The human body is a miraculous creation.

It is composed of several systems: circulatory system, digestive system, endocrine system, integumentary system, lymphatic/immune system, muscular system, nervous system, reproductive system, respiratory system, skeletal system, and urinary system.

Each of these systems has a unique and specific function and together they perform processes that we take for granted.

When all of the systems are working properly, then you experience good health.

But when something happens to one or more of these systems, such as an illness or disease, then the body tries to react and compensate for the problem(s).

Shingles is an acute viral infection that is very common in the elderly. It causes a painful and blistering rash.

As someone who has had shingles and endured its wrath for over 6 weeks, I can attest to the horrible pain and discomfort that this virus causes.

Before I was actually diagnosed with Shingles, I honestly thought that I had been bitten multiple times by some type of venomous spider or insect.

Only after seeing my doctor, did I learn what was really going on.

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that is associated with an intense fear, a feeling of helplessness, or even horror.

The condition can affect every facet of an individual’s life, specifically their emotions, their mental well-being, and their physical health.

It is an anxiety disorder caused by exposure to an overwhelming traumatic event, in which the individual repeatedly re-experiences the event.

Experiences that can threaten death or serious injury can have effects on people long after the actual experience is over. Intense fear, feelings of helplessness, and even horror can haunt a person indefinitely.

An addiction is a state in which the body relies on an act or substance for normal functioning and develops physical dependence.

When this act or substance is suddenly removed, it will cause withdrawal, a characteristic set of signs and symptoms.

Addictions will, over time, cause changes in your life and you will eventually need to admit that you need professional help.

The recovery from an addiction will usually happen at the point you hit rock bottom and you realize you require help from any of the numerous outside resources so you can become free of your addiction and lead a normal life.

A stroke is damage to a part of the brain when its blood supply is suddenly cut off. Brain cells die during a stroke; abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. The result is abnormal brain function.

Blood flow to the brain can be disrupted by either a blockage or rupture of an artery to the brain.

Hypertension is also known as a silent killer. Most people, unless diagnosed by a physician are not even aware that they have developed this condition.

Although a headache and dizziness are two separate and distinct conditions, there are many people who can experience them at the same

What are the circumstances that might cause both dizziness and a headache to occur at precisely the same time? There are at least five possible causes that need to be considered when it happens.

I have never really understood how athletes, especially figure skaters can do the spins, without getting dizzy.

Although getting drunk can cause both headache and dizziness, the dizziness that is caused by vertigo is more serious, as it involves a problem with your equilibrium, controlled by the inner ear.

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a genetic disorder that causes weakness in the muscles that allow your body to move.

Patients that have MD have do not have the correct information in their genes. This prevents the body from making the proper proteins needed for healthy muscles.

Because Muscular Dystrophy is genetic, you have the problem at birth. You cannot catch it from another person, so it is by no means contagious.

The major problem with MD is that over time, it weakens the muscles. Because of this children, teens, and adults who have been diagnosed with the disease will gradually lose their ability to do most of the things that we usually take for granted, such as: walking around, standing, or sitting up.

When someone experiences the onset of Parkinson’s disease, it is a very tragic time for the patient and their families.

Because it is a serious degenerative condition, any person suffering from it is faced with absolutely no hope of recovery, but a very slow and progressive process involving the loss of movement and coordination.

The most obvious system involves the tremor, where the person can be observed trembling uncontrollably. There is also a loss in speech capabilities.

Parkinson’s affects the central nervous system.

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi, the large airways that branch off from the trachea. It is usually caused by an infection, but sometimes it is caused by irritation from a gas or particle.

In bronchitis, areas of the bronchial wall become inflamed and swollen, and the production of mucus increases.

As a result, the air passageway becomes narrowed and bacteria and viruses are usually present.

Most individuals who experience some type of respiratory condition are usually diagnosed with bronchitis.

Bronchitis is one of the most common of all respiratory illnesses and it can affect anyone, as age does not matter.

Shingles is an acute or sudden onset of a viral inflammation that is characterized by very painful blisters that typically appear on one side of the body, in a linear distribution on the skin following the nerve pathways.

Shingles is caused by the reactivation of a previous infection with the varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox).

Shingles is a herpes virus infection (herpes zoster) and it usually affects a nerve, which can cause excruciating pain in one area of the body and is marked by a painful eruption of blisters usually on one side of the body along the course of one or more of the cutaneous nerves that affect the skin.

If you have been to your doctor recently, he/she may have advised that you have diabetes or you are a borderline diabetic.

You might be overweight, you may be at risk of diabetes due to your lifestyle or you may be predisposed because a relative has either had or been diagnosed with the disease.

Diabetes, in simple terms, means that your blood sugar (blood glucose) is too high. Since your blood always maintains some glucose in it, your body uses the glucose for energy.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system in which patches of myelin and underlying nerve fibers are damaged or destroyed.

Over time, the condition gets worse, and the individual experiences both a loss of feeling and loss of control of movement and speech.

It poses a serious threat to the individual’s brain, spinal cord, and or optic nerves.

Multiple Sclerosis destroys the myelin sheath, which are layers of tissue that protect the nerve fibers. Myelin aids in nerve cell communication.

As this deterioration happens, it becomes noticeable in the individual’s behavior, going from normal to abnormal. Multiple Sclerosis can both progress and regress unpredictably.

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