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“Doc, I just want one of those epidurals to get rid of the pain.”
Really, you want a large needle stuck into your spine? Do you know what could happen to you if you have an epidural spinal injection? Usually, nothing bad happens at all. The complication rates are very low . 1 At the most, you might get some flushing , increased pain or persistent numbness. If you are a diabetic, you might experience a spike in your blood sugar levels temporarily . None of those complications are really a big deal; so the epidurals seem worth the risk to most people. But most people don’t know that rare serious and potentially fatal complications from these “safe” procedures have been reported.
A few people have become paralyzed as a result of having an epidural injection. 2, 3 This complication is thought to be caused by a disruption in the blood supply to the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury is a most unfortunate and unforeseen risk from an epidural steroid inj...
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...
One of the major risks of having spine surgery is the development of an infection. Discitis is an uncommon infection of the spinal disc that can occur after spinal surgery. Because of its rarity, discitis is often not on the minds of doctors. In this world of rushed, inattentive doctors, a person with an infection of the spine can be dismissed as a "common back pain" case when in fact discitis is the culprit.
A 58 year old woman who had years of lumbar pain came to me one and a half years following a complicated lumbar fusion; the surgery was complicated by the fact that the surgeon had to operate twice in order to get the hardware placed correctly. Unfortunately, the surgery did not cure her pain; and she came to me for pain management.
Two months into her treatment with me, she had a severe episode of low back pain after shoveling snow. She went to her primary doctor with not only complaints of worsening back pain, but she also had a fever and an upset stomach. That ...
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