In the previous entry we were discussing injection therapy for erectile dysfunction . It must be kept in mind that a man must have the cardiovascular health to endure sexual activity in general before using any aide. Often erectile dysfunction is the first noticeable sign of disease of the blood vessels throughout the rest of the body (heart, legs, etc.). The difficulty with erections may cause these issues to first be recognized. Patients who are taking any form of blood thinner including aspirin, Plavix TM, warfarin/coumadin or any others on the market should not use injection therapy like Caverject, as this could lead to the complications of hematoma at the injection site. A hematoma is a collection of blood that occurs under the skin. When the body has normal clotting ability, the small amount of bleeding caused by the very small needle used to perform the injection clots off without a problem and with only minimal pressure applied. In a patient on these medication...
Hand-foot syndrome (HFS), or Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia (PPE), is a side effect of some types of chemotherapy and other medicines used to treat breast cancer. Hand-foot syndrome is a skin reaction that occurs when a small amount of the medication leaks out of capillaries (small blood vessels), usually on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. When the medication leaks out of the capillaries, it can damage the surrounding tissues. Hand-foot syndrome can be painful and can affect your daily living.
Symptoms of hand-foot syndrome include:
tingling, burning, or itching sensation
redness (resembling a sunburn)
In severe cases of hand-foot syndrome you may have:
cracked, flaking, or peeling skin
blisters, ulcers, or sores appearing on your skin
difficulty walking or using your hands
The following breast cancer medications can cause hand-foot syndrome:
Xeloda (chemical name: capecitabine)
Adrucil (chemical name: 5-f...
Most people who experience “sciatica” are really experiencing the shooting, searing sensation of neurogenic pain (pain coming from a nerve) as discussed in the previous article, “Sciatica: What is it?” As mentioned, nerve pain can affect both the arms and legs depending on whether the pinched nerve is in the neck or low back. When a nerve is pinched by a herniated disc, the nerve becomes inflamed. Thus, the most potent anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, are used to control the inflammation around the nerve and stop the nerve pain. These steroids are placed next to the nerve by a procedure called an epidural steroid injection (ESI). For the past 50 years, millions of dollars have been spent on epidurals despite the fact that these injections do not cure the problem. ESI’s only temporarily provide symptom relief for nerve pain. Sally, a young woman who has just herniated a disc, still has burning pain that goes all the way down her leg. Relentlessly, ...
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