Triglycerides are the most common form of fat found in our bodies. The word triglyceride describes this fat's chemical structure. Its chemical backbone is made up of glyceride (a carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen molecule) with three (tri) attached fatty acid chains. It is also the most common form of fat in vegetable oil and animal fat. Triglycerides are very important as they serve as one of our main energy reserves. They have more than twice the energy as an equivalent amount of carbohydrate or protein. Triglycerides can be absorbed from food through the intestine. Fat cannot freely circulate in the blood, and when we absorb triglycerides or fatty-acids in food, they are repackaged as triglycerides in a fat-protein transporter called a chylomicron. Our body can also make its own triglycerides when we eat more energy than we use, and the energy consumed does not necessarily have to come from fat. The liver can create a fat-protein ...
Neuropathy - distal median nerve
Pain in the wrist or hand that wakes you up at night
May be severe Pain may be felt in other areas, for example in the upper arm (this is called referred pain)
Sensation changes in the thumb and pointer (index), middle, and part of the ring fingers, such as:
Weakness of the hand that causes you to:
Drop things Have difficulty grasping objects
Signs and tests
Your doctor will examine your wrist and ask questions about your medical history. The examination may show decreased sensation in the thumb side of the hand. This is called the "radial" side. There may be weakness of the thumb and difficulty using it to pinch.
Tests that reveal distal median nerve dysfunction may include:
Nerve conduction tests
Tests are ...
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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