A few weeks ago in a telephone conversation with my mom, she mentioned that one of my sisters had been having some problems with her stomach for the last month or so. Being concerned, I called my sister directly to talk to her about what was going on.
"I don't know," she said. I'm eating a healthy diet, but for the last month or so I've had a lot of diarrhea and even some vomiting. And my stomach hurts so much after I eat that I just don't want to eat anymore."
"What are you eating?" I asked.
"You know, healthy stuff. Fruits and vegetables and high fiber bread."
I explained to her that a healthy diet isn't healthy if it's making you sick. And if it's making you sick then you have to do something to figure out what is causing the symptoms. First, change what you're eating so that you can eat and get some nourishment into your body. And second, make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to discuss the problems.
"It's especially important to see a GI...
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...
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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