What testing your DNA can tell you

Do I need to test my DNA?

Good question.

A fair few medical conditions have a genetic component. Breast cancer and celiac disease for two example.

Them there are other condition like autism where the jury is still out but it does seem a strong possibility!

So it can be worth checking. This infographic gives you a bit more information on DNA testing should you chose to do so!

What Can Your DNA Tell You

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Fatigue – 10 medical reasons for feeling tired

Treatments for Fatigue

Any serious illness, especially painful ones, can make you tired. But some quite minor illnesses can also leave you feeling washed out. Here are 10 health conditions that are known to cause fatigue.

1. Coeliac disease

This is a type of food intolerance, where your body reacts badly when you eat gluten – a substance found in bread, cakes and cereals. One in 100 people in the UK are affected, but research suggests that up to 90% of them don’t know they have the condition, according to patient group Coeliac UK. Other symptoms of coeliac disease, apart from tiredness, are diarrhoea, anaemia and weight loss. Your GP can check if you have coeliac disease through a blood test.

Read more about coeliac disease.

2. Anaemia

One of the most common medical reasons for feeling constantly run down is iron deficiency anaemia. It affects around one in 20 men and post-menopausal women, but may be even more common in women who are still having periods.

Typically, you’ll feel you can’t be bothered to do anything, your muscles will feel heavy and you’ll get tired very quickly. Women with heavy periods and pregnant women are especially prone to anaemia.

Read more about iron deficiency anaemia.

3. Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (also called myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME) is a severe and disabling tiredness that goes on for at least six months. There are usually other symptoms, such as a sore throat, muscle or joint pain and headache.

Read more about chronic fatigue syndrome.

4. Sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a condition where your throat narrows or closes during sleep and repeatedly interrupts your breathing. This results in bad snoring and a drop in your blood’s oxygen levels. The difficulty in breathing means that you wake up often in the night, and feel exhausted the next day.

It’s most common in overweight, middle-aged men. Drinking alcohol and smoking makes it worse.

Read more about sleep apnoea.

5. Underactive thyroid

An underactive thyroid gland means that you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired. You’re also likely to put on weight and have aching muscles. It’s most common in women, and it happens more often as you get older.

Your GP can diagnose an underactive thyroid by taking a blood test.

Read more about having an underactive thyroid.

6. Diabetes

One of the main symptoms of diabetes, a long-term condition caused by too much sugar in the blood, is feeling very tired. The other key symptoms are feeling very thirsty, going to the toilet a lot and weight loss. Your GP can diagnose diabetes with a blood test.

Read more about diabetes and find out how to make smart sugar swaps.

Find your local diabetes support services.

7. Glandular fever

Glandular fever is a common viral infection that causes fatigue, along with fever, sore throat and swollen glands. Most cases happen in teenagers and young adults. Symptoms usually clear up within four to six weeks, but the fatigue can linger for several more months.

Read more about glandular fever.

8. Depression

As well as making you feel very sad, depression can also make you feel drained of energy. It can stop you falling asleep or cause you to wake up early in the morning, which makes you feel more tired during the day.

Read more about depression.

Find your local depression support services and your local depression self-help groups.

9. Restless legs

This is when you get uncomfortable sensations in your legs, which keep you awake at night. You might have an overwhelming urge to keep moving your legs, a deep ache in your legs, or your legs might jerk spontaneously through the night. Whatever your symptoms, your sleep will be disrupted and of poor quality, so you’ll feel very tired throughout the day.

Read more about restless legs.

10. Anxiety

Feeling anxious is sometimes perfectly normal. However, some people have constant, uncontrollable feelings of anxiety, which are so strong they affect their daily life. Doctors call this generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). It affects around around one in 20 people in the UK. As well as feeling worried and irritable, people with GAD often feel tired.

Read more about anxiety.

Find your local anxiety support services.



This video may be of interest

Did you know that up to 40% of medial diagnoses are wrong? Find out the most common mistakes here.

Nobody wants it to happen. But wrong diagnosis is much more common than we are lead to believe.

According to this infographic up to 40 of medical diagnosis are wrong. It looks at various conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lupus, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, hydrocephalus, aortic dissection and hypothyroidism. It also has a very useful brief guide to the early symptoms of each condition.

Have you ever been misdiagnosed? What ever response you might be interest in taking our poll on the misdiagnosis of a medical condition here.

Thanks very much.

The Most Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses

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Celiac Awareness Month 2014 – show your support by liking and sharing!

Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Celiac Disease Awareness Month
This month is Celiac Awareness Month.

We have written a short article introducing the early signs and symptoms of celiac here.

Celiac is more than just gluten intolerance and is a full blown autoimmune condition in its own right.

To help raise awareness of celiac we have produced the graphic above. Please like and share to show your support for Celiac Awareness Month.

Celiac Disease! Your Diagnosis and Your Diet

Welcome to our discussion blog into the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Celiac Disease.

Wheat and celiac
Wheat and celiac

Celiac disease goes by a number of different names these include celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue, endemic sprue, gluten enteropathy or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, and gluten intolerance.

To find out more about the condition please have a look at our previous Celiac awareness blog http://patienttalk.org/?p=349

The purpose of this blog is to provide you with an opportunity for you tell to share your Celiac disease journey with other readers. We hope it will give you an opportunity to share your knowledge and learn from others. .

Here are some questions we’d like you to think about but do feel free to talk about any part of your celiac story.

  1. What were your original symptoms?
  2. When did they start to appear and at what age?
  3. How easy was it to get a diagnosis?  Was it a surprise to you?
  4. What kind of tests did you have? 
  5. How easy is it to keep to your diet? Do you ever eat an gluten products?
  6. What do you think of the available information regarding the Celiac disease?

Please enter your answers in the comments box below.

Thanks very much for your help.