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No, I’m not wasted or being rude – I’ve got narcolepsy

People point, laugh, and even film me when I’m having sleep attacks For most people, sleep is a luxury – something you indulge in on a Sunday morning, curled up in bed without the pressure of an alarm clock. But for me, sleep has become my enemy. My life is pretty routine really – I’m a personal trainer in Amsterdam, where I live with my boyfriend and two other flatmates. I love working out, going shopping with my friends, and going out for dinner. All the usual stuff. But IRead More


Inverted narcissist is not a widely known term. Below, there are some traits that explain the behaviour of an inverted narcissist.

  A narcissist has an overwhelming need for admiration and usually a complete lack of empathy toward others. But have you ever heard the term inverted narcissist? Narcissistic personality disorder Individuals with the narcissistic personality disorder often think they are a real value in the life of all or any of the people they meet. While such behavior was somewhat appropriate for a king of the 16th century, it is not for today’s people. Individuals with the narcissistic personality disorder often experience snobbery or patronage attitudes. As with other personality disorders, the individual must be at least 18Read More


Brain Science Explain Why Narcoleptics Can’t Stay Awake

It’s all in the brain chemistry. Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that can cause a variety of strange and often terrifying symptoms, including sleep attacks and temporary paralysis. It’s a neurological disorder that has to do with how our bodies regulate the boundary between being awake and being asleep, and while not every narcoleptic person has the same symptoms, scientists have a pretty good idea of how the disease works. Unfortunately, they’re still figuring out how to fix it. In 1999 researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine identified hypocretin, a substance thatRead More


4 Stages of Post-Mastectomy Lymphedema

  Lymphedema is a common occurrence in breast cancer patients that have had a mastectomy with lymph node removal or radiation that caused inflammation or scarring in the lymph nodes. Without lymph nodes to drain fluid from the body, fluid in the affected appendage builds up with nowhere to go, causing swelling. Lymphedema can also cause decreased range of motion, feelings of tightness or heaviness, discomfort, infection, and hardening or thickening of the skin. Breast cancer patients with lymphedema usually experience these symptoms in one or both arms. While there is noRead More


Warning Signs Of Lymphedema

  Lymphedema is a chronic disorder of the lymphatic system in which the lymph fluid doesn’t drain properly, which results in swelling in one or more parts of the body, It can be hereditary (Primary Lymphedema) or can occur after a surgical procedure, infection, radiation or other physical trauma (Secondary Lymphedema). Dr. Stanley Rockson, co-founder of the Lymphatic Education & Research Network and an endowed chair at Stanford University for Lymphatic Research, says, Lymphedema is not a controversial condition, it’s “just not well recognized.” Some warning signs of Lymphedema include infection inRead More


Are You an Authentic Empath? Watch for These 12 Strange Behaviors

  “Empaths did not come into this world to be victims, we came to be warriors. Be brave. Stay strong. We need all hands on deck.” – Anthon St. Maarten Empaths are the healers of the world, sent to our planet to bring peace, comfort and guidance to all those in times of need. They understand the feelings of those around them at a level that most of us can’t even begin to imagine, genuinely connecting with everyone that they meet. This connection allows them to truly comprehend that whichRead More


I have narcolepsy, and I hate that people think I’m just lazy

  It’s a cycle that started when I was 16 years old: I fall asleep, awaken just as abruptly, and immediately scan the room for clues. How long was I out? Who noticed? Before I can finish evaluating, I’m drifting off all over again. I didn’t seek out a sleep specialist and get diagnosed with narcolepsy until months after I turned 20, even though sleepiness had disrupted my schedule, happiness, and general state of mind for years. I repeatedly wrote off a legitimate medical problem as me being an irresponsibleRead More


How to Perform Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Clearing motions can be repeated as many as 10 times a day. Patel advises, “Always massage both sides of your body, not just the side with the lymphedema.” A guide to clearing There are three stages to clearing. Be sure to clear the supraclavicular area, the axillary area, and the inner-elbow area, in that order. To clear the supraclavicular area: Begin by lying on a comfortable, flat surface. Cross your arms on your chest, with your hands resting just below the collarbones. Then simply lift your elbows slowly. The muscleRead More


What you need to know about Lymphedema & Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer: Lymphedema After Treatment   How is lymphedema diagnosed? There are no tests for lymphedema. Instead, your healthcare provider will ask about your medical history and give you a physical exam. You’ll be asked about: Past surgeries you’ve had Any problems after your surgeries When the swelling started If you’ve had severe swelling (edema) in the past What medicines you’re taking What other health conditions you have, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes Imaging tests, measures of volume, blood tests, and other tests may be usedRead More


Common Drug Shows Promise Against Lymphedema

Lisa Hanson was first diagnosed with the leg swelling and fluid retention of lymphedema when she was just 17. Now in her 40s, she reconciled herself to a lifetime of long pants, compression hose and a nightly, hours-long bout with an electric pump to keep the swelling down. She said her lymphedema made her feel like “a freak.” But now, millions of people like Hanson may have a new treatment option. Researchers from Stanford University and other institutions conducted two new pilot studies, and report that ketoprofen, a common anti-inflammatoryRead More