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The pains of the day - work, stress, physical labor, or other irritants - often manifest in the back and neck area. Here you might ask and answer questions about treating back and neck pain, or perhaps identify a particular ailment.
If you are not on the pill and are having sex even in some cases with a condom you can become pregnant. The only for sure way to not become pregnant is to abstain completely.
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The book I grabbed "Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week" by Glade B. Curtis had this to say about: Many women experience an occasional excruciating pain in their buttocks and down the back or side of their legs as pregnancy progresses. This is called sciatic-nerve pain because the sciatic nerve runs behin…
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I have had 3 kids & 10 epidural's all together & the back pain is coming from that. The doctor should have told you that getting an epidural could cause back pains in your future. After my 1st child I had back pains up to a year later.  
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Pain on either side of your lower abdomen is quite common in pregnancy. The ligaments are stretching and preparing for both carrying a baby and for delivery, as well your uterus is stretching and growing to accomodate your little one. If the pain lasts for more than 24 hours consistently, definitely…
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You're probably not pregnant, but possilby. A week on the pill isn' that long. Most doctors say to wait at least two weeks or use a back up method. You are probably just having period cramps, but if you miss your period, you should take a home test or call your doctor.PREGNANCY IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILI…
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It depends on what the lower stomache pains feel like. If it is a crampy type pain, then yes, this can be a symptom of pregnancy ,as is lower back pain.Within the first 20 weeks.
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First if you missed your period you should take a pregnancy test. But it is better to go to the doctor esp. if you have had unprotected sex and now you are having pains.
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Some women do experience a lower dull sort of pain in their lower back in early pregnancy. It is pretty common!
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Usually ten days to two weeks after your menstrual cycle a when woman is most fertile. mmm that's bout right although next time wear a condom
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Those are symptoms of pregnancy. You will need to take a HPT to confirm.
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You ought to see your physician since the protein may just be exacerbating an underlying condition. Your body may not be able to handle the excess protein if you have something going on with your kidneys or another body organ. Take the pain as a warning sign and get yourself thoroughly checked by a …
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I had a lump that sounds similar to the one you described in front of my right ear. It was just a swollen lymph node. My general practitioner was able to remove it without any problems.  I have a small lump right in front of my tragus, sounds similar to what you are describing. I have just got…
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A contraction-like pain on the left side back of the head may be symptomatic of many different diseases or disorders which may range from non-consequential to serious and requiring immediate medical attention. In addition to those already listed I would add: Tension Type HeadacheCervicogenic Headac…
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Ok so. It really depends where these lumps are. These sound like lymph nodes. You have lymph nodes all over your body but the primary ones that you will notice are behind the ear (occipital lymph node), two areas down your neck from the edge of your jaw down to your collar bone (cervical nodes), one…
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Yes, it surely can. There are many nerves in the spine (all organs are also connected to the spine) so you could have a pinched nerve. I would see your doctor and have that bump check out. Nothing terrible, but if it is causing you this problem it's best (if possible) to have it removed.Good luck Ma…
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Answer I also had a small lump behind my ear that I thought was a pimple. It turns out that it was a cyst that they removed at the doctors office. He told me that it was more than likely a cause of stress, I often get small white ones on my face that I have had lanced off and there are no visible…
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More than likely it is an extra piece of cartilage. An insect bite is a possibility.
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Yes, it could be scar tissue or a muscle knot.   A lump on the back could be connected to a severe problem for the entire body. You need to be more descriptive about a lump. This could be a muscle knot or it could be a cancerous growth. Severe or insignificant must be assessed after a proper …
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change your diet--- purchase Gary Null dietary lifestyle changing books. A healthy diet repairs most of the body damage. If you continue to eat American foods your body will continue to malfunction. Turn off your television for it is one giant advertisement that speaks the truth only one percent of …
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If you're already dehydrated when you start drinking, or are taking Tylenol, Aleve (or anything containing them), or anything else that puts a strain on the kidneys, the resulting pain from your kidneys being taxed will feel like back pain. The way to deal with it is lots of water or cranberry juic…
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Not necessarily; depending on the side where the pain is, and whether or not the pain is also felt in the front and back can narrow down the problem.For example, sharp pain radiating from the middle/right front of the torso through the back under the shoulder (strong enough to feel like a disk herni…
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This fatty hump on the back of your lower neck could be a "Protease Paunch" or it could be caused by Cushing's Syndrome: Too much cortisol can produce some of the hallmark signs and symptoms of Cushing's syndrome a fatty hump between your shoulders, a rounded face, and pink or purple stretch marks (…
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Search webMD and read about cushings syndrome. One symptom of the syndrome is a "buffalo hump". http://my.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/hw71659.asp A harmless fatty tumor caused a lipoma   Some small cysts are called subaceous cysts and can usually be removed in Dr. office with freezing…
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If you've had a recent hard hit to the rib cage, it could be a possible calcium deposit caused from a fractured - cracked - or broken rib. Best thing to do is get it checked out by a doctor if you're worried about it, or if it often gives you pain.
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Yes it sure can or you could be sympathizing with the bad leg while sleeping and in an odd position in bed. If you are on crutches wrap a very soft towel around the part that goes under your arms. Get someone to give you a good massage around your shoulders or neck. If you look in a mirror and put …
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Chronic torment has numerous diverse implications in medication. Generally, the qualification between intense and incessant ache has depended upon a discretionary interim of time from onset; the two generally normally utilized markers being 3 months and 6 months since the launch of agony. How to r…
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perhaps it is muscle spasms.I hurt my back 2 or 3 years ago lifting something - and it wasn't even anything heavy; I must have twisted wrong when I bent over. It hurt so bad I couldn't even sit up let alone stand. I was taken to the local er and given muscle relaxants.I'd never had back problems bef…
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It could be a neck bone spur. Look for any sores or scratches in your scalp as this could be a swollen lymph node trying to rid your scalp of infection. See a doctor if there are no other symptoms. If the lump is in the hairline it could be an ingrown hair or a Furuncle, a Furuncle is basically a …
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All depends on how you crack them. Cracking your back by stretching it or your neck by rolling it around shouldn't cause any damage. But, if you use your hands to twist your neck around to get it to pop, you risk possibly damaging the vertebrae in your neck (either slipping,cracking, or even possibl…
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Clicking sounds when you walk can be many things, when your ankle clicks when you walk sometimes for example - this is gas making the sound and not bones cracking When a pelvis is out of alignment, the spine is out of alignment. When the spine is our of alignment, there are adverse effects on the ne…
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First you should try to collect through the insurance for medical expenses. If you feel that you are not fully compensated, or you must miss substantial work from the accident, then a suit may be in order. Do not deal with the insurance without an ATTY. Insurance companies are criminals. Basically …
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Yes you can. However, it depends on how bad the injury is and how long it's been since the accident. You can't BS this stuff - if you try, you'll get hit with a fraud suit faster than your pain will go away. Since you reported pain at the outset, regardless of whether or not you originally saw a do…
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Naturally talk to your doctor, but generally 600 mg (3 tablets) is within the acceptable dosage range. However, be careful, because if you just had back surgery, it sounds like you may be taking other medication that the doctors may not want you to mix with ibuprofen. Prolonged Ibuprfen use can …
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Answer Yes, it can be normal and can be caused by hormones and/or breast growth/development. If you have a rash, then you need to be checked by a doctor, but if they are just itching mildly (usually around the nipple area), then there is probably no need to worry. However, if you still feel uncom…
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I read recently in Yahoo health that these symptoms can be associated with ovarian cancer, which was previously thought to be symptomless. Especially the frequent urination during periods was pointed out as frequent in women who suffer from this disease. check out Yahoo health or read up on ovarian…
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Only your doctor will know for sure, so it is advisable to schedule an appointment. It is possible that it could be an ingrown hair or a side effect from birth control, but it is impossible to determine without a doctor.
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A lot of women get lower back pain during their period and don't have endometriosis. During menstruation, the womb has to contract in order for the uterus lining to be pushed out of the vagina (similar to, but not as severe as, labour contractions). Because certain muscles are being used more stren…
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Answer A lymph node. Sometimes (thou rarely) a lump behind the lower part of the ear can be a cyst or a tumor of the parotid gland. Again this is rare and shows up mostly in men above the age of 50, but I had one and I was 28. I would get it checked out by an Ear nose and throat doctor for p…
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NO I REPEAT NO i have hernatied idsc on the lumber 4 and 5 large hernations and my scaitca nerve all the way down my left leg i had the option for surgery but i got the epdruil injections it toke two times but i feel great surgery is not worth it cause they can revese what they cut ok? Chiropractic…
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Answer hi, ive the same thing had them ever since i can remember (years) went to doctors but he sed nothing to wory about mine havent changed in size or shape feels like gristle. Answer I have always had these too. I point them out every few years or when I change doctors. They all seem to ag…
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* Yes you may take Vicodin for neck and back pain. You must assess your pain level between 1 and 10 if it is severe Vicodin is often recommended. I am a nurse and have had 4 major back surgeries and take Vicodin on a daily basis. You must discuss this with your physician so you can get a prescript…
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In some women yes. Lower back aches are more common later in pregnancy. Not necessarily. It can also be a sign of your period. Or it can just be a random problem, like you're not sleeping well, or even your stressed.Yes, it can be. However, back pain doesn't usually occur until later on in pregna…
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Can you please explain what Lumber Scoliosis with sugnificant degenerative discase, in particular disc narrowing at L2/3 and L5/s1 with osteophytes formation. However, no suspicious lytic lesions were seen within the spinc. Kind regards, Candice Blackmore candiceb@hotmail.co.UK well, the degener…
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Some women get back pain during or near menstruation. However, your back pain doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the fact that you're female. It could be caused by strained or stiff muscles, overwork, Sleeplessness, sleeping funny, injuries, UTI (Urinary tract infection), PID (Pelvic Infla…
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X-rays wouldn't really show much. When I had an X-ray done of my neck it showed the curve of my neckbone being backwards. So I was set up with a MRI to see if I had a herniated disk. The MRI showed degenerative disc disease and a bulging disk. A X-ray won't show those things. It may be disks that ar…
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You might want to go see a chiropractor. It might help.If it really bothers you, you should talk to your doctor, get an x-ray, and look into physical therapy.
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Any swelling, redness, drainage? If so, think of an infection. Deep pain in the area with turning your head? probable muscle pain. Any trauma? possible muscle strain.
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probably an enlarged lymph node caused by an infection, a malignant tumor, or in really rare cases by cancer. I'm not a medical expert though so definitely get it checked out by your doctor.
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this would be hard to say if you are pregnant or due to start your period. as these are often signs of both. however if you are pregnant the stomach pains should not cause you to much discomfort and you should contact your doctor.
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***** One thing to consider before popping your back: if you have persistent back problems (sore back, damaged discs, etc.), certain torso twisting motions may do more damage than good. Below I have included some stretching motions given to me by my chiropractor that are lower disc strengthening ex…
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Answer It is very important that you visit a Chiropractor. Most likely your neck and spine are out of adjustment, or subluxated. Meaning, they aren't curving the way they should so it pinches a nerve which cuts off the "power supply" to areas of your body. It is like pinching a hose, the water ca…
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A lump that is painless on the right side of the head above the ear could be a cyst. It could also be more serious, such as melanoma.
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Try doing some stretching exercises of your back and legs before you begin - they are easily found online. If you have the time, a short walk around the block may also do the trick. I suggest taking some ibuprofen before you begin. You can go online and look up exercises that help to strengthen yo…
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Relief may be found by (in my own chronological order): relaxation, massage, yoga, visiting a chiropractor, physical therapy, or surgery. Precautions to be taken in Low Back Pain 1. Avoid any activity that increases low back pain like bending forward, lifting heavy weight etc. 2. Correct body post…
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Not if it can be treated with non-surgical means, which is always the first option you should take. In any situation involving herniated disks, the only reason you should even consider a surgical option is if there's loss of mobility or permanent paralysis at stake. I've had 3 fusions - C5/6/7 was m…
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If the lump wasn't there before, yes you should be concerned. It may be nothing. It may be a cyst, or it may be something more serious. You need to go to a doctor. In person. No one is able to (or will) diagnose you online, whether they have medical training or not. You only have one body. Don't…
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Females get back pain for the exact same reason that males get back pain. If you're looking for some kind of cause that is specific to females, then that is a different question.Females can have pain relating to disfunctions within the reproductive organs, especially around their menstruation period…
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What is a small central and slightly left paracentral disc herniation at c4-c5 effacing the thecal sac anteriorly?
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There is a possibility. Take an HPT(approximately 4 days before a missed period is when an HPT is able to read, but I highly recommend doing so after a missed period to ensure a proper HCG hormone level reading.)You need to go to the doctor. It could be signs of an early term miscarriage.
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There are two things that it can be. Either you have a torn or strained muscle that is now a knot and needs to be taken care of by message or chiropractic care. Or your glands are swollen and it should be looked at by a doctor.
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Answer The lump is likely your tailbone, it is not uncommon for people to have an extra vertabrae or two in the base of their spinal column, which will make their tailbone protrude more than the average person. This can lead to back pains. Answer My experience was that this turned out to be a…
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Take a pregnancy test, if it is positive, you are. If not, then just sit back and wait a while, making sure you are careful with things you do, just in case you are. After a week or two after your missed period take another test. If it is still negative, see a doctor. If you are to embarrassed then…
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The Lumbar Curve effects the lower part of the spine and often curves to the left. This curve remains fairly flexible, but can stiffen with age and develop arthritis. A Lumbar curve does not often cause serious deformity.  The Major Scoliosis Curve PatternsCurvature can take place anywhere a…
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YESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i have horrible backpain because of my period and it works like a charm. if i don't use it, i get in so much pain that i seriously think "dang i'd rather just die right now". but when i use that ish I'm good to go in about an hr. i take it and then sleep.but if i take it bef…
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Answer Each case is different and it depends on the amount of the medical bills, type of injury, whether it is a permanent injury and many other issues. This us usually completely withing the discretion of the jury, subject to any limitations that my be adopted by the state where the lawsuit is h…
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It could well be just that ... a fatty hump, but any lump such as this should be checked out as soon as possible by your doctor and diagnosed properly. Many people can get cysts and although usually never cancerous the doctor may want you to have it removed as it may cause nerve damage down the road…
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I just went threw the same thing c5 c6 had a pinch nerve and they did therapy,If that doesn't work and the pain is still there and trust me you will know. skip another mri have a Dr do a milogram and catscan this shows all around the disk. Worked for me just had a fushion on c5 c6. Hope this helps. …
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If the disks are herniated (bulging is another term) the specific nerves causing your problems ARE being pinched/compressed by the disks - that's what happens when you herniate a disk. The diagnosis you describe is disk herniations between the C3/C4/C5/C6 vertebrae. I've had flattened disks between…
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Answer It would be something that I would go see a doctor about. Do you Dip? If you do then it would be something I would run to a doctor and find out about. Do you have in grown hairs or razor bumps? If that is the case I would get a different razor. You don't have to run to get one of those unl…
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hmmm that's a tough one maybe try arm workouts with light weights and maybe some dieting
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No you won't damage your BRAIN, but, you WILL do damage to the neck vertabrea, and possibly your spinal nerves. Stop doing that.
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To date there is no evidence to suggest that spinal manipulation, done by a doctor of chiropractic or another health care professional, can cause a bulging disk in the neck or any other area of the spine. Of course, if an adjustment is attempted by an unskilled individual the risks of side-effects a…
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In order to establish a malpractice case, you'll need a doctor who practices in the same area to testify that the actions of the prior doctor were negligent. So, you'll want to visit other doctors and ask their opinion. Remember, malpractice is not simply a bad (or poor) outcome from a medical proc…
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Answer Noone can say for sure if a miscarraige will happen. If you are pregnant and experiencing these symptoms, call your doctor immediately. It's not good. Well, it may not be bad either. If you have a tipped uterus, as the uterus expands, you will get mild cramping and back pain. Having a mis…
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Answer It is very important that you visit a Chiropractor. Most likely your neck and spine are out of adjustment, or subluxated. Meaning, they aren't curving the way they should so it pinches a nerve which cuts off the "power supply" to areas of your body. It is like pinching a hose, the water ca…
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I find walking helps.I also find it gets worse if I have a lie-in and spend more than about 8 1/2 hours in bed.  Potential ReliefStand close to a wall for support...While supporting yourself on the non affected leg, turn your toes out and lift your affected leg backwards slightly and hold. Thi…
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Answer I have experienced this very recently. The doctors did not know what I had, they were thinking the mumps, then some other disease very similar to the mumps, and all the antibiotics that they were giving me was not working. We soon found out that I had cat scratch fever. If you have cats or…
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Lumps on the back of the head could be from many things. A trauma to the head for instance can cause bumps. Head trauma should not be played around with. There could be something seriously wrong and without certain tests, you may not really know for sure. If no trauma was done, It would be best to s…
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I don't know I have the same exact thing i had it once it went away but now it is back its not a pimple, i would just leave it alone for a while and see what happens.
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The best prevention for this kind of pain is the new memory foam pillows. The ones on TV are a bit expensive, but stores like Target, WalMart, or K-Mart should carry them. I was in a bad car accident 6 years ago and woke up every day with neck pain until I got one of these pillows.  I use some…
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A D.O. is a licensed physician who prescribes medications and performs surgery. They have the same educational and training background as an M.D. with the exception that they also have 300+ hours of training in the manipulation of the body's muscular and skeletal system. Many also spend 2-6 years of…
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Answer Lower back pain in the first trimester is often due to normal changes in pregnancy. However, lower back pain can also be a symptom of a urinary tract infection or a kidney infection. It can also be a sign of miscarriage if accompanied by bleeding or cramping. Contact your doctor if you hav…
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Your first step would be to go take a pregnancy test, if it comes out negative then you need to see a doctor to let them take an accurate test, if you are not pregnant you should talk to your doctor about how to get relief from the pain.
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Answer Try visiting a Chiropractor. Chances are something is out of whack and they can help straighten you out. Answer When one "passes gas", he increases intra-abdominal pressure. As this happens, blood is forced up to the head and at the same time there is a slight back up of venous …
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Answer This could most likely be down to the position you were laying in while sleeping. Its a similar thing to getting kneck cramp/ache because of the position you was holding your neck. Rotate your shoulders in circles every morning to strengthen your back and shoulder muscles. Hopefully this …
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Probably not. I have had two children and with both of them I had a lot of pain in the lower back. I would still tell your doctor about the pains that you are having. One thing that is common with pregnancy and often gets worse the further along you are is hemorroids. Hemorroids causes quite a bit o…
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Not as far as I am aware. Most STDs affect the genitals.There are a lot of other things that cause upper back pain, you should see a doctor and get yourself sorted out.
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The bladder receives information through the lumbar nerve plexus that is formed from spinal nerves that extend from the spinal cord and exit through the vertebral foramen (holes in between spinal bones )of the lower lumbar spine. Because the information comes from a nerve group, or plexus, it receiv…
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Answer If they are little bumps, perhaps you have an allergy to the oils/scents used to massage you. Also the bumps could be white-heads caused by the oil clogging your pores.
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These are nodules of the lymphatic system. They are normal and often swell if you have an infectoin. Should they grow or remain enlarged for an extended period of time (3 months or more) have it checked out by your doctor. Note: it is very normal for them to be sensitive or painful to the touch or p…
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The vertebral foramen (the hole that allows a nerve to extend from your spinal cord down to the left leg) between your 5th lumbar vertebra and the sacrum has been narrowed. This is, more than likely, due to a disc herniation. As the foramen narrows, the spinal nerve can become compressed. The compon…
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Jaw Problem I have got to tell you I don't know. But don't feel alone because I have 2. One under my left jaw and right. Do not get scared but if you are really concerned, the next time you get a checkup ask the doctor. b) One possibility is that it is an infection of the lymph nodes, I have a b…
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No, they are hardly noticable when not swollen. When they are swollen they can be pea-sized or larger.
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Droz's back was accidentally broken in a match against D-Low Brown. D-Low Brown slipped when he was doing a running power bomb, and they landed wrong. Although it ended Droz's career, he has remained on staff to do commentary. He was recently awarded an undisclosed amount of money by WWE to comp…
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Pain by the shoulder blade is most commonly due to a spinal or rib misallignment at that level, a muscular problem in that area, or a combination of both. A chiropractor is the answer to either problem.Thomas A. BeaBefore seeing a chiropractor, you can try a couple home remedies to determine if the …
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Swollen lymph nodes in your neck can be caused by a number of things: 1) Irritation due to smoking 2) Irritation due to drinking alcohol 3) Viruses (common cold, influenza, etc.) 4) Cancer or pre-cancerous cells being attacked by the body 5) Specific diseases 6) Upper respiratory infections 7…
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Really bad. Consider this; every nerve ending is directly connected to the spine with the other end effecting an organ or other function. If a nerve is pinched or hindered in any way because of a bulging disc, your body will not function at it's best. It is like pinching the water hose, you need pow…
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