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My friend called this morning and told me about her condition. She’s in extreme pain due to frozen shoulder. I’m not familiar with that ailment so i searched the net more info about it. According to Wikipedia:

Adhesive capsulitis (also known as Frozen shoulder) is a painful and disabling disorder of unclear cause in which the shoulder capsule, the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder, becomes inflamed and stiff, greatly restricting motion and causing chronic pain. Pain is usually constant, worse at night, and with cold weather. Certain movements or bumps can provoke episodes of tremendous pain and cramping. The condition is thought to be caused by injury or trauma to the area and may have an autoimmune component.

Risk factors for frozen shoulder include diabetes mellitus, stroke, accidents, lung disease, connective tissue diseases, thyroid disease, and heart disease. Treatment may be painful and taxing and consists of physical therapy, occupational therapy, medication, massage therapy, hydrodilatation or surgery. A physician may also perform manipulation under anesthesia, which breaks up the adhesions and scar tissue in the joint to help restore some range of motion. Pain and inflammation can be controlled with analgesics and NSAIDs.

People who suffer from adhesive capsulitis usually experience severe problems sleeping for prolonged periods due to pain that gets worse when lying still, and restricted movement/positions. The condition can lead to depression, pain, problems in the neck and back and severe weight loss due to long-term lack of deep sleep. People who suffer from adhesive capsulitis may have extreme difficulty concentrating, working or performing daily life activities for extended periods of time. The condition tends to be self-limiting and usually resolves over time without surgery. Most people regain about 90% of shoulder motion over time.

After learning these information about frozen shoulder now I have more idea about what’s she’s going through. And I hope it would not happen to me.

Pregnant moms can now monitor their baby’s health at the comfort of their own home with the use of fetal doppler. It is a non-invasive machine which can measure the heart rate of their fetus. A baby’s heartbeat can be heard at around 8-12 weeks of pregnancy. With fetal doppler moms can monitor their baby’s health while they are developing.

A handheld ultrasound is the most common type of fetal heart detector, it is equipped with LCD display and a speaker. It shows the heartbeat per minute and a speaker to hear the fetal heart sounds loud and clear. This device is safe, convenient to use and battery powered.You can maintain a record of your baby’s heart beat data, which may give useful information to the doctor when needed.

How to use it? Using a fetal doppler is not difficult, all you need to do is to lie down, moved over the sensor around your abdomen where a gel has been applied. With movement of the sensor, the heartbeat of the fetus can be felt and determined.

You can find a whole range of these devices just be sure to look for an FDA approved one.

You’ll never fail with your health should you eat a well balanced breakfast every day. Breakfast not only jumpstarts your metabolism, it fills you with energy to perform physical activity for the rest of the day. It will also restrict food cravings and prevent you from overeating. There other things you can do throughout the day like half-hour of exercise and adding more fiber to your diet. Listed below are 3 good nutrition tips for women to shed weight and be healthy.

1) A balanced breakfast could be a bowl of whole grain cereal or muesli together with non fat milk. You can use honey instead of sugar to sprinkle on your breakfast cereal. Another great breakfast meal could be a poached or a hard-boiled egg with a glass of fresh juice or water. An omelet made with spring onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, capsicum and shredded cheese and a glass of non fat milk or water. Or one slice of whole grain toast spread with almond/peanut/cashew butter or fresh fruit jam and a glass of milk or water.

2) Women need iron a lot more than men do for our menstrual cycles. Anemia, an iron deficiency, is commonly found in women. To have the iron needed, you can eat shrimp, oysters, mussels, clams, liver, sardines, beef and turkey. These foods are rich in iron and increase hemoglobin to your blood.

3) Similarly, there should be sufficient amount of calcium, not only for strong bones and teeth, but also to regulate your blood pressure and aid relieve premenstrual syndrome. Taking capsules of vitamin D will ensure efficient calcium absorption by your body. Be sure you have your Vitamin D levels checked by a simple blood test offered by your doctor. As we age, we tend to lose bone mass so it’s vital to get enough Calcium and Vitamin D in our foods. If not, there will always be supplements to take. You may have some fiber rich veggies such as, berries and dark greens that are abundant with vitamin C.

It is wise to consume three meals everyday that’s including breakfast. Taking ten minutes in between meals to have a healthy snack like walnuts or almonds may help keep the blood sugar in check. It’s so simple as trying these nutrition tips for ladies to be able to hike up your metabolic rate.