One of the major risks of having spine surgery is the development of an infection. Discitis is an uncommon infection of the spinal disc that can occur after spinal surgery. Because of its rarity, discitis is often not on the minds of doctors. In this world of rushed, inattentive doctors, a person with an infection of the spine can be dismissed as a "common back pain" case when in fact discitis is the culprit.
A 58 year old woman who had years of lumbar pain came to me one and a half years following a complicated lumbar fusion; the surgery was complicated by the fact that the surgeon had to operate twice in order to get the hardware placed correctly. Unfortunately, the surgery did not cure her pain; and she came to me for pain management.
Two months into her treatment with me, she had a severe episode of low back pain after shoveling snow. She went to her primary doctor with not only complaints of worsening back pain, but she also had a fever and an upset stomach. That ...
Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
When me and my girlfriend are fooling around she
tries her hardest to make me hard but I never end up hard. Why is
You are probably trying too hard to get an erection. Do you have
erections at nighttime or in the morning, and can you get erections
by masturbating? If so, you have little to worry about. First of
all, your problem is very, very common, and there is a very good
chance that it will disappear altogether once you are less nervous.
It is basically a physiological reaction. When you are nervous,
your body produces adrenaline, which reduces the blood flow to your
penis and makes it difficult to get an erection. Erections happen
when blood rushes to the penis, allowing it to swell up. So the
trick for you will be to try to be less nervous.
One way you can accomplish this is to get to know your partner
and feel more comfortable around her. It takes a while to become
comfortable and to begin enjoying sex. Sex is not just a physical
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