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Recently, we have discussed articles in the scientific literature that have raised concerns that prescription pain medications are at times being misused, if not abused. A recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine reminds us that there are a lot of folks out there who are quietly suffering through their pain, and who perhaps are not being treated adequately for that pain. The article dealt with the pain of sickle cell disease, a genetic red blood cell disorder that most often affects individuals of African, Mediterranean, or Asian background. The pain of sickle cell disease can be extreme, to the point of disabling. It affects the bones, joints, back, abdomen, and chest. A sickle cell patient generally presents to the doctor with so-called "vaso-occlusive pain", which is episodic and commonly referred to as a "crisis." The more crises a sickle cell patient has, the greater the risk of death. But up until now, there has been l...
In healthy men and women, urine does not contain any blood that can be seen with the eye, called "gross blood," nor does it contain red blood cells that can be discovered with the aid of a microscope. The discovery of either gross or microscopic blood in urine is a sure indication of the need to examine and evaluate the patient to discover the cause of this abnormality. The conditions that can lead to either gross or microscopic blood in the urine are many and varied. In adults, a careful history to describe the details of the bloody urine, a physical examination and laboratory studies are the first step in unearthing the cause. Imaging with x-rays, ultrasound, CAT/MRI scans are the next step and will usually discover the cause. In adult women, infection of the bladder or kidneys, urinary stones, and tumors of the urinary bladder, kidneys are the most common causes. In adult men, enlargement and/or infection of the prostate, bladder infection and...
I get a precursor to a migraine if it is going to be a severe one. The weather has made a dramatic change today, and I have started with what might be an aura, visual, only this one behaves by frequent trips to the bathroom. It is like I have taken a Lasix, there is copious amount of urine and I go every 15-30 times 2-4 hours, then stops.
Any where between 6-12 hours the headache arrives.
Have any of you heard of this, when I bring it up, I'm told that it is not an aura they recognize.
I would like to get a better understanding of this. Frequent and copious urination does lower my Potassium, and I take supplements for that to keep my heart from throwing PVC's.
Thank you all so very much, this is one of my frequent stops!
God Bless, Charla.
Frequent urination can be a symptom of the Migraine prodrome, the first potential phase of a Migraine attack. You can find more inform...
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