Saturday, December 5, 2015

Scleroderma Affecting The Heart (part 2 of 2)

How Does This Develop?

This would start when the antibodies would attack the heart tissues instead of protecting it. This would then cause the development of scar tissue on the walls of the heart or what is called fibrosis. The walls of the heart then would become thicker and with that, blood supply to the heart is cut short limiting the functions of the heart. This would then start of as high-blood pressure or other reasonably mild heart problems then can set off later as further complications.

While having the heart involved in scleroderma is quite rare, it is also one of the most difficult to handle when compared to other cases of scleroderma. But even if it is difficult to handle, treatment for it with the use of medications, therapies or surgery for some have relieved some patients before of the symptoms brought about by it. Treatment for cardiac involvement in scleroderma is possible.

Can This Be Treated?

As of now, there is no known cure for scleroderma. Treatment for all cases of scleroderma is more focused on limiting damage and treating symptoms brought about by it. If the heart gets involved with scleroderma, the patient can have some medications, therapies or surgery. Some medications that can be taken are immunosuppressive agents which limit the damaging effects of the body’s immune system.

Patients who have cardiac involvement in scleroderma should have their heart rates monitored often and kept at a healthy pace. While all of these would help, a patient would also need to change lifestyle. The change of lifestyle required is not too complicated as it is similar to most people who have heart problems.

While treating this could be a lot of work and I quite unclear, it is still very possible.

Scleroderma Affecting The Heart (part 1 of 2)

While the skin is the most affected organ in cases of scleroderma, almost all cases of complications in scleroderma would lead to heart problems even if the heart itself is not involved in scleroderma. If the lungs or the kidneys are involved, this could lead to hypertension and other heart complications. While that could happen, things are even worse when the heart itself is affected by scleroderma as its purpose of pumping blood is limited by the thickening of the walls.

Some of the earliest symptoms of cardiac involvement in scleroderma are heart irregularities that involve high blood pressure, fatigue and shortness of breath that could also lead to myocardial infarction or heart failure. While the heart is largely involved with most cases of scleroderma, having cardiac involvement in scleroderma is one of the rarest cases of the illness.

Who Can Get This?

There are no known causes for scleroderma however; reports have shown that scleroderma can affect all people regardless of any classifications although it is more likely to appear on others than it is on some. Women are four times more likely to develop this than men and it usually comes out between the ages 30 and 50. It is also commonly found in races such as the Native American Choctaw race and African-American women and rarely happens among Chinese, Japanese and Koreans.

Since there is no known cause, various theories have been formulated by medical experts. Some would say that scleroderma is genetic and heredity would play a large role. Some have also said that it is environmental and is brought about by unwanted factors in the environment such as bacteria and viruses. One also said that the fetal matter left after pregnancy can cause it even after decades after giving birth. None of these theories however have been proven yet.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Post Partum Mood Swings (part 2 of 2)

The simplest things can make you cry and feel lonely. If you’re left alone for a good amount of time with your emotions and thoughts, it won’t be a surprise that you’ll suffer from mood swings later on.

Difficulties with Resuming Old Lifestyle
It often takes new mothers quite some time before they can pick up the pieces of their old lives and start living again. During the first few days following their childbirth, most new mothers would find themselves uninterested in resuming any activity in their former lifestyle unless it has something to do with the baby.

As this kind of behavior can greatly affect the relationship between partners, both parents should strive to make adjustments for each other. Men will have to be especially understanding of the needs of their partners. If both partners are unable to help each other, mood swings could be the least of their worries.

Inability to Make Decisions
The responsibilities of motherhood are definitely overwhelming the first time around. As such, you shouldn’t expect new mothers to be as confident and decisive as they were before. In the early stages of motherhood, they’re prone to focus most of their attention – if not all – on the baby’s needs, leaving them no time, interest, or even the will to make decisions for other aspects of their lives.

Last but not the least, mood swings can also be caused by a woman’s inability to fully accepting the changes in her life. Women suffering from post partum blues may entertain thoughts of running away from everything that motherhood represents while feeling aghast at the same time about their ambivalence towards their newborn baby.

Nevertheless, all these will not last. Post partum mood swings and blues will cease when you’ve successfully proven your care and support.

Post Partum Mood Swings (part 1 of 2)

Post partum mood swings tend to occur during the first few week or so following childbirth. It can, however, last only a matter of hours. Such mood swings are part and parcel of post partum blues which, if not treated immediately and properly, could lead to post partum depression.

How to Know If You Are Suffering from Post Partum Mood Swings
There are several indicators you can watch out for to determine if a loved one is suffering from mood swings caused by post partum blues or depression.

Feelings of Helplessness and Hopelessness
This is prevalent with first-time mothers. Naturally, becoming a mother is new to them and it’s not even something they could accept gradually. Pregnancy makes the idea of motherhood somewhat concrete, but one can only fully comprehend its impact upon childbirth.

The feelings accompanying this momentous occasion can be overwhelming, enough to make a woman feel helpless and hopeless with no prior background or experience to rely on. In such cases, it’s easy for a woman to experience mood swings after on.

Childbirth is not a painless process. There will always be an amount of pain involved in giving birth and such pain can be a tremendous burden on your body. After giving birth, it’s natural for a woman to feel exceptionally tired. The demands of motherhood or even the simple act of talking with your loved ones can be considered onerous and make the new mother prone to mood swings.

Tearfulness or Sadness
Hormonal imbalances occur when you are pregnant and when you give birth, these imbalances will straighten themselves out but at the expense of your physical comfort. While your body seeks to put your hormones into order, you’ll have to suffer from its effects in the meantime. One common effect is hypersensitivity.