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A herniated (slipped) disk occurs when all or part of a spinal disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk. This places pressure on nearby nerves.
Acute low back pain
Chronic low back pain
Lumbar radiculopathy; Cervical radiculopathy; Herniated intervertebral disk; Prolapsed intervertebral disk; Slipped disk; Ruptured disk; Herniated nucleus pulposus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column run down the back, connecting the skull to the pelvis. These bones protect nerves that come out of the brain and travel down your back, forming the spinal cord. Nerve roots are large nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and leave your spinal column between each vertebrae.
The spinal vertebrae are separated by disks filled with a soft, gelatinous substance. These disks cushion the spinal colum...
Many people have heard some doctors and practitioners speak about the importance of healing your spirit in order to heal your body. Some of those health professionals go as so far as to say that your body won’t heal fully without addressing the underlying cause that led to disease in the first place. Yes, modern medicine has its place and has done wonders for our life expectancy and survival, but medicine alone will only eliminate the symptoms, which may or may not last a lifetime. Carolyn Myss, author of "Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing" , has written and taught extensively in this area. While there is some mystery as to why illness develops, how to heal from illness, and why one person succeeds and another does not, Myss teaches us that there is a direct connection between spiritual centeredness, energy imbalances and the ability to heal oneself. As I mentioned in one of my first postings, health is not an isolated area of life. It is very holistical...
In the 1980s, when I was in college, disaffected teens across America dipped into the gloom. I was young and in love with the music; a college disc jockey on the FM dial. Siouxsie and the Banshees were my soundtrack. I wore beaten-on blue eye shadow, streaked blush and crimson lips—imitating Siouxsie Sioux, the iconic Goth lead singer of this British band.
“Look at me! I’m hurting.” That’s what I was trying to tell my mother and others, when I wore this mask. It was a cry for help. I wouldn’t let others see in; the real me was off-limits. Perhaps that was an unconscious way to protect myself from a level of closeness I wasn’t ready for. I’m not of the mindset that my abused makeup was simple teenage experimentation: the illness merely collided with my youth, so you couldn’t differentiate the two. The cosmetics book author, Paula Begoun, got it right: “Blue eye shadow should absolutely be illegal.”
The illness is subtle, and manifests itself in aberrations of personality, t...
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