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Even with all of today's technology, doctors still rely on their feelings -- literally -- to diagnose some problems. For example, there are 20 special tests to diagnose tears of the meniscus in the knee. But one of the oldest and best known tests is just to feel the joint for tenderness. The doctor feels along the joint line on the inside or outside of the knee. Tenderness along the inside points to a tear of the medial meniscus. Pain along the outside is more likely to be a tear of the lateral meniscus. One doctor in Turkey compared the joint-line test to results of arthroscopic exams. Arthroscopy allows the doctor to look inside the knee with a special tool. The condition of the meniscus is clearly visible with this test. More than 100 young men, ages 18 to 20, were tested. All were injured as members of the Turkish army. The doctor found that tenderness along the joint line gave the correct diagnosis in about two-thirds of the cases. This is called a true positive result, meaning tha...
The transcript of this podcast is below. If you prefer to listen to it, you can do so easily from the MigraineCast Web site . Hello and welcome to MigraineCast the weekly podcast brought to you by MyMigraineConnection.com and the HealthCentral Network. Sunday, June 3, marks the beginning of National Headache Awareness Week. Some people have asked me why there's an awareness week for headaches and Migraine disease. People who need to ask that question are generally people who never experience anything beyond a minor tension-type headache. Those with chronic headaches or issues with Migraine disease know the answer. Although the World Health Organization ranks Migraine disease as the 19th leading cause of years lived with disability on a global level, Migraine is still dramatically underdiagnosed, undertreated, and misunderstood. That ranking is from 2004. In 2000, Migraine was ranked at 20th. While we would hope that Migraine would move down on the list, it is, unfortunate...
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Understanding your headache triggers can help you avoid situations that cause your headaches. A headache diary can help you identify your headache triggers. When you get a headache, write down the day and time the pain began. The diary should include notes about what you ate and drank in the last 24 hours, how much you slept and when, and what was going on in your life immediately before the pain started. For example, were you under any unusual stress? Also include information about how long the headache lasted, and what made it stop.
Hot or cold showers or baths may relieve a headache for some people. You may need to make lifestyle changes if you have chronic tension headaches. This may include changing your sleep habits (usually to get more sleep), increasing exercise, and stretching the neck and back mus...
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