Dear Dr. Borigini, I have chronic lower back pain and hip pain related to a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, stenosis , and arthritis in my spine and hips. I had surgery about 3 years ago to repair nerve root damage caused by a botched laminectomy about 4 years ago. The nerve damage resulted in foot drop in my right foot/calf. My question is that recently, I have noticed that when I stand or sit for more that about 5-10 minutes my feet (both) start to feel like, well, the only way I can describe it is if you have been working on your feet for about 8-10 hours. They feel swollen and painful. They do not change color or anything, at least not that I can tell. But when I lift one up, changing my weight from one to the other, it feels like the blood is rushing back to that foot. The only way to relieve the "pressure" is to sit and raise both my feet up on a stool or coffee table. I hope you can understand what I am describing. If you have worked on your feet all day you know the fe...
RF. ESR. Anti-CCP. ANA. CPR. No, these aren’t codes used by secret agents to communicate their missions. They’re names of blood tests used in diagnosing and managing rheumatoid arthritis. When you’re new to this disease, they can seem as mysterious and impenetrable as a secret language. What do they measure? What do the numbers mean? What’s normal, what isn’t? This post is all about demystifying RA blood tests .
RA Blood Tests
There are a number of blood tests that can be used when doctors are trying to find out if you have RA, as well as indicators of how the disease is managed. Some of the most common blood tests are:
Rheumatoid Factor (RF) . RF is a type of antibody that may be associated with inflammation. This is usually one of the first tests your family doctor will order if they suspect you might have inflammatory arthritis. However, it’s important to know that 20-30 percent of people with RA are negative for RF (also called seron...
Definition Swollen gums are abnormally enlarged, bulging, or protruding. Alternative Names Swollen gums; Gingival swelling Considerations Gum swelling is quite common and may involve one or many of the triangular-shaped bits of gum between nearby teeth. These sections are called papillae. Occasionally, the gums swell significantly, blocking the teeth completely. Common Causes Gingivitis Infection by a virus or fungus Malnutrition Poorly fitting dentures Pregnancy Sensitivity to toothpaste or mouthwash Scurvy Side effect of a drug such as Dilantin or phenobarbital
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