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 ...
Erectile dysfunction, sometimes called "impotence," is the
repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for
sexual intercourse. The word "impotence" may also be used to
describe other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse and
reproduction, such as lack of sexual desire and problems with
ejaculation or orgasm. Using the term erectile dysfunction makes it
clear that those other problems are not involved.
Erectile dysfunction, or ED, can be a total inability to achieve
erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to
sustain only brief erections. These variations make defining ED and
estimating its incidence difficult. Estimates range from 15 million
to 30 million, depending on the definition used. According to the
National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS), for every 1,000
men in the United States, 7.7 physician office visits were made for
ED in 1985. By 1999, that rate had nearly tripled to 22.3. The
increase happened gradually, presumably as tre...
No reason to panic and no reason to think the worse; if your child is experiencing low back pain, just take a deep breath and read. And contrary to popular belief, low back pain in children is usually not caused from a backpack full of books. No, a majority of back pain seen between the ages of 10-18 years of age is related to sports. Children who are involved in football, gymnastics, wrestling, diving, volleyball, or racket sports tend to be the most likely kids who will experience back pain. Fortunately, these aches and pains usually go away with good conservative care because they rarely represent a dire problem.
Although dire problems like infections and tumors do rarely occur; thus, a child with low back pain should see a doctor just to be sure. A doctor will ask a lot of questions about what makes the pain worse or better, general health, and other feelings of numbness, pain or weakness. After these questions have been answered, the doctor will test the reflexes, strength...
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