Understanding Transient Global Amnesia

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My First-Hand Experience

 

I was walking in the garden with Granny and she was talking about how my dad would run around the house and hide by the plants when he was up for a spanking again. She said while she was watering the plants that my dad would itch like crazy because he’d squeeze himself in between flowers with thorns because he was so afraid of Granny.

 

She was in the middle of a funny topic when she turned around and asked me, “Who watered my plants?”. “You just did, Granny.” I was a bit confused at first. But the most frightening experience I had with her was when she looked at me and said, “Why are we here? What’s happening?”

 

I was so scared I called my dad at the top of my lungs so that he would hear me since he’s inside the house. He came running and I told him what happened. We decided to bring her to the hospital because we didn’t know what was happening to her. She seemed very disoriented and she was constantly asking me what happened to her and where she was going – she asked me that about five times.

 

Labs and scans were taken and while she was sitting across the doctor’s table beside me, she slowly began to regain bits and pieces of her memory. After a few more minutes, her memory went back to normal. The doctors came up with a diagnosis and it was transient global amnesia.

 

 

Transient Global Amnesia Defined

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Transient global amnesia, which usually affects individuals between 40 and 80 years old, is technically a temporary loss of short-term memory. It is neurological in origin, which may be associated with epilepsy or stroke.

 

An individual suffering from this condition suddenly experiences loss of memory where he doesn’t recall what he just did, where he is and why he’s even there. He asks questions repeatedly because he is confused and disoriented, and he forgets the answers that were just recently given to him. He does remember himself and the people close to him, but he is unable to create new memories, which can make it very depressing for the affected individual.

 

 

Essential Symptoms for Diagnosis

 

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Below is a list of the important signs and symptoms to watch out for in order to suspect transient global amnesia.

 

  • Abrupt onset memory loss, can’t recall recent events and unable to create new memories
  • Identifies oneself and those close to him
  • Asks repetitive questions
  • Ability to identify objects and follow instructions are retained
  • No other neurological affectation that involves arm or leg paralysis or impaired cognition
  • Memory loss lasts less than 24 hours and eventually returns to normal
  • Absence of epilepsy or seizure during the period of amnesia

 

Possible Causes of Transient Global Amnesia

 

The exact cause of TGA is still unknown and doctors and researchers continue to exert efforts into finding the origin of this disturbing condition. Although transient global amnesia is rare, it can cause depression and frustration to the individual and his family.

 

Some possible causes that are associated with the condition include:

  • Exercise, including sexual intercourse
  • Emotionally draining or stressful events
  • Pre-existing vascular disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Migraine

 

 

When to See a Doctor

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When something like this happens to someone we know, it is important that we remain calm. NEVER yell at the person, as he is already confused and frustrated. He needs all the support he can get. Talk to him in a calm way and try as much as you can to answer his questions, which requires that you be patient because he will be asking the same questions over and over again.

 

Although the person involved does not appear to be in pain, do not wait for the condition to prolong without treatment. It is not normal to experience memory loss. Bring the person to the nearest hospital and have him checked immediately. It would be wise to keep him there until his memory returns, which will be soon.

 

Don’t worry too much. Studies prove that once you’ve experienced transient global amnesia, you’ll never have it again. You just need to get through it the right way.

 

I Have Chikungunya – Should I Be Worried?

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What Is Chikungunya?

 

A few years ago, news about a mosquito-borne disease spread like wildfire. It got people worried, especially parents who have been shaken by the dangers that dengue has caused their children.

 

Chikungunya, actually pronounced as ‘chick-en-goon-yah,’ has apparently been identified in Central and South America in 2006. That time, though, the people who contracted the disease all got it exclusively from the Central and South Americas. Last 2014, the first case of Chikungunya was identified in Florida.

 

Chikungunya is a virus that is carried by mosquitoes which causes symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle pain, rashes, and severe joint pain. The virus has an incubation period of within two to seven days, which means that the symptoms appear within this time frame after being bitten by the mosquito.

 

Breaking Bone

 

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According to Dr. Stanley Perlman, who is among the world’s leading infectious disease specialists, says that he anticipated the emergence of this disease in the United States. This is because the pathogen is transmitted by two types of mosquitoes – Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. He often calls this disease ‘breaking bone’ because the joint pain that an individual experience is excruciating and feels like the bones are breaking.

 

When Chikungunya hit Florida, parents got really worried and panicked when they heard about this weird-sounding disease. They thought it was some kind of mental illness or a type of terminal condition. They thought of how much therapy would cost them to cure their kids from this disease. They would have known more about mental illnesses if they had checked out this link.

 

How Can I Be Sure It’s Not Zika or Dengue?

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It can be difficult to determine just by looking whether what you have is Chikungunya or dengue or Zika, because the latter two are also both caused by a mosquito bite and some symptoms present similarly with Chikungunya.

 

Let us clearly differentiate their main symptoms to be able to see the similarities and differences between these three mosquito-borne diseases.

 

Chikungunya main symptoms:

  • High fever of abrupt onset
  • Severe joint pain particularly in the hands, wrists, ankles, and feet

 

There is no cure for this disease but most people do recover completely. However, there is a residual joint pain for about two weeks. In some cases, though, it may persist for three years in the chronic phase of the disease.

 

Chikungunya is almost always never life-threatening. However, the virus itself may cause potential danger to babies, older individuals and those with pre-existing illnesses.

 

Zika virus disease main symptoms:

  • Low-grade fever
  • Skin maculopapular rash, initially on the face then spreads throughout the body
  • Mild joint pain
  • Red eyes

 

Like Chikungunya, the Zika virus disease is not usually fatal. However, it is closely related to Guillain Barre Syndrome and can be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her fetus.

 

Dengue fever main symptoms:

  • Fever of sudden onset
  • Excruciating headache and muscle pain
  • Mild to moderate joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Low appetite

 

Individuals with a low immune system and those who have had a previous dengue infection are prone to developing hemorrhagic fever, a condition that may lead to substantial bleeding, shock and ultimately death, a phenomenon known as dengue shock syndrome.

 

Should I be Worried If I have Chikungunya?

 

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With the symptoms mentioned above, it is safe to assume that Chikungunya is not a life-threatening disease and deaths are very rare. However, it would be wise for individuals who are currently sick or with lowered immune systems to avoid traveling to regions where there are apparent outbreaks.

 

Children and even adults are advised to stay indoors during the late afternoons when most of the mosquitoes are present outdoors. Screen your doors and windows and if possible, turn on the air conditioner. If you have to go outside, wear long sleeves and jeans, not shorts. You can also apply mosquito repellents just to be safe.

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Transient Depression

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“It’s winter time once again and I just don’t feel the Holiday spirit.”

Cindy, 16 years old, always feels depressed during the winter season. She continues to report that she does not hate the particular time of the year, but just can’t get herself to enjoy and feel happy like everybody else. “The snow and seeing white all day is just so depressing”, she claims.

Is It More Than Just a Cold

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For those of you who like to sleep under the starry sky at night, you may find yourself dealing with a cold at any moment. However, it can be difficult to differentiate between a cold and something much more sinister, especially if the symptoms have remained the same since you became sick. If you’ve been dealing with a cold for far too long and are worried that you may have something worse, take a look at some of the signs:

Dealing With Toenail Fungus

                                               

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When you lead a transient lifestyle, it can be easier for you to catch illnesses and develop infections that are easily curable for others. Among the infections that you will probably deal with in your lifetime is toenail fungus. Toenail fungus can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful. If you are suffering from a fungal infection in your toes, learn more about toenail fungus and how you can deal with it below.

 How Does One Get Toenail Fungus?

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The type of fungus that affects your nails and other parts of your body thrives in dark, warm, and moist environments. Fungi that have been left by others in places such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and public showers can easily be transferred to you when you walk barefoot across these surfaces. You can also get toenail fungus by wearing tight shoes that trap moisture in or by sharing nail care products with someone who has a fungal infection and who hasn’t sterilized their tools.

What Can I Do About My Toenail Fungus?

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You can either purchase a toenail fungus medication from the drugstore (which is mainly preventative and has a tendency not to work once the infection has reached its later stages) or you could try using natural remedies to deal with the fungus.

Here are some natural remedies that you can try out on your toes:

  • Tea tree oil is a powerful oil known for its ability to kill fungus and other bacteria. You can apply a little bit of it to the infected nail daily until the infection goes away. Be careful, however, tea tree oil is strong and shouldn’t be applied directly to the skin. If you’re worried that you may accidentally get some of it on your skin while you are applying it to your nails, mix it with some olive oil beforehand to dilute it.
  • Coconut oil works to get rid of the fungus by destroying the wall that protects the fungus from harm. Unlike the oil mentioned above, coconut oil is not harmful if applied to the skin and it is actually used by some as a moisturizer. Use the oil daily on your infected toenail and wash off at least 15-minutes after you apply it.
  • Mix mouthwash and vinegar. It may seem unusual but both of the liquids contain chemicals that have antifungal properties. Make a mix that is half mouthwash and half vinegar and place your toes in the mix for about an hour to reap the benefits.
  •  Urea paste helps dissolve the part of the nail that is infected. However, this will only work if the nail is lifted or is separate from the healthy part of the nail. Also, you will have to use antifungal medication after you have dissolved the nail to prevent it from getting infected again.
  • Borax and baking soda work hand in hand to get rid of the fungus and to prevent it from growing back. If you choose to use these two powders, mix them and then add water to create a paste for your toenails. Use the paste at least twice a day until the fungus has disappeared and then keep using it for a couple of weeks afterward to keep the fungal infection from returning.

There will be some fungal infections that will not be curable by medications or natural methods if it has gone too far. If your nail is completely infected or if you are having severe pain because of the fungal infection, you need to visit a doctor to get the medication for the toenail or to have it removed.

Why Good Posture is Important

You may have heard a lot of people telling you to “sit up straight” or “do not slouch.” Yet, you still do not understand why it is necessary to do so. Sitting up straight or not slouching requires a bit more effort or body strength from us. As much as we hate it, we have to admit that a good posture is equally important as having good eyesight. Some people put a bit of emphasis on good posture maybe because they know something we do not. Worry not! Let me tell you why a good posture should be considered a gem by everyone and how it is vital in having good health.