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10 Subtle Signs Of “The Silent Killer”, Ovarian Cancer

10 Subtle Signs Of “The Silent Killer”, Ovarian Cancer

Like many cancers, the signs and symptoms that accompany ovarian cancer can be very subtle. In many cases, women dismiss what they are feeling or minimize their symptoms. However, ovarian cancer is particular dangerous and is much more treatable when discovered early. If you’ve experienced any of these 10 subtle signs, it may be time to talk with a doctor. The best way to prevent ovarian cancer is through early detection and treatment.

Here are ten of the most common symptoms that you should be on the lookout for:

1. Suddenly Feeling Full When Eating

If you have just sat down to a meal and feel full after just a few bites, it may indicate the presence of a cancerous growth on the surface of the stomach or intestines, which can indicate the presence of ovarian cancer.

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2. Lost Appetite

Many patients who have ovarian cancer experience a diminished appetite. This takes place because of the impact that the cancer has the body’s ability to properly break down what is eaten and to use the elements properly in metabolism. If you have experienced this symptom, talk to a doctor right away.

3. Chronic Back Pain

Ovarian cancer patients often deal with a repeated, achy feeling in their lower back. In many cases, these patients described this pain as similar to pain experienced during labor.

4. Extended Abdominal Pain

If you are experiencing pain near your pelvis or in your lower stomach that isn’t related to your menstrual cycle or the foods that you’ve eaten, it may be a sign of ovarian cancer. In most cases, patients reported that their pain appeared off and on for a period of over two weeks.

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5. Intense or Chronic Bloating

If you find that your pants suddenly don’t fit in the way they used to and you have not gained significant weight or had dietary changes, it may be an early symptom of ovarian cancer.

6. Sudden Changes in Bowel Patterns

Tumors in the ovaries can add increased levels of pressure to the digestive system and waste secretion systems, causing women to deal with constipation and diarrhea, sometimes back to back.

7. Recurrent Indigestion

While indigestion can be a sign of many things, when it occurs repeatedly and alongside of some of the symptoms listed here, it can be an early sign of ovarian cancer. Symptoms of indigestion may include gassiness, nausea, and heartburn.

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8. Sudden Changes in Weight

While many women are excited to suddenly lose weight without changing the way that they eat or their level of activity, it is usually a sign of dramatic changes in the body. If you have experienced unintentional and sudden weight loss, contact your doctor immediately.

9. Frequent Trips to the Bathroom

If you constantly feel the need to run to the bathroom, increase the number of trips to the restroom each day, or suddenly lose control of your bladder completely over the course of a few weeks, it can be a signal that you may have ovarian cancer.

10. Sudden Sores or Bleeding in the Vagina

Up to 25% of patients with ovarian cancer reported that they experienced sudden bleeding that was unrelated to their menses, accompanied by the appearance of sores, increased discharge, or discoloration of the skin.

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Early Detection is the Key

If you have experienced one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis, make an appointment to see a doctor. When detected early in patients, the likelihood that treatment will be effective is much higher. It’s easy to make excuses and to dismiss what you may be feeling, but by making a simple appointment, you can take charge of your life and your health.

If you have a history of ovarian cancer in your family, take steps ahead of time to improve your health with cancer-fighting foods, regular exercise, and routine visits to the doctor. Be sure to note any sudden changes in your body and report them to your physician.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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