5 Signs and Symptoms You Have Fibromyalgia and May Not Even Know It.

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Fibromyalgia is a chronic medical condition that causes widespread bodily pain, muscle aches, and fatigue. It’s a terrible disorder to have and it can wreak havoc on the lives of people who suffer from it, wearing them down and tiring them out. It’s also a lot more common than many people assume it to be. According to scientists at the National Institutes of Health, fibromyalgia is estimated to affect around five million American adults and most of them, between 80-90%, are women.

One of the main issues with fibromyalgia is how tricky it can be to properly diagnose. The pain and symptoms typically associated with the disorder often make diagnosis difficult because they tend to overlap with other common medical conditions. Compounding the difficulty is the fact that there are currently no tests or scans that can definitively detect it, and so people need to keep close track of everything that’s going on with their bodies, and tell their doctor exactly what ills them.

While widespread physical pain is the main symptom of fibromyalgia, there are a number of other ones that people may experience and the following are the signs and symptoms associated with it that you should never ignore:

1. Pain- According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s believed that fibromyalgia affects the way the brain processes pain signals and this causes them to be magnified. While the pain is generally widespread all over the body, the most common areas where it’s felt is the back, neck, abdomen, and in muscles. People report feeling a range of pain types, from sharp and severe pain that’s long lasting, to a milder yet constant dull ache that lasts for at least 3 months or longer. In addition, the pain is oftentimes felt more at night and over the counter medicines do not alleviate it.

2. Tiredness and Fatigue- Pain is one reason why those with fibromyalgia have difficulty sleeping and when they do fall asleep the quality is poor so they don’t feel as rested as they otherwise should. A common complaint is that no matter how much sleep they get, they wake up feeling tired and worn out.

3. Lack of Mental Focus- Another common symptom is what’s known as “fibro fog” and it’s when a person’s cognitive abilities, such as concentration, paying attention, focusing, and remembering things, are negatively impaired. This results in confusion and a lack of mental clarity which can be extremely frustrating and disconcerting.

4. Sensory Issues- Many people report feeling extra sensitive to temperature changes and their bodies are seemingly unable to regulate it properly. Some may feel super hot or freezing cold even if the temperature changes only just slightly. Another sensory related symptom is paraesthesia, the feeling of pins and needles in hands, feet, arms, and legs. The tingly discomfort can last anywhere from a minute or two to well over an hour or more and some people also experience numbness as well.

5. Gastrointestinal Issues- Having abnormal and excessive gas, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and nausea are all common symptoms and should be monitored closely. Also, fibromyalgia is often found in patients who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux disease, and those who have interstitial cystitis, which is a painful bladder condition.

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Are You Able To Pass This Color Blind Test? Find Out Below

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Colors make the world a much more beautiful, brighter, and better place to live in. Without them things would be dreary and muted, and it’d be a terrible thing if our color vision were to ever change for the worse.

It’s no surprise that we often take our ability to see colors for granted, but many of us may not even be able to see colors as well as we think we can in the first place! People are simply all over the map when it comes to eyesight and many are affected by some type or degree of color blindness. The chances of someone having impaired color vision are surprisingly high and according to the website colourblindawareness.org, around 1:12 men and 1:200 women display some degree of color blindness.

Color blindness sounds pretty severe but it’s not what many assume it to be. Instead of total and complete blindness to all things color, it’s actually better described as a perceptive deficiency in someone’s color vision. As such, the levels of deficiency range from problems seeing specific colors, to an overall decreased ability in differentiating between colors, to a complete and total inability to see colors at all, which is thankfully incredibly rare.

While most cases of colorblindness are genetic in origin, and people are born with it, a smaller number of individuals acquire it later in life. Other potential causes include some type of trauma or accidents that result in either brain damage, retinal damage, or both. Overexposure to ultraviolet light, which can easily damage the retina, is also a common cause. However, when a person suddenly acquires color vision deficiency later in life, and it’s not attributed to trauma or UV light, it could potentially stem from drugs, a disease, chemical exposure, or age related macular degeneration. That means that you may have developed some form of color blindness and don’t even know it!

There’s really only one way to find out how well you can actually see and that is by having your vision tested. Even though a professional eye doctor is the most qualified person who can accurately check and diagnose your eyesight, you can always put your color perception to the test in the comfort of your own home. This simple quiz is a quick and easy way to determine how strong, or weak, your color vision is at this point in life. All you have to do is pick the one color that appears to be different from the rest. If you find that the questions are easy, you likely have no color vision issues, but if you find it difficult then you should definitely consider getting your eyes tested and checked out further by a professional. Press “Let’s Play” to begin and good luck!

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Apparently I’ve Been Peeling Oranges Wrong My Entire Life. This Is So Good To Know.

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Peeling an orange should be an easy task to do, at least that’s what we all have assumed at some point in our citrus eating lives! However, the sad truth is that most of us have no clue what we’re doing and end up making a big, sticky mess in the process. It turns out that there is a much better way to peel an orange than going in blind. So if you have ever struggled through attempts at peeling one open, you need to see this video.

The accompanying clip shows you exactly how to properly go about peeling a ripe, juicy, delicious orange without making a mess. The method is everything you’d want it to be; quick, easy, efficient, simple. All that you really need is a sharp knife and in less than sixty seconds you’ll be done. This technique will also reduce the chances of getting orange juice sprayed in your eyes, which is always a painful experience that no one ever enjoys.

Here is the best way to peel an orange without making a sticky mess. First, place the orange securely on a flat surface so it sits length-wise. Take a sharp knife and carefully cut off both ends of the orange. Next, make a slit down through the middle, but only cut to the center and then stop. This is key to this trick and you want to still have one piece that’s all in-tact, so don’t cut all the way through the orange!

Now grasp the orange at each side of the slit you just made and pull down sideways to split it neatly open. It should unfold to reveal the delicious inner fruit pieces and now you can remove any seeds or the white part, which is called the pith of the orange, if you don’t like how that tastes. What you’re left with are chunks of orange that you can easily peel off the rind and eat, so chow down and enjoy the fruits of your labor without making a mess!

The next time you reach for an orange be sure to try this technique and definitely check out the video to see how it’s properly done because once you see it, it’ll stick with you forever.

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The Simplest Way To Never Get Poison Ivy Again. This Is Such an Awesome Life Hack.

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From an early age we are taught that certain things need to be avoided in life, and poison ivy should always be at the top of the list of plants to stay far away from. Anyone who spends a lot of time enjoying the great outdoors, whether they’re hiking, working, playing, gardening, or the like, needs to be aware of what poison ivy plants look like. That way when they spot it they can give it a wide berth and avoid the painful, itchy rashes that it can cause.

The terrible rashes caused by poison ivy are never a laughing matter. At a minimum they are itchy and uncomfortable but some people suffer severe reactions and develop blisters that can leave scars or even worse. Tolerance for poison ivy varies from one person to the next, some of us may never experience a reaction to it while others break out without even coming into direct contact with the plant.

The nasty rashes are specifically caused by urushiol, an oily chemical resin that is found in the plant’s stems and leaves. Anything that comes into contact with urushiol picks it up and this is why the rash has the potential to spread so easily. Many times people don’t need to actually touch the plant because other items do, and so when you touch them the oil gets transferred to your skin. For example, if you drive over poison ivy the oil gets on your car tires, then if you touch the tires it gets on your hands and skin, and from there whatever else you touch may end up with urushiol oil on it. Other than tires, the most common items that get contaminated are things like rakes, gardening tools, chainsaws, shoes, and clothing.

While the best way to prevent a poison ivy rash is to avoid the plant in the first place, that’s obviously not always possible! If and when you ever come into contact with it down the line, you need to know this simple trick that can save you a lot of pain and suffering. The information that scientist and wildlife enthusiast Jim Brauker covers will help to minimize the risks and cut down on the odds of you developing the dreaded rash. As you can see in the video, he is actually holding the plant with his bare hands which means there is definitely urushiol all over them. However, he won’t get a rash because he knows the secret to stopping the toxic oil in its tracks!

According to Mr. Brauker, as soon as you know or even suspect that you have come into contact with poison ivy you need to wash the area thoroughly within 2-8 hours of exposure. The sooner you get the oil off, the better, and only use cold water, soap, and a clean washcloth when scrubbing it from your skin.

Using a washcloth is what’s most important here because it gives you the friction that is needed to really scrub, lift, and pick up all the oil off your skin. Without a washcloth or something similar to it, such as a loofah or towel, you can’t effectively remove all the urushiol. Using just your hands and soap only serves to spread the oil around and traces of it will still be left no matter how thoroughly you think you’ve cleaned the area. It doesn’t matter what type of soap you use, anything on hand will work fine. However, only use cold water and never wash with hot water because it opens pores up, which helps allow urushiol into your skin. After thoroughly scrubbing and rinsing the contaminated area, pat it dry with a fresh clean towel and continue to monitor it for any changes, just in case.

Here are some helpful sayings that provide more details on how to identify poison ivy plants. You’ve likely heard of these before, but one may be new and it’s always good to refresh your memory:

“Leaves of three, let them be. Leaves of five, let them thrive.” The first part of this old rhyme helps you to remember how to identify a poison ivy plant. The second half helps to prevent other vine-type plants that look similar to poison ivy from being wrongly associated or confused with it.

“Longer middle stem, don’t touch them.” Out of the three total leaves on a poison ivy plant, the middle one will have the longest stem.

“Hairy vine, no friend of mine.” The vines will have lots of tiny little ‘hairs’ that help it stick to things as it climbs. This is good to know since the leaves die and fall off in the fall/winter, but the stems, roots, and vines can still all give you a rash because they too contain urushiol oil.

Finally, there are other things to look for which include; glossy leaves with either smooth or toothed edges, and in late summer the plants (sometimes, not always) grow white berry clusters.

Please pass these tips on to all of the hikers, gardeners, nature enthusiasts, and other people you know who are likely to run into poison ivy and help them stay safe this summer!

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Doctors Reveal The Strange Reason Why Some People Hate The Taste Of Cilantro.

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Out of the following statements, which one do you agree with the most?

1) Cilantro tastes good, I don’t mind eating it.
2) Cilantro tastes like soap, I hate and cannot eat it.

It seems that those are the two sides of where peoples opinion of the leafy green herb fall. For as long as humans have been cooking with and eating cilantro, it has divided us. In fact, the aversion to it was so strong that researchers decided to look into it and what they found is that between 4-14% of all people surveyed on the matter claim to hate it!

If you aren’t a cilantro hater then you’re probably wondering what makes it so terrible. Imagine for a moment that everything you sprinkle the herb on ends up tasting like soap, and there’s your answer! All the delicious tasting soups, salads, smoothies, salsas, and really any dish that is even garnished with a dash of cilantro instantly becomes ruined by the mere presence of it. If this YouTube comment made by Dan Heidel under the accompanying video doesn’t get the aversion people feel across, perhaps nothing will, “’tastes like soap’ really doesn’t do it justice. It’s like a mix of dish soap, rotten meat and bleach.” Yuck!

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In the search for answers as to why so many people find cilantro to be soapy tasting scientists discovered that the answer may be genetic in origin. They found a common characteristic in the haters that links their dislike to a specific gene that is ultra sensitive to the chemical make up of certain aldehydes found in cilantro. Those same aldehydes also just so happen to be a byproduct of soap making, which explains why having this gene is what seems to make cilantro taste soapy to some people, while those who lack the gene don’t experience that gross kind of taste. For more information on the research and a better scientific understanding of it all please refer to the video which does an excellent job explaining all of this and more.

In the end, these interesting findings have led scientists to believe that there must be other genes that affect and factor into our sense of taste and smell. While that doesn’t change the way anyone feels about cilantro, it could lead to major breakthroughs down the line. In the meantime, if the stuff tastes like rotten dish soap to you keep avoiding it and find comfort in the thought that you aren’t alone, there are others like you!

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What Level Sensitivity Is Your OCD Radar? Take The Quiz Below and Find Out.

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Have you ever felt the need to do something that you know is a little weird, but you have to do it regardless of how strange it may seem, because if you don’t then it’s all you can think about? Many people experience little quirks that pop up and they suddenly find themselves obsessing uncontrollably over them. Take for example the urge to always check and see if the stove or lights are turned off or that a door is locked. Every once in awhile it’s normal to freak out because you don’t remember if you switched the oven off after dinner, but checking it multiple times a day, even when you haven’t used it to bake anything in awhile, is definitely not normal.

If you suspect that you might be a little too obsessive or compulsive about things, then you probably have some degree of OCD, aka Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, the clinical definition of OCD is when you have “unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions).” People who fit the profile of having this mental disorder perform certain rituals and activities in specific ways that would seem odd to anyone else, but in their minds it makes complete and perfect sense. The most common reported compulsions include behaviors like repetitive hand washing, checking or counting things, cleaning, and an inability to throw stuff out. The obsessions are often completely overwhelming and so strong that people feel like they absolutely must perform their rituals, and many easily end up spending an hour or more doing them every single day.

If this all sounds a little too familiar, then you may be among the estimated 2.3% of American adults who experience OCD in any given year. That comes out to about 3.3 million people whose lives get taken over and negatively affected by the need and urge to perform behaviors that they can’t seem to control.

Only a doctor can determine and diagnose you as having OCD or not, so if you suspect that you may have it, definitely consult your doctor. However, you can take this quiz to see what level your OCD is, if you even have it at all. It examines how your brain and mind evaluate different scenarios and images of disorder to figure out what pleases or displeases you. These things can indicate whether or not a person has OCD so take it now and see what your results say!

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