C-2 fracture


I had a friend that broke his cervical 2 vertebrae. He has to wear a halo device for at least 3 months, and possibly up to a year! There are seven cervical vertebrae in the neck that support your head and connect it to the shoulders and body. A fracture (break or crack) in one of the cervical vertebrae is called a cervical fracture or sometimes, a broken neck. A broken neck is defined as a fracture in one or more of the seven vertebrae Continue reading


Years ago my mother developed a sudden high fever, nausea and vomiting, headache,western equine encephalitis confusion and extreme weakness. She was hospitalized and they could not figure out what was wrong with her. At first her doctor thought that she had a really bad case of bronchitis. After treating her symptoms for days, she finally started to make some progress, but she almost died, with a fever going as high as 106! They literally packed her in ice, ran IVs and tried antibiotics, which did not help since it was a virus and not a bacterial infection. Her fever finally broke and numerous blood Continue reading


neck pain Neck pain and neck injuries are quite common – most of us will experience neck pain (cervicalgia) at some point in our lives. Neck pain does not just happen to a particular group of individuals, but can happen to an infant, toddler, teen-ager, young adult, adult or the elderly. A neck injury is any trauma or injury involving the neck. Because it is a relatively exposed and unprotected area of the body, the neck is particularly vulnerable to potentially serious injuries caused by blunt trauma, compression injury, and sudden extreme movement of the head due to hyperextension (severe bending back of the neck) and hyperflexion (severe bending forward of the neck). Nearly all neck pain fades Continue reading


Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is more prevalent than ever. Right now it is estimated that 20 million chronic kidney diseaseAmericans are suffering from some stage of the illness. My father was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease a few years ago and he has shown most of the symptoms that we will explore in this article. Having chronic kidney disease means that for some time your kidneys have not been working the way they were intended to work. Your kidneys job is essentially to filter your blood. They remove waste products and extra fluid along with flushing them out from the body via urine. When your kidneys are sluggish, wastes build up in your blood and make you sick. Some people believe Continue reading


It seems as though this terrible disease is hitting more and more pancreatic cancerpeople. In fact, I have had two friends die recently due to pancreatic cancer. So, what is it? How many are affected? Are there risk factors? What are the symptoms? What is the prognosis? Can it be treated? These are all good questions and I will start by telling you that more than 43,000 people are diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in the US every year. Most often it hits people over 65 years of age. There are actually two types of pancreatic cancer – exocrine and endocrine pancreatic cancer. Exocrine Continue reading



For the past week I have been trying to figure out how to make my website better for my readers. I give up! I’m really from the old school and have no idea what I am doing in the IT department. Finally a friend of mine said to stop trying to re-invent the wheel and get some help. For those of you who know me, it drives me bonkers when I don’t understand something. If it is related to medicine, business or law – bring it on! But this new era of search engine optimization, Meta tags, affiliate marketing, AdSense, etc. is rather overwhelming to me. So, long story short, I have hired someone to revamp my site – make it fresher, more crisp and friendly to any app you are using. The new site will be ready at the end of the month and I will start my newsletter June 1st. I also had an email from a reliable source that wanted to do a guest post on the drug Zofran and how it can harm those that are pregnant. That is something I want my readers to know about, and so I will allow some guest posts with prior approval. Continue reading


goutI have a friend that has gout and is in a lot of pain. He read the post from last week and told me to write about gout next time. I listen to my readers and so this week’s post is about gout. Gout is characterized by sudden and severe pain, redness and tenderness in the joints, most commonly in the base of the big toe. The condition is a form of inflammatory arthritis and is most common in men. Women become more susceptible to the disease Continue reading


I remember years ago when I was a medical/surgical nurse, I had a acute pancreatitispatient with acute pancreatitis. The pain was just incredible for this individual and I hoped that I would never experience that pain. The pancreas is located in the abdomen – just below and behind the stomach. The pancreas produces chemicals called enzymes, which are needed to digest food. The main functions of this gland are to secrete chemicals that help break down food in the small intestine and to produce insulin Continue reading


CHFMy father just got out of the hospital with pneumonia. I just hate to see him age and luckily he was running a slight fever, which made me think he might have pneumonia. His symptoms were shortness of breath (particularly with walking), swelling in the ankles, feet and legs and just plain tired. I finally insisted that he go to the hospital, as he also has congestive heart failure and chronic kidney disease. All of these problems are common with aging, but Continue reading


        I apologize for my delay in blogging for quite some time. Unfortunately, I have been doing some medical-legal work and was recently laid off due to the famous “lack of work” scenario. After a much needed vacation in Florida for the past ten days, I decided that there is not a lack of work right here at home sweet home, and I am going to commit Continue reading