“Lene, you’re a neurological accident waiting to happen.”
My rheumatologist had ordered X-rays of my neck and the results showed that my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had made the top joint unstable. This was how the doctor told me. They wrote an order for a CT scan to get more detail. Then I waited six weeks for the scan and another six for the results. Thankfully, the CT scan showed that the joint wasn’t in fact unstable.
I refer to those three months as the time my head was loose.
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RA and spine joints
When it comes to the spine, RA can be either a pain in the butt or a pain in the neck. There is some disagreement in rheumatology about whether RA can affect the spine itself or if it should more accurately be called rheumatoid spondylitis, ankylosing spondylitis, or even osteoarthritis. However, there is agreement that RA can affect the two joints in the spine. One is the sacroiliac or SI joint . It is located...
Neck pain in the morning can be due to straining the neck while asleep. During certain stages of sleep, the muscles are contracted. One option would be to use a firm flat mattress and a flat pillow—or preferably no pillow in those cases where morning neck pain is prominent. I would strongly recommend you describe this condition to your primary care physician so that he or she can refer you to the appropriate specialist who can properly evaluate you and review your options. Important: We hope you find this general medical and health information useful, but this Q&A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. For all personal medical and health matters, including decisions about diagnoses, medications and other treatment options, you should always consult your doctor. See full Disclaimer .
Definition A skull fracture is a fracture or break in the cranial (skull) bones. See also: Concussion Alternative Names Basilar skull fracture; Depressed skull fracture; Linear skull fracture Considerations Skull fractures may occur with head injuries . Although the skull is tough, resilient, and provides excellent protection for the brain, a severe impact or blow can result in fracture of the skull. It may be accompanied by injury to the brain. The brain can be affected directly by damage to the nervous system tissue and bleeding. The brain can also be affected indirectly by blood clots that form under the skull and then compress the underlying brain tissue (subdural or epidural hematoma). A simple fracture is a break in the bone without damage to the skin. A linear skull fracture is a break in a cranial bone resembling a thin line, without splintering, depression, or distortion of bone. A depressed skull fracture is a break in a cranial bone (or "crushed" portion of skull) with depression of ...
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