Dear Dr Lasich - I'm six weeks post op spinal fusion surgery. Dec. 8, 2011 and then again eight days later I was in so much pain. The doctors went back in and found that a screw had broken by bone and some hardware was removed. My foot feels like it's on fire and top of my toes feels like someone is holding a match to them. I know nerve damage takes time to heal but I'm to the point not taking much more. I'm on Percocet and Lyrica. Can you please recommend something else I can take to help? Also will these pains go away eventually? I can't imagine living like this the rest of my life. I'm only 43! -Sad
Surgeons use hardware such as screws and rods to fix a spine. Unfortunately, this fix can sometimes ruin a life, especially when the screws go askew. These screws are called pedicle screws because they are lodged into the ped...
In the aftermath of the terrible events in Japan, I have been thinking about a heart condition called "Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy." It is also nicknamed "Broken Heart Syndrome." If has been said that you can die of a broken heart, or die of fright, but is it true?
It can be, but it is uncommon.
First identified in Japan in the 1980s, the takotsubo is almost always identified with post menopausal women. It can happen for no reason at all, but usually follows a very emotional event - death of a family member, an appearance in court, a heated argument, even the end of a love affair. And certainly, an earthquake and a tsunami.
If you go to your doctor or ER with symptoms of a takotsubo, the first thing medical personnel will suspect is a heart attack, as this condition mimics everything about a heart attack including changes in EKG and blood chemicals. Nearly two years ago, after a stressful meeting which I found difficult to attend, I foun...
Definition If more pressure is put on a bone than it can stand, it will split or break. A break of any size is called a fracture. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open fracture (compound fracture). A stress fracture is a hairline crack in the bone that develops because of repeated or prolonged forces against the bone. Alternative Names Bone - broken; Fracture; Stress fracture Considerations It is hard to tell a dislocated bone from a broken bone. However, both are emergency situations, and the basic first aid steps are the same. Causes The following are common causes of broken bones: Fall from a height
Motor vehicle accidents
Child abuse Repetitive forces, such as those caused by running, can cause stress fractures of the foot, ankle, tibia, or hip
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