Spinal disc degeneration is not a disease. In other words, disc degeneratio n is not an abnormality in the normal human body. By itself, disc degeneration does not cause pain. Disc degeneration is the natural aging process that causes normal changes in the spinal discs.
Donald was sitting in the cold, sterile exam room. He comes here every year for his annual check-up with his doctor. But, this time he has a question on his mind. What is disc degeneration? His mother, who has had low back pain for a number of years, was told that her lumbar discs have degenerated. Because her pain has become so debilitating, she now uses a walker to get around. Being afraid of his future, Donald wants to learn about disc degeneration. He does not want the same fate as his mother's fate.
Even though it is inevitable, people worry about disc degeneration. All of the parts in the human body change as they age. Skin degeneration is the most visible sign of aging. Wrinkles, cracks, fissures, and lo...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved
NEXIUM® delayed release capsules in children ages 12 to 17 for
the short-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
NEXIUM was tested in adolescents ages 12 to 17 in a randomized,
double-blind parallel group study in which a total of 149 patients,
ages 12 to 17, with clinically diagnosed GERD were treated with
either NEXIUM 20mg or NEXIUM 40 mg once a day for up to eight
weeks. Reported side effects included headache, abdominal pain,
diarrhea and nausea.
Drug makers don't yet know if NEXIUM® is safe or effective
for treating GERD in children under 12 years old.
more about acid reflux.
Diagnosis Parkinsons disease can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages. Doctors base their diagnosis on the patients medical history and symptoms evaluated during a neurological exam. No laboratory or imaging tests can diagnose Parkinsons, although brain scans such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or positron-emission tomographic (PET) may be used to rule out other neurological disorders. Medical History A medical and personal history should include any relevant symptoms as well as any medications taken, and information on other conditions the patient may have. Neurological Exam In a neurological exam, the doctor will ask the patient to sit, stand, walk, and extend arms. The doctor will observe the patients balance and coordination. Parkinson's may be suspected in patients who have at least two of the following four symptoms, especially if they are more obvious on one side of the body: Tremor (shaking) when the limb is at rest Slowness of movement (bradyk...
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