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    Muscle strains

    Putting too much stress on a muscle or overextending it can result in a muscle strain. This kind of injury causes immediate pain right after fast or ...

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    Osteoarthritis of the knee

    Osteoarthritis of the knee causes knee pain – at first, only when the joint is under strain. Things like being overweight or putting a lot of strain ...

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    Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)

    The thyroid gland regulates a lot of functions in the body. It is said to be overactive if it makes too many thyroid hormones. This can lead to sympt...

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    Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)

    If you constantly feel tired, have a slow pulse and constipation, you may wonder why. These types of symptoms can be caused by various things, but th...

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    Hashimoto’s disease

    Hashimoto’s disease is a chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland. It is the most common cause of an underactive thyroid in Germany and other countr...

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    Gestational diabetes

    Women who find out they have pregnancy-related diabetes are often surprised because there are usually no symptoms. But it increases the risk of certa...

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    Generalized anxiety disorder

    We all feel scared sometimes. This can help protect us in dangerous situations: It makes us more alert so that we can react quickly. But fear can bec...

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    Graves’ disease

    Graves’ disease is the most common cause of an overactive thyroid. It sends the body’s metabolism into overdrive, making lots of processes (such as t...

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    Sinusitis is an inflammation of the air-filled spaces around the nose. It typically leads to a stuffy nose and pain in the face. Read about what help...

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    Shoulder pain

    Shoulder pain is one of the most common orthopedic problems. It usually arises beneath the bone that forms the “roof” of the shoulder (the acromion)....

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    Vocal nodules

    Vocal nodules typically make your voice hoarse, and it may sound raspy and breathy too. These small non-cancerous growths usually go away if you rest...

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    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

    It is normal for vision to gradually get worse with age. Some medical conditions further affect your vision: Age-related macular degeneration makes o...

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    Lazy eye (amblyopia) in children

    Amblyopia is a common vision problem in children. It is caused when one eye provides sharper images than the other eye does. Because the brain prefer...