Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a common and sometimes
devastating condition. I see it quite frequently
in many of my chronic pain patients. In
fact, it contributes to quite a bit of chronic pain, because of the difficulty
it causes in terms of getting a good night's rest, and because it in and of
itself can be rather painful. And there
are diseases associated with chronic pain which can result in so-called
Restless Leg Syndrome is a nighttime condition that has a huge impact on
daytime functioning for those afflicted.
The diagnosis of RLS is mostly arrived at through interviews
with the patient, and basically involves four important features:
is a compelling need to move, usually associated with unpleasant
sensations in the legs, which have been described variously as painful,
electric or "creepy-crawly."
sensations of RLS are worse or exclusively present at rest.
sensations are at least partial...
That is one of the first things my neurologist told me early on….not every health problem is caused by multiple sclerosis. In a story he shared to illustrate his point, he told of a patient who spent an entire weekend doing yard work and cleaning out her garage. The patient was not typically in the habit of being a weekend warrior. On Monday morning, she was rather fatigued and wondered if her MS was the cause. Upon calling the doctor’s office, she was reassured that her fatigue was “normal person” fatigue caused by being a weekend warrior. That story made attendees at the newly-diagnosed meeting chuckle. Sometimes it is easy to distinguish MS-related symptoms and problems from other health-related issues which anybody might experience. For instance, if you do not brush your teeth regularly and never floss, you might develop gingivitis. MS does not cause gingivitis. However, if you have weakness, tremors, or...
Definition A testicle lump is swelling or a growth (mass) in one or both testicles. See also: Testicular cancer Testicular pain Testicular self-exam Alternative Names Lump in the testicle Considerations A testicle lump that does not hurt may be a sign of cancer. Most cases of testicular cancer occur in men ages 15 - 40, although it can also occur at older or younger ages. Common Causes Possible causes of a painful testicle include: A cyst-like lump in the scrotum that contains fluid and dead sperm cells (spermatocele) Epididymitis Infection of the scrotal sac Injury or trauma Mumps Orchitis (testicular infection) Testicular torsion Testicular cancer Varicocele Possible causes if the testicle is not painful: Hydrocele Loop of bowel from a hernia Spermatocele Testicular cancer Varicocele
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