Most people realize how important it is to take care of themselves, but they still prefer to avoid certain topics during their annual physical exams. That can be hazardous to your health. Knowledge is power, even about embarrassing issues.
Experiencing difficulty or pain while urinating can indicate many issues, most of which are highly treatable so there is no reason to keep suffering. Urinary tract infections and yeast infections are common causes of painful urination, both effectively treated with antibiotics. Sexually transmitted diseases are often curable and even those that can’t be completely eliminated can be managed. Kidney and bladder stones, plus certain prostate conditions in men, can cause acute pain. Fortunately, they can treated with laser fragmentation, an inpatient office procedure that requires minimal recovery time.
Each woman’s cycle undergoes fluctuations throughout her lifetime, but extreme changes to a normal cycle are often a body’s way of signifying an underlying problem. Periods that are significantly more painful than in the past may be a sign of serious issues such as endometriosis or ovarian cysts. Sudden heavy or frequent bleeding can indicate benign fibroid tumors or much more serious bleeding disorders. If your cycle used to follow a consistent schedule but has become erratic, that may be a sign of thyroid malfunction, imbalanced hormones or diabetes.
People around the globe are living longer, but accurate information about healthy aging can be difficult to come by. If you have specific questions, your physician can provide reliable answers.
For example, forgetfulness is common, but how can you tell if it is temporary absent-mindedness or dementia? Likewise, fatigue may occur naturally as a product of slowing metabolism, but severe or chronic cases may signal depression other medical conditions. Constipation can be another awkward topic, but it should be discussed; it may be due to a decrease in exercise or even changes in the colon itself, but it is also often a side effect of other health problems that must be addressed.