OSTEOMYELITIS

osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis is a medical word used for a bone infection. Infections may reach the bone by migrating through the blood system or distributed from tissues which are nearby. Osteomyelitis may also start in the bone if there has been an injury that leaves the bone open to germs. With children, osteomyelitis normally disturbs the longer bones of the upper arm or legs, although adults are likely to have osteomyelitis in Continue reading

CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

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

PANCREATITIS – A PAINFUL DISEASE

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

CAN YOU RECOGNIZE THE 8 COMMON SIGNS OF CHF?

About 5 million people in the United States suffer from congestive heart failure (CHF).  Approximately 550,000 new cases of the condition are diagnosed every year.  It is the most common hospital discharge diagnosis with more than one million hospital stays annually.  A person 40 years or more has a 1 in 5 chance of developing heart failure.  Congestive heart failure (CHF) affects 1% of the Continue reading

DANGERS, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF CELLULITIS

          Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissues that can affect any area of the body.  It often begins in an area of broken skin, like a cut or scratch.  Then bacteria invade and spread, causing inflammation, pain, swelling, warmth Continue reading

DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS

        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 Continue reading

OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE

           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 Continue reading