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A few weeks back I had knee surgery. I wrote a post about my concerns having to do with adhesives that may be used during or after surgery as I have skin reactions with certain adhesives.
Being clear with my doctors before the procedure was helpful: they didn't use any adhesives on or around my incisions, which was great. Annoyingly, I did have a reaction -- one big hive -- to the Ace bandage and had to remove it with 24 hours after the procedure versus the 72 they prefer. Ah well.
Having any procedure with anesthesia with asthma and allergies seems a little extra dicey, at least for the person who's receiving sedation, etc. Luckily, my anesthesiologist had asthma himself! Yup, we chit-chatted about all things asthma and turns out we took the same medications as children ( Theophylline , in case you were wondering).
For the past year or so leading up to the surgery for my knee, I had been experiencing back pain. Looking for non-medical, non-surgical ways to relax my...
Spondylolisthesis (spaun-di-lo-lie-thee-sis) is a mouthful and is a common cause of low back pain (although it can exist anywhere in the spine, the lumbar spine is the most common area affected). The spinal column is a series of building blocks called vertebral bodies stacked on top of one another. Sometimes these blocks do not line up perfectly. This slight separation in the spinal column is called a spondylolisthesis .
"Doc says I have a spondy-something-or-other. Don't ask me what it is; all I know is that it hurts". Steve tries to explain his low back condition to his friend. But, he finds that he cannot explain what he does not understand. Steve has had back pain for a number of years. Every year the pain gets worse and has now become constant. His doctor sent him for x-rays recently. The x-rays showed a spondylolisthesis with disc degeneration at L5/S1. Steve could not understand his doctor's explanation of the condition. So, now he has pain and has confusion.
Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
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