My name is Cathee and I am currently 35 yrs old. I was diagnosed
with Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 27. My introduction to RA was
rather quick. In fact, I had actually never heard of RA when I went
to see my doctor about a swollen knuckle. My finger had been
swollen for about 2 months and as I was reading through a magazine
I found an article about lyme disease. Since I spent a lot of time
hiking in the woods with my dog, I began to think I might have
contracted lyme disease from a tick. I went to my family physician
and luckily she had an instinct about what was going on with me and
sent me to see a Rheumatologist. The Rheumatologist immediately
ordered blood work and I was officially diagnosed with RA in March
of 1997. I didnt have any other symptoms at the time except
for the one swollen joint until August 1997. Literally overnight, I
became almost bed ridden. It was if I went to sleep as one person
and woke up another.
Since that fateful night, I have battled this crippli...
Definition Webbing of the fingers and toes is called syndactyly. It refers to theconnectionof two or more fingers or toes. Webbing usually only involves a skin connection between the two areas, but in rare cases may involve the connection (fusion) of bones. Alternative Names Syndactyly; Polysyndactyly Considerations Syndactyly may be discovered during an examination of an infant or child. In its most common form, it is seen as webbing between the second and third toes. This form is often inherited and is not unusual. Syndactyly can also occur along with other birth defects involving the skull, face, and bones. The web connections usually run up to the first joint of the finger or toe, but may run the entire length. "Polysyndactyly" describes both webbing and the presence of an extra number of fingers or toes. Common Causes Relatively common causes: Down syndrome Hereditary syndactyly Extremely rare causes: Apert syndrome Carpenter syndrome Cornelia de Lange syndrome Pfeiffer syndrome Smith-Lemli-Opitz...
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...
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