When people talk about fibromyalgia, they sometimes use the terms tender points and trigger points interchangeably. In actuality, they have quite different meanings. All accurately diagnosed FM patients have tender points; some may also have trigger points. Tender Points Tender points are used to help diagnosis fibromyalgia. They are extremely sensitive spots on the body that elicit pain when four kilograms (or about 10 lbs.) of pressure are applied. There are 18 specific tender points located at nine bilateral locations. Tender points occur on both the right and left sides of the body at these nine locations: Occiput: bilateral, at the suboccipital muscle insertions. (Where the neck muscles attach at the base of the skull) Low cervical: bilateral, at the anterior aspects of the intertransverse spaces at C5-C7. (Front lower neck) Trapezius: bilateral, at the midpoint of the upper border. (Midway between the neck and shoulder) Supraspinatus: bilateral, at origins, above t...
Each week, Health and Beauty Expert Sue Chung will discuss skin health topics suggested by members of the HealthCentral community. To ask Sue a question, send an email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Skin%20Care%20Question . Reader's Question: I've been careful about sunscreen and staying out of the sun for a few years, but I've been seeing a lot of brown spots on my skin. Are they dangerous? Is this a result of tanning when I was younger? Can I get rid of them? Sue's Response: Whether you call them liver spots, sun spots, age spots or solar lentigenes (the technical term), those darker spots that show up on your skin as you age are a common occurrence. In fact, the majority of lighter-skinned people will see these spots by the time they reach 40. The spots tend to be small (usually less than 5mm in diameter) and can range in color from a deep yellow to a dark brown-black. While some worry that sun spots are pre-cancerous, they actually pose no th...
ICP; Intracranial pressure - increased; Intracranial hypertension; Acute increased intracranial pressure; Sudden increased intracranial pressure
Bulging of the soft spot on top of the head (bulging fontanelle)
Older children and adults:
Signs and tests
A health care provider will usually make this diagnosis at the patient's bedside in an emergency room or hospital. Primary care doctors may sometimes spot early symptoms of increased intracranial pressure such as headache, seizures, or neurological problems.
An MRI or CT scan of the head can often determine the cause and confirm the diagnosis.
Intracranial pressure may be measured during a spinal tap (lumbar pu...
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