A woman spent a month in intensive care and almost lost a leg after catching a rare and deadly flesh-eating bug - from a rusty nail. Colleen O'Connor, 38, was helping her friends renovate a dilapidated house when she scratched her left leg on a nail sticking out of a wall. Four days later she woke up suffering excruciating pain in her other leg, which she assumed was down to an injury sustained during one of her regular gym or kickboxing sessions. When the agony didn't ease, her parents rushed her to the emergency room where her body went into shock and she lost consciousness. She woke up ten days and three surgeries later at Welland County General Hospital, during which time doctors had diagnosed her with necrotizing fasciitis. The fast-spreading infection, which affects less than 20,000 people in the US per year, is caused by bacteria which create toxins that destroy tissue. Medics found black mould - believed to be from the rusty nail - in Colleen's bloodstream, and medics have … [Read more...] about Woman almost lost her leg after catching deadly flesh eating bug from rusty nail
Cause of leg cramps
IT happens every month whether you like it or not...and it's not your period. But it does have something to do with your period - ovulation. Put simply, ovulation is when your body releases an egg during your menstrual cycle in preparation for getting pregnant. Part of the ovary called a follicle releases the egg which travels down the fallopian tube and hopes to be met by sperm. When that doesn't happen, the egg dies and leaves your body with your uterine wall when you have your period. Knowing when you're ovulating is important if you are trying for a baby as it increases your chances of getting pregnant. It's also important if you aren't trying because it lets you know when to be extra careful. So, how do you know when you are ovulating? Generally your menstrual cycle lasts between 28 and 32 days and your body releases an egg after 12 to 16 days, so roughly halfway between your periods. There are a few different signs of ovulation to look out for. 1. Cramps Just like when you have … [Read more...] about The 4 signs you’re at your most fertile point each month – including ovulation cramps
Many people may claim they know how to spot the tell-tale signs of pregnancy. However, there are a variety of symptoms of early pregnancy that some are likely less aware of, such as implantation spotting and leg cramps. Pregnancy tests may not always display the correct results right away, which is why it’s important to be clued up on the other signs that a woman is in her first trimester. Just because a pregnancy test appears negative at first doesn't necessarily mean that a woman isn't pregnant (Getty Images) Here are 10 early signs of pregnancy that everyone should take note of. Missing a period Missing a period is one of the most commonly known signs that a woman may be in the early stages of pregnancy. During menstruation, the lining of the uterus breaks down and is shed in the form of a period, which typically lasts three to seven days. When a woman becomes pregnant, the continued production of the hormone progesterone maintains the lining of the uterus, which … [Read more...] about 10 early signs of pregnancy, according to experts
0 Have your say Runners from the Grantham area raised thousands of pounds for good causes when they took part in the hottest London Marathon on Sunday. Among those who ran was a man who was diagnosed with a failing heart last year, another who dressed as superhero Deadpool and a father and son who ran for charity after a member of the family was diagnosed with cancer.Grantham businessman Stuart Pigram took on his fifth London Marathon for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life saving research after he was told that his own heart was failing last year.Stuart was 43 years old, fit and healthy when he went for a routine medical check-up in March 2017. But when the doctor measured his heart rate, his heart was working at 135 beats per minute (bpm), a normal heart rate being between 60 to 100bpm.Stuart describes it as a ‘shutters down’ moment where he instantly knew something was seriously wrong, and he was rushed off to hospital. He went through various … [Read more...] about Grantham marathon heroes beat the heat to raise thousands for good causes
RESTLESS leg syndrome is a condition that affects the nervous system, and causes the sufferer to have an overwhelming desire to move the legs. In severe cases it can be extremely disruptive to everyday life, but why does it occur and is there a treatment? What is restless leg syndrome? Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is also known as Willis-Ekbom disease and affects as many as one in 10 people at some point during their life. Women are twice as likely to get the condition as men, and it is more common in middle age, although can occur at any age, including childhood. Sufferers have an extreme urge to move their legs, and they can also experience an uncomfortable sensation in their limbs. Some people experience this throughout the day, and others just have them occasionally. It can be made worse by long periods of sitting down, e.g. when travelling by plane or train. What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome? People who have restless leg syndrome experience an unusual sensation in … [Read more...] about What is restless leg syndrome, what causes it and is there a treatment?