A herniated (slipped) disk occurs when all or part of a spinal disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk. This places pressure on nearby nerves.
Acute low back pain
Chronic low back pain
Lumbar radiculopathy; Cervical radiculopathy; Herniated intervertebral disk; Prolapsed intervertebral disk; Slipped disk; Ruptured disk; Herniated nucleus pulposus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column run down the back, connecting the skull to the pelvis. These bones protect nerves that come out of the brain and travel down your back, forming the spinal cord. Nerve roots are large nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and leave your spinal column between each vertebrae.
The spinal vertebrae are separated by disks filled with a soft, gelatinous substance. These disks cushion the spinal colum...
What is Celiac disease (CD) and how do you know if you have it?
Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation's web site, "Celiac Disease is a digestive disorder that affects both children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten , it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present."
So, what is gluten then? Gluten is a protein that is found in all forms of wheat - this includes durum, semolina, spelt, and kamut. Gluten is also found in rye , barley, triticale, and some oats. Basically, all bread, pasta, cereal, and crackers made with any of these gluten-containing ingredients cannot be eaten if you are diagnosed with Celiac disease. Contrary to popular thought,...
Alzheimer's disease is a disease of the central nervous system that causes "dementia." Dementia is a condition that is marked by the loss of the ability reason, plan, think, and remember. Dementia and Alzheimer's are not the same. Dementia is a name given to a set of symptoms and has many causes. Of the several diseases that cause dementia, Alzheimer's disease is the most common. Alzheimer's disease is a chronic, degenerative disease that destroys brain cells. It causes a decline in mental function. The course of the disease is usually slow. As the disease attacks the brain, it robs the patient of the ability to control emotions, practice complex reasoning, recognize patterns, use judgment, speak, or remember. During the final stage of Alzheimer's, the patient loses all memory and mental functioning. Often, it is not the patient that notices the first Alzheimer's disease symptom. Family members or a spouse will make note of forgetfulness or other memory impairment. Patients ma...
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