Anxiety and PTSD: Connected?

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Did you know that PTSD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder are closely related? For example, “studies have shown that about 17 percent of people who have or have previously had PTSD experience GAD as well” (HHOsupport). What is the connection? Well, there are several overlapping symptoms between each condition that makes it difficult to determine which one you are experiencing. Continue reading

Edema vs. Lymphedema: What’s the Difference?

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Today we will talk about the difference between Lymphedema and normal swelling (Edema). If you missed my first post describing Lymphedema, you can view it here. So, the tricky part about getting diagnosed with lymphedema is the fact that swelling is usually a symptom and not a disorder in it of itself. That’s where edema comes in. Oxford dictionaries describes edema as, “a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body.” That sounds a lot like Lymphedema, especially if you are not well trained to see the difference. Continue reading

Why We Need Genetic Research: Application (Part 3)

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Welcome back to the ‘Why We Need Genetic Research’ series! Today we will be talking about how this research can be applied. If you missed the first post about the history of genetic research, I will link it here. Similarly, if you missed the last post about the importance of genetic research, it will be linked here. Genetic research specific to the human body has numerous different applications. The field of Genetics has allowed for scientists to control the environment and the world around us. Continue reading

Anxiety and It’s Effects During Pregnancy

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It is widely known that mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression have a genetic base. After writing my article “The Missing Link?”, I began to wonder if anxiety itself has more of a complicated starting, specifically during pregnancy. The goal in doing this research was also founded by the fact that my brother and I were born by an extremely anxious mother. Continue reading

Hereditary Lymphedema: A Mystery Years in the Making

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A poster of the Lymphatic system that is in my therapist’s office.

I’ve decided to do a post about my most recent diagnosis, Hereditary Lymphedema. Lymphedema around the world is most commonly caused by the disease, Filariasis a parasitic infection. However, my Lymphedema is not caused by Filariasis, but instead, it is caused by faulty genes. There are two types of Lymphedema: Primary (Hereditary) Lymphedema and Secondary Lymphedema. Continue reading

Why We Need Genetic Research: Importance (Part 2)

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Welcome to Part two of “Why We Need Genetic Research”! If you did not read the last installment of this series, we looked into Gregor Mendel and how the history of researching genetics was born. You can read that post here. Today, we will be discussing why genetic research is important. Continue reading

Inspecting the Motive for Pain

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Pain. Burning pain. Stabbing Pain. Aching pain. Whatever the pain, it is usually a very common symptom of a chronic illness. In fact, I am in pain as I am writing this right now. Why do some people seem to experience extremely high levels of pain, while others do not? What if I told you that there are some people out there who cannot even experience pain. Continue reading

Why We Need Genetic Research: History (Part 1)

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We are going to explore the importance of genetic research in this series. Many diseases are genetically inherited or formed from faulty genes. I have a special interest in the field of genetic research as several of my diagnoses are genetically based. Continue reading