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...
"Doc, I've had swelling off and on for more than 15 years. The medications my doctor has been giving me don't seem to work as well. It seems like when I get upset or stressed, my feet or hands start to swell. Sometimes my face swells. I have taken many courses of steroids and Benadryl but it seems to be getting worse".
The above comments were made by a 32-year-old female patient that came to my office for an initial evaluation in January of last year. She has a rare disease that is associated with recurrent swelling of the hands, feet, arms, legs, face, genitalia and throat. The disease is hereditary (other family members usually have it), and frequently the cause of unexplained bouts of abdominal pain that may be extremely severe.
Weeks ago (Feb 2011) she had a sudden severe episode of throat swelling which required intubation (a breathing tube placed into the throat and lung) and a seven day hospital intensive care unit visit.
Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) was el...
Definition Hereditary ovalocytosis is rare condition passed down through families (inherited) in which blood cells are slightly oval-shaped instead of round. It is a form of hereditary elliptocytosis . Alternative Names Ovalocytosis - hereditary Causes, incidence, and risk factors Ovalocytosis is mainly found in Southeast Asian populations.
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