‘Polio-Like’ Illness Occurrences on the Rise

*First off I want to emphasise that the following content is informational only. I am not intending to cause panic, I’m just sharing information that could be relevant to some of you.*

Acute flaccid myelitis- Affects the nervous system, specifically the area of the spinal cord called the gray matter causing the muscles and reflexes to weaken.

  • Acute- Describing a disease that consists of an onset of symptoms of short duration, that is rapidly progressing and needs urgent care.
  • Flaccid- Lacking normal muscle tone, such as can occur with neuritis, poliomyelitis and stroke paralysis.
  • Myelitis- Inflammation of the spinal cord or bone marrow.

This condition has been seen before but rarely, that is until 2014, which is when the disease occurrence started to rise. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that less than 1 in one million people will contract AFM every year. The recent cases reported to the CDC have mostly affected children.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment announced that 14 cases of AFM have occured in the state this year. Six cases of AFM were diagnosed in Minnesota (a state that may see a case less than once a year). On October 9th, a hospital in Pittsburgh confirmed that 3 children were currently being treated for suspected AFM. October 10th, the Illinois Department of Public Health received recent reports that 9 children had been diagnosed with the condition. As a whole this year there have been 38 cases in 16 states reported thus far. Over the last four year period more than 350 cases have been reported within the United States.

What to look for symptom wise…

AFM affects the nervous system and causes muscle weakness, particularly in the legs and arms, along with a loss of muscle tone and reflexes. Additionally symptoms could include facial drooping, difficulty moving the eyes, swallowing and slurred speech and (potentially) the ability to breath may be impacted.

The cause of AFM and the reason for the increase of cases since 2014 is unknown, yet some cases coincide with an outbreak of a respiratory illness related to an enterovirus D68 outbreak in 2014, actually AFM may have a variety of causes including viruses such as poliovirus and enteroviruses, environmental toxins and even a genetic disorder, no one knows for certain.

Information for this post based on articles covered and written in LiveScience.

Ok all done with that. I truly hope that each of you are having the greatest day possible today and that your tomorrow is even better. ‘Til next time I am interested in your thoughts on this or any other area you would like to discuss, just let me know in the comments.

Thanks

~Heidi~

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PAIN…What is it?

Generally, pain falls into three categories of causation. These categories are, Nociceptive Pain, Neuropathic Pain and Central Pain.

  1. Nociceptive Pain – This is the most common form of pain experienced. Occurring as a response to an injury. For example when I was in a car accident and slammed into the gear shift from the passenger side (really learned to appreciate seat belts after this one). Everyone of us has experienced this type of pain at some point. This type of pain will usually dissipate with treatment and eventually go away completely.
  2. Neuropathic Pain – This pain is do to damage to the bodies Nervous System and is fairly common as it affects between 7-10% of the worlds population. The types of issues that neuropathic pain results from are pretty well known, diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, HIV and of course Diabetes. One specific treatment method used today can also cause this type of pain and that is Chemotherapy as a result of its destructive effects to many cells in the body. Those who experience this type of pain are definitely on a roller coaster ride with this because it is very difficult to treat and the options for treatment can be very addictive.
  3. Central Pain – Central Pain can on occasion be injury related, however the most common cause of Central Pain is unknown thus making it very hard to treat. One of the most common diagnosis involving this kind of pain is Fibromyalgia. It is believed that Fibromyalgia is caused as a result of the malfunction of the way pain signals travel to the brain and the way they are processed.

Pain occurrences are obviously varied and will effect each of us differently and treatment options are just as different for each of us. Decades have gone by with severe research restrictions being enforced at least here in the states on what can be explored and what can’t, but there is light at the end of the tunnel due to the growth in the acceptance of Medical Cannabis use. We are entering an era now where these much needed studies are being conducted. Cannabinoid treatment studies are growing in number and are demonstrating that cannabis is an effective treatment option with far less costly side effects than what we have been encouraged to accept using current pain treatments such as Opioids.

Latter I’ll be talking about the information regarding the best product types and benefits as well as how cannabinoids work within the body.

Til next time I’m sending each of you all hope for a great day today and a better tomorrow.

p.s. any comments, questions, or suggestions are always appreciated.

Hypothyroidism- Underactive or Inactive Thyroid Gland…What does it do?

Think of your body as you would if it were a business, you have the CEO, V.P.’s, Upper Management and Middle Management and of course all of the non-management employees of the various departments within the business contributing to the whole. Even though the Thyroid is the largest gland of the Endocrinne system it is not the Big boss, as it does what the Pituatery Gland dictates based on what the CEO (Hypothalamus) has ordered. The Thyroids position would probably be considered Upper Management and a position without which a ton of work would either be below quality standards or not getting done at all. So your chain of command looks something like this

Hypothalamus portion of Brain

Pituatery Gland

Thyroid Gland

Hormones

Super Highway (blood stream)
Cells

The Brains Hypothalamus communicates with the Pituitary gland giving it the ideas and plans it wants implemented. Then the Pituitary gland dictates the parameters and guidelines for these implementations to the Thyroid gland who in turn loads all the data into the hormones fondly referred to as T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine or tetraiodothyronine), abbreviations are much easier to pronounce, and sends them out via the super highway of the circulatory system the blood stream. Like glorious dolphins the hormones travel through the blood stopping at each and every Cell-‘boat’ passing on production information and verifying the appropriate levels needed for optimal performance. T3 and T4 hormones have their thumbs in some pretty crucial pies. For example Nerve Function, Stimulating the heart to contract, making certain normal growth and brain developement are occuring as well as making sure nutrients and cholesterol are being used properly.

When you are living with Hypothyroidism all of these important functions are not being overseen in a beneficial manner, so replacements are brought in by using synthisized hormone prescription medication, such as the brand Synthroid or generic name Levothyroxine. Some of the most common indicators for potential Hypothyroidism could include-

  • Forgetfullness
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • puffy face
  • horse voice
  • inexplicable weight gain that is very hard to lose
  • stiff tender and swollen joints and muscles
  • High cholesterol and much more.

Many things can and may go wrong if the thyroid isn’t doing its job, but it is really good at covering its tracks see, because a lot of the indicators can also be symptoms of other problems. The test to determine your thyroid status is easy to have done by your doctor using some of your blood, with treatment easily available.

Know your body… Ease you mind, if you have an inkling that some of the experiences you’ve been enjoying (not) are because of your Thyroid slacking off then for sure hit your Doctor up about it and don’t be shy.

Hope you all have had a great weekend and that your week is even better. Til next time Y’all.