The Painful Truth: What Causes Learning Disabilities?

The exact cause for learning disabilities (LD’s) has not yet been proven, although three factors are considered to have significant effects:

Genetic Influences – there is a possibility that learning disorders are passed down from one generation to the next, as children with learning disabilities can be traced to older relatives with the same or similar symptoms.

Education, Learning Styles, Memory and Learning Difficulties Concept Vector Illustration.

Brain Development – before and after the birth of a child, there are many factors that affect brain development – positively or negatively. Low birth weight, premature birth, lack of oxygen and head injuries may hamper development significantly.

Environmental Impacts – poor nutrition and an unhealthy air or water environment may cause learning disabilities in children, whether in youth or adult life.

A child who has learning disabilities is not necessarily less competent than another who has none- intelligence is not dampened by learning disabilities. Some children with LD’s have proven to be more intelligent than their counterparts. Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, and Alexander Graham bell had learning disabilities.

The most common struggles for children with LD’s are related to reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia) and mathematical (dyscalculia) ability. Learning Disabilities affect the brain’s ability to receive, process, analyze or store the information it receives. This manifests itself in different ways, but the usual result is that these children lag behind academically.

For young children with reading difficulties, it is helpful to teach them to associate pictures with words and sounds. This can be done while storytelling, shopping, or when walking past signs (exit, entrance, walk, don’t walk, etc.). Action pictures can be discussed and studied with the child, to encourage him or her to put observations to intelligible words.

Some children with LD’s are placed in Special Education, where their learning needs are met more accurately, and they have higher chances of succeeding with their studies. Children in Special Education may feel isolated from or inferior to their peers, even if they are capable of thinking intelligently. They find solace in after-school activities such as sports, where there is no academic grade to …

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How to Treat a Painful Sunburn

Ahh, Summer. Time to break out the bikinis and sunscreen (hopefully y’all are remembering to slather that stuff on- at least 2 shot glass-full amounts all over the body, paying special attention to the face, particularly the nose and ears) and soak up some SUN. Time for picnics, water sports, hiking, and lounging by the pool, enjoying the outdoors as much as possible.

UH OH! Unbeknownst to you, you’ve acquired a nasty burn out of nowhere all over your shoulders and neck (it only takes about a half hour of sun exposure for fair-skinned people to get a lobster burn) and now it hurts like HELL and you don’t know what to do about it.

To ease the pain of a sunburn and go about your day the best thing to do it to draw the heat out of the burn. Milk works on the skin the same way it works in the mouth (remember the last jalapeno you scarfed and caught your mouth on fire? Milk was your best friend then…) If you soak a cloth in cool milk and apply it as a compress to the scorching parts on your body, it will help draw out the heat and subside the burning pain.

Keep abrasive clothing off the burn site. This just irritates the skin and traps more of that heat in, making the burn even worse.

DO NOT apply lotion to the burn- lotion has oil in it, even sunscreen, and it will act as a nice cover to just set that burn deep into the skin and make the pain even worse. If applying anything, ice-cold aloe vera (the purest form, the better) will be your best friend in easing your burn. When being outdoors for long periods of time, keep a bottle of aloe vera handy (right next to the sunscreen you wish you had put on)- better yet, keep the aloe vera cold in the ice box or keep it in the fridge so when you DO have to apply it you get that nice AHH coolness.

Once you’ve tempered down the burn, APPLY sunscreen …

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How to Prevent Painful Blisters on Your Feet

Blisters on your feet are most often caused by wearing shoes that rub- or cause constant friction- on your skin. They can also be caused by wearing socks that have holes in them, or that have been darned. To avoid this uncomfortable problem, use these 7 ways how to prevent painful blisters on your feet!

1. Buy Shoes That Fit Properly 
When you shop for new shoes, take your time and make sure the styles you choose fit your feet properly. Don’t put just one of the shoes on, try them both on. Then, feel the area of the shoes above your toes to ensure they’re not too tight. Press your thumb down on the end of the shoes. There should be a thumb’s width of room between your big toes and the end of the shoes. Also, check the sides along the widest part of your foot, as well as the heels, to make sure they don’t rub your feet. Finally, walk around the shoes store for several minutes to get a feeling for how the new shoes fit your feet.

2. Break-in New Shoes By Wearing Them Around the House 
Since new shoes are a common cause of painful blisters on your feet, you should break them in before you start wearing them on a daily basis. An easy way to do this is to wear new shoes around the house for a couple of hours every day at first. After a few weeks, the shoes will be more flexible, and, more comfortable for your feet.

3. Use Petroleum Jelly to Reduce Friction 
Whether you’re going to wear a pair of new shoes for the first time, or, you’re planning on walking or running a lot, you can use petroleum jelly to prevent blisters on your feet. Before you put your socks on, apply some petroleum jelly to any places where the shoes may rub the skin on your feet. Then, put your shoes on and you’re ready to go!

4. Place Insoles Inside Your Shoes to Cushion Your Feet 
An effective way how to prevent painful blisters …

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Why Are Foot Corns so Painful?

Foot corns are painful, for those of you who do have them I can understand where your plight is coming from.

When you show someone or state that a corn is causing the problem, they just balk at the thought “that, little bit of hard skin…ha!”

Unfortunately the information that runs around on the Internet and the treatment processes for corns is very wrong, and in some cases dangerous.

When you talk about anything medical, it is nigh on impossible to give 100% diagnosis, for the following reasons:

1- you are expecting someone who reads the article you have created to know that they have actually that problem. So for instance, someone who goes online and looks up foot corns, you would imply that they have a foot corn.

2- most people who self diagnose actually do not have the problem that they think that they have. This is horrendously problematic. Because now the patient is treating a corn, as directed online, to something that is really not a corn in the first place. So now the “corn” becomes even more painful.

3- medical conditions usually have a couple of “differentials” that go with them. Differential diagnosis means that it could be something else. Corns have many differentials, and if you are going off what a patient has said then usually you won’t get the diagnosis correct. Only by looking, or directing the patient can you truly gauge what the problem is.

So now you can not really blanket a condition without seriously considering the alternatives, if the patient has got it right to start with and also your personal idea of what the problem could be.

My own footcare site (link below and direct corn link here: Foot Corns 101 shameless promotion I know) recognizes this predicament and also tries to retrain patients into identifying their problem a little bit more.

So for corns…you just do not get a corn. Foot corns as the name implies are on the foot. But also they are inbetween toes, on the bottom of the foot, on the top of toes and even …

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How to Live With Gout and Avoid Those Painful Flare-ups

After being diagnosed with arthritis, I became used to dealing with moderate pain and stiffness in my joints. One day, the pain became unbearable, and a trip to the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City revealed I had a gout flare-up in my wrist. It was the first day I ever said the word gout, but from that day forward I was determined to learn about this type of arthritis, and why I was now living in fear of the excruciating pain I experienced. What I quickly learned was gout is manageable, and flare-ups can often be avoided.

The doctor who treated me gave me an oral medication called Colchicine, which began to relieve the pain immediately. He also drew blood and ordered a urinalysis to check the uric acid levels in my body. Listening to the explanations provided by the doctor and nursing staff was almost impossible until the pain subsided. I consider myself a manly man, after enduring years of sports injuries and military service, but the pain associated with gouty arthritis was the worst I had ever experienced. 

I was informed that people with arthritis often suffer gout flare-ups, when the body has too much uric acid. I was asked about my recent food intake and told while there is no certain cause of gout attacks. Mine was most likely caused by eating too much red meat and drinking too many sugary drinks. I was also told the condition could occur on rare occasions, known as acute gout or could develop into regular occurrences, known as chronic gout, or gouty arthritis .

Living in fear of another gout attack led me to educate myself on how to prevent it. I quickly lowered my intake of red meats and sugary drinks. I made a point of getting more active by joining a gym, which led to weight loss, also recommended. I was told at the hospital excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to gout flare-ups, but I didn’t have an issue there, as I quit drinking many years before the first flare-up. Over the next few years I had one or two flare-ups, which were …

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The Truth About Painful Periods

I have personally met lots of ladies complaining about experiencing painful monthly periods, most of the women say that this occurs during the first day and they usually wonder is this normal? A misconception about this condition is that ladies who experience painful periods are likely to be barren. So what is the truth about painful periods?

Painful periods are a common complaint especially among young women. The problem usually starts 2 -3 years after the first menses, and may persist till marriage and childbirth or with use of oral contraceptive pills. In such a setting id is referred to as primary dysmenorrhea, since the cause is unknown. It is thought to be related to hormonal influences as it coincides with onset of ovulatory periods (in the initial 2-3 instances of menstruation there may be no ovulation). If the pain stops with the use of contraceptive pills that suppress ovulation, then this suggests the cause was hormonal. In its primary form dysmenorohoea is not associated with infertility. What your peers tell you is related to a similar situation occurring under different circumstances.

Pain typically starts 16-12 hours before the onset of menstrual flow and subsides once the flow is fully established. The condition is common and a strong psychic influence with positive outlook helps many to cope. However, if the condition disrupts normal activity, the use of the non steroidal anti inflammatory analgesics (including the ubiquitous aspirin) and a drug to relieve the spasms (such as buscopan) helps to improve the symptoms.

Secondary dysmenorohoea occurs in a person with a background of pelvic inflammatory disease, where the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus may have a smoldering low grade infection. This type is often seen in sexually experienced individuals who have had normal periods before developing dysmenorohoea . The pain characteristics are just the same except that in secondary dysmenorohoea the pain tends to be persistent and may be accompanied by low grade fever, lower abdominal discomfort and low backache pains. In the primary form the pains tend to be colicky (coming in spasms) forcing you to literally double up.

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Draining the Painful Tooth Abscess

Proper treatment of a painful tooth abscess may speed the recovery. A painful tooth abscess may spread to the cheeks and other areas of the face causing severe pain. Additionally, a tooth abscess may cause death in rare cases if not treated properly and promptly.

The Dentist can help you over the phone: Call your dentist immediately for antibiotics. Your dentist will want to see you when the office opens but if your abscess begins at night or on a weekend when the dentist doesn’t have office hours, call your dentist at home. Don’t worry that you are interrupting his/her weekend or sleep. The dentist knows the faster you get antibiotics into your system, the faster the recovery. The dentist will still want to see you when the office opens. In some cases, the dentist may tell you to seek emergency medical help at the hospital. The dentist may send you to the emergency room if you have a tooth abscess with a fever, swelling and severe pain.

Vitamins can help treat a tooth abscess: At the first sign of a tooth abscess, take vitamin C, Zinc and vitamin D. Do not over does on these as they may have unwanted side effects of their own. Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin D have properties that fight infections.

Garlic for a tooth abscess: Garlic contains acillin, a powerful natural infection and bacteria fighter. Take a slice of a garlic clove and keep it on your tooth and gum where you feel the most pain. Leave it there for 5 minutes. Freshly sliced garlic will be spicy hot and may burn. If its too uncomfortable for you, stop immediately. Garlic pills may be ingested as well to fight infection. Follow the directions on the garlic pill bottle for direction on dosage.

Saltwater rinses for a tooth abscess: Salt water rinses may help ease the pain and help drain some of the puss from the abscess. Mix sea salt with warm water and rinse every 4 hours. Don’t over do the salter water rinse for a tooth abscess. You may damage some of the delicate …

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Bowling Shouldn’t be Painful: How to Prevent Cramping

Anyone who has ever participated in Bowling knows that it is not a hobby or recreational activity, it is a sport. The unique motion of rolling a Bowling Ball utilizes just about every Muscle Group in the Body, not to mention the dexterity and physical strength required. There is a certain amount of pain involved resulting from occasional thumb blisters to possible slipping on an over oiled approach area. Usually these injuries are minor, short in duration, and can be remedied with a few over the counter pain relievers.

The most aggravating and painful situation to endure while Bowling is a case of Muscle Cramps. These most often occur in the lower back and legs given the types of motions required, and are increased in intensity due to resistance represented in the Bowling Ball weight. Bending and stretching fully extended with a 16 pound ball can be problematic for an individual in less than perfect physical condition. Luckily, there are a few simple steps to help prevent cramping while Bowling, and they are easy to follow.

Start with a relatively easy stretching and bending regime, knee bends, leg extensions, back stretches, and back twists side to side get the blood flowing. You don’t need to go overboard with these, maybe 1 minute on the leg exercises and 1 minute on the back exercises. Follow that up with a little “Shadow Bowling” 
pretend you are Bowling only do it without a Bowling Ball. This will limber up your body without the system shock of throwing a ball. Take a few practice frames throwing the ball at two-thirds speed. A good analogy would be to compare Bowling to any other athletic endeavor requiring a warm up for peak performance.

Since many Bowlers are engaged in Bowling Leagues designed for social recreation, the opportunity exists for the consumption of Alcoholic beverages while Bowling. This is a bad idea on many levels, but especially because Alcohol dehydrates the Body and can cause cramps to occur. A much better approach would be to consume sports nutrition drinks loaded with electrolytes, to replace the ones you …

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