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A 39-year-old member asked:

does carboplatin and gemzar (gemcitabine) cause nerve damage in lower back?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
No not a known side: Neither of these two drugs are known to cause neuropathy(nerve damage).

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A 21-year-old member asked:

I've had pain and problems with my low back for many years. What can I expect from myspine surgery?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Depends....: There are many types of back surgery for many different back conditions so answering specifically will be difficult; however, generally you can expect to be up and walking within 1-2 days after surgery. You'll also likely be limited in the amount of bending/twisting you are allowed to do, maybe even in a back brace. Pain/discomfort should be expected but diminishing. You may also have a catheter.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

My mom has a ruptured disk and chronic back andd neck pain, does laser pain therapy work to help pain?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Karl Haake
Anesthesiology 23 years experience
Treat back pain: Laser therapy can help, but it is often best to use to take a step wise approach to treating ruptured discs. First, try conservative treatments like Ibuprofen and back/neck stretching. If that does not help, often an epidural steroid injection will relieve the discomfort. There are other minimally invasive options. Most important, if your mom smokes, she should stop. Smoking makes pain worse.
Dr. Shannon McCanna
Neurosurgery 24 years experience
The number one thing I tell my spine patients who smoke is that they must stop. The carginogens in tobacco smoke causes the gel-like substance between your vertebrae to deteriorate. After surgery, a patient who continues to smoke will have a much slower recovery time and a higher risk that the surgery will not be successful (for example, bone growth needed after a fusion is inhibited by smoking).
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Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 20 years experience
Ruptured discs occur from trauma, disease or long term misalignment (often a result of cumulative small traumas &/or posture). Try getting better alignment via gentle manipulation from osteopathic physician (AAO or Cranial Academy are sources), physical therapy incl core strengthening. Frequency specific microcurrent has also been helpful as has gentle yoga, tai chi and Feldenkrais
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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
In addition to the great answers given already it is important to maintain a healthy weight and good diet. Poor diet (especially high in carbohydrates) can lead to silent inflammation. This will worsen chronic pain. Being overweight can also contribute to poor posture and can place abnormal forces on the spine.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

My son is 6 months old now, and I am having some serious lower back pain. Could it be my hips are adjusting?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Back pains: The word "serious" calls for need for assessment by an orthopedic specialist for diagnosis & recommendations.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

I'm not on any type of birth control. My period is 16 days late I took a pregnancy test today it came back negative. What could be going on.?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Do a blood PT: You need a blood bhcg, if neg could be form other hormones being not right or other pronblems, your gyn can figure out what is going on when you see your gyn or a gyn, they will do an exam, blood work and ultrasound.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

I have puss on tonceles and large bumps on back of tongue and throat but don't hurt. Do u know what could be wrong?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Probably normal: If you do not have pain and no fever then this may be normal. All of our tongues have bumps on the back of them and just maybe you never noticed them. The tonsils can collect debris and dead cells that slough off and these can collect as small white plugs in the tonsil itself. If there is no pain it is unlikely that you have an infection.

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