What Is Pain? Acute and Chronic

Ouch, that hurts! Pain – you know it all to well. When you’re bending over to pick up your 2 year old child, or when you cut yourself shaving. In minor instances it lets you know something isn’t quite right – and in major cases it lets you know something is seriously wrong. It’s a feeling triggered by your nervous system and, as defined by the IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain), is “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”. We know it as a feeling that can rob you of comfort and limit your productivity.

What Is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a soft, wax-like fatty substance (lipid) found in the human bloodstream and is critical to the normal function of cells within the human body. Cholesterol found in the blood originates from two main sources – dietary (through things we eat) and liver production.

Cancer Symptoms

Cancer, a possibly fatal growth mutation of cells within your body, has many common symptoms that can lead to an early diagnosis and a much more positive prognosis for a treatment or cure. While this guide is no substitute for a prompt medical screening, it may help you spot early warning signs.

What Is Cancer?

Cancer is disease in which an abnormal growth of cells, in some cases, can spread (metastasize) uncontrollably. In basic terminology, the human body forms new cells as needed while replacing old cells when they die. Sometimes, cells grow even when you don’t need them to and old cells don’t die when they should. Those extra cells form a mass, called a tumor, and can either be benign or malignant.

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis, a joint disorder classified as a rheumatic disease, is most commonly associated with inflammation and pain (arthralgia) where bones meet. Common symptoms include the limited function of joints, joint stiffness, swelling, tenderness, redness, and warmth. Many forms of arthritis, because they are rheumatic, can also affect other parts of the body not directly involving joints. In those cases fever, gland swelling, weight loss and fatigue, even problems with major organs heart, lungs or kidneys can result.

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