Cramps, bloating, migraines and mood swings. Does your period have you feeling so bad that you don't want to get out of bed? In some countries, women are permitted to take menstruation leave from work during "that time of the month."
OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains that 10 to 15 percent of the female population suffers from severe PMS that affects their day-to-day functioning. “It absolutely can be debilitating,” she says.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork notes that how you treat your body during this period "plays a huge role in how you feel."
A Canadian woman said she was expecting quintuplets, but when she and her boyfriend went to the hospital for the babies to be delivered, doctors said the woman wasn’t pregnant at all.
Dr. Ashton explains that pseudocyesis, often called phantom pregnancy, happens in about one to six cases in 22,000 births. Women with the condition can gain weight, experience morning sickness and lactate, even though there is not a fetus.
Psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser joins The Doctors to help explain what might lead to pseudocyesis.
“Typically, when you see yourself saying, ‘How can that be?’ there's usually a psychological component,” she says.
The Doctors recommend that expecting mothers get prenatal care, including an ultrasound, and that the couple go to the OB/GYN together to help make sure both the mother and baby are healthy.
Making it Work
Tim Gunn, the Emmy award-winning star and executive producer of Project Runway: Under the Gunn, is an admitted perfectionist when it comes to style, and a "self-declared clean freak." He says he was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder when he was a teenager.
“Technically, you get diagnosed with that when it disrupts what would otherwise be your normal daily life,” Dr. Travis explains.
Web exclusive: Tim asks the Doctors: “What do you do with a 60-year-old who still has teenage acne?" Hear plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon’s recommendations for Tim’s skin.
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Update: Child's Lifesaving Weight Loss Surgery
When Alexis gained more than 150 pounds after brain surgery to remove a tumor triggered an uncontrollable hunger, her parents, Jenny and Ian, were worried that their daughter would never be happy again. So, they were hopeful when a surgeon suggested that gastric bypass could help her unrelenting hunger and weight gain. And, they were devastated when their insurance company denied coverage. Then, 12-year-old Alexis’ story went viral, and she won the hearts of people across the country. The insurance company reviewed the request and approved the surgery, and her parents and surgeon, Dr. Thomas Inge, appeared on The Doctors to share Alexis' story.
Recently, Alexis had the weight loss surgery that could help save her life, but it didn’t go as expected.
Woman with Silver Skin
When Rosemary was 11 years old, her mother told her doctor that she always had a cold. The doctor said Rosemary had allergies and prescribed nose drops that he recommended she take intermittently as needed.
In high school, a nurse at a hospital where Rosemary volunteered noticed her skin was discolored.
"She said, 'You’re taking nose drops, aren’t you?' I said, 'Yes.' She said, 'Stop. They have silver in them.'”
A dermatologist confirmed Rosemary had argyria, a condition in which silver deposits collect in the skin, turning it blue or gray. Argyria can be caused by inhaling or ingesting silver.
Silver has been banned from use in oral prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines since 1999, but Rosemary shares her story to warn people against taking silver supplements, which are available at some health food stores.
Which is Worse: Celebrity Edition
The Doctors debate which is worse for your health: Wearing a sauna suit to lose weight like Britney Spears, licking the shower door like Madonna, or wearing a bikini, several sizes too small, like Kim Kardashian?