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Full Question: My mother in law, 87 years old, never had migraines has developed a symptom that makes me wonder. She says she has an extremely tender spot at the back of her head that burns and is very painful. She has been concerned and hurt enough to get a MRI and CT scan done, which isn't like her at all. I'm wondering if it could be a symptom of a migraine without the headache.
Teri told me there could be symptoms like that without the headache and that popped in my mind as soon as my MIL told me she was suffering terrible with this. I asked her if it felt like someone had pulled her hair really hard for a long time and she said yes. The MRI and CT scan showed absolutely nothing. Sounds like a nerve problem to me but remembering what Teri had said I wanted to ask the Clinician if it could be this. Thank you, Cynthia.
The question is an interesting one as elders sometimes will have head pain without headaches per se. Certainl...
“Sciatica” is an old world term that refers to leg pain felt down the back of the thigh into the calf and foot. What about thigh pain? What about buttock pain? Unfortunately, “sciatica” has been wrongly applied to all types and locations of leg pain. In 1948, the use of the word “sciatica” was declared “unhelpful” by a leading orthopedic specialist because it is limited to a certain location and really does not address the origin of the pain. Over the years, many older medical terms like sciatica have become archaic as the newer research technologies give doctors clearer definitions and a better understanding of the human body. Leg pain that comes from the low back is most accurately categorized as referred pain or neurogenic pain. These terms apply to all locations and address the origin of the pain. With these newer terms, the antiquated word, “sciatica”, has no place in the modern world. Sally has been waking up with right ...
Alternative Names Neuropathy - radial nerve; Radial nerve palsy; Mononeuropathy Symptoms The following symptoms may occur: Abnormal sensations Hand or forearm ("back" of the hand) "Thumb side" (radial surface) of the hand Fingers nearest to the thumb (2nd and 3rd fingers) Difficulty straightening the arm at the elbow Difficulty bending the hand back at the wrist, or even holding the hand Numbness , decreased sensation, tingling, or burning sensation Pain Signs and tests The health care provider will take a detailed history to find out what you may have been doing just before the symptoms started, and to learn about any other medical problems you may have. An exam of the arm, hand, and wrist may find: Decreased ability to extend the arm at the elbow Decreased ability to rotate the arm outward (supination) Difficulty lifting the wrist or fingers (extensor muscle weakness) Muscle loss ( atrophy ) in the forearm Weakness of the wrist and finger Wrist or finger drop Tests may be needed, depending on the history,...
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