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Posts Tagged ‘pain’

Apr
08

          Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting more than 5.5 million women in North America alone.  The two most common symptoms of endometriosis are pain and infertility.  Some women have pain before and during Read more…

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Mar
13

          Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common rheumatic disease, affecting approximately 1.3 million people in the United States, according to current census data.  The disease is three times more common in women as in men.  It afflicts people of all races equally.  The disease can begin at any age, but it most often starts after 40 years of age and Read more…

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Mar
09

          Sinusitis simply means that your sinuses are infected or inflamed.  The most common symptoms are very uncomfortable – headaches, fever, severe pressure over the eyes, nose and/or cheeks, cough, congestion and viscous nasal secretions.  There is also Read more…

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Mar
04

          Burns can be caused by heat, hot liquids, strong chemicals, electricity and radiation.  They are measured by the amount of body surface that has been burned, the burn degree, and their depth or thickness.  Burns are classified in stages as first, second, third or forth degree, depending on how deeply the layers of skin (dermis and epidermis) are damaged.  The size of the area of the body affected by a burn or scald plays a large part in determining whether Read more…

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Mar
03

          Caring for the sickle cell patient requires a lot of nursing skill and paying strict attention to many signs and symptoms of the disease.  Sickle cell anemia is a serious illness in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells.  “Sickle-shaped” means that the red blood cells are shaped like a “C.”  Normal red blood cells are disc-shaped and look like doughnuts without holes in the center.  They move easily through Read more…

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Feb
26

         Otitis media means that your child has fluid behind his or her ear drum.  There are two kinds of otitis media:

  • Acute Otitis Media (AOM), which means that the fluid is causing pain or fever
  • Otitis Media with Effusion (OME), which means that the fluid is not causing pain

Treating kids’ ear infections used to be pretty straightforward. Your pediatrician simply handed you a prescription for an antibiotic. Maybe your child is now so familiar with “the pink stuff” that he/she can practically Read more…

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Feb
15

          Bursitis and tendonitis are two of the most common orthopaedic diagnoses, and they are often used interchangeably.  However, they are somewhat different in the fact that a tendon is a structure that connects a muscle to a bone, whereas a bursa is a slippery structure that exists in places where tendons pass over bones.  These spots are points of potential friction if the tendons were to rub against the bone.  The body creates a bursa Read more…

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Feb
12

        Back in 1985 I had surgery, a double bunionectomy.  A bunionectomy is the surgical correction of a protrusion of the MP joint. Very simply, it is a painful swelling of the bursa of the first joint of the big toe.  This deformity makes walking difficult and usually produces a thick callus or ulceration when the bunion makes shoes ill-fitting.  In 1985 it was very common to place a cast from the foot up to the knee after this operation (as in my case).  Many times Read more…

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Feb
01

           Most knee problems are caused by osteoarthritis (OA).  In fact, OA of the knee is one of the five leading causes of disability among elderly men and women.  The risk for disability of the knee is as great as that from cardiovascular disease.  I use to work for orthopaedic surgeons and I’m quite familiar with this common disease.  Osteoarthritis is actually wear-and-tear arthritis that is Read more…

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