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 ...
my 14 year old daughter has a bulging disc in her neck... this was found via mri... i dont recall any one incident that could of caused it... but she plays a lot of sports and i mean she plays hard... steals and slides in softball and very aggressive 3rd baser... for the last 3mo she has had this horrible migraine that is constantly throbbing in the back of her head and on the sides of head but low on the sides like right above her ears.. she explains it like a tight head band only in the back of her head...no med or chiro service or iv drugs administered in er work.. the pressure and pounding never stops... could it be from the disc in her neck? Dena.
Headaches that are described as a "tight band" are often tension-type headaches, not Migraine. Has a doctor diagnosed your daughter with Migraine? Patients who have disc problems should be evaluated for cervicogenic headache. You...
There is a significant amount of research and anecdotal information about the frequency with which adults with intractable headaches or migraines also experience mood disorders. The two most common mood disorders reported by patients are depression and anxiety. In fact, an article published in 2010 suggests that there may be a genetic link between depression and migraine. In her discussion of this research, Teri Robert indicates that 47% of migraineurs also experience depression. (See Migraine and Depression May Be Linked Genetically .) Other research indicates a strong relationship between anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. (See Migraine Associated with Mental Health Disorders .) This is hardly news to those of us who deal with intractable headaches and chronic migraines. Discussion forums are full of comments from men and women with intractable headaches and chronic migraines who struggle with either depression or anxiety. While we may assume the same ...
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