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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...
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,...
More and more studies show that controlling patients' pain and getting them moving after a total knee replacement (TKR) gives the best results. Doctors are looking for ways to do this. Managing patient's pain in the first 24 hours after surgery seems to be an important key. Better pain control is gained by giving the patient general anesthesia along with a local nerve block at the time of surgery. One of the nerves often blocked is the femoral nerve, which forms from nerve roots in the low back and runs down the front of the thigh. Blocks are also done to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a major nerve that goes down the back of the thigh to the lower leg and foot. This study compared a femoral nerve block alone to a "double block" of the femoral nerve and the sciatic nerve. Pain levels and amount of opiate used were measured every four hours for the first 24 hours. The authors found that patients receiving the double blocks used less pain medication after TKR than those getting ju...
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