Keri, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 25, sends our family and friends another update on our situation, after the cancer (now metastatic) spread to her tailbone. She experiences a harsher pain in her leg, which has not been reported to the Doc yet. Had we known, we would have probably paid a little more attention to it but we both thought it would go away with another round of Chemo. Keri also explains a little bit of our personal life in this message, and our celebration of our second wedding anniversary. She never had to worry about me, I wasn't going anywhere. Subject: Doing Well Sent: Monday, June 12, 2006 8:22 PM Hello All, I am sorry for taking so long to update you on how things are going. It has been a roller coaster ride lately. I had my first chemo last Weds instead of Monday (the office was booked full so I moved it to another day). I am proud to say that there was not a repeat of the panic attack previously experien...
The list of tips for sore feet is not complete without mentioning the butt muscles. This group of muscles may be the laziest in the entire body. When the butt muscles become weak, the entire leg is affected, including the feet. Everything starts to turn inward. The thigh bone rotates inward causing "knock-knees." The ankles turn inward to the point that the arch of the foot can become plastered to the ground. This misalignment of the leg leads to a chain reaction of chronic pain.
Anyone with back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain should remember to strengthen the butt muscles. The easiest and most practical way to improve strength in the buttocks is to stand on one leg. Go ahead and try it (if needed, hold onto a chair for safety). Your beltline should remain parallel to the ground and your body should remain upright. If that was difficult, try it again only this time focus on tightening the butt cheek on the same side you are standing on. Once the butt muscles engage, the leg be...
Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common and sometimes
devastating condition. I see it quite frequently
in many of my chronic pain patients. In
fact, it contributes to quite a bit of chronic pain, because of the difficulty
it causes in terms of getting a good night's rest, and because it in and of
itself can be rather painful. And there
are diseases associated with chronic pain which can result in so-called
Restless Leg Syndrome is a nighttime condition that has a huge impact on
daytime functioning for those afflicted.
The diagnosis of RLS is mostly arrived at through interviews
with the patient, and basically involves four important features:
is a compelling need to move, usually associated with unpleasant
sensations in the legs, which have been described variously as painful,
electric or "creepy-crawly."
sensations of RLS are worse or exclusively present at rest.
sensations are at least partial...
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