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 ...
I have migraines that cause my face to go numb, both my legs to go weak and get pins and needles and burning sensations. I can have altered sensation in both my feet and legs at the same time, this usually only lasts for short periods of time but happens on and off with twitching in the numb areas. Sometimes this can make it difficult to walk. I can also get a tingling tongue. I also sometimes get stabbing eye pain. I never feel sick or light sensitive but I have stabbing like pains in my head, like an electrical bolt. I have had repeat brain MRI on a T3 machine which have been normal. I never usually get severe headache just more weird sensations in my head.
Can migraine cause both legs to go numb at the same time? Or both arms at the same time? I was told migraine is only one sided? I have had spinal MRI and this is normal too.
Thank you for any info. Cheers, Eleanor.
Although the headache and many of the other sy...
There aren't very many long-term studies of results after surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament. And many changes have occurred in the last 10 years in the way this procedure is done. In this study, surgeons from France report on 101 knees with an ACL injury. All were repaired with the same bone-patellar tendon-bone (BPTB) arthroscopic graft technique. In January 1993, they started a computer database of all patients having ACL reconstructions. Data gathered included patient age, time between injury and surgery, and symptoms. Joint laxity (looseness) was measured with a special device called the KT-1000 arthrometer . X-rays were used to look at joint space and alignment. Function and sports activity were measured with the International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) classification tool. And it was recorded whether or not the meniscus (knee cartilage) had been removed. The authors report about slightly more than half of the patients had a meniscal tear. Most of these were ...
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