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“Sciatica” is an old world term that refers to leg pain felt down the back of the thigh into the calf and foot. What about thigh pain? What about buttock pain? Unfortunately, “sciatica” has been wrongly applied to all types and locations of leg pain. In 1948, the use of the word “sciatica” was declared “unhelpful” by a leading orthopedic specialist because it is limited to a certain location and really does not address the origin of the pain. Over the years, many older medical terms like sciatica have become archaic as the newer research technologies give doctors clearer definitions and a better understanding of the human body. Leg pain that comes from the low back is most accurately categorized as referred pain or neurogenic pain. These terms apply to all locations and address the origin of the pain. With these newer terms, the antiquated word, “sciatica”, has no place in the modern world. Sally has been waking up with right ...
We started our discussion about restless legs syndrome (RLS) in my recent blog, so let’s continue where we left off.
Mild symptoms of RLS occur in 5-15% of the general population, which makes it the second or third most common sleep disorder. Of these cases, only about 2-3% are considered clinically severe enough to require treatment. It appears to occur more commonly in females and can even affect children. Due to the difficult to describe leg sensations that are felt, children may be wrongly diagnosed with “growing pains” or even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). RLS symptoms occur more commonly as we age. Individuals who experience symptoms at a younger age tend to worsen as they get older, though there cases when the disease resolves spontaneously when the sufferer gets older.
Sleep disturbance is a major complaint in patients and is usually the main reason why they seek medical help. Though the dis...
Question: I have a severe case of Hepatitis C from a blood transfusion in 1987 during emergency surgery. I've been on the Peg-combo 3x's and I have cirrhosis - my last biopsy yielded Stage 4, grade 2. I have been sober in AA for more than 19 years. No fatty infiltrates were found on my biopsy.
I have a positive RH factor and the sed rate blood test has been both positive and negative; however, I believe I have HCV Arthritis. I have very few bone spurs but many joints involved. I had arthroscopic ankle surgery in July and it was a failure - I am extremely hypermobile anyway. I have severe pain in my hips, back, and wrists, and I wear wrist braces just about 24/7. I've been screened for Marfan syndrome and the results are negative; however, I do have fibromyalgia.
I've been told I have RA and have been told I haven't - I'm now housebound with arthritis, I have a leg brace, I can't get out of bed in the mornings and I have extreme pain that opioids don't come close to helping (or I'...
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