Medical x-rays are used to diagnose fractures and diseases. They are a valuable part of our medical care, providing information to your doctor needed to properly care for you. But we know that x-rays and other medical diagnosing tools, including bone scans and CT scans, contain radiation and that radiation can be harmful. Does getting medical x-rays contribute to cancer? Can they cause skin cancer? According to the American Cancer Society, the risk of cancer from the exposure to these types of tests is small.
In recent years, the number of diagnostic medical tests as increased, both because there are more tests available and because they have become a mainstream part of everyday medical care. Some are used as screening, such as for breast cancer or osteoporosis. Others are used on a routine basis to diagnose various aches and pains throughout the body.
While these types of medical tests do present a small risk of causing cancer, it would take many years and many x-...
“ You have Sero-negative RA,” my new rheumatologist. Dr M said. She was mater-of-fact. No doubt in her voice or her demeanor. My reply was, “I know.”
I was strangely calm that day, May 10 th , 2011. I had known in my heart for years that had RA. The bone erosions on my hand x-rays have confirmed my self-diagnosis.
When I was 37 years old, I had a Bakers's Cyst in my right knee that burst and turned my leg black and blue. I went to the walk-in clinic because it was painful, and I had no idea what it could be. The doctor there diagnosed a Baker's Cyst. He said those usually show up in people who walk a lot. He looked puzzled, and then said to come back in if it swelled up again, and he would drain the fluid. That was it.
I should provide a little background here. I was reared in a small town in Ohio. I am a Mid-westerner born of parents who both grew up in West Virginia. Those of you familiar with that part of the US know that we are &ldq...
Knowing what is available is sometimes half the battle when it comes to feeling better. The other half of the battle is avoiding the many gimmicks and scams that prey on people with chronic pain. Occasionally, you might run across something that really works for you, but doesn't work for your neighbor. Eventually, some items collect in the closet and accumulate a thick layer of dust. Because no one wants a closet full of unwanted items, it pays to be smart consumer and do some research. One reliable source of good products that are well selected is FootSmart.com . In fact, I keep a copy of this catalog in my office to show folks some possible solutions for pain relief.
Here is a list of recommended products that my tester (my mother) and I have put together. We give them the thumbs up when it comes to pain relief.
1. Merrel Q-Form Encore Breeze : My mom lives in these shoes. With foot pain and back pain, she has found these indispensable for daily use. She says that th...
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