Hypothyroidism, the chronic condition of an under-active thyroid, affects millions of Americans. It's most commonly caused by chronic autoimmune thyroiditis or Hashimoto's disease, and can result in a variety of symptoms, including: weight ga... Read more
It looks great in the movies: A depressed person dealing with serious pain or sudden injury pain pairs up with an intuitive physical therapist, motivational physician or insightful therapist. After a few sleepless nights and a little "hard work&... Read more
I’m not a psychiatrist, but if a friend came to me and said she was feeling so hopeless that she couldn’t function at work; that she was going through a box of tissues every few days because of her unexplained crying spells; and that she... Read more
When you hear the term "arthritis," you probably imagine painful and stiff joints. While that is pretty accurate (arthritis literally means "joint inflammation"), there are actually over 100 different types of arthritis, which is... Read more
Both running and walking are simple ways to get a great cardiovascular workout with no equipment beyond a sturdy pair of athletic shoes. But these common activities can lead to pain and injury if you're not careful. Here are five of the most comm... Read more
I'm having a hard time being motivated to exercise. I used to be. I used to workout 5-6 days a week, running, biking, swimming, P90X, Jillian Michaels. I felt great, besides the chronic headaches I have as a result of brain surgery. A few months ago,... Read more
I'm wondering if anybody out there sees any relationship between what you eat and how tired or energized you feel. Obviously, other factors come into account, such as exercise and sleep, and I'm curious to hear what you have to say about those and t... Read more
I've been researching ways to lessen cramps during PMS (aka "dysmenorrhea") because I've always had extremely painful periods. A macrobiotic friend told me that eliminating milk can help. Has anyone else tried this? Did it work for you?
I did t... Read more
I am new to this site and have just stopped my membership with Weight Watchers UK so i can give Sparks a go. I was just wondering if there are any members out there who suffer from chronic pain. I would love to hear from you and get your... Read more
I'm taking driver's ed, to become a coach bus driver - I've already been offered a job! Yesterday, right about 2pm, my eyes start rolling around in the back of my head and a fellow student starts snoring! What to do?! We discussed it - it's a majo... Read more
Being recently retired, I have come to the conclusion that one of the best retirement gifts you can give yourself is the gift of your own good health. Take care of yourself before you retire so you can enjoy many years of healthy retirement.... Read more
We will not let disease destroy all that is us! Pain/illness isolates but together we can meet goals of health and wellness despite complex physical/mental challenges, fears, and limitations.... Read more
Today we're giving away five copies of a fascinating new book: Are You Tired and Wired?
We featured this book in our "must-read" roundup earlier this month, and we were thrilled when the author offered to give away five copies of the book to luc... Read more
For those of you who believe there is nothing you can do when you have chronic pain, take it from me: there is hope. I weighed 460 pounds and with all of my chronic medical issues and disability, I managed to baby step my way through my thus far... Read more
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