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Your bones are not dead, static pieces of framework; your bones are alive and can be a source of pain. When you think about bone pain, you might remember a time when you broke a bone. But there are other times when bone pain happens. And when you do experience bone pain, there are some specific treatments to relieve it too.
Let’s first start with the list of catastrophic conditions that can cause bone pain. On top of that list is the most feared of all, cancer. Primary bone cancer or cancer that has spread to the bone (metastatic cancer) is very painful and is the first problem to rule out. Blood test, biopsies and imaging studies might all be necessary to find this sinister cause of bone pain. An equally concerning problem that leads to bone pain is a bone infection ( osteomyelitis ). In other parts of the world, tuberculosis (TB) is the most common cause of bone infections. But even in parts of the world where TB is almost unheard of, bone infections are not unheard of es...
Nearly 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with osteopenia as a result of breast cancer treatment. For those of you just starting down the osteoporosis path, here are the 10 most significant things I’ve learned about bone loss. And for those of you who’ve been dealing with osteo for years – I invite you to add your own favorite “nuggets of truth”! Osteopenia probably doesn’t need to be treated with drugs. Osteopenia, a gray area between healthy bones and full-blown osteoporosis, is characterized by T-scores between -1 and -2.5. Up until recently, common practice was to treat osteopenia with osteoporosis drugs, in an attempt to halt it in its tracks. But a study published last year concludes that statistically speaking, 270 women diagnosed with osteopenia would need to take an osteoporosis drug for 3 years in order for one of them to avoid a single vertebral fracture. That means 99.996% of women taking drugs for osteopenia are potentially receiving no be...
Lately, people have been asking a lot of questions about sore feet. How can you turn sore feet into happy feet?
Inspect: Even though your feet are a long way from your eyes, they are still important. Sores, bumps, and rashes can go unnoticed unless you look at your feet. Anyone with diabetes or another condition that causes numbness should inspect their feet daily. Some people have even had their legs amputated because of a small sore that became infected. Pay attention to your feet; they are the only ones you get.
Shoe Inserts: The more cushioning for your feet, the better. Many products offer shock absorption that fit into the shoes. If you are on your feet often or are a very heavy person, the inserts need to be changed at least every six months because the shocks wear out. Not only will your feet be happier, your entire body will be happier with some well-cushioned shoes.
Rocker Bottom Soles: Most people have never heard of this before, so visualize the bottom...
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