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Abdominal pain also commonly referred to as a stomachache is a pain occurring in the space between the chest and pelvic regions. Abdominal pain can feel like mild aching, strong cramping and can be either consistent or intermittent pain.

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition which affects children and adults. ADHD is characterized by multiple symptoms including difficulty paying attention, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity. Children with ADHD may have extreme difficulty in school, behavior problems such as anger outbursts, inability to follow directions, and problems interacting with others.

ADHD, or attention deficit hyper-activity disorder is not a condition that stops after childhood. Adults with ADHD have symptoms such as difficulty organizing tasks, concentrating, finishing work on time, and following directions. Many adults with ADHD have had this condition since they were small children. Adults with ADHD may have trouble with work, school and personal relationships.

An allergic reaction begins in the immune system. If you have an allergy, your immune system reacts when it encounters a specific substance such as animal dander, pollen, food, an insect sting, mold, medication, or a number of other things.  Allergy symptoms can affect the eyes, nose, lungs, ears, throat, sinuses, the lining of your intestines, and the skin.

Anal pain refers to any pain or bleeding around the anus. This pain can be caused by a variety of issues but is often easily treatable.

Arthritis is a broad term for any disorder that involves inflammation of the tissue lining the joints. There are over 100 types of arthritis. It is the leading cause of disability in America and can affect people of all ages and genders, although it is most commonly becomes an issue for people as they get older. The most common types are degenerative arthritis, also called osteoarthritis, and inflammatory arthritis, also called rheumatoid arthritis.  Symptoms of arthritis include joint pain and stiffness, and may include decreased ability to fully move the joint, local warmth, swelling and redness.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs in which the airways narrow and produce extra mucus. People with asthma have difficulty breathing.  They may also experience wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and episodes of coughing.

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A blood clot is simply blood in a semi solid form. Blood clotting is essential to preventing your body from losing too much blood in situations where you are injured. However, sometimes clots form inside the body and do not dissolve which can lead to dangerous health risks.

Breast lumps are masses that form on the breasts. If you find a breast lump, it is important to consult a doctor, as this could be a sign of a serious condition such as breast cancer.

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Cancer is a condition where the body experiences abnormal cell growth. Cancerous cells can invade or spread to other parts of the body. There are over 100 different types of cancer. Cancer treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and adjunctive therapy such as nutrition and mind-body medicine.

Celiac disease is an auto-immune disorder triggered by ingestion of gluten. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye.  For people with celiac disease, gluten causes damage to the microscopic tissue lining the small intestine.  This damage can impair the absorption of some nutrients. Symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, weight-loss, bloating, fatigue and other serious complications. 

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition characterized by six or more months of extreme debilitating fatigue. This fatigue is made worse by any physical or mental activity and is not improved by bed rest. People with chronic fatigue syndrome have difficulty with daily tasks of life that most people wouldn't think twice about, like getting dressed or taking a shower.

Other symptoms may include muscle pain, weakness, headache, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, memory problems, and pain in multiple joints and difficulty with sleeping. The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown.

A cough is an expulsion of air from the lungs that is sudden and not easily controllable, usually accompanied by a loud sound. Coughs can be caused by a variety of conditions ranging from mild to serious.

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease named after Dr. Burrill B. Crohn who first described the disease in 1932. Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. Symptoms may affect any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus.  Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and weight loss.

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Diabetes is a serious condition caused by the body's inability to process food to create energy. This condition occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the body is unable to use the insulin correctly.  Diabetes can be caused by an auto-immune disorder or by unhealthy lifestyle choices. If untreated, diabetes can result in serious health complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and lower extremity amputations.

Diarrhea is a condition where bowel movements are frequent and in a loose or liquid form.

Dizziness is a general term for a disorientation in which one may feel unsteady, woozy, lightheaded, or off balance.

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Excessive sweating is when a person excretes more sweat than usual or sweats in situations they normally would not.

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Tiredness or exhaustion. Can be mental or physical.

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that affects muscles and soft tissue. Symptoms include chronic muscle pain, memory issues, mood changes, sleep problems, and specific painful and tender points known as trigger points.  Fibromyalgia can be relieved through stress management, lifestyle changes, and medications.

When bowel movements occur more often than usual for a particular individual.

When an individual urinates more often than usual.

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Gallstones are hardened stone-like objects that form in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small saclike organ located next to the liver. The gallbladder stores bile and then secretes it when you eat a fatty meal.  Gallstones range in size from a grain of sand to as large as a golf ball and are composed of hardened cholesterol or bile.  Risk factors for developing gallstones include taking birth control pills, pregnancy, diabetes, liver disease, obesity, or rapid weight loss.  Most people who have gallstones do not have any symptoms from them.  Complications of gallstones occur when a gallstone causes a blockage to the flow of bile. If this occurs, bile accumulates in the gallbladder causing an increase in pressure that may lead to rupture. A sign of a gallbladder attack is pain in the upper right side of the abdomen under the ribs.

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Gas is air in the digestive tract that can result in mild to severe discomfort. Gas is expelled from the body through burping or flatulence.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic disease that occurs when the sphincter muscle between the lower esophagus (food pipe) and the upper part of the stomach is impaired or loose.  Harsh stomach acid flows back up onto the delicate lining of the lower esophagus causing burning pain. This condition can affect adults, children, and infants. This pain is commonly known as heartburn and can be felt in the chest or throat.  If someone experiences acid reflux or heartburn symptoms at least twice each week or if it interferes with activities of daily life they may be suffering from GERD.

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Heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, is most commonly caused by a condition called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a build up of a fatty substance called plaque on the inside of the artery walls. This condition makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood out to the body and can lead to heart attack, chest pain, or stroke.  Other types of heart disease include heart failure, arrhythmia, and heart valve problems.

A headache refers to any pain in the head and can be mild to severe. Headaches may be sharp or dull, steady or intermittent. Headaches are very common and can occur for a number of reasons.

Cholesterol is used by your body to build healthy cells. However, too much cholesterol in your blood can increase your risk of heart disease. High cholesterol can lead to a fatty buildup known as a plaque on the inside of your blood vessels.  High cholesterol can be a result of your genetics, but the most common cause is an unhealthy diet.

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is caused by a narrowing of the arteries that carry blood around the body.  The heart works as a pump to push the blood through the now smaller diameter of vessels, which increases the pressure inside the artery walls. The heart must work harder when it is trying to pump blood out to the body and this leads can lead to heart disease.  High blood pressure is a common condition that is treatable.  Symptoms may be very mild, so people can have high blood pressure for many years and not know it.  High blood pressure stresses the cardiovascular system and can eventually lead to serious heart disease and even stroke if untreated.

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is not functioning properly by not producing enough thyroid hormones.  This in turn slows down vital functions of the body. People are diagnosed as hypothyroid when there is too little thyroid hormone detected in the blood, which can be determined by testing.  Hypothyroidism can be caused by auto-immune disease, radiation treatment, surgical removal of the thyroid, too much or too little iodine, and other factors.

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Inflammatory bowel disease also known as IBD is not a single disease , It is a term that includes conditions involving inflammation of the digestive tract. The two main types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. These two diseases have similar symptoms pictures and it is sometimes difficult to tell them apart. Common symptoms of IBD are abdominal pain, recurring or bloody diarrhea, extreme fatigue and weight loss.

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Kidney pain often feels like a dull ache in one side of your back. Problems with the kidneys can also result in urinary issues and other complications.

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Leg swelling is an enlargement in any part of the legs. Leg swelling can be caused by buildup of fluids or inflammation due to an injury/disease.

Lupus is an auto-immune disease, which causes the body’s immune system to attack it's own organs and tissues. Lupus causes chronic inflammation that can damage many different parts of the body including the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain.  Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are so similar to other diseases. The most distinctive feature of lupus which is seen in most, but not all cases, is a rash in the shape of a butterfly on the cheeks.

Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the bite of a deer tick carrying the bacteria known as Borelia type.   The most common sign of an infection with Lyme disease is a bull's-eye shaped rash that begins about one week after infection at the site of a tick bite. The rash is typically painless and does not itch. Approximately 25-50% of infected people do not develop a rash or even know they were bitten by a tick.  Initial symptoms of Lyme disease present as fever, fatigue and headache.

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Mental health disorders are conditions that affect a person's mood, feelings and ability to think. There are different types of mental illness including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder.  Each person suffering from a mental illness will have their own unique set of symptoms. Two people with the same diagnosis may have a different experience and will need care that specifically addresses their needs.

Metabolic syndrome is an umbrella term for a number of medical conditions. These include high blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels, and increased waist circumference indicating excess body fat in the abdomen. If you have metabolic syndrome, you have an increased risk for issues, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

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Often referred to as a stuffy nose, nasal congestion is caused by inflammation in blood vessels, resulting in the blockage of the nasal passages.

Nausea is an uncomfortable feeling which gives an individual the urge to vomit. Vomiting is the ejection of stomach contents out of the mouth.

Night leg cramps are a sudden painful tightening of the muscles in the legs.

Night sweats are excessive perspiration while sleeping. Sweating may be excessive enough to soak through bedding or night wear.

Nipple discharge is fluid coming out of the nipples of individuals who are not pregnant or breast-feeding.

Nosebleeds are bleeding from the vessels in the nose.

Numbness is the loss of feeling in a body part.

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Painful urination is also known as dysuria this may feel like a burning sensation in the urethra while urinating.

PCOS, also known as polycystic ovary syndrome, is a condition that affects women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS have enlarged ovaries and their hormones are out of balance. These women may experience difficulty getting pregnant, irregular menstrual periods, excess growth of facial or body hair, thinning of hair on the scalp, acne, and weight gain.

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Red eye is the reddening of the white part of the eyes. This may be caused by a variety of issues, including allergies, broken blood vessels, and contact lens irritation.

A runny nose is when liquid runs out of the nose. This could be a result of allergies, a common cold, or crying.

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Shortness of breath, also known as dyspnea, refers to difficulty in breathing. Shortness of breath can be the result of a number of different conditions.

Sinusitis is commonly known as a sinus infection.  It is characterized by inflammation of the sinus cavities and a feeling of blockage in that area.  Sinusitis can be caused by bacteria, viruses, nasal polyps, deviated nasal septum, allergies, or the common cold.  Symptoms include a thick, colored discharge from the nose going down the back of the throat, difficulty breathing through the nose due to congestion, pain, swelling and tenderness in the cheeks, forehead, and around the eyes. Sometimes headache, fever, and malaise are also noted.  Acute sinusitis resolves in less than 30 days.  Chronic sinusitis is diagnosed when the sinuses stay inflamed and swollen for at least 12 weeks despite treatment.

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Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease characterized by inflammation and ulcers in the large intestine and/or rectum.  Symptoms usually develop slowly and vary in severity depending on the location of the disease.  These symptoms may include diarrhea, blood in the stool, abdominal pain, rectal pain, fatigue, and weight loss.  Ulcerative colitis is a serious condition that in some cases can cause life-threatening complications.  For this reason you should seek treatment by a physician.

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This is bleeding from the vagina. Abnormal vaginal bleeding is bleeding that is not related to regular menstruation.

This is bleeding from the vagina after sexual intercourse and may be an indication of an infection, a sexually transmitted disease, or other conditions.

This is secretions from the vagina. Secretions may have a variety of different consistencies, colors, and odors.

This is a lack of moisture in the vagina. This is often a symptom of menopause and may cause general discomfort. This may also cause pain during sexual intercourse.

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This is excess tears draining from the eyes. This may be a result of allergies or foreign particles in the eye.

This is a raspy whistling sound when a person breathes.