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Neuropathy: A Diabetic Danger

By Summa Published: March 21, 2017

The 29 million Americans living with diabetes face many obstacles, including some serious complications from this disease. These include skin and eye issues, kidney disease and neuropathy.

Neuropathy results when nerve cells, or neurons, are damaged or destroyed. In diabetic patients, high blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerve fibers throughout your body. It is estimated that neuropathy occurs in 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes, most commonly in the nerves in the legs and feet.

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Summa Health and my pelvic pain recovery

By Summa Published: March 14, 2017

When my pelvic pain got bad enough, I was referred to Summa Health physical therapist Amy Senn in September 2012. I had no idea how tight my pelvic muscles were and that it included my spine, back and down my thighs. Once Amy started working with me, I realized the pelvic pain had spread even more pain up and down my body, stiffening and locking up so many muscles. The vulvodynia was taken care of, but it had taught my pelvic muscles to stay tight and painful.

It was awkward at first having a medical professional work vaginally to loosen the muscles. Amy has always been very professional. Quickly my body was able to relax at the appointments and it was like any doctor’s appointment you may have for pain. She even allowed my husband to come to several appointments and learn a few techniques so he can help me between physical therapy appointments.

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Invisible pain made visible

By Summa Published: March 14, 2017

It’s been 14 years since I became aware of my pelvic pain. Most of my life I’ve dealt with the anxiety and depression that many also experience with type of pain. I could write an entire book on my experience, so trying to condense it to a readable blog post is a challenge.

I became aware of the pain during my first OBGYN appointment where I was getting birth control pills for my heavy, painful periods. Around that time, I began having sex and found it incredibly painful. My body began to associate sex with pain. This made my anxiety worse which made my pelvic muscles tighten.

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The benefits of boredom

By Summa Published: March 10, 2017

Rather than a feeling to be avoided, boredom (in moderation) should be embraced. The happy balance between chronic boredom and constant engagement can prove beneficial for our minds and even our careers.

1. It Will Help You Avoid Tech Addiction.

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What is endometriosis?

By Summa Published: March 7, 2017

It’s Endometriosis Awareness Week, a disease that effects millions of women across the country. Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside the uterus. It is one of the most common gynecological diseases, and its primary symptoms include pain and infertility.

Other common symptoms include:

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Don’t let tendon pain hold you back

By Summa Published: March 7, 2017

Do simple tasks cause your shoulder, elbow, knee or foot pain? If you’ve been suffering for three months or longer then you may have chronic tendon pain.

Summa Health Orthopedic Institute is offering a new, breakthrough technology for the treatment of chronic tendon pain. Tenex Health TX® uses ultrasound imaging and ultrasonic energy to target damaged and degenerated tendon tissue. It’s then removed through a minimally invasive procedure.

It has been clinically proven to improve tendonitis in the elbow, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle and plantar fasciitis pain in the foot, dramatically decreasing pain and improving overall functionality– all without the need for traditional open surgery or arthroscopic surgery.

Benefits include:

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Why your cough won’t quit

By Summa Published: February 23, 2017

Are you fed up with your stubborn cough? There are many reasons why a cough may not improve. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

Reason 1: Irritated Airways After a Cold, Flu, or Bronchitis

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Don’t give up on that New Year’s Resolution

By Summa Published: February 23, 2017

Foursquare says based on historical user data and check-ins most people have given up on their fitness resolutions in favor of a fast food fix by Feb. 2, which they dubbed “Fall Off the Wagon Day.”

Has everyone given up on their healthy lifestyle resolutions in just four weeks?

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Are you a Care Gap?

By Summa Published: February 21, 2017

The next time you’re in your primary care physician’s office, you may notice posters and buttons asking if you’re a Care Gap. So, what’s a Care Gap? Summa Health has identified six areas that are important to living a health and active life.

Can you answer “Yes” to the following questions?

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The top things to know about birth defects

By Summa Published: February 16, 2017

Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. Here are 10 things you should know about these prevalent conditions.

Some birth defects can be prevented. Women can take important steps before and during pregnancy to help, including taking folic acid prior to pregnancy, having regular checkups, keeping chronic diseases under control (like blood sugar control in diabetes) and not using alcohol.

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