A Quick Guide To Living A Healthy Lifestyle

Every individual around the globe needs to start following a healthy routine to ensure that none of them will experience health concerns or medical issues. Take note that discovering that you are suffering from an illness can be heartbreaking, especially if you have no idea with what to do next. At the same time, it can also be expensive on your part and your family since you have to pay for the treatment and medicines necessary for your wellness.

Fortunately, there are several ways on how you can prevent this from happening. One of which is making an effort to lead a healthier lifestyle. It is not going to be easy but with the right determination and mindset, everything can be possible. Stop thinking of self-limiting doubts and remind yourself that you are capable of doing these:


Rest If You Must

Learn how to listen to the demands of your body. Once you notice that you are already exhausted from your daily activities, make sure to take a break for a little while. Never feel guilty for wanting to rest because you deserve it. Take note that choosing not to stop for a moment can increase the stress levels in your life. If this continues to happen, there is a possibility that you will get sick. In the long run, it can make you unproductive and can result to extreme exhaustion.

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 Check Your Diet

 As much as possible, be mindful about your food intake. Do not give in to food cravings easily so that you can avoid going for unhealthy meals. Instead, make an effort to follow a balanced diet at all times. You can begin your journey to wellness by getting rid of food items that are high in fats and sugar. At the same time, it can also be beneficial if you will start to avoid carbohydrates. Keep in mind that whatever you put in your mind can affect your body and how you react to everything around you.


Get Active

Stop making excuses for not engaging in physical activities. Instead, allocate at least thirty minutes or one hour every day to exercise. You do not need to go to the gym just to get fit. With all the latest developments in the field of technology, it is now easier to download exercise videos that you can do at home. Aside from this, you can also check fitness apps that can provide you with daily exercise routines. Make sure to be committed in becoming active to enjoy its amazing benefits.

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Avoid Fad Diets

Do you want to lose weight right away? Are you looking forward to shred off some fats before a particular event arrives? Is it your goal to outsmart your friends when it comes to fitness? If yes, then be sure to continue working hard to achieve your goals. Nonetheless, it does not mean that you can start following fad diets that are harmful for you. Remember that most diets are designed only for persons with particular medical condition. If you are not sure about a famous diet, it is best to avoid using it until you get more knowledge concerning it.


Sleep Well

Do not forget the significance of getting enough sleep every night. The primary goal is to get sufficient sleep so that you will not feel cranky the following day. Moreover, it can also allow you to recharge your body after a very long day. One of the things that you can do is to set a bedtime schedule that you have to follow every night. Follow the said schedule religiously so that you will not miss on hours for sleeping.


Consul With A Doctor

The common misconception is that people only need to go to a medical doctor when something is wrong. Clearly, this is a wrong notion because the ideal thing to do is to pay a visit to your doctor even if you are not feeling ill. Remember that there are some sicknesses that cannot be diagnosed unless you undergo regular medical checkups. For this reason, it is highly recommended to schedule an appointment with the family doctor who can give you constant updates about your health.

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Drinks Lots Of Water

Another essential thing that you need to develop as a habit is to drink several glasses of water a day. It is highly recommended to bring a plastic bottle wherever you go so that you can get water when necessary. At the same time, seeing the bottle can also be a good reminder for yourself. Every time you see it in your bag or office table, you will be reminded to drink water. Be sure to do this to avoid dehydration, which can lead to some medical complications.

Following a healthy lifestyle does not need to be complicated. Always see to it that you will be committed in following this kind of lifestyle.



Working With My Syrinx And Chiari, I’m Not Giving Up

I was your regular healthy guy who was active, sporty, living a normal happy life with my family and fiancée.   It never occurred to my mom or me that I got this abnormality up inside my head.  I didn’t feel anything strange growing up.  Not until the day when while on my way home from work, I felt dizzy that ends up like this throbbing pain in my head.

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Misdiagnosed As A Migraine

A headache can mean nothing serious or something serious.   It is a symptom caused by many factors from dehydration, hunger, stress, to brain injury.

My headache stayed for days to the point that it became unbearable.  I dropped by the Urgent Care Center nearby and had it checked.  The attending physician tried to relieve the discomfort I was into, did some tests and questioning, and ensure me that it was nothing serious.  He gave me pills that I could take, list of things I should avoid, and asked me to keep track of the headaches.   But at that moment, he suspected it was just some case of a simple migraine.


What In The World Are Chiari And Syrinx? 

While at work, I got this throbbing headache again, like I wanted to vomit.  Then, I started to feel numb all over.  My officemates immediately noticed the change in my color.   I told them I feel like passing out and I did.   That moment, they immediately called 911.

In the ER, they did an x-ray, CT scan, spinal tap, and MRI.  I could hear the attending doctor telling the nurse it could be a case of stroke.  I started to get worried.  Hours later, the doctor came and she told me, it’s Chiari 1 Malformation.

What was that again?


Was My Brain Too Big Or My Skull Too Small?

The doctor got this picture of a brain and showed me how part of my brain was pushing out through the opening at the base of my skull, putting pressure on my brain stem and the spinal cord.  This is what causes the headaches, numbness, nausea, and my recent passing out spell.

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And There’s More, Syringomyelia

With another run of MRI, they found syrinx or a cyst that is filled with fluid in my spinal cord.  The doctor said that it might get big, could cause damage to my spinal cord, and give me difficulty in my daily living in the long term.  Since it was caused by protrusion of my brain tissue, they recommend that I undergo surgery.


Doctors Split Up My Skull

My life drastically changed overnight.  There were things I was not allowed to do.  I could not go to the gym, do strenuous exercises, and have night outs.  I was asked to slow down a bit so as not to put more pressure on my spine.  It is not the life I’m used to, and it’s kind of depressing.

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After weeks of deep thinking, I told myself, why not give it a go.  I let the doctor open up my skull, remove part of its base to enlarge the opening.   The goal of the surgery is to reduce the pressure on my brain and spinal cord and allow the normal flow of the spinal fluid.  The doctors are also hoping that it would resolve or improve the status of my syringomyelia.


Surgery Didn’t Work

Surgery was not always a success, something went wrong that decompression failed, so it has to be redone at another hospital.  The doctors succeeded this second time.  But with further monitoring, the surgery was unable to restore the normal flow of the cerebrospinal fluid, so the syrinx is still there.

It’s been months since my surgery.   The recovery is very slow, but the symptoms are improving.  I’m determined to get my life back, so I won’t give up on hoping even if it would mean another surgery.


I Found Out I Have Chiari Malformation: Wait, What?

I am on my mid-30s, and as of this age, we are all expecting to have a little weirdness in our body. However, mine was a little too extreme for me. I came to the point where I suspect myself of dying from cancer. I thought of several diseases that could be causing the suffering I am feeling. Continue reading “I Found Out I Have Chiari Malformation: Wait, What?”

Establish Mindfulness: What Is Arnold Chiari Malformation?

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All of us has had a headache in our lifetime. It could be a signal of stress, lack of sleep, hunger, or other medical health conditions such as the Arnold Chiari Malformation. Some of us may be clueless of this condition as we don’t even know it existed. The symptoms could be mistaken for other medical conditions, and the only way to identify it accurately is by seeking a professional opinion. Continue reading “Establish Mindfulness: What Is Arnold Chiari Malformation?”

Arnold Chiari Malformation, Diabetes Mellitus, And Vertigo: Which Is Which?

It is difficult to confirm whether you have Chiari malformation or not because its symptoms are common among many diseases such as diabetes and vertigo. The only way you can find out for sure is to consult your health care provider as you have to undergo some tests including MRI or a CT scan. Continue reading “Arnold Chiari Malformation, Diabetes Mellitus, And Vertigo: Which Is Which?”

Advice For Parents Of Kids Suffering From Arnold Chiari Malformation

My best friend’s daughter, Paula, was discovered to have Arnold Chiari Malformation when she was 5. This means that the back portion of her brain has been pulled down to the base of her skull and into her upper spinal canal.

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Treatment Options For Adults With Arnold Chiari Malformation

Arnold Chiari Malformation is usually developmental, meaning that they are formed as the body develops before birth. Many Chiari patients, though, don’t present with symptoms until they reach adulthood. They also don’t receive treatment until they are older. But for those with symptomatic malformations but have unsuccessfully to non-surgical treatments, there are several tested and proven surgical treatments available.

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