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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 ...
Driving a car to the local mechanic to get it fixed is not the same thing as taking the human body into surgery; although, this "fix-it" attitude drives patients and surgeons alike towards surgical solutions. Lately, a growing number of people are undergoing low back surgery . A recent study examined the relationship between patient expectations and the actual outcomes from lumbar spine surgery. Because pre-surgical expectations do not always equate to the actual results, how can a person judge whether or not a surgery was successful? How can one predict surgical success?
Understanding the primary reasons for seeking surgical solutions is the first step towards discussing the likelihood of success. The top three causes for patients wanting lumbar surgery are: 1#, other therapies have failed to help; 2#, the pain is unbearable; 3#, walking has become difficult. Based on these reasons to see a surgeon, patients come to the operating room harboring certain expectations. Patients wa...
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,
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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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