I am an Iraqi War Veteran who has been diagnosed through the Veterans Administration to have Chronic Migraine Syndrome. I have Migraines - with auras- 3-4 times a week depending on if the pain cycle can be broken. I have gone many times with a severe migraine lasting 2 days to 3 weeks without a break in pain. I understand that everyone's risk for certain conditions vary person to person but with this type of migraine and pain how high is the risk for stroke? Is stroke the only major issue that can come from the pain cycle not being broken? Thank you, Erica.
Thank you for serving. Now, to get to your question:
We're not quite following what you mean when you say you have migraines with aura three to four times a week, depending on if the pain cycle can be broken . Are you saying you have three to four migraines a week, or are you saying that you have migraines three to four days a week? The latte...
If you've ever had a broken bone, you know that there are several ways to repair the fracture. One way is to splint or cast the bone and wait for it to heal on it's own, or if the fracture is complex, surgery may be necessary where the option's for internal fixation would be, rods and screws, plates and screws, or pins and wires, and some require bone transplantation obtained usually from the hip (iliac crest) to fill the non union portion of the fracture. All of these approaches, aside from casting, involve surgery, a hospital stay of several days, physical therapy, bone graft site and surgical site healing.
When your surgeon harvests bone from your hip, an incision is made above the bone and then they extract and collect the bone with a drilling device. This approach has to heal just like the fracture repair portion and sometimes problems occur, like bone infection, delayed incision healing, and additional pain from the process of removing the necessary bone from your hip to ...
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...
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