The Prostate, What You Don't Know Could Kill You

Written by Jeff Cuckson

Women know more about men's health than men do themselves and that's a fact. Why is that? Is it because we find it hard to discuss these things? Is it because it's not macho! Fromrepparttar time that we are young, we are taught that boys have to act tough and shouldn't cry. You must have heardrepparttar 146659 saying "Big Boys don't cry!"

Most of us carry this thought process into adulthood and feel by showing concern for our health, it will be seen as a male weakness. I am guilty of that myself.

I know when my prostate troubles began, I knew absolutely nothing aboutrepparttar 146660 prostate. I was one ofrepparttar 146661 96%. Mainly because it didn't cross my mind that I'd ever have any problems.

In addition,repparttar 146662 prostate is in a "private" area, and it wasn't something I wanted to examine. Many people, including myself, feel uncomfortable talking aboutrepparttar 146663 prostate, sincerepparttar 146664 gland plays a role in both sex and urination.

I have had prostate troubles, survived a cancer scare and watched my sister die from Cancer. Believe me, when I say that when you think you are going to die, it concentrates your mind on what is really important. Suddenly your priorities get focused.

Due to my prostate troubles, I became interested in learning aboutrepparttar 146665 prostate and how it affected my health.

I criedrepparttar 146666 day they took a biopsy and I cried with reliefrepparttar 146667 day I was told it was benign. I cried many times as I watched my sister die.

I got so frustrated having to get up every night 3-4 times due to my prostate troubles and then finding I couldn't get back to sleep.

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate Cancer develops byrepparttar 146668 growth of cancerous cells withinrepparttar 146669 prostate gland. Prostate cancer occurs when some ofrepparttar 146670 cells that make uprepparttar 146671 prostate gland escape fromrepparttar 146672 normal controls on their growth and start to divide, grow and spread in an uncontrolled manner. In its advanced form, it can producerepparttar 146673 same symptoms as BPH. (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)

Warning Signs

Early prostate cancer often does not cause symptoms. When symptoms of prostate cancer do occur, they may include some ofrepparttar 146674 following problems:

A need to urinate frequently, especially at night; Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine; Inability to urinate; Weak or interrupted flow of urine; Painful or burning urination; Painful ejaculation; Blood in urine or semen; and/or Frequent pain or stiffness inrepparttar 146675 lower back, hips, or upper thighs.

Any of these symptoms may be caused by cancer or by other, less serious health problems, such as BPH or an infection (Prostatitis). Only a doctor can tellrepparttar 146676 cause. A man who has symptoms like these should see his family doctor . Do not wait to feel pain; early prostate cancer does not cause pain.

Opioid Pain Management and our Economy.

Written by Esther Watson

Dear Readers,

Did you know that Heroin (diamorphine) used to be a legal medication about 100 years ago? It was invented by Bayer; a German company that also invented Aspirin atrepparttar end ofrepparttar 146646 twentieth century, one ofrepparttar 146647 most important discoveries at that time. Heroin was prescribed by medical doctors all overrepparttar 146648 United States and Europe as cough suppressant for those having a bad cough and experiencing pain. Bayer Aspirin is up to day a well known medication in US households. Diamorphine (heroin) has been pulled ofrepparttar 146649 market as you are likely aware of. Although you may think Heroin is a street name this isrepparttar 146650 actual brand name that Bayer used to promote this medicine.

Heroin received its name due torepparttar 146651 heroic way of making pain and cough disappear. Nowadays your doctor will likely prescribe Tussionex or an equivalent if you suffer severe cough combined with pain. Tussionex contains Hydrocodone Bitrate;repparttar 146652 same ingredient that is found in many narcotic pain tablets such as Vicodin, Norco, Lorcet, Norco, Zyban and several other brand and generic medications.

Especially in patients with Open Lung Tuberculoses Heroin is very effective. Unfortunatelyrepparttar 146653 drug was highly physically addictive and only after several yearsrepparttar 146654 drug was taken ofrepparttar 146655 market after England experienced a large outbreak of heroin addicts. The patients would get addicted during treatment and than continue to drinkrepparttar 146656 cough syrup.

Heroin (Diamorphine) was also prescribed to people suffering morphine addiction. At that time several doctors believed it would be a beneficial replacement… little did they know that Heroin caused faster and stronger physical and possibly psychological dependence.

The story repeated itself withrepparttar 146657 introduction of Oxycontin (a time released Oxycodone product) in 1996. Many doctors believed this medication would be useful to help patients with a Hydrocodone dependency from medication such as Vicodin ES, Lortab 10/500, Norco 10/325, Lorcet 10/660, special compounded Hydrocodone products such as Hydro/APAP 15/80 and for other narcotic medications. Because Oxycontin is time released and Oxycodone is not a natural occurring opioid it seemed that this medication could indeed offer hope to a diverse group of patients. Later research confirmed that Oxycodone is more addictive and stronger than Hydrocodone. Not all patients agree with this statement however, claiming an equal dose of Hydrocodone works better to fight their pain.

Unfortunately it seems that Oxycontin has been one ofrepparttar 146658 main causes ofrepparttar 146659 ‘war against prescription drugs’ inrepparttar 146660 US andrepparttar 146661 160mg tablets have been taken ofrepparttar 146662 market in some countries because ofrepparttar 146663 danger of overdose if a pill would be chewed by a person without tolerance, brakingrepparttar 146664 time release protective coating. Abuse such as crushing and snorting pills to removerepparttar 146665 time-release mainly seems to happen among youth stealing these medications. The pills are often bought at schools at high prices because other kids steal them from their parents. If you are using narcotics and you have kids or if you often have kids in your home do not keep your medication inrepparttar 146666 bathroom cabinet but at a secure place where nobody can not access them. Although your kid may not have any intention to use this medication a story from a fellow student could wake his curiosity creating a potentially harmful situation.

Is it really fair towards legit chronic pain patients to declare a war on prescription drugs? The answer is probably no for patients with a low income or those among us without insurance. Since pain medications have become much harder to obtain and doctors do not prescriberepparttar 146667 quantities and refills they used to give several years ago this means an increased cost for legit pain patients. Unless you can not afford to pay $500 or more monthly for treatments, consultations, and medications you can forget your visit to most pain clinics. Usuallyrepparttar 146668 initial consultation only costs around $500 not to mention that a month supply of Oxycodone at your local drugstore can cost you more than $500 also. Most patients can not afford this kind of prices and are currently buying pain medication online as this is often their only alternative.

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