“Sciatica” is an old world term that refers to leg pain felt down the back of the thigh into the calf and foot. What about thigh pain? What about buttock pain? Unfortunately, “sciatica” has been wrongly applied to all types and locations of leg pain. In 1948, the use of the word “sciatica” was declared “unhelpful” by a leading orthopedic specialist because it is limited to a certain location and really does not address the origin of the pain. Over the years, many older medical terms like sciatica have become archaic as the newer research technologies give doctors clearer definitions and a better understanding of the human body. Leg pain that comes from the low back is most accurately categorized as referred pain or neurogenic pain. These terms apply to all locations and address the origin of the pain. With these newer terms, the antiquated word, “sciatica”, has no place in the modern world. Sally has been waking up with right ...
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...
Skin lumps are any abnormal bump or swelling on the skin.
Many people wonder if small bumps or lumps on the body are something to worry about. Most lumps and swellings are benign (not cancerous) and are harmless, especially the kind that feel soft and roll easily (lipomas).
A lump or swelling that appears suddenly (over 24 - 48 hours) and is painful is usually caused by an injury or an infection.
Lipomas, fatty lumps under the skin
Enlarged lymph glands
, usually in the armpits, neck, and groin
, a closed sac in or under the skin that is lined with skin tissue and contains fluid or semisolid material
Benign skin growths such as seborrheic keratoses or neurofibromas
, painful, red bumps usually involving a hair follicle
Corn or callus, caused by skin thickening in response to continued pressure (for example, from shoes) and usually occurring on a to...
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