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  1. #1
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    Apr 2003
    , , United Kingdom.

    Common Symptoms and Predisposing Factors

    I recently bought a new book called "Complete Family Health Guide New Medicine" and thought I would type up some of our more common complaints and possible reasons for them.

    This is not intended to scare you in any way but is to provide alternate reasons for some symptoms and illnesses - for example a headache could be a simple side effect of dehydration.

    So please do have a read if you have any of these problems and consider the alternate reasons for your aches and pains.

    I will add more when I get time.


    Why might I have this?

    Predisposing Factors
    • Tense neck muscles
    • Depression
    • Food sensitivities
    • Low magnesium levels
    • Prolonged use of painkillers
    • Noisy, stuffy environment
    • Poor posture
    • Trigger points and joint restrictions
    • Polluted environments
    • Stress
    • Caffeine withdrawal
    • Too much caffeine
    • Low blood-sugar levels
    • Dehydration


    • Pain and tenderness in the face that may be worse when bending forward
    • Nasal discharge
    • Nasal congestion or blockage
    • Headache and possibly toothache, if the sinuses behind the cheeks are affected.
    Predisposing Factors
    • Infection
    • Allergy
    • Polyps in the nose
    • Deviated septum
    • Food sensitivity
    • Yeast infection
    • High levels of histamine in the body
    • Trigger points in jaw muscles
    • Upper chest breathing
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    What are the symptoms?

    IBS involves abdominal pain that is relieved by defecation. Related symptoms may include:
    • A change in the frequency of stool
    • A change in the appearance of the stool
    There may also be:
    • Fewer than three bowel movements in a week or more than three a day
    • Hard or lumpy stools
    • Loose (watery) stools
    • Straining during a bowel movement
    • Urgency (having to rush to have a bowel movement)
    • A feeling that the bowel is not emptied completely
    • Passage of mucus during defecation
    • A feeling of fullness or bloating
    Why might I have this?

    Predisposing Factors
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Food sensitivities
    • Imbalance of organisms in the digestive tract
    • Lactose and fructose intolerance
    • Sorbitol (an artificial sweetener)
    • Trigger-point activity from muscles of the abdomen or back
    • Smoking

    High Blood Pressure

    What are the symptoms?

    High blood pressure does not usually cause symptoms but if your blood pressure is very high then you may have:
    • Headaches
    • Nosebleeds
    • Dizziness
    • Blurred Vision
    Why might I have this?
    • Predisposing Factors
    • Smoking
    • A diet high in salt
    • Lack of exercise
    • Excess weight
    • Being over 60
    • Drinking too much alcohol
    • Excess caffeine
    • Nutrient deficiency



    What are the symptoms?

    Awareness of the heartbeat

    Additional symptoms may be experienced, depending on the cause:
    • Palpitations with panic attacks may be associated with nausea and increased sweating
    • Palpitations associated with atrial fibrillation may be accompanied by light-headedness and shortness of breathe
    • Palpitations associated with other rapid arrhythmias may be accompanied by shortness of breathe, fainting and chest pain
    Why might I have this?

    Predisposing Factors
    • Underlying arrhythmia
    • Overactive thyroid gland
    • Anaemia
    • Caffeine
    • Nicotine
    • Alcohol
    • Anxiety
    • Panic Attacks
    • Calcium-channel blockers

    Back and Neck pain

    What are the symptoms?
    • Pain in the back or the neck which may be mild or severe
    • The pain may come on suddenly or develop over a period of days or weeks
    • Persistent numbness in one limb or a persistent weakness of certain movements may reflect pressure on a nerve root
    Why might I have this?

    Predisposing Factors
    • Habitual poor posture
    • Stress
    • Certain occupation, such as working on computers
    • Pregnancy
    • Joint dysfunction or muscle spasm
    • Prolapsed disc
    • Muscle and ligament pain
    • Degenerative disease
    • Sports injury
    • Whiplash
    • Lifting a heavy object awkwardly


    What are the symptoms?

    The symptoms of Fibromyalgia usually develop slowly over weeks and may include:
    • Persistent connective tissue pain affecting almost any part of the body
    • Fatigue, sleep disturbance and/or unrefreshing sleep
    • Fibromyalgia is associated with other conditions, particularly migraine and irritable bowel syndrome – many people who have Fibromyalgia also have these
    • Fibromyalgia is often associated with depression and anxiety
    • Tenderness to pressure at 11 or more of 18 tender points (base of skull, neck, shoulder, shoulder blade, breastbone, elbow, hip, thigh, knee)
    • Symptoms may become worse if stress levels increase
    Why might I have this?

    Predisposing Factors
    • Stress
    • Sleep deprivation
    • Another disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or hypothyroidism
    • Being sensitive to paint solvents and other chemicals
    • Being sensitive to cleaning products, heavy metals, silicone
    • Injury, trauma or major surgery
    • Infection (bacterial or viral)

    Thyroid Problems

    What are the symptoms?

    Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:
    • Weight loss, despite increased appetite
    • Palpitations
    • Trembling of the hands (tremor)
    • Lowered tolerance to heat
    • Excessive sweating
    • Anxiety and insomnia
    • Swelling in the neck (goitre)
    • Frequent bowel movements
    • Muscle weakness
    • Irregular menstruation
    • Protruding eyes (exophthalmos) in Graves’ disease
    Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
    • Tiredness
    • Poor memory
    • Weight gain
    • Constipation
    • Deepened voice
    • Swelling in the neck
    • Lowered tolerance to cold
    • Puffy eyes and dry, thickened skin
    • Generalised thinking of the hair
    • Heavy or less frequent menstrual periods
    • Weakness and aching of muscles
    • Joint pains
    Why might I have this?

    Predisposing Factors

    For hyperthyroidism:

    Genetic predisposition

    For hypothyroidism:

    Previous radioiodine treatment or surgery for hyperthyroidism
    Autoimmune problems
    Last edited by nomorepanic; 22-09-07 at 12:14.

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  2. #2
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    Apr 2005
    , , United Kingdom.

    Re: Common Symptoms and Predisposing Factors

    Top post Nic!

    "Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?" said Piglet.
    "Supposing it didn't," said Pooh after careful thought.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    , , Ireland.

    Re: Common Symptoms and Predisposing Factors

    Thanks Nic your a star. xxx
    Take Care

    Mandy xx


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    , , United Kingdom.

    Re: Common Symptoms and Predisposing Factors

    for that Nic was very interesting hun.

    Hope Your well,

    Take Care,

    Love & Hugs Pip's X X X X

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    , , USA.

    Re: Common Symptoms and Predisposing Factors

    Thank you so much Nic.


  6. #6
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    Sep 2006
    , , United Kingdom.

    Re: Common Symptoms and Predisposing Factors

    Thanks Nicola for this.
    Ann x

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    Jan 2008

    Re: Common Symptoms and Predisposing Factors

    Please be careful of the above link. This person left a number of malicious postings in the forum tonight.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2008

    Re: Common Symptoms and Predisposing Factors

    This is a very useful post thank you. However, there is an error on Hypothyroidism. The symptom isn't less frequent menstruation but heavier, MORE frequent and more painful menstruation.

    I hope that helps.

    Thanks again

  9. #9

    Re: Common Symptoms and Predisposing Factors

    Wow, this is a very helpful post, thank you!

    It's actually saved me a lot of anxiety; having looked at the IBS symptoms, I've realised that something I was worrying about being serious is likely only IBS

  10. #10
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    Aug 2012

    Re: Common Symptoms and Predisposing Factors

    Very nice and inspirational information you have shared. Your study on this condition is great are very nice.

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