A symptom is a sign or an indication of a disorder or disease. They are usually experienced by an individual as a change from normal function, sensation, or appearance. Subjective and observed by the individual, symptoms are not measured. This category is for questions regarding the indication or signs of the existence of diseases or disorders in one's health.

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Pregnancy Symptoms
Periods while Pregnant

What are some symptoms of being pregnant?

It is important to remember that everybody's experience is different. It is also not uncommon to have a different experience with each consecutive pregnancy.

The time of the year can effect your symptoms. Summer pregnancy's tend to be harder and more exhausting.

Some common symptoms of pregnancy include:

- Nausea or full blown morning sickness

- Food cravings

- Dramatic increase in breast size

- Sore, tender, swollen breasts

- Itchy skin (breasts and belly)

- Tied

- Irritable

- Widening of the hips

- Expansion of the rib cage

- Weight gain

- Skin conditions ie. rashes, acne

- Feeling hot

- Swollen ankles

- Water retention

- Back pain

- Glowing skin

- Thick healthy hair (increase in hair volume)

Mental Health

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Symptoms include:

  • Often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming while seated.
  • Having difficulty remaining seated.
  • Having difficulty awaiting turn in games or group activities.
  • Often blurting out answers before questions are completed.
  • Having difficulty in following instructions.
  • Having difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.
  • Often shifting from one uncompleted task to another.
  • Having difficulty playing quietly.
  • Often talking excessively.
  • Often interrupting or intruding on others.
  • Often not listening to what is being said.
  • Often forgetting things necessary for tasks or activities.
  • Often engaging in physically dangerous activities without considering possible consequences.
  • Being easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.
  • Often fails to give close attention to details.
  • Often makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities.
  • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.
  • Often becomes easily distracted by irrelevant sights, sounds and extraneous stimuli.
  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace.
  • Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.
  • Often avoids tasks, such as schoolwork or homework, that require sustained mental effort.
  • Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities, like school assignments, pencils, books, or tools.
  • Often is forgetful in daily activities.
  • Rarely follows instructions carefully and completely.
  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  • Often show little or no restrain in controlling their emotions
  • Often becomes immersed in an activity they enjoy

Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, is hard to define due to the fact it encompasses so many differing symptoms. The common traits are usually difficulty to pay attention due to being distracted easily, forgetfulness, inability to process future implications of actions and low or underweight, lean bodies. In some cases, though, instead of distractions being harder to avoid, people will hyperfocus, or not be aware of anything at all but what they are doing, and oftentimes obsess when making conversation. Many cases are in between. The problem falls in the fact that it encompasses such a wide range, there are intermediate cases and unique cases. A link between add and children's depression is theorized due to medications that treat add sometimes causing depression. It also goes the other way around.

Hope this helps, and for more information try finding a good psychologist or psychiatrist and ask if you think you may have it.

ADD is when you cant focus and you don't pay attention all the time when you are suppose to. your mind wanders all the time and you can hardly sit still. you space out a lot more then normal and you have a hard time keeping friends.

Impatiences also is very common.

Here are people answering and sharing their experiences about ADD:

  • I always had a hard time keeping my house clean and organized. I was always cleaning but not getting much done. You know, cleaning in one room and having to go to another room for something and then start cleaning in there...etc...etc...before you know it, not much of anything is done. One day I just said forget it. The messier it got, the more depressed I got and was totally unable to do any cleaning because of the disorganization. I found that if you have ADD, its best to rid of all clutter and I mean all. It makes a world of difference. I told my mom about this, about how it's hard for me to clean because it's so "confusing" and she laughed. She can laugh all she wants cause she has it too, but won't admit to it.

    My dad used to ask me if I was doing drugs, which I wasn't.

    I will turn on the news to watch the weather only to find myself watching the sports since I had "taken a mind trip" for about 15 minutes. This happens quite frequently. I can even think about the fact that I may do this when I turn on the news so I try to pay attention and It still happens. It's crazy!

    I make lists for everything too but can't find them most of the time.

    For years I purchased over the counter ephedrine at the gas stations. This made me feel as normal as possible.

    I didn't know that I had ADD but I knew that I was different from most others and often have a hard time keeping friends, boyfriends, jobs or anything else for that matter...loosing lots of stuff.

    When I get on the Internet all holiness breaks loose cause I can have 20 screens open at a time, going from one topic to another, jotting down notes incessantly.

    I really thought I was crazy until I was diagnosed. I was 39 when diagnosed. My daughter has been diagnosed as well. She is 16 and I'm so glad that she won't have to go thru her life thinking she is "less than" because of this condition.

  • I recommend this website: Medical Information. Lots of information here, including symptoms, a screener, etc.
  • Also search for "ADHD" at these other sites: Mayo Clinic and Merck.
  • Frustration, frustration and more frustration! I can't seem to finish anything. Even if I make a list to remind myself I lose the list or forget to take it to the store. I have ideas racing through my head and I am very ambitious, but never accomplish much. I then get depressed and feel hopeless
  • When I was in grade school, I was always running around, even when my teachers forced me to sit down. I was always causing trouble, constantly forgetting to complete and hand in assignments, always daydreaming, and there wasn't a single week that went by without me staying behind for punishment. I had no friends, and my classmates all made fun of me, calling me "the different/naughty kid", and due to my ADHD, I had a very short fuse and always got into fights, getting me into deeper trouble.
  • Now, in High school I switched from Ritalin to Concerta, a slow release medication which works wonders. I have better organization, have plenty of friends and a better grip on my emotions. However, I do occasionally drift off, and my short fuse does go off sometimes (the subject of my annoyance or frustration is usually a slightly annoying girl that has a slightly annoying crush on me) , but I try my best.
Hyper-focus: ADD is less a deficiency of attention than the inability to regulate one's attention mechanism.This is discussed in the book "Driven to Distraction", which I read per my doctor's recommendation. The book describes one almost contradictory symptom of ADD called hyper-focus. It is when one focuses on some task or item of interest to the degree of forgetting everything else going on. It tends to be a very enjoyable state of mind, losing yourself in some enjoyable activity so to speak. The ability to hyper-focus (without stimulant medications) is one of the distinguishing traits of ADD or ADHD. Typically this symptom is present in most people with ADD, myself included. The problem is it tends to occur at random or at least with little conscious control. Whereas having the ability to switch this on and off at will would make for much less of the disaster area (speaking for myself only) that ADHD causes.

It would be unusual for an adult to suddenly get Attention Deficit Disorder as it is usually something that happens in childhood and carries through to adulthood. Adults with ADD / ADHD struggle daily with self-regulation, regulating their attention, regulating their impulses in talking and action, and regulating their emotions.

But this condition needs to be diagnosed by a doctor as there are other disorders that have similar symptoms
you get hyper
You are extremely hyper all the time, get distracted really easily, and like to talk ALOT. Those are the basic symptoms of ADHD.

Conditions and Diseases

What are the symptoms of ADD?

Ones memory only retains the strange and unusual, unless the person is tutored. When tutored they can become honor roll students! Terrible at spelling words forever.

Keeping one attention on things is difficult. Doing exercise like riding a bike fast, breathing deep just right can take this away for about 12 hours. The terrible spelling stays.

No drugs can help; just the opposite!

Believing in God dose help.

Pregnancy Symptoms
Vital Signs

What are the symptoms right before your period?

Reasons for Menstrual Period Symptoms

Studies indicate that almost 80% women suffer the effects of menstrual discomforts. The world over women experience some typical symptoms of menstrual period flow. But we first need to know the mechanics behind the activity to understand why these symptoms appear and what makes them such a problem.

Every month a woman's ovaries release one egg into her uterus. This egg stays there , waiting to be fertilized, and after a few days, is discharged from the uterus along with its tissue lining . This was the lining that had been prepared by nature to create a soft, warm cocoon for the fetus that would have been conceived had the egg got fertilised. This is nature's own baby basket and its warm lining.

But when the egg doesn't get fertilized, and is expelled from the body with a bloody vaginal discharge, this is called the menstrual flow. This process is called menstruation. As this blood, tissue and the egg flow out from the vagina, they cause some physical discomfort but most of the pain associated with the menstrual flow is largely hormones related.

Menstrual Period Symptoms

The most common symptom of menstruation is the pain in the abdomen. In many cases this is located at the lower abdomen or lower back area. The pain usually starts from a couple of days before the actual flow starts and is generally referred to as PMS - Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. There are other symptoms that are equally discomforting but until very recently it was dismissed as female drivel , fuss over a pain that is nowhere else except for in the imagination. But science has now established that discomforts and pain during the menstrual flow are not psychological, they have very physical roots. Most of these pains are caused by dramatically fluctuating hormone levels in the body. Whoever said that the ability to give birth would come easy?

The pain or menstrual cramps usually come because during the first five days of the menstrual period, the uterus is contracting in spasms, in order to shed the lining. The pain is a much milder form of what she will experience during childbirth, also a contractions- led activity. The muscle contractions here are cause by a chemical called prostaglandins. This hormone causes the muscles of the uterus to contract for a longer period of time, sometimes depriving it of oxygen. This is what causes menstrual cramps.

Then after 14 days, the hormonal level changes to prepare for the release of the next egg. The hormone levels of both estrogen and progesterone keep rising till about 4 days before the next period, and then, if fertilization has not taken place, they fall. This sudden change causes more irritation and emotional imbalance in a woman. People refer this discomfort to, when they talk about 'that time of the month'.

Around the time ovulation happens there is a pain in the back, abdomen or even dizziness. Just about a week before the actual menstrual period flow starts, the woman may experience bloating. This is water retention on legs and around the middle, sometimes even the face. The other symptoms are breast tenderness, decreased activity levels and lack of sleep. Some women also experience changes in appetite while some others break out in acne. There sometimes seems to be a slight loss of coordination, so many women experience trouble in driving in this PMS state. A woman approaching this time usually experiences attacks of anxiety and social withdrawal. The most common of all symptoms, is irritability or moodiness, depression and angry outbursts. Nausea, headache, gas in the abdomen, indigestion and sometimes even diarrhea are common symptoms and pains of menstrual period. If these pains get more severe than normal, they are taken to be a disorder called dysmenorrhea.

The bad news is that menstrual pain and discomfort does not spare any woman who is in the fertile age bracket, usually between 12 and 51. Class, culture, body type, even race make no difference.

Conditions and Diseases
Swine Flu (H1N1/09)

What are the symptoms of Swine Flu - Novel H1N1?

Symptoms of H1N1/09 (Pandemic swine flu):

Having a single one of these symptoms does not mean you have pandemic swine flu, but, you don't need to have all of these symptoms to suspect infection, either. The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza. Watch for some combination of the following symptoms:

  1. Fever of 101°F (41°C) or higher
  2. Coughing
  3. Headache
  4. Sneezing
  5. Body Aches
  6. Fatigue
  7. Dizziness
  8. Chest pain
  9. Abdominal pain
  10. Shortness of breath
  11. Malaise
  12. Runny Nose
  13. Sore throat
  14. Vomiting
  15. Diarrhea
  16. Rigors (chills or shivers)

Caution: If you suspect that you might have a flu infection, consult a physician as soon as possible. Don't wait!

It is important for people who have chronic health conditions, women who are pregnant, and people with other high risk factors to pay special attention to warning signs. Influenza can make the symptoms, of other chronic medical conditions, worse

For Children: who may need urgent medical attention, symptoms include:

  • fast breathing or trouble breathing;
  • blueish or gray skin color;
  • not drinking enough fluids;
  • severe, persistent vomiting;
  • not waking up or not interacting;
  • being so irritable that the child doesn't want to be held;
  • flu-like symptoms, after improving, return later with greater intensity.

These are warning signs that physicians think about all the time with respiratory infections and are good things for parents to have in mind at all times but especially with the Novel H1N1 strain.

For Adults: who may need urgent medical attention, symptoms include:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath;
  • pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen;
  • sudden dizziness, confusion;
  • persistent or severe vomiting that doesn't go away;
  • and flu-like symptoms that improve, but then come back again with a fever or worsening of cough.

Other underlying medical conditions* can create the potential for more severe illness, and it is for that reason that people who have these underlying conditions, or the family members who care for such people, need to remain vigilant about these warning signs emerging. For a list of the those at most risk of the swine flu and of complications due to it, see below.

It's often best to contact a health care provider for advice before going to an office or care center and waiting for an appointment. That's also a better strategy than going to an emergency room, but these warning signs can help people differentiate a cough or cold or respiratory symptoms without warning signs, from the type of signs that might lead you to want to get help from a medical provider urgently.

To prevent catching swine flu, colds or other strains of flu and viruses:

If you live with or care for someone known to have the swine flu virus, you should assume that you, too, can spread the disease. Wear a surgical face mask (model N95) while contacting and tending to someone with a virus, especially children, in case they cough or sneeze when you are close to them. Wash hands always before you touch your face, nose, eyes and mouth and before (as well as after) you touch other people's faces, mucous tissue. You should also wash your hands after you cough or sneeze and always use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose. Immediately throw the tissue away after one use. Wash your hands after touching used tissues. Cough into your elbow if you do not have a tissue. Don't use your bare hand unless you wash hands immediately after and before you touch anything or anyone.

To prevent spreading swine flu, colds or other strains of flu and viruses:

Even if you do not yet have symptoms, you can have the virus and spread it before you know you have it for one or two days after catching the flu. When you know you have been exposed, or when you know the risk is high for catching it, wash hands very frequently.

Stay home from work or errands when sick, and keep your kids home if they or others in your family have any symptoms. The schools will recommend if it is safe for your children to attend school if there are other children from the school infected. Be prepared with day care alternatives if the schools announce a closure. Flu virus can live for approximately two hours on hard surfaces, perhaps longer on moist or soft materials. Use disinfectants recommended for control of viruses on surfaces that are commonly touched, such as telephones, door knobs, light switches, TV remote controllers, chair arms, public pens and pencils (take your own), and grocery cart handles, as well as the lavatory knobs, handles, and surfaces.


  1. Wash hands very frequently and be alert to what you touch with them.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and or coughing.
  3. Stay away from large groups of people and around 6.
  4. Don't touch your eyes nose or mouth without washing hands first.
  5. Stay home when sick so other people don't get it.

For additional information on preventing exposure to and distribution of the flu viruses, see the related questions below.

*Underlying Medical Conditions or Other Factors That Create Higher Risk:

  • children younger than 5 years old;
  • persons aged 65 years or older;
  • children and adolescents (younger than 18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infections;
  • pregnant women;
  • adults and children who have pulmonary disorders (including asthma, for example) or who have cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders (such as diabetes);
  • adults and children who have immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications like steroids and post-transplant drugs, or caused by HIV/AIDS), and;
  • residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.
  • people who are morbidly obese (see related question: Is obesity a risk factor for morbidity and mortality with Novel H1N1 - Swine Flu?)

Information for those in the UK, from NHS:

A doctor faced with a symptomatic patient cannot yet predict with certainty the course of their illness and whether or not they will be in the small proportion who may become more seriously ill. This is why antiviral medication is still being given to all those with swine flu in the UK, subject to their doctor's discretion. A doctor faced with a symptomatic patient cannot yet predict with certainty the course of their illness and whether or not they will be in the small proportion who may become more seriously ill. This is why antiviral medication is still being given to all those with swine flu in the UK, subject to their doctor's discretion.

More information taken from the NHS website:

It is important that as swine flu spreads, you know the symptoms of the disease so you can recognise it in yourself and others at an early stage.

Please read the information about the swine flu on the NHS website and consider your symptoms carefully before using the National Pandemic Flu Service mentioned below.

During the pandemic in 2009, most swine flu cases were mild, with symptoms similar to those of seasonal flu. Only a small number of people had more serious symptoms.

If you or members of your family end up with a fever (high temperature over 38°C/100.4°F) along with two or more of the following symptoms, you may have swine flu:

  • unusual tiredness,
  • headache,
  • runny nose,
  • sore throat,
  • shortness of breath or cough,
  • loss of appetite,
  • aching muscles,
  • diarrhoea or vomiting.

Checking For Symptoms:

It makes sense to always have a working thermometer at home, as fever is one of the main signs of this and many other infectious diseases.

The NHS website provides a National Pandemic Flu Service#. If you are concerned you may have swine flu, stay at home and check your symptoms using the online guides at the pandemic flu service.

Call your GP directly if:

  • you have a serious existing illness that weakens your immune system, such as cancer,
  • you are pregnant,
  • you have a sick child under one year old,
  • your condition suddenly gets much worse, or
  • your condition is still getting worse after seven days (five days for a child).

# Note: the National Pandemic Flu Service is a new online service that will assess your symptoms and, if needed, provide an authorisation number that can be used to collect antiviral medication from a local collection point. For those who do not have internet access, the same service can be accessed by telephone on:

  • Telephone: 0800 151 3100
  • Minicom: 0800 151 3200

For more information available on the National Pandemic Flu Service site go to Flu Service: Q&A.

High-risk groups:

For most people, swine flu is a mild illness. Some people get better by staying in bed, drinking plenty of water and taking over-the-counter flu medication.

However, some groups of people are more at risk of serious illness if they catch swine flu, and will need to start taking antiviral medication as soon as it is confirmed that they have the flu.

It is already known that you are particularly at risk if you have:

  • chronic (long-term) lung disease,
  • chronic heart disease,
  • chronic kidney disease,
  • chronic liver disease,
  • chronic neurological disease (neurological disorders include motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease),
  • immunosuppression (whether caused by disease or treatment)and/or
  • diabetes mellitus.

Also at risk are:

  • patients who have had drug treatment for asthma within the past three years,
  • pregnant women,
  • people aged 65 and older, and
  • young children under five years old.

It is vital that people in these higher-risk groups who catch swine flu get antivirals and start taking them as soon as possible, preferrably within 48 hrs of first signs.

Pregnancy Symptoms
Morning Sickness

How soon do you get morning sickness after becoming pregnant?

This information is from health care professionals and groups such as Mayo Clinic, and should be used as a point of reference or as a generality, because each pregnancy is unique:

Morning sickness is a symptom some women feel during early pregnancy. It starts after conception which may or may not occur after unprotected intercourse. So, first confirm that you are pregnant by using a home pregnancy test, and if positive, make an appointment for a health care professional to confirm those results and to start prenatal care.

Once you have a confirmed pregnancy, the morning sickness usually starts around the first 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy and it tends to get worse over the next month or so after it begins. However, for some women, the queasiness begins as early as two weeks after conception.

Morning sickness for the majority of women stops around the 12 th week, but for many women it continues until the 14th to 16th week. About half of the women feel complete relief by 14 weeks. For the rest, it may take one more month or so for it to stop. It can return later, and for some unlucky women it can come and go throughout the entire pregnancy. There isn't a set time for it to stop because each woman is different, and each pregnancy is different.

If nausea and vomiting persists well into the second trimester (after the 13th week) you should contact your doctor just to be on the safe side. It isn't harmful to you or your baby unless you have excessive vomiting and can't keep anything down. If you are unable to eat or drink fluids and keep it down for 24 hours straight, you may have something called hyperemesis gravidarum. This condition can be harmful to both you and your baby, so you should contact your doctor right away to see if you need any special treatment.

As stated above, each pregnancy is unique, so here is some information from various contributors about their experiences:

  • It starts at about the 4th-6th week of pregnancy and lasts until the 14th or 16th week.
  • Morning sickness can occur at any stage of pregnancy but is more common in early pregnancy. It can start as soon as you become pregnant, or before you even know you may be pregnant, this is usually due to all the hormones whizzing around inside you and your body trying to keep up with all the changes and surges of hormones.
  • Some women never have morning sickness, some have it in the morning, some in the evening and others all day. With my first I had nausea in the evenings and would fall asleep about 7pm, this lasted until about 13 weeks.
  • With my second I had no nausea or tiredness, and it turned out to be twins.
  • It varies from woman to woman... When I was pregnant with my girls, I have 2, I had morning sickness from 4 weeks up to month 5, straight. With my boys, no morning sickness at all.
  • I started feeling sick one week after my missed period, which is how I found out that I was pregnant.
  • You can have morning sickness early. When I was pregnant with my son, I found out I was pregnant 2 weeks after unprotected sex due to morning sickness!! I had been getting it for almost a week before it got so bad, I knew it wasn't a bug!
  • Well, one week after conceiving, the embryo is no larger than a bundle of cells in your uterus. Morning sickness due to pregnancy does not occur until the embryo is implanted and producing sufficient hormones to affect you, usually from about 3 weeks after conception.
  • Everyone is different, you may get it within a week of being pregnant, or at any time. Some people only have it for the first trimester and for others it may be with them all through the nine months (but usually not every day). Morning sickness can happen any time during the day, not just in the morning. I had it only if I ate certain foods, but in the first couple of weeks, I felt like I wanted to throw up but I never would. Right now I am 10 weeks into pregnancy and feel great. I just sleep ALOT but that is normal.
  • Weeks six through twelve for me.
  • I got it at 5 weeks, most women get it at 6 weeks, but some can get it as soon as 3 weeks (it is just more common not to get it until 5-6 weeks).
  • I've been pregnant twice and I began symptoms around a month into it both times.
  • Some women have it in the first week or so and some women never have it.
  • Some people don't get it, some people do. Usually it hits at about 3-4 wks
  • It can vary with every pregnancy. I have had three kids and all have been different. My first pregnancy I had a feeling of light headedness within 2 weeks of my missed period. In my last trimester it probably settled down at about the 8 month mark. My second pregnancy was totally different. I may have had a few days that I felt lightheaded or my blood sugar was low, but it was a breeze. The last, all I wanted to do was eat and I was queasy just for 3 months or so. So you never know what it is going to be like. I know someone said "the more sick you are the healthier the baby."
  • You can feel morning sickness as early as a week after conception or sooner.
  • I think it's different for each woman, and each woman's pregnancy. I think the general rule is the first trimester.
  • Morning sickness usually starts (if at all) between the 4th and 8th week after conception. On average, morning sickness lasts until sometime between the 14th and the 22nd week.
  • As soon as conception occurs, hormones are released to prepare your body for the upcoming months of pregnancy and the eventual birth of your baby. These hormones signal to your body to increase blood volume and to prepare the uterus for upcoming growth. Even your joints and muscles have to relax to enable them to move out of the way of your growing baby. These hormones are also causing your morning sickness. Until your body adjusts to the new hormone levels, you may be feeling nauseous. Every pregnant woman reacts differently to these hormonal changes, making it hard to pinpoint exactly how soon after conception morning sickness starts.
  • The majority of pregnant women start to experience morning sickness somewhere between the 4th and 8th week of pregnancy. It can, however start as early as the day after conception. For some women, it doesn't start until about the 19th week of pregnancy, and some never experience it.
  • Morning sickness can also occur at any time of day -- not just the morning!
  • Usually it ends at the end of the first three months (first trimester) - It was like clockwork for me. I felt great at the beginning of the 2nd Trimester!
  • It often starts in American movies the day after fertilization or conception (along with fainting). However, in reality, it begins after about six to eight weeks.
  • Morning sickness caused by pregnancy begins between the 4th and 7th week after last menstrual period, and it resolves by 20th week of gestation.
  • Morning sickness affects 50-70% of pregnant women. Which means, there is a chance that you will not get morning sickness at all. However, morning sickness is also a good sign for a successful pregnancy, because women who experience morning sickness (especially vomiting) are less likely to have miscarriages, stillbirths, low birth weight babies and preterm deliveries. In addition, one should avoid anti-emetics to treat morning sickness because the mechanism of how pregnancy causes morning sickness is not known. Your symptoms of pregnancy will usually appear anywhere from the first week of your expected period to 1-2 weeks after your first week of expected period. Your first signs of pregnancy most commonly include missed period, tender/swollen breasts, change in color of the breasts, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, increased sense of smell, and weight gain.
  • For some women it can happen as soon as the egg implants itself (the time of conception), which can take up to 5 days after fertilization. Usually during second pregnancies the woman will feel the sickness early and shows signs of pregnancy earlier than her first.
  • Morning sickness can affect a woman at any time in her pregnancy and at any time of the day too. It is more common in the mornings and nearer the beginning of the pregnancy (hence the term!). I have heard of some women who had it very bad and almost right to the very end of their pregnancy. It's not common, but morning sickness affects different women in different ways and at different times - there truly is no "normal" with morning sickness!
  • It will show up only after two to three weeks into your pregnancy.
  • Usually it starts the first few weeks. It depends on your body because you may be one of a few women who do not experience morning sickness during pregnancy.
  • You may not have any nausea at all... if so, count yourself lucky. Some women get morning sickness all day, some only get a few bouts of nausea, some not at all. At six weeks you may be just about to start the nausea. If you do get nausea, eating something bland normally helps. Saltine crackers are a good thing to always have on hand for morning sickness. Morning sickness hit me at seven weeks until about three months.
Cold and Flu
Sinus Infections

What does it mean when you see blood while blowing your nose?

that your having a nose bleed.

if you get one:

hold a Kleenex up to your nose, while pinching the uppermost portion of you nose , and holding you head down.
If you are not bleeding a lot, it can be from cold air, dry heat in the house. I live in British Columbia where we can have rain and damp, then have freezing weather and the next day it's warm. Even the furnace being on in the house is drying. Look at your skin and if it looks dry, you bet your nose is dry. Even air conditioning can do it to you. You can use a little KY Jelly or vasoline inside your noise to keep it moist. As long as you are not bleeding profusely then there is nothing to worry about. If you've been blowing your nose often you've probably just given yourself a nosebleed by rupturing the blood vessels at the back of your nose. It's no big deal. It heals on its own. There are nose drops specially suited for this condition. Also saline nose spray can help. Try drinking more water and blowing your nose less. Everytime you blow your nose, you can be breaking up your clots. Give your nose time to heal, about a week. == ==

Pregnancy Symptoms

Can pregnancy symptoms start a week after intercourse?

In most cases, it is not possible to start having symptoms so early, since it takes the female body about two weeks to produce the HCG (pregnancy) hormone that make you feel pregnancy symptoms. However, every woman is different. Following are several opinions and experiences on this issue from contributors.

Please visit the discussion page if you would like to add to the discussion on this topic.

Experiences from contributors

  • Many women begin noticing slight symptoms within a day or two of implantation, which usually occurs 7-10 days after conception (not necessarily the same as 7-10 days after sex!). The pregnancy hormone, HCG, is not present in the bloodstream until after implantation, and sometimes can be detected by an early home pregnancy test as soon as 10 days past ovulation if pregnancy has occurred. After implantation, some women begin to feel the typical signs of early pregnancy -- sore breasts, slight nausea, etc. A friend of mine swears she always knew she was pregnant before she missed her period because her sinuses started acting up for no reason with all three of her pregnancies several days before her period was due. It's really very different for every woman. Still, developing symptoms at one week past conception seems very unlikely.
  • Implantation occurs around 7 to 14 days after conception at which point a woman's body starts to produce the pregnancy hormone HCG. Everyone has different levels of this hormone and it is only present in small quantities to start with. High sensitivity pregnancy tests can detect this hormone up to 6 days before your period is due so theoretically YES you can feel pregnancy symptoms a week after conception and a week before your period is due! Because every woman has different hormone levels and every woman's body reacts differently to those hormones it is impossible to judge an individual case.
  • The best thing to do is to do a test on the day your period is due. If you can't wait for then buy a high sensitivity pregnancy test and use it first thing in the morning. Your first wee in the morning is more highly concentrated because you have had less fluids overnight and your bladder has been storing all the excreted hormones throughout the night. This makes it easier for a test to detect the hormones if you are not yet producing them in high quantities. If the result is negative and you do not have a period at the normal time then test again as it may just be that the hormone levels were too low to detect at the first test.
  • It's definitely possible to feel pregnancy symptoms one week after conception. Very few women know right when they conceive as their basal body temperature will be elevated. Coming from experience, I had unusual signs. I figured I was getting my period because my breasts were so sore, but they were sore all around, my nipples were killing me. I had pain in my lower right side which was for about 1 week straight. One night I was showering and the pain was so severe that I had to go to emerge thinking it was appendicitis. There were 2 possible things ectopic pregnancy or appendicitis. The doctor asked me if I could be pregnant and I said I don't think so. My period was due in about 3 days. We did try a few times but I didn't think it at the time. I gave a urine sample and the results came back negative. It was not appendicitis either. 3 1/2 weeks later the pain was still there so I booked an app with the doctors. They gave me an ultrasound to see if there was an ovarian cysts. The ultrasound tech asked if I was pregnant and I said nope. 1 week later the results came back and no ovarian cyst. At 5 weeks, I had heartburn, acid reflex, waking up early as I was very hungry. We took 2 tests and both were positive. I got a app booked 2 days later. Doctors found out I was 5 weeks along. I told them that I would be 5 weeks I knew 1 week after I conceived.
  • It's not possible to feel symptoms just one week after sex. It takes the female body about 2 weeks to produce the hormones that make you feel those symptoms. My first pregnancy it took me 2 MONTHS to even get any symptoms which were breast tenderness, missed period of course, and a little weight gain.
  • It is not likely. Symptoms are not generally noticeable until around the 5th week of conception, although some women do say they feel symptoms within two weeks. The most reliable symptom is a missed period
  • I have had two pregnancies where symptoms developed exactly a week after ovulation. The earliest symptom was slight nausea and then the next day I also had breast tenderness and tugging sensations deep in my uterus area. The first time I was ever pregnant, though, I didn't have any symptoms until the day after I missed my period. I'm guessing that I felt symptoms earlier with the next pregnancies because I was more attuned to the sensations of pregnancy (having done it before). I know people claim you can't feel things that early - but I know I did. Some people are probably just more sensitive to low levels of hormones than others.
Pregnancy Symptoms
Morning Sickness

What are the symptoms of morning sickness besides nausea and vomiting?

  • The term "Morning Sickness" usually refers to the nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. Up to 75% of pregnant women have morning sickness to varying degrees, usually occurring within the first three months of pregnancy. It is called "Morning Sickness" even though it can happen any time of the day or the night, it most often occurs when first waking in the morning. Sometimes weakness, feeling shaky, excessive salivation, heightened sense of smell, feeling faint or sweaty and clammy accompanies the nausea. Other symptoms of pregnancy occur simultaneously with these symptoms, but they are symptoms of the pregnancy itself not of morning sickness. These are: back pain, headaches, feeling fatigue, sleepiness, swollen and tender breasts, darkening of the color of the areola (area around the breast nipple), constipation, food cravings, frequent urination, and lower abdominal cramping.
  • When I was pregnant, I had a few severe dizzy spells in the first few months. I would be sitting down, watching TV or whatever, and I would all of a sudden feel like I was going to fall over and start spinning. I didn't know I was pregnant at the time, but once I realized it, the dizzy spells made more sense. There are certainly other causes for dizziness; at least the dizziness I have occasionally experienced, and here are a few: stress, sleeping problems, too much or not enough sugar if you do or could have any blood sugar issues, withdrawal from caffeine, alcohol, or any drugs, even prescription drugs.
  • Even before I missed my first period I knew I was pregnant; mostly because I was extremely dizzy. Sometimes I even had trouble walking straight.
  • Morning sickness will feel different for everyone, but the feeling of nausea is common. A pregnant woman may have intense instances of vomiting, occassional nausea, or uncomfortable queasiness. Headaches, fatigue and dizziness are common, as is an aversive sensitivity to particular smells.
  • Not everybody is the same. I started getting sick when I was about 11 to 13 weeks. it did not last long. The only time I threw up was when I smelled eggs or fish.
  • Heartburn.
Conditions and Diseases

What are the symptoms of autism for toddlers?

The simplest identifier is they do not turn their head when their name is called. Other normal babies look up from what they are doing when their name is called; autistics don't. When my child was born he would not even open his eyes to look at us. He sucked on his hand and hummed from the moment he was born. As the weeks and months passed he displayed behavior that was different from other children. He never anticipated that food was coming. Typical babies stop crying when you pick them up to feed or change them because they learn that care is coming. My first two anticipated that care was coming. My autistic child did not. When he was a toddler he did not grip when I held him as my first two did. He was dead weight. From the time he very small,as young as four months, he did not like switching from long sleeves to short. He avoided eye contact from the time he was born. Typical children seek eye contact. We felt that he did not need us in any emotional way like our first two did. He was very content with himself except to be fed and changed. He hummed himself to sleep from the time he was a few months old. He never seemed to take information in by observing. Everything we taught him had to be hand over hand. AUTISM is also called "Autism Spectrum" because someone with autism can be highly intelligent and author books on autism, or they can be severely disabled and need total care. And everywhere in between. Some early symptoms can be early speech, then not a word thereafter. Other symptoms include lack of eye contact, lack of affection (hugging them is actually "painful",) "flipping or flapping" their hands or objects, crying and being self abusive, obsessed with certain objects or activities, repetitive behaviors, not meeting "normal" milestones, odd eating rituals (will eat only 3-4 food items) and many other behaviors. There is no magic cure. Do some research, love your child and work to have them achieve what "professionals" say they will never do. On a recent course I learnt that a severally autistic child lives completely in their own world. they are usually unaware of their surroundings and people are just objects. They learn to 'use' people to get what ever it is they need but they do not usually form any type of bond. There is little eye contact and they be obsessive with objects. some autistic children can speak, other will not, but as a parent you may be able to teach your own method of communication, so that it is easier for the child to 'communicate' their needs and for you to understand them. An autistic child needs to have a very structured routine. They only feel safe when they know what is coming next. When learning a new routine it may be useful to carry out the same procedure many many times in different rooms as autistic children do not generalise (they dont take what they have learnt to any other place other than the place it was learnt in). establish routines and stick to them. do not introduce new things until complete familiarity has been establised Be patient, improvements will happen, really hope that this helps. I feel that the above answer is very misleading. There are degrees of Autism from mild or high functioning to severe. And yes there is no "magical Cure" but a child can recover. Children with Autism do not make eye contact, but some of them do show emotion and some do develop language. My personal belief is the some children with Austim have been injured by a variety of factors in there environment. For example, with my child it was partly genetics, he was born with a compromised immune system, then he had RSV Virus as an infant, he was given too many antibiotics as a baby for various ear infection to the point where he bled out of his colon and the vacines were the final attack on his system. Basically, like a computer, he crashed and his systems (primarily his brain function and nervous system) just couldn't take any more. My baby was saying some words at 6 months , he was making eye contact and pointing at objects. At 18 months however, the language disappeared as did the eye contact, he was ritualistic and repetative For instance, he loved anything that spun and could sit and spin objects for hours. Ceiling fans facinated him. His twin brother was right on target and so I became frantic when in my heart I new what was going on. I was devasted when I got the diagnosis but determined not to let him stay this way. First he began intense therapy of about 30 hours a week of ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis - this is a miracle worker), Speech and Occupational Therapy. I started to research and read everything I could and found out about special diets such as the gluten free / caesin free diet. This did not work for my son (it doesn't work for every child and its a miracle with some children). I learned about vitamins, probiotics and supplements. I started him on supplements as soon as I could and this was the turning point for my son. Amongst the supplements that I gave him, I purchased this really expensive juice called Mon Avie which has antioxidants and phytonutrients (the original formula) and saw subtle improvement. Then I started him on DMG and Acidophilus and saw some pretty significant change. I am going to try a vitamin supplement now called Super Nuthera from Kirkman Labs (they will happily guide you and answer questions). I also want to start methyl B12 vitamin strips. One thing at a time. Today he is a happy vibrant 3 year old who attends a typical nursery school with some support which we hope will not be needed soon. He talks and has an amazing personality.

Pregnancy Symptoms

How soon can you experience pregnancy symptoms?

* I had chest pain as first sign of pregnancy. Went to doctor and refused to do x-ray since i was trying to get pregnant. Pregnancy test was negative a day before. It was stabbing pain for few hours and then gone. When went to doctor, and that day at doc office it turned out positive (it was the day 28). they said it is because of change in hormones.

* All women experience them at different times. Some women say they never have symptoms. But I'd say the average is at about 4 to 6 weeks. If you think you're pregnant wait until you are a day or two late and take a home pregnancy test, this will help figure out if you are pregnant. == == == == * Many women begin noticing slight symptoms within a day or two of implantation, which usually occurs 7-10 days after conception (not necessarily the same as 7-10 days after sex!). The pregnancy hormone, HCG, is not present in the bloodstream until after implantation, and sometimes can be detected by an early home pregnancy test as soon as 10 days past ovulation if pregnancy has occurred. After implantation, some women begin to feel the typical signs of early pregnancy -- sore breasts, slight nausea, etc. A friend of mine swears she always knew she was pregnant before she missed her period because her sinuses started acting up for no reason with all three of her pregnancies several days before her period was due. It's really very different for every woman. Having no early symptoms is normal, but having several is normal, too.

Pregnancy Symptoms
Cold and Flu

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms of the Flu Although each person and each type of influenza can have varying symptoms, the most common general symptoms are:

  • sweating and fever (38-40C; 100-104F)
  • general muscle aches and pains,
  • a feeling of general tiredness,
  • dry, chesty cough,
  • sneezing,
  • running or blocked nose, and
  • difficulty sleeping.
  • occasional nausea

For adults the following symptoms are indicative of more serious complications and you should seek urgent medical attention if you have:

  • difficulty breathing,
  • pain or pressure in chest or abdomen,
  • sudden dizziness,
  • confusion, and/or
  • severe or persistent vomiting.

Babies and small children with flu can also have the following symptoms which should also be followed by a pediatrician or family doctor:

  • lethargy (drowsy, unresponsive, limp or floppy),
  • poor feeding,
  • fast breathing or trouble breathing,
  • bluish skin color,
  • not drinking enough fluids,
  • not waking or interacting,
  • being so irritable that child does not want to be held,
  • symptoms going away then the cough and fever return, only worse, and then fevers with rashes.

Additional related information:

Some of the secondary conditions related to the flu can include bacterial or viral pneumonia, ear infections, and sinus infections.

Complications from the flu can include dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes and/or worsening impacts from immuno-suppressed or immuno-stressed states such as pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, cancer chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy, and immuno-suppressing medications after organ transplants.

Seasonal influenza, often called "the flu", is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and occurs every year. Flu season in the northern hemisphere can begin as early as October and last as late as May. It also occurs in the cold part of the year in the southern hemisphere, which is during the summer time in the northern hemisphere.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a seasonal flu vaccination each year. September or October is the best time to get vaccinated in the Northern Hemisphere, but if you have not caught the flu by then, you can still get vaccinated effectively as late as March.
INfluenza usually appears in epidemic forman effects may people at once

Conditions and Diseases

What are the symptoms of mild epilepsy?

Epilepsy is diagnosed by a person having seizures. For some people the seizures are frequent and strong. Someone having a milder form will not get seizures very often. The seizures they get will be very mild, maybe manifesting themselves as short periods of loss of conciousness, or even just feeling a little "strange" (hard to really describe this as it is different for different people) for a moment and then feeling fine. They may feel like a seizure is coming on, but it never actually happens. Most seizures are preceded by something as a person feels it coming on. This is normally called an aura, which is different for different people, the strange feeling I mentioned. It could be a physical sensation. The seizure will then follow. Someone with a mild form may get an aura, but not have a full seizure at all.

some of the other side symptoms are that the person see double of evrything and sometime walks like they are drunk

Cold and Flu
Dieting and Weight Loss

Is it bad to lose 6 lbs in one day when sick?

Yes, you should contact your doctor. It can depend on what you are sick with, but whatever it is, you should consult your primary health care professional. It can be very bad for some people and not good for others. It likely does represent a loss of a lot of water weight because fat does not burn away that quickly. You are probably either dehydrated or at risk of serious dehydration from that. Loss of fluids in that amount from your body could come from profuse sweating with fever, vomiting, diarrhea or overuse of diuretics.


What Causes facial and tongue swelling?

You obviously know...since you posted this in the ALLERGIES section!?! You need to go to the Emergency Room because you are in Anaphylactic shock.

Laboratory Testing
Vital Signs

How much is normal body temperature?

98.6 degrees Fahrenheit

The normal body temperature in degrees Celsius is between 36.5 and 37.0

Oral Health and Dental Care

You wake up with lock jaw on the right side and it takes several hours to go away completely so what is it?

The condition is NOT true "lock jaw". Rather, a sore jaw on one side that makes it hard to open your mouth or chew is most likely that you clench your teeth at night. It's a common problem to many people living in these stressful days. A dentist can evaluate your bite and make a mouth guard for you to wear at night. The mouth guard helps to prevent clenching and so it keeps the jaw/facial muscles from going into spasm during the night.

Until you see the dentist, apply ice--not heat----to the jaw in front of the ear. Ice can be left on about 10-15 minutes, then off. You can repeat several times a day.


What could cause severe pain under my left bicep?

A muscle strain or an entrapped brachioradialis nerve. A swollen lymph node. Many thing, actually.

See a doctor.

Conditions and Diseases

What is encephalomalacia its symptoms and treatment?

In medicine, Cerebral softening (encephalomalacia) is a localized softening of the brain substance, due to hemorrhage or inflammation. Three varieties, distinguished by their color and representing different stages of the morbid process, are known respectively as red, yellow, and white softening.

This is one of the sequelae of "Pulpy Kidney Disease" or "Overeating Disease" in lambs and kids. A sudden access to diets rich in starch promotes the rapid proliferation of Clostridium perfringens Types B and D, in the large intestine. This bacterium produces epsilon toxin which causes endothelial damage throughout the body, especially in the kidney and brain. [1]

1. Softening of brain tissue, usually caused by vascular insufficiency or degenerative changes. Also called cerebromalacia.Source: The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary
Encephalomalacia is the softening or loss of brain tissue

Medical Terminology
Human Anatomy and Physiology

How are adhesions formed?

An adhesion is a band of scar tissue that binds 2 parts of your tissue together. Adhesions form as a natural part of the body's healing process after surgery. As part of the process, the body deposits fibrin onto injured tissues. The fibrin acts like a glue to seal the injury and encourage deposition of cellular matrix but may also cause tissues that should be separate to adhere to one another, held together by an adhesion. Over time, as part of the healing process, the body will either break down the adhesion and replace it with normal tissue or form a permanent adhesion.

While some adhesions do not cause problems, others can prevent tissues and organs from moving freely, sometimes causing organs to become twisted or pulled from their normal positions.

Adhesions may appear as thin sheets of tissue similar to plastic wrap or as thick fibrous bands.

The tissue develops when the body's repair mechanisms respond to any tissue disturbance, such as surgery, infection, trauma or radiation. lthough adhesions can occur anywhere, the most common locations are within the stomach, the pelvis and the heart. It often occurs after surgery.

Cold and Flu
Head, Ears, and Nose
Respiratory System

How can you make your throat sore?

by shouting like a maniac or eat crisps

Pregnancy Symptoms

If your pregnancy symptoms stop is that a sign of miscarriage?

Miscarriage if Pregnancy Symptoms Stop?Here are opinions and answers from contributors:
  • I have never had any miscarriages i do have 4 children and i just found out that im 5 weeks and 3 days pregnant now but for the past 2 days i have been bleeding like im having a normal period unfortunately they told me that if it is a miscarriage theirs nothing they can do i did have a episode with my youngest daughter about 2 years ago where i thought i was losing her i was gushing blood they rush me to the hospital and told me that she was fine and that it was a busted blood clot so im thinking it may be the same cause with this one im not having any pain some very very light cramps as if im on my period but that's it. for the past two days i felt bad but today when i woke up i felt great so i don't know my breast are not as sore as they were yesterday i have not been sick in over 2 days since i found out that i was pregant so i dont know whats going on with me i guess all their is to do0 is hope for the best and good luck to everyone else
  • I have had two miscarriages. Right now I am 5 weeks pregnant, and a couple weeks before I even found out I was pregnant I had sore breasts. About a week ago they got worse as far as soreness goes. Now they are not half as sore, and I noticed when my hubby accidentally hit them when we were wrestling. It just hit me all of a sudden that it was a major change. I still am having some slight nausia and tiredness so honestly I have no clue what's going on. I have not even went in for my first check up yet. In my previous miscarrages the first one I had no pregnancy symptems...only depression and major moodiness. The last one I was fatigued, slightly nausous, but other than that everything was fine (My breast were sore in the shower). I don't remember the preganncy symptoms disappearing...I just remember waking up and bleeding. That miscarrage was accompanied by no cramps or first was was very painful though. I have no idea what to tell anyone. Both of my experiences were so different, and right now i have no idea what's going on. I wish everyone luck.
  • Unfortunately I don't know the answer to your question, but I share your concern. I'm 7.5 weeks pregnant, and until two days ago things were progressing normally. But in the last couple of days I've stopped feeling pregnant. My breasts are only mildly sore (I had felt a lot of pain prior). Very little nausea yesterday and none today. I'm 35 and this is my first pregnancy. I am so scared. Anyway, I can't answer your question, but I promise you're not alone. If I find any helpful info or advice I will be sure to pass it along. So far I've found mixed answers... some indicate that we should call our doctors ASAP, others say that every pregnancy differs and it may be nothing. Anyway, I wish you luck.
  • I have experienced two different miscarriages and, yes, in my experiences symptoms did stop, but in both my cases I had some minor bleeding like spotting.
  • I'm a little over ten weeks along now and at about 7 or 8 weeks a lot of the symptoms went away overnight (or so it seemed). Since then I've been to the doctor and had a sonogram and there's a heartbeat and everything is perfect so far. You probably still get milder symptoms like nausea, but rarely and when something is gross rather than all the time now. That's normal for 7.5 weeks.
  • I've had two miscarriages within this last year. With the first one the symptoms did not stop until I passed the the baby out. The second time all of the symptoms disappeared a little at a time. I went to the doc and they took a blood test to determine the hormone level in my blood and it steadily went down all the way to 2 percent, then I miscarried. So go to the doctor so that they can find out what is taking place. I had both miscarriages at 7 weeks.
  • I experienced almost all the symptoms of pregnancy: very tender sore breasts, frequent urination, headaches, etc. However I started to lose those signs by the time my period was due. Later I had clear vaginal discharge which turned brownish, then dark red. It was a very early miscarriage.
  • The only time you should worry about your symptoms stopping is if you are experiencing intense and painful cramping. I had the same concern when I was 6 1/2 weeks along. I talked to my doctor and it is completely normal. I have been reading the book called "What to Expect When Your Expecting" and it has ease most of my concerns.
  • I had a miscarriage at 12 weeks. At around 9 weeks I felt something was wrong, went to the doctor and had a sonogram. Found a heartbeat - said 9.1 weeks along. Very shortly after that, all PG symptoms stopped. I kept pleading with my doctor that I felt something was wrong, but she maintained that I was fine. Finally after I started spotting, then bleeding at 12 weeks, they did another sonogram. The fetus measured 9.1 weeks and had no heartbeat. All my doctor could say is "Gee, isn't it funny how the mother always knows..."
  • I started having symptoms at CD 12 - frequent urination, sore breasts, sensitive smell, queasiness, food cravings. My doctor confirmed my pregnancy. At CD 21, my symptoms suddenly stopped. I went to the doctor the following Monday and my hCG had decreased by 2/3. It was an impending miscarriage. I did not have any bleeding, but there were menstrual-like cramps. When I started bleeding three weeks later, the cramps were more severe. I think I ought to mention that I have PCOS and hypothyroidism. But as others have said, it is possible for symptoms to stop in some women and be okay.
  • I am going through the same thing right now. I am 7 weeks and as of a few days ago, my symptoms, which were intense, have gone away. I feel as though I am not pregnant at all. I have not had any bleeding, spotting or cramping. This is my second pregnancy. When I was pregnant with my son I was very sick from week 6 on so I am very concerned. I am waiting for my doctor to get back to me today. Hoping she will be kind enough to get me in for a sonogram. My first appointment was scheduled for next week. Hopefully they don't make me wait til then...I just want to know if I am losing this one or if all is okay.
  • I am seven weeks pregnant. Last Friday I woke up and felt no symptoms of pregnancy whatsoever. The breast soreness was gone and I felt no headaches or morning sickness. I had mild spotting first thing that morning. I was very scared, so I called my mother and we quickly contacted the doctor. He told me to wait it out. I stayed in bed for the weekend to give my body a chance to catch up. My symptoms came back, but they are more mild. The doctor told me it was implantation bleeding and that everything was perfectly fine!
  • I seem to be going through the exact same thing as you are. I am 7 weeks and two days and my symptoms have been completely gone for the last 5 days. I have a bad feeling and I don't feel pregnant anymore. I am so worried. I should have been 8 weeks today but I had an ultrasound a week ago when I was supposed to be 7 and they said that I only looked to be about six weeks or something. That worried me, but there was a little heartbeat. I have had two previous miscarriages. The first I was almost 8 weeks pregnant and I felt no nausea at all during my pregnancy, the only sign I had was sore boobs which only vanished after I passed everything and my miscarriage was complete. The second was a chemical pregnancy which ended at almost 5 weeks, I didn't have many symptoms at all. And now I am pregnant again. I said this was going to be third time lucky and I am praying that it is.
  • I have a healthy 2 1/2 year old daughter. She was conceived 2 weeks after I went off the pill (I had been using it for about 8 years), I really didn't expect to conceive very quickly, so I didn't analyze things too much, but I remember being super exhausted and before morning sickness hit me at around 6 weeks, I could clean an entire restaurant portion plate (which I normally never do!). Anyway, about a year later, we were ready to try for another. I figured it would happen quickly again, but when 8 months passed and nothing was happening (I was using LH tests to determine ovulation), I decided to see a specialist. She did a bunch of lab work that all came back fine and decided to try a round of clomid with an HCG trigger. Two weeks after the trigger, I did a home test and it was ++! I went to her office the next day for a beta and followed up 2 days after that for another and the results were very high and doubled by the second test. About the only symptom I noticed was that my breasts and nipples had changed and minor constipation, that is what made me do the home test. No tenderness, morning sickness, exhaustion, anything really. I was ecstatic since things had been so severe with my prior pregnancy, especially the morning sickness. I went in at 6 weeks for an ultrasound which ended up showing twins! I went in for another ultrasound at 8 weeks, but by that time, we could only find 1 baby, measuring good and a good heart rate (164). Still no symptoms, my OB kept asking me if I'd felt any nausea or anything and I just felt lucky that I hadn't. In fact, I remember telling people that I hardly even felt pregnant. At 12 weeks, she scheduled me for another ultrasound, but by that time, the baby had died and there was no heartbeat. Since I was so far along and the placenta seemed to be pretty well attached, I opted to do a D&C to clean everything out. , I don't want to scare anyone, but my OB was concerned that I did not feel hardly any symptoms at all. Definitely, having the symptoms (even severely!) is probably better than none at all.
  • I have had one previous misscarriage where at about week 8 or 9 I all of a sudden felt like i wasn't PG and thought that I was just lucky. Then I started bleeding at 11 weeks, went in for an US and there was no heartbeat and the fetus had died at 8 weeks. This time i am at 8 weeks and few days ago my few symptoms that i did have stopped. So i am very worried I am going to misscarry again. I don't have any children and we are waiting for our first. I pray for all of you in the same boat and hope for the best.
  • I have had two miscarriages (the latest only yesterday) - the first at 6 weeks the second at 5 weeks. In both cases I suffered morning sickness for the first week and the symptoms decreased significant the next week. This time I noticed feeling like my period was coming on - stomach churning and gurgling. I started spotting and within 24 hours had passed the placenta. I wish you the best.
  • I am 15 weeks pregnant with my second child. I started to get some mild pregnancy symptoms at about 6 weeks including nausea but by 8 weeks they had more or less gone and I didn't feel pregnant anymore and panicked. At about 10 weeks the midwife checked for a heartbeat as I was worried and found one, a scan confirmed everything was ok at 12 weeks and I have never got the nausea or some of the other symptoms back. In my opinion every pregnancy is different and my friend had a similar thing happen to her and it was also all fine although her symptoms returned after 2 weeks. I was told by my midwife that unless I had cramping or bleeding I shouldn't worry too much.
  • Look, I've had miscarriages too. I also have a healthy baby. My healthiest pregnancy had me insane for a few days. I stopped feeling pregnant. I had a late pregnancy loss at six months. You need to worry about not feeling pregnant at about four to five months. It comes and it goes and you feel nausea and you'll have horrible days again. It is normal to feel scared but it is ok. When I had my miscarriages, I felt cramping in my legs then I had the miscarriage and bleeding. It isn't like that for everyone but that is how it went for me. Try to relax, if you can. It is difficult. I've been there.
  • I miscarried last year after 8 weeks. First the pregnancy symptoms disappeared, then I felt cramps and then the bleeding. The bleeding can be normal, but can also be a sign of something so it's best to get it checked out. It turned out that mine was a delayed misacarriage...the cells didn't form properly so I had been carrying an empty sac. It was still really devastating. Now I'm still not pregnant but if I ever do manage to conceive I know I'll be really'll probably drive me mad. Good luck to everyone who's trying. x
  • I've had 2 miscariages in the last year too. I'm pregnant again now and are really nervous. My 1st miscarriage the symptoms just disappeared and when I went to the dr and he said that the cells developed but no baby was formed. The second one I had all the symptoms until a week or so after I had a D & C. I was so heartbroken as I had a heartbeat & everything until 7 weeks 3 days. I'm now is my 6-7 week and some of the soreness of my boobs went away - it's now basically only sore when I lie on them, touch them and so on. Unfortunately I also have heartburn with each pregnancy (don't know why). My heartburrn are also not as bad as other days but it is still there. I know this one will just be okay. I hope all of you will be okay. Remember everything happens with a cause and you won't be dealt what you cannot handle.
  • I had a miscarriage last year, and i wasn't even aware that I was pregnant. I was 6.5 weeks along (based on the hCG levels, which were falling, so I could have been further along). Now i think I'm pregnant again, and I've also had the boobs thing. They were so sore and tender and now it's stopped, but they still feel bigger and fuller. I'm not sure what the hell is going on, and I'm so worried.
  • I have had four miscarriages, each between 8-12 weeks. I also have five healthy children. Each pregnancy has been different. For me, the worst pregnancy was the worst. I had 24/7 morning sickness the entire 9 months, and felt completely drained the whole time. Each subsequent pregnancy has been different, and not as bad as that first one. It even seems to matter if I'm carrying a boy or a girl. With my miscarriages, however, I never got sick, and by the time I began to miscarry, I felt very definitely unpregnant.

However, every woman's body is different and reacts differently to pregnancy, even to different pregnancies. The best thing for a woman to do, if she is concerned, is to call the doctor (nurse mid-wife, etc.) or the doctor's nurse. Tell him or her exactly how you are feeling. They can reassure you or ask you to come in for an evaluation if they have a concern. If you have called and still don't feel right, just make an appointment. You don't need permission. If something isn't feeling right to you, or you're worried, go in. Any caring, good doctor (or other professional) will take the time to listen to you and will even offer to do an ultrasound for further assurance (mine does one the very first visit, and schedules a follow-up if he has any questions about the pregnancy). Ask for an ultrasound if one is not offered. (This may not be as attractive an option if your insurance won't pay for one at this early stage, or if you have no insurance, so consider how much you want to pay for peace-of-mind.)

  • Spotting in pregnancy is not uncommon--as mentioned above, it can occur during implantation. Sometimes it's a reaction to hormones. Sometimes the placenta separates from the uterus a bit and causes bleeding. Any bleeding should be mentioned to your practitioner immediately so they can decide what course to take.
  • Pregnancy symptoms, or the lack thereof, can cause great worry to an expecting mother. Worrying about every single little symptom can turn her into a nervous wreck! Try to educate yourself the best you can by reading excellent materials written by competent professionals, and use your healthcare provider as one of your good resources. Again, never hesitate to call if something seems wrong. Don't feel silly, and don't worry that you're bothering them. That's what they're there for. And if you don't feel that they're listening or care about you, find someone else. I'm sorry for anyone that has lost a pregnancy. It is not an easy thing to go through, but I can promise you that it will get better over time. Best wishes to all who embark on the wonderful journey of motherhood!
  • With my last miscarriage I had strong symptoms starting at about week 6, by week 9 I noticed they had disappeared completely. I miscarried at 11.5 weeks.
Conditions and Diseases
Human Anatomy and Physiology

What are the signs of tachypnea?

This is the medical term for rapid breathing. So the signs would be....rapid breathing. For example - after excercise. It may also be related to ill health if no excercise has been taken. People with an overactive thyroid (thyrotoxicosis) may exhibit tachypnea as their metabolic rate is increased.

Cold and Flu
Swine Flu (H1N1/09)

Why do you get the chills with flu?

It is usually because you have a fever, and the way the body deals with a fever is by sweating to cool itself by evaporation, just like it does when you are out in the heat of summer and start sweating to cool off. Being hot also will dilate your blood vessels of the skin to move more heat out of the body faster. But you usually don't feel the chill (or as much) when you cool off if the heat is coming from the outside on a hot day, like you do when the heat is coming from the inside with a fever.

A fever is an increase in the core body temperature and the extra heat from that (which the body uses as one of its ways to kill germs) radiates out of your body through the dilated vessels and cooling skin.

Your hypothalamus gland (also called the "brain's brain") functions as the body's thermostat, among many other duties. And, because it is making its temperature control decisions based on the core body temperature, it will not stop the cooling measures until the core temperature comes down, even if your skin and outer layers are no longer hot. The skin then may feel the sensation of cooling from evaporation, which you can also feel to the touch. That can trigger shivering which the skin does in reaction to feeling cold.

But since the hypothalamus uses the core temperatures, it continues to try to cool until the fever is gone. So in a sense two body systems are working against each other...but the hypothalamus wins. It takes longer to cool the inside of your body than it does to cool the outside. So, even though you can feel the cooling off on your skin, and even get the sensation of chills from drafts and being cold on the wet outside of your body, it is still trying to cool the core temperature deep inside. That can make you feel cold on the outside even though you are still too hot on the inside.

Many people believe that if they feel a chill with a fever they should bundle up tight and get in bed and "sweat it out". This is a fallacy. This is especially important for infants. Do not wrap them up in blankets that way, since that can increase the fever. It also increases the perspiration and adds to dehydration from a fever if the liquids are not replaced. Any time infants have a fever, you should contact the pediatrician for advice and do not give them fever reducers without the professional advice to determine if it is appropriate.


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