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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...
Definition Low back pain refers to a shooting or stabbing pain felt in your lower back. You may also have back stiffness, decreased movement of the lower back, and difficulty standing straight. Acute back pain lasts from a few days to a few weeks. See also: Low back pain - chronic Sciatica Alternative Names Backache; Low back pain; Lumbar pain; Pain - back; Acute back pain; Back pain - new; Back pain - short-term Causes, incidence, and risk factors If you are like most people, you will have at least one backache in your life. While such pain or discomfort can happen anywhere in your back, the most common area affected is your low back. This is because the low back supports most of your body's weight. Low back pain is the number two reason that Americans see their doctor -- second only to colds and flus. Many back-related injuries happen at work. But you can change that. There are many things you can do to lower your chances of getting back pain. You'll usually first feel back pain just after you...
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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