Fun, fun, fun! That is what summer is all about now that school is out and the winter blizzards are a thing of the past. Before the parachutes, wakeboards, skateboards, and soccer balls come out of the closet, a few words of caution should be heeded. Before the horses are loaded up for the big summer ride and roundup, some warnings should be understood.
Even with the best intention for safety and fun, many activities of enjoyment can cause injury. Those injuries usually amount to chronic pain with arthritis in the future because no matter how far the practice of medicine has come, injuries rarely heal back to an original, pristine state. Mirco-injury to ligaments and cartilage leave a joint vulnerable to the effects of overuse, stress, and aging . Thus, these joints become arthritically inflamed and painful later. The price of pain might be in years to come, but it will come. Take a look at the common injuries associated with some popular summertime activities.
I'm in fairly good health but for the past 30 years I have been experiencing a sharp pain in the front left side of my head, its not a headache. It comes and goes sometimes I wont have it for maybe 5 years then it comes and goes today and a few months ago, please help me on this, I'm a 53 year old female. Anabela.
Get thee to a doctor!
Seriously, what you're describing could be ice pick headaches. You can find more info on them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics . Also, please see Seeking Migraine and Headache Diagnoses and Medical Advice .
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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