The local weather forecast calls for pain increasing over the next five days and tapering off towards the end of the week. Sound familiar? Many people who have arthritis are very familiar this forecast and know that weather effects pain severity. In fact, many people know what the weather is doing just by how a joint feels. Pain, stiffness and swelling can be as accurate at forecasting the weather as a meteorologist. And those who live in certain climates know exactly how painful some climates can be. What do scientists have to say about this weather phenomenon? Are the rumors true? Does joint pain forecast the weather?
Ouch, it's cold outside. Just looking at temperature, one can easily conclude that l ow temperatures increase pain not only in a joint, but everywhere. Knee pain , rheumatoid pain, and osteoarthritis pain all show consistent increases in severity has the mercury plunges. The reason for this phenomenon probably has something to do with nerve conduction slowing in t...
Does John McCain have shoulder osteoarthritis? Is that why he has trouble elevating his arms above his head?
Whatever your political views may be, hopefully we can all agree that we owe a profound debt of gratitude to Sen. John McCain for his honorable service during the Vietnam War. I do not provide medical care for Sen. McCain and I do not know his personal medical history, but a patient with shoulder pain asked me "What's wrong with McCain's shoulders and why can't he raise his hands above his head?"
There are many reasons why a person may not be able to raise his hands high above his head. Many of them deal with shoulder problems. With the disclaimer once more that I don't know Sen. McCain's medical history or the extent of the injuries he incurred as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, there are certain reasonable hypotheses one could make.
While shoulders are not common joints to develop significant osteoarthritis, they are much more prone to developing osteoarthritis if they...
Alternative Names Cholecystitis - acute Symptoms The main symptom is abdominal pain that is located on the upper right side or upper middle of the abdomen. The pain may: Be sharp, cramping, or dull Come and go Spread to the back or below the right shoulder blade Occur within minutes of a meal Other symptoms that may occur include: Abdominal fullness Clay-colored stools Fever Nausea and vomiting Yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice) Signs and tests A physical exam will show that your abdomen is tender to the touch. Your doctor may order the following blood tests: Amylase and lipase Bilirubin Complete blood count ( CBC ) -- may show a higher than normal white blood cell count Liver function tests Imaging tests that can show gallstones or inflammation include: Abdominal ultrasound Abdominal CT scan Abdominal x-ray Oral cholecystogram Gallbladder radionuclide scan
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