research whose results were disturbing. The children who were exposed to baby wipes had a scaly, itchy and rashed reaction on the skin.

Dr. Mary Wu Chang, a dermatologist and pediatric in Connecticut was a joint author of this study. She examined many children but six different and unique reactions attracted her attention.

An eight years old girl had a serious rash on her buttocks and the area around her mouth. According to where the reaction was located, it was easy to conclude that the reason was nothing more than baby wipes. She asked the mother what she used to clean her daughter. The mother confirmed the usage of baby wipes.

Another case was a man from Belgium who had a serious allergic and chemical reaction to the substance methylisothiazolinone. Dr. Chang in the very moment found a relationship between these two cases.

Dr. Chang made some analysis on the girl to see whether she had some allergy to this chemical and as you can guess, the test was positive. Such case involved a simple solution. The mother stopped using baby wipes immediately.

During year and a half, there were other five cases with the same reaction. It was easy for Dr. Chang to set the diagnosis because all of the parents used baby wipes for their children. After they stopped using baby wipes, the rashes disappeared.

The chemical methylisothiazolinone is a component ingredient in many popular brands such as Cottonelle, Johnson & Johnson, Huggies and many other. This chemical became a true concern for the parents and a threat of the safety and health of the children. The experts work on finding and replacing this harmful chemical with some more natural alternative.

Another dermatologist, Dr. Ellen Frankel also shares the same opinion with Dr. Chang that baby wipes should not be used on children.

She suggested that parents should take a close look at the ingredients on the baby wipes. If there is the chemical methylisothiazolinone, you should avoid those baby wipes. In this way, you will help your baby and will prevent severe rashes.


Watch the disgusting moment man has huge blackhead pulled out

This is the disgusting moment a huge blackhead was extracted from a man’s back.
The film shows dermatologist Dr Sandra Lee, famously known as Dr Pimple Popper, injecting fluid into and around the protruding blackhead.
The fluid causes the blackhead to swell up in the middle.
Dr Lee begins talking to her patient, during which time she learns that he does not know how long the blackhead has been on his back.

Dr Sandra Lee, known as Dr Pimple Popper, injects fluid into a huge, benign blackhead on a man’s back – before carrying out a surgical extraction

She tells the patient, ‘Make sure I’m not hurting you.

‘This has been here for a while. It’s stuck on you; it’s dried up.’

The doctor then presses up against the growth – which is a large, benign blackhead – with a blackhead extractor – and pulls out part of the blackhead.

Dr Lee then cuts into the blackhead with a scalpel – and squeezes out a disgusting mound.

The patient says, ‘My girlfriend told me about it a long time ago.’

He explains that he always thought the blackhead was ‘a beauty mark’ or something similar, and that’s why he didn’t bother having it checked out.

Dr Lee pulls out the blackhead, with an exposed hole showing the inside of his skin.

She then takes a tweezer and starts to pull out a long piece of yellow skin.

The doctor explains that the blackhead likely turned into a cyst – and what she’s pulling out is the sac wall, which is skin that has flaked off.

She pulls out the 'crusty' blackhead (pictured) in the December video - while discussing the upcoming holidays
She pulls out the ‘crusty’ blackhead (pictured) in the December video – while discussing the upcoming holidays
Dr Lee also pulls out what she says is the 'sac wall.' In the video, the doctor explains that the sac wall is skin that has flaked off
Dr Lee also pulls out what she says is the ‘sac wall.’ In the video, the doctor explains that the sac wall is skin that has flaked off

Dr Lee then makes an incision to widen the hole, before extracting puss and hair.

After the procedure is finished, the doctor stitches up the man’s back.

On a nearby table rests the ‘crusty’ blackhead, as well as the flaked off skin.

Dr Lee, who is based at Skin Physicians and Surgeons, in Upland, California, has been a certified dermatologist for 10 years.

But she only became widely known a year ago when she began posting minor operations on social media sites such as YouTube and Instagram.

Now, some of her videos have been viewed by more than six million people.

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11 Silent Signs of Multiple Sclerosis It’s Easy to Overlook

The autoimmune disorder MS is called “the great masquerader” because its symptoms are so easy to brush off as something else. If you have any of these multiple sclerosis symptoms, get them checked out by a doctor.


Everyone has days where they show up to work wearing one black sock and one blue sock. But if you frequently have a hard time telling colors apart, especially when it used to be easy for you, that is a red flag. Becoming partially blind, color blind, or blind in one eye is one of the primary symptoms of multiple sclerosis, says Clifford Segil, DO, a neurologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. “It’s called optic neuritis and it happens because of a loss of insulation around the optic nerves in the brain,” he explains. Here are other surprising diseases your eye doctor could detect early.

You can drink a pitcher of margaritas and never use the bathroom

While this might seem like a handy talent, drinking a lot and yet hardly peeing is not a good thing. This painful symptom, a hallmark of MS, is often one of the first that drives people to see a doctor. Any change in urinary frequency can be a sign of MS, Dr. Segil says, but most often it’s not being able to urinate for more than 24 hours. On the other hand, needing to urinate all the time could be a sign of diabetes.

You’re covered in bruises from tripping and falling

Clumsiness is one of the most overlooked MS symptoms because it’s kind of embarrassing. People may just think they have bad balance but having weakness in one or both of your legs—which often first manifests as tripping, stumbling, unsteadiness, and falling—could be a sign that something is wrong with your motor nerves, Dr. Segil says.

Your clothing feels funny

“My patients often say that their body just feels different, on a sensory level, from one part to the next,” Dr. Segil explains. “For example, when they put on their shirt, it feels differently sliding over their chest than it does going over their stomach.” The sensory issues can be hard to explain but he says you’ll know it if you experience them, as they’re a very strange sensation.

Your fingers are tingly but your arm hasn’t fallen asleep

We’re all familiar with that prickly pins-and-needles feeling when we stand up after we’ve leaned on an arm or leg for too long, temporarily cutting off blood flow. But if you get numbness, burning, or a tingly sensation in your extremities for no apparent reason, that’s something you need to get checked out. It can be a sign of many illnesses, MS included.

You’re dizzy, no roller coaster required

Constant vertigo (for no apparent reason) is another symptom of multiple sclerosis, Dr. Segil says. The nerve damage from the illness primarily affects your motor, sensory, and coordination abilities, which can lead to feelings of disorientation and dizziness.

Your friends complain about your terrible texts

“One of the first things we often see in MS patients is the inability to text, type, use a cellphone or tablet, or do other things that require fine motor control,” Dr. Segil explains, adding that it usually means there is an MS lesion in the back region of the brain.

Your coffee cup doesn’t feel hot—even though you just poured it

Did you really just pick up that hot pan without thinking about it? Why does your coffee taste warm but you can’t feel it through the mug? The inability to feel temperature changes with your hands is another sign you may have MS-induced nerve damage, Dr. Segil says.

You’re a young adult

Multiple sclerosis is usually diagnosed in young adulthood, during your 20s or 30s. While it is certainly possible to get an MS diagnosis earlier or later in life, one of the greatest tragedies of the autoimmune disease is that it often strikes people in their physical prime. But the earlier MS is caught, the earlier you can start treatment and the better you can protect your nervous system.

You can’t find your fork—and then realize you’re holding it

Who hasn’t “lost” their sunglasses only to have a friend laughingly point out they are on your head? But if you’re not just having a forgetful moment—if you really can’t feel that you’re holding or touching an object—then you need to see a doctor, stat. Losing feeling in your fingers and hands can be a red flag for MS, Dr. Segil says.

You don’t have anything else

“Multiple sclerosis is considered one of the ‘great masqueraders’, along with lupus, because its symptoms are so easily attributed to other causes or illnesses,” Dr. Segil explains. “Because the symptoms depend entirely on which nerves are affected, no two patients present exactly the same.” This means that MS is often diagnosed only after everything else is ruled out. If you feel poorly and have strange sensory-motor symptoms, it’s important to make sure you’re tested. To get a definitive diagnosis you’ll need an MRI scan, which can show “lesions” or spots of demyelination, where the disease has eaten away at the protective coating over your nerves in your brain and spine, he says.

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How The Opioid Crisis Is Creating A Crisis For Chronic Pain Patients

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I have been diagnosed fibromyalgia, panic disorder, insomnia and quite a few other conditions for five years now. I have experienced a lot and have struggled to find the help I need to make it through my day-to-day routine, much less when life throws me curveballs. I have tried and put into place all manner of methods of managing my conditions. I have changed diet, put in a modified exercise regiment and adjusted my life to fit my condition. I also take prescribed opioids.

News outlets have been reporting on the “opioid crisis” that has arisen. They talk about the real effects on people’s lives. They talk about the families being torn apart with the misuse of the drug. They are representing every side of the issue. Except mine.

I, like many others with chronic illness, rely on the use of these drugs to lead a somewhat regular life. Understandably, we do not represent all responsible opioid use. However, we do regularly get added to the group of people who abuse opioids. The news loves to report the numbers of total users or the max number of prescribed people in U.S. Using these numbers, all kinds of data can be thrown around as to the approximate number of abusers. I am not ignoring the rising numbers of opioid-related deaths. I fear that too many people are caught up in the panic and it is hurting the people who need the help.

I have recently changed pharmacies due to the national response. CVS has come out to say they will not prescribe more than a week’s worth of an opioid to cut down on the number of pills in the public. This hurts in several ways. I now have more co-pays to look forward to paying. I now have the stress of going to the pharmacy once a week instead of once a month. I get to be faced with the pharmacy techs who judge me on my condition. They have to evaluate what I take, how many I take and how often I take it to ensure I am doing everything correctly. It can feel humiliating and debilitating.

It can also lead to them to refusing to fill a medication. When I was first being diagnosed, I had a tech tell me I couldn’t have any more medication, even though I was taking them as prescribed. I have also been through the panic of not being able to see the doctor in time or canceling my appointment so I end up running out before I can get the help I need.

It is so tight now. My new doctor has a new form I had to fill out saying I have to bring all my meds into the office each visit and be subjected to random pill count checks. To quote a friend, “This is victim shaming.” We are not getting the prescribed medications from a drug dealer. We are getting these medications from a licensed doctor who has examined, poked, prodded and run tests to find out what can help. We are not using these pills for recreational use. We are using them so we can get out of bed and live a somewhat normal life and have a job.

This is a crisis. My crisis. My own personal war inside me. I have to fight to get help. I have to fight to get time to go to the doctor each time. Taking off work to go see a doctor takes a lot of time and most jobs are not forgiving. I have to look at what I have and ration. I have several medications that are “as needed.” Do I take them now when I am having a rough day or do I save them in case I have a worse day? Why do I have to choose? Who is speaking for me? For us? I am only one small voice on a small platform. I am speaking up. Don’t forget us in the crisis.

This post originally appeared on  My Stuffed Little Therapy.

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