Trigeminal Neuralgia

What is trigeminal neuralgia? 

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a neurological condition that causes sudden and severe pain in parts of the face. Sensations from the face are carried by the trigeminal nerve to the brain.

                                                                                      

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Ramadan

Why is Sleep Important During Ramadan

  1. How important is getting enough sleep for our general health?

Sleep is a condition of body and mind which leads to natural periodic suspension of consciousness, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes are closed and the postural muscles are relaxed. In terms of computer language, sleep acts like update and shutdown option for the body. Sleep offers the following health benefits;

  • Improves the memory
  • Increases life expectancy
  • Reduces the incidence of diseases related to inflammation like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis etc.
  • Improves cognition and creativity
  • Improves stamina and fitness
  • Improves the learning of new tasks
  • Improves attention
  • Helps keep a healthy appetite and weight
  • Reduces the level of stress hormones
  • Improves decision making and reaction time specially while doing critical tasks like driving
  • It helps for a better emotional stability and taking care of anxiety and depression

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The Need To Have A Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to our bodies and minds, akin to formatting a computer. Our brain is a super-computer which continuously creates thoughts. Constant thinking drains the brain battery and sleep gives the brain the rest that it sorely needs.  Sleeping well daily is very important especially during periods of stress. Sleep plays an important role in memory, abstract thinking, decision making, mood, and control of irritability. It is also important for immune function. Sleeplessness can reduce the immune function and lead to susceptibility to various infections.

Dr. Michael Breus, Diplomate, and Fellow of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and author of Beauty Sleep says, it is very important to create a sleep schedule which means, pick a bedtime and a wake up time each day. Even if someone doesn’t fall asleep at the right time, he or she should still wake up at the designated wake time to stick to the sleep schedule. Sleep hygiene measures as mentioned below should be followed for good sleep:

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The Cold Truth About Migraines

With the busy and stressful lives people lead here in the UAE, we have all experienced headaches at some point in time. Sometimes the headaches are mild and bearable, which is cured by over the counter medications or painkillers. On the other hand, some headaches are moderate to severe and on one side of head associated with irritation of light and sounds, which could be a migraine.

Did you know that migraines are not just simple headaches?

There are numerous types of headaches that are medically identified, and migraine is only one among them, which can severely impair the quality of life. A migraine is a neurological condition in which one experiences episodic headaches mostly on one side of the head (the pain and can be both sided in some patients). The condition can be caused in men, women and even in children, although women are major sufferers of the condition.  A migraine attack in an individual is generally accompanied by nausea, vomiting and light sensitivity. A typical migraine attack lasts for a minimum of 4 hours and may continue until 3 days in the severe form.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Have you been experiencing a feeling of numbness or tingling in your palm and fingers? Do you feel you are being poked with pins and needles on one hand?

Did you know that this could be the result of a condition known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a disorder that causes pain and numbness in the fingers and hands, and sometimes the arms. It happens when the median nerve, a nerve in the wrist gets pinched or squeezed. The median nerve goes through a tunnel in the wrist that is formed by the bones of the wrist and a tough band of tissue called a ligament.

The median nerve receives and carries the signals about this particular sensation and tells the brain what the hand is ‘feeling’. The median nerve receives the aforementioned inputs from;

  • The thumb
  • Index finger
  • Middle finger
  • Certain parts of the ring finger
  • Parts of the palm closest to the thumb

Understanding the Carpal Tunnel – the carpal tunnel is a passage forming beneath the transverse ligament, which extends across the lower palm connecting the bones of the wrist. Take a look at your palm, under the skin on your wrist, is the carpal tunnel.

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