Full Question: I have been getting a sharp pain on the right side of my temple... it is short and quick but it comes and goes. Sometimes it does not happen for a long period of time and then it comes back again. Do you have any idea what this could be and should I have it checked out? Thank you, Shirley. Answer: Dear Shirley; There are any number of things this could be. Some of them are harmless, some require medical care. Yes, you need to see your doctor and get it checked out. We can't diagnose via the Internet. That can only be done by a physician who can review your medical records and symptoms and conduct a proper examination. One possibility to discuss with your doctor is ice pick headaches. You can read more in Ice Pick Headaches - the Basics . Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists . Another good source of informa...
Traveling can really be a pain in the back. Besides the bad hotel beds or uncomfortable car rides, lugging all that stuff from one destination to the next can really be the straw that breaks the back. When it comes to lugging stuff, one really has to think about the best choices in luggage for the spine. A trip to the airport baggage claim tells a lot about the good, bad and ugly choices. Some try to overcome poor choices by using the curbside service or luggage carts. In reality, the baggage has to be handled at some point and it is at that point when spine pain can really ruin a trip. Three key aspects of luggage should be considered before the trip of a lifetime: weight, mobility, and features. By getting the best of all three components, baggage does not have to be a drag.
A sore spine is very sensitive to load. Carrying too much weight can stress the ligaments, the discs, and the spine joints . Some have heard that backpacks should not weigh more than 10% of the body weight...
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine is a noninvasive procedure that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the spine area, including the vertebrae (spine bones), the spinal cord, and the spaces between the vertebrae through which the nerves travel.
See also: MRI
Magnetic resonance imaging - spine; Nuclear magnetic resonance - spine; MRI of the spine; NMR - spine
How the test is performed
You will be asked to lie on a narrow table, which slides into a large tunnel-like tube. The health care provider may inject a dye through one of your veins. This helps certain diseases and organs show up better on the images.
Unlike and computed tomographic (CT) scans, MRI does not use radiation. Instead, it uses powerful magnets and radiowaves. The magnetic field produced by an MRI forces certain atoms in your body to line up in a certain way. It's similar to how the needle on a compass moves ...
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