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Great Bodily Injury
Depends on size/age:
Certainly, deep second degree burns over a large or important area (face, genitalia, hands/feet) could, especially in infants or elderly / debilitated people. These would leave permanent scars / joint contractures, and could require surgery and lead to life-threatening complications.
I suppose, in the right circumstance, even a very large first degree burn might, but this would be very unusual. ...Read more
No: Unless involving a very large percentage of body surface area with second degree burns ...Read more
Burns: I treat many patients with burns. Usually 1st degree burns do no provide lasting injury. They are like sun burns. But second degree burns can provide lasting bodily injury. A great deal depends on the "size" of the burn and the depth of the injury. The skin could have lasting hyper pigmentation or hypo pigmentation. ...Read more
Why do I have a great proclivity for soft tissue injury and an repair time of easily 20 times normal?
My pupil size is big than other which happened due to an injury...Am I be worried? Any solution for getting back normal?
I am currently looking to get back on my regemin of topamax and phentermine for weight loss. I was on it last year and had great success. Had an injury to my ankle and gained my weight back. I would like to start back up. Would you be able to help with th
Foot injury 4 mo ago. Arch twich and great toe twitches moves post ambulation. Foot continues to swell across ball of foot and arch. Dr will not do more tests. Ideas on how to make it stop appreciated.
Head injury when I was 20, had subdural hematoma, now 28 smell/taste is still not what it was but overall fully recovered great. Should I get a checkup with neuro even though I'm not having any issues? Only stayed 1 night in hospital and no seizures
Try zinc: Most common reason for this is that small nerves from the brain come through a bone with holes (Imagine a grater) at the top, of the nose (cribiform plate). If this moves suddenly it amputates these olfactory a sore and you lose smell and taste. See a neurologist so this can be tested, or you can get a q tip and some scents and test yourself. Cannot grow back. Zinc supplement trial in order. ...Read more
Big toenail lifted from injury, now sure I have pseudomonas. Will it need to be removed or can it be treated?
Lose the nail: You will most likely lose the nail entirely if it has already lifted up. That is OK, it will grow back, but it takes a long time for a big toenail to grow out completely. I'm not sure what you mean about having pseudomonas, so I don't know how to answer that. If the nail is painful when it gets caught on your sock/shoe, you can have it removed by a doctor. Or keep it bandaged to it doesn't snag. ...Read more
Portion of my left big toe has lost feeling (1 week now). No injury to the area or apparent cause. What could be causing this?
Pinched nerve: Numbness usually indicates a pinched nerve. In this case, great toe numbness could potentially indicate a pinched L4 nerve in your low back. The good news is that most pinched nerves will get better with time, so it would be reasonable to just watch it for a couple weeks. Do see a physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more
Hi, a small welding spark hit my groin today. No big pain or immediate injury, but I'm worried about radiation. Am I at risk? What can I do? Thank you
WELDING SPARK GROIN:
NOT TO WORRY.
NO RADIATION ENOUGH TO CAUSE DAMAGE. ...Read more
Over Use.: It would be great if all the pains we have could be directly linked to an obvious injury. The shooting pain in your toe is a warning that the area around the toe or the toe itself has been injured. It is easy to over use this area of the foot and not know it, at the time. As the damage increases, it hits a critical level and the pain begins. Motrin and rest may help. You may need to see a doctor. ...Read more
I just recently noticed my big toes is 3/4 black with the darkest part closest to the base of the cuticle. No injury. What is it?
Possibilities: Possibly from micro trauma such as shoe pressure: especially if you are active. Can also be fungus. How long have you noticed this. If it just appeared suddenly, more likely to be from low grade trauma. If this is not the case, or if this fails to grow out as time goes on, see podiatrist. ...Read more
Fluid on knee: Try icing for 10 minutes, 3 times daily. Apply a firm crepe bandage. If no improvement after 3 days - consult with a Sports Physician. ...Read more
Are enchondroma's caused by injury? Do they usually grow? How often should they be checked? I have one in my big toe. I'm 57.
Not usually: Enchondromas (a benign cartilage tumor) are usually thought to be from overgrowth of cartilage. They are benign, and don't usually cause problems, especially in a toe. Surgical removal can be an option, but only if your symptoms are bad. If this was discovered incidentally on xray, and you have no symptoms, it will only need to be checked periodically by your doctor (usually yearly). ...Read more
What are some ways that I can stop or control my meltdowns? Had a big meltdown last night that ended in a hand injury. I need tips.
Anger management: The first step to positive behavioral change is recognizing the problem and wanting to make a change. You may need to see a behavioral therapist to help you learn other behaviors that are more productive and less harmful. Until you can talk to someone, there are lots of things you can try: count to ten, breathe deeply, think about something that always makes you happy. You can do it! It's up to YOU! ...Read more
I can't bend my big toe down after a DIPJ injury 8 months ago. Xray was fine but it's painful to touch on surface and outer side. What might it be?
Can't bend toe: 29 F I can't bend my big toe down after a DIPJ injury 8 months ago. Xray was fine but it's painful to touch on surface and outer side. What might it be? ANS:if you cannot really bend your toe down at all you may have torn lose the the big toe flexing tendon from the big toe bending muscle and this may not show up on X-ray. Show to your Dr. ...Read more
I have pain on the side of my big toe. I feel pain while walking. It feels like a tendon is hurting. I got this injury after completing some sprints.
See a doctor: It might be a superficial injury, but if it is not better in a few days with rest, ice and antiinflammatories see a podiatrist. ...Read more
No, this is not an injury. Had xray done last week. Just noticed that my toe was hurting and comes up over the top of my big toe when I curl toes.
Blue plate special.: It sounds as though you may developing an issue with bottom side of the second metatarsal phalangeal joint. This area is known as the "plantar plate". There are other possibilities, however. Best to see a specialist down there in Indy. ...Read more
Couple of years ago I had an accident when a pretty big person fell on my neck in the pool. X-rays showed nothing. Can that injury be causing dizziness?
Depends: Tough question to answer in 400 characters but if you suffered what we would consider an injury to the brain itself such as a concussion or if stretch receptors in your neck were unduly affected because of the accident, etc. Then, maybe your symptoms are related. However, the more likely possibility is that something else is causing the problem. You should talk to a doctor who can examine you. ...Read more
See a podiatrist:
Debilitating arthritis, toe deformities, permanent nerve injury and tendinopathy can result if the fracture is not adequately stabilized and the soft tissues not properly cared for.
Prolonged immobilization, and/or surgery are indicated. If the injury is severe enough, and surgical reconstruction is not possible, amputation might be needed. Get it taken care of asap! ...Read more
I always have the sensation of golf balls implanted in my back muscles with one very big one where and old injury occurred at t4/t5, why?
Need to be seen: It could be due to many different thigs and you need to be examined, sometimes biopsy may be needed. It could be to benign fatty tumors (lipomas), different kind of cysts (cebaceous)or maybe fibromas or neurofibromas etc. ...Read more
My big toenails turn yellow on and off, I do not wear nail polish on them, they do not hurt and I have had no injury. What are some medical causes?
What other than rest ice elevating and wrapping should be done for a big toe injury? I tripped over a rubber mat last eve. Toeswore/moves slightly
Evaluation: No way to tell without a proper exam and x-rays. Toe injuries are often under treated. See a podiatrist for a proper evaluation. If you fractured it #1you can still walk in it and #2 if not properly treated, it could result in a permanently painful toe. ...Read more