Dear Dr Lasich - I'm six weeks post op spinal fusion surgery. Dec. 8, 2011 and then again eight days later I was in so much pain. The doctors went back in and found that a screw had broken by bone and some hardware was removed. My foot feels like it's on fire and top of my toes feels like someone is holding a match to them. I know nerve damage takes time to heal but I'm to the point not taking much more. I'm on Percocet and Lyrica. Can you please recommend something else I can take to help? Also will these pains go away eventually? I can't imagine living like this the rest of my life. I'm only 43! -Sad
Surgeons use hardware such as screws and rods to fix a spine. Unfortunately, this fix can sometimes ruin a life, especially when the screws go askew. These screws are called pedicle screws because they are lodged into the ped...
It's back-to-school time, and for me, that means many things.
One thing the new school year means is a new cadre to disclose to. Thankfully I'm at the point in my graduate career where I am no longer taking classes. This considerably slims down the number of new people to potentially disclose to.
Another thing the new school year means is that I have a whole new crop of students to get to know; names to learn (assuming that my lupus mind can remember anything at all), papers to grade, and the inevitable drama that can ensue when teaching undergraduates.
Although between my office hours, my teaching sections, and the lecture for the class only takes up eight hours a week, the toll that it takes on me is immense. Many of my symptoms that had been gone for nearly a year are back. I've been exhausted and in pain. And I'm really frustrated by this.
The thing is, teaching, no matter when and where you do it, is ultimately a performance art. You have to be on all ...
Recently, we have discussed articles in the scientific literature that have raised concerns that prescription pain medications are at times being misused, if not abused. A recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine reminds us that there are a lot of folks out there who are quietly suffering through their pain, and who perhaps are not being treated adequately for that pain. The article dealt with the pain of sickle cell disease, a genetic red blood cell disorder that most often affects individuals of African, Mediterranean, or Asian background. The pain of sickle cell disease can be extreme, to the point of disabling. It affects the bones, joints, back, abdomen, and chest. A sickle cell patient generally presents to the doctor with so-called "vaso-occlusive pain", which is episodic and commonly referred to as a "crisis." The more crises a sickle cell patient has, the greater the risk of death. But up until now, there has been l...
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