Learning how to manage your illness and your treatment

Understanding and accepting a chronic illness such as diabetes or obesity is a difficult road to go down, as it is fraught with pitfalls and psychological obstacles. Therapeutic education helps to overcome these obstacles. By becoming aware of their pathology, the patient learns to look after themselves, increasing their independence. Through this approach, they can manage their treatment better, reduce the risk of complications and improve their quality of life.

Le rein n’est pas seulement le filtre de notre corps. Impliqué dans de nombreux équilibres, sa fonction est essentielle.

Les raisons qui poussent le rein à dysfonctionner sont multiples. Parmi elles, le diabète et l’hypertension qui touche plus d'un patient sur 2.

Thyroid nodules

Thyroid nodules are very common growths in the thyroid gland. They primarily affect women and occur more often as you get older. If you performed an ultrasound on every woman over 50, half of them would have a thyroid nodule!

Though the cause is unknown, nodules are often made up of thyroid cells, but can also contain fluid. Types of nodules include harmless micronodules (less than one centimeter), cysts (fluid-filled nodules), inflammatory nodules seen in thyroiditis, thyroid adenomas (benign tumors), and cancerous nodules.

Adrenal cancer

Adrenal cancer, also called adrenocortical carcinoma, is a malignant tumor in the adrenal gland. It can be very large.

It often manifests with the symptoms of Cushing disease (swollen face, skin manifestations, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, hirsutism, etc.) due to excessive secretion of corticosteroid hormones.

Hyperthyroidism - Graves' disease

Hyperthyroidism refers to excessive secretion of thyroid hormones. Iodine overload, a goiter, thyroid nodules or certain congenital diseases can cause hyperthyroidism. However, the main cause is Graves' disease, an autoimmune disease that mostly affects women.  It is characterized by the presence of antibodies that stimulate the production of thyroid hormones. Graves' disease is sometimes linked to other autoimmune diseases (such as diabetes) or stress.


How is a herniated disc treated?

Initially, treatment is based on taking pain and anti-inflammatory medication, as well as counseling on posture, with or without the use of physical therapy. In the most persistent cases, an injection of corticosteroids may be offered. Pain often disappears on its own after several months.

Surgery is urgently indicated in the following cases: