Lady Gaga on her fight with fibromyalgia: ‘Chronic pain is no Joke

 BY:Laura Hensley

Lady Gaga is tired of people thinking the chronic pain she experiences isn’t real.

In the October issue of Vogue, the 32-year-old pop star opened up about her struggle with fibromyalgia, a condition that affects the nervous system and causes pain throughout the body.

“I get so irritated with people who don’t believe fibromyalgia is real,” the singer said. “For me, and I think for many others, it’s really a cyclone of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, and panic disorder, all of which sends the nervous system into overdrive, and then you have nerve pain as a result.”

“People need to be more compassionate. Chronic pain is no joke. And it’s every day waking up not knowing how you’re going to feel.”

Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, revealed she suffers from the debilitating condition last September, just before the release of her documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two.

There’s a lot of misunderstanding around fibromyalgia, because up until recently, the condition wasn’t widely accepted as a real illness, said Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at McGill University.

Many believed that symptoms of fibromyalgia were all “in the head” of people dealing with the illness, since they often look healthy otherwise.

“It is now a completely recognized condition, no question,” Fitzcharles said. “We’ve moved away from the notion that all patients have mental illness.”

Via-National Online Journalist, Smart Living Global News

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How to Get Rid of Genital Warts

The genital wart. It is, perhaps, one of the most embarrassing and troublesome skin problems. Caused by the sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), the genital wart can cause itching and burning sensations.

If you live with genital warts, you’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 50% of sexually-active people will get HPV at some point. Because so many are affected, you have a number of options when it comes to how to get rid of genital warts.

Like other blemishes, such as cold sores, in-office procedures can get rid of the warts. One method is known as LEEP, or Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. Your medical professional will use a small tool with a loop at the end. The loop is placed over the wart and the doctor uses the tool to slice it out of the skin. The skin is then cauterized or burned together.

Ouch!

A health care professional may also treat genital warts with interferon, a virus-killing substance. It’s injected into the base of the wart several times a week over a three to eight week period. If you’re already cringing at the thought of this treatment, interferon probably won’t be your first choice for genital wart removal. As a bonus, some side effects of the interferon injections include flu-like symptoms, such as fever and muscle aches.

When it comes to how to get rid of genital warts, cryotherapy is another common method. This involves freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen, much like a doctor would freeze a wart on your finger. Although this method tends to reduce the potential for scarring, it is pricey. And, if you have more than one wart the costs can start to climb. It also may require repeat applications to be fully effective.

Laser treatment is another way to banish genital warts. Although it’s frequently used on internal genital warts, such as those that might be found on the cervix, it’s also sometimes used for external genital warts. Laser treatment is often a hospital or outpatient surgical procedure that requires anesthesia, leaving it an expensive and time-consuming option, especially if the warts reoccur frequently.

Surgical removal does not guarantee the wart is gone forever. Generally, success rates are between 80% and 90%.

If you’re interested in how to get rid of genital warts, a doctor may also recommend a prescription cream. Although these creams can be effective, as with any medication, there are side effects—from burning and inflammation to headaches and nausea. In fact, one prescription, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) is so powerful that it may break down healthy tissue if it’s applied incorrectly. Depending on the drug, success rates vary between 45% and 90%.

Genital wart creams can be expensive, too, especially if you don’t have a good prescription drug plan. That means frequent outbreaks can really put you in the poorhouse.

However, you may not need to suffer through an embarrassing—and painful—visit to your health care professional. When it comes down to how to get rid of genital warts in the privacy of your own home, there are alternatives. Since there is no cure for HPV, you’ll want to find an all-natural treatment you can go back to whenever genital warts make their ugly appearance.

A quality manufacturer will offer methods that don’t scar your skin, like surgical removal might. A good wart remover will also cause little to no pain and discomfort. The treatment you choose should take only a few minutes a day—less time makes it easier for you to treat your warts consistently and that makes the wart-removal method more effective. High success rates are another mark of a product that works.

Whether you’ve lived through the shame and expense of a surgical procedure or the embarrassment of buying an over-the-cream, it may be time to try a new way to get rid of genital warts.

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How to Remove Skin Tags

Whether it’s a single, blueberry-sized lump of skin at the base of your neck or a cluster of fleshy chunks in your armpit, you know how embarrassing skin tags can be. Medically, skin tags are harmless. Practically, they probably make you cringe each time you catch a glimpse of one in the mirror. If you need to know how to remove skin tags, this article will give you some basic guidance.

Skin tags are non-cancerous growths frequently found on the neck, armpits, and eyelids as well as under the breasts and in the groin. They tend to afflict women more than men and often show up during pregnancy. They may also be caused by genetics—so remember to thank Mom or Dad at the next family get-together.

Regardless of the cause, there are a number of options when it comes to how to remove skin tags:

Option #1: In-Office Skin Tag Removal

Health care professionals can get rid of those unsightly tags for you. Perhaps the simplest method is when the doctor uses a scalpel to cut the skin tag off of your body. Another in-office procedure, called cryotherapy, involves freezing the tag with liquid nitrogen, the same compound used to freeze off warts. Your dermatologist may also choose to cauterize, or burn, the skin tag, which is designed to kill any cells and close the wound to prevent infection.

There are disadvantages to in-office treatment. Since it’s often considered a cosmetic procedure, many insurance policies won’t cover the cost, leaving you to shell out the cash. Some removal methods, such as cutting, can also scar your skin.

In addition, many medical treatments cause pain or discomfort, which might require an anesthetic during the procedure as well as over-the-counter relief afterward. And, as with any medical procedure, there is a risk of infection.

Option #2: At-Home Skin Tag Removal

If you’d like to learn how to remove skin tags in the privacy of your own home, here are a few methods. For example, one “cure” commonly recommended on the Internet is to coat the skin tag with clear fingernail polish several times a day. In theory, the polish suffocates the skin tag, which then falls off. However, the chemicals in nail polish can be harsh and there is no evidence that this treatment works.

Others recommend sterilizing nail clippers or scissors and slicing the skin tag off yourself. Cheaper? Yes. Smart? Maybe not. Performing what is essentially home surgery is rarely a good idea. If your tools aren’t properly sterilized, you could develop an infection, and, if you’re cutting is less than precise, you could give yourself a nasty scar.

Remember, if you do not know for sure that a skin tag is what you’re dealing with, it’s best to seek advice from a health care professional who can confirm the diagnosis. Also, if you suspect a tag is infected (which can happen if, for example, it was nicked by a razor), see your doctor for proper treatment.

But if you do know that extra lump of flesh is a skin tag, you have options that don’t involve expensive and time-consuming health care procedures, harsh chemicals, or self-surgery. By learning some of the common methods of how to remove skin tags, you can identify therapies that might not work for you.

Unfortunately these ugly blemishes can pop up at any time—that’s why you’ll want to find a treatment that’s tough enough to banish the skin tags but gentle enough to protect the surrounding skin. Some methods even use all-natural methods to eliminate skin tags. Try to find a removal program developed by experts in skin care. The company should also base their methods on scientific evidence, not on old wives’ tales or internet chat rooms cures.

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Acne Free In 3 Days Review

This ‘Acne Free In 3 Days’ review is all about an eBook offer that I found online a few weeks back when I was hunting for a solution to this dreaded skin plague. Prom was coming up, and bumps on my chin were coming up along with that. So I decided to take a read, and here is what I found out.

This eBook was written by Chris Gibson, who is a well-known author of many alternative health care books. He believes in natural drug-less therapies and was a long time sufferer of acne as well. It seems he has tried all the same things that I have given up on, including that one cream that just eats the skin off your face but does little to prevent acne from resurrecting.

Chapter 1. How I Finally Cleared My Adult Acne’ is all about Chris’s personal story that anyone that suffers from acne can relate to. His style of writing is very friendly and personable, almost like he is right there telling you the story.

Chapter 2 Why Me?’ is where Chris gives all the historical info on acne and on acne treatments tried by all and found to be an ultimate failure by most. Clearly, Chris has devoted a lot of time on researching the subject, as after getting through this section of the book I felt like I was a medical expert on the topic myself. For example, I found out that I am suffering from Type 3 Acne, which is identified by comedones, papules, and pustules, that can spread to your back and other areas, as well as causing moderate scarring. While not good news for me, at least I was comforted in knowing that I did not have Type 4, which is even worse.

Chris also talked about his experiences with Accutaine, which I tried until I got so sick that I had to stop. That’s where Chapter 3 and following several chapters come in: ‘Acne Free For 18 Years’ begins the section of the book that describes a rather amazing and simple cure using apples, or grapes if you are allergic. Of course, ‘Acne Free In 3 Days’ is a lot more than just changing your diet to one filled with apples all day, as there are quite a few more details involved, but none that were too difficult for me to master. And I am the kind of person that likes to go Burger King as often as possible.

But what is described is a three day cleansing and detox program that is pretty intense but worked for me. Not only is my skin clearer, I feel so much better afterwards that I look forward to this three day regimen once a month now. So I could have stopped reading here, but I have lots of time on my hands being an English major in college, and continued on.

The rest of ‘Acne Free In 3 Days’ contains chapters on maintaining an acne free lifestyle and on fighting resistant strains that won’t give up the fight despite the apple detox. There is also a fantastic chapter on all natural supplements that would be good for anyone, regardless of acne type. Come to find out by reading further on, that there is a website full of Chris’s line of supplements that seem to be offered at reasonable prices. I haven’t tried any of those yet, but since the nearest GNC is 15 miles away by car, I might. But anyway, back to ‘Acne Free In 3 Days’, the book concludes with a FAQ section and an extensive glossary on skin care terms.

I can highly recommend this eBook based on the contents and the friendly writing style. As an English major, I was in awe at the usefulness of the information, and applicability of the information to my own case of acne.

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