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Full Question: I recently went to another headache and pain clinic. This was the fifth one. This doctor claims my migraines are caused by my smoking. I have had Migraines since I was 9 and didn't smoke then. I've never heard this before. What do you think? Geraldine. Answer: Dear Geraldine; First, the distinction between cause and triggers needs to be clarified. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease CAUSED by genetics and overactive neurons in the brain. Migraine TRIGGERS are physical things that bring on or “trigger” individual Migraine attacks. That said, smoking is a Migraine trigger for some people. The fact that your Migraines started occurring before you started smoking doesn’t mean that it can’t be a trigger for you now. Migraineurs often develop new triggers. To point out the obvious here – not smoking would let you determine if it’s a trigger for you now or not. What steps have you taken to identify your Migraine triggers? Keeping a Migraine diar...
Alternative Names Abdominal tenderness Home Care Call your health care provider if Any person with point tenderness should call the emergency number (911) or go to an emergency room to be examined right away by a health care provider. What to expect at your health care provider's office Your health care provider will perform a physical exam, which includes gently pushing on areas of your abdomen. Persons with peritonitis will often tense the abdominal muscles when the doctor touches the area. This is called "guarding." The doctor will note any point tenderness. This is a general term that means you have tenderness in a certain area. For example, if you have appendicitis, you will likely have point tenderness when a certain part of your belly area is touched. This area is called McBurney's point. The health care provider will also ask questions about your symptoms and medical history: When did the symptoms start? Is this the first time you have had such discomfort? If not, when does the discomfort...
My shoulder hurts...is it osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a very common problem. Most people know someone who is dealing with arthritis of at least one joint. Spine, hips, knees, and hands are the most common places for osteoarthritis to cause symptoms. However, any joint can be affected and a common question I hear when a patient presents with shoulder pain is: Do I have arthritis?
First, a bit of anatomy -- the shoulder is composed of two separate joints:
(1) the acromioclavicular joint where the collarbone meets the shoulder bone (2) the glenohumeral joint where the ball of the humerus articulates with the shoulder blade (scapula). Both joints can be affected by osteoarthritis. It is relatively uncommon for osteoarthritis to develop in the glenohumeral joint without a history of trauma or previous injury. We'll discuss that in a minute. First, let's review the acromioclavicular joint.
Causes of Shoulder Pain Besides Arthritis The glenohumeral joint is the most mobile j...
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