One of the most common problems seen in a primary care medical practice is low back pain. It accounts for more discomfort, lost work and productivity, and frustration for many patients than any other malady. Some think it is the price we, as humans, pay for walking upright. The lower back is a complex structure made of bone, muscles, connective tissue and nerves that, along with our legs, hold us erect, allow us to bend, run, twist, catch a football, or just lay down and rest. However, once a problem arises, the complexity of its structure makes pain in the lower back difficult to diagnose and treat. The lower back consists of a spinal column from the lumbar region of the mid-back down to the tail bone or coccyx. The spinal column consists of 5 lumbar vertebrae which are cylindrical bony structures with a ring like component behind the cylinder also made of bone. In between the vertebrae are disc shaped cushions filled with a gelatinous central core known as the nucleus pulposis
Abdominal ultrasound is an imaging procedure used to examine the internal organs of the abdomen, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys. The blood vessels that lead to some of these organs can also be looked at with ultrasound.
Ultrasound - abdomen; Abdominal sonogram
How the test is performed
An ultrasound machine creates images that allow various organs in the body to be examined. The machine sends out high-frequency sound waves, which reflect off body structures to create a picture. A computer receives these reflected waves and uses them to create a picture. Unlike with x-rays or CT scans, there is no ionizing radiation exposure with this test.
You will be lying down for the procedure. A clear, water-based conducting gel is applied to the skin over the abdomen. This helps with the transmission of the sound waves. A handheld probe called a transducer is then moved over the abdomen.
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Full Question: My son has been diagnosed with abdominal migraines. When he has a bad attack he looses the use of his legs temporarily until the migraine goes away. Our neurologist has done numerous test to find out what may be causing his legs to go out but all the test come back ok (See tests below) Do you know what could be causing this & what to do next? The following test were done and came back ok - MRI spine, CAT of brain, sonogram of stomach, tube down the throat (don't know the name of the test), EKG, sticky plateletts test, colon & digestive tests by a gastrologist. Mrs. D. Answer: Dear Mrs. D.; It's possible that your son's legs are "going out" is an actual Migraine symptom. You don't say if they go out due to motor weakness or paralysis, but either can be from Migraine. That said, the symptoms of abdominal Migraines do NOT include motor weakness or paralysis. The ONLY type of Migraine that applies to is hemiplegic Mi...
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