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Can texting mess up your spine?

Can texting mess up your spine?

Maybe if prolonged: If there's a major change in posture, in the long run there's also a risk for strain and pain. Prevention is best. Step one is to stop using the device so often and/or try a different one like a tablet. Next one could also consider yoga or physical/occupational therapy if primary care doctor approves. If there's a problem after stopping using the phone or tablet, then a physiatrist could be seen. ...Read more

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Does skateboarding commonly mess up your knees and shoulders?

Does skateboarding commonly mess up your knees and shoulders?

Worse: I have examined dozens of skateboarders with chronic back pain. Examination finds that repetative pratfalls have permanently loosened their pelvises. Many have nocturia, restless & painful sleep, & irritable bowel syndrome & can sit for less than an hour. Pelvic parasympathetic nerve impingement within pelvic plexus causes colon & bladder smooth muscle spam. My report submitted for publication. ...Read more

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Can the work on or light from a computer mess up your circadian rhythm?

Can the work on or  light from a computer mess up your circadian rhythm?

Yes: The bluish color emited by computer monitors, tvs and other screens supresses melatonin production. Melatonin is your body's natural sleep hormone; it helps set your internal clock. When it is supressed you don't feel sleepy or sleep poorly. If you are bothered by computer work or tv watching simply turn off the devices 4 or more hours before bedtime to allow your body to release melatonin. ...Read more

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Does cuddling up with your ipad disrupt your sleep?

Does cuddling up with your ipad disrupt your sleep?

Depends: Not if you are sleeping, but if you are cuddling up and working on your ipad instead of getting about 7 hours of sleep then it would be a problem. The i pad itself is not a problem. ...Read more

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Does putting your 3 month old baby to sit up in your arms while holding him affect his spine or maybe cause him to grow with hunch back?

Does putting your 3 month old baby to sit up in your arms while holding him affect his spine or maybe cause him to grow with hunch back?

No: As a parent, I can tell you that it is a much tougher job than being a doctor. Children do best with a healthy daily dose of love. Letting your child sit with you won't cause a spinal disorder or interfere with growth. Keep doing it. Keep asking questions, but try not to worry. ...Read more

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Can a hand sprain cause pain to shoot up your arm?

Can a hand sprain cause pain to shoot up your arm?

Yes: A hand sprain can cause pain up the arm if the muscles that control the wrist are involved with the injury. The muscles that control the wrist originate at the elbow. However, pain that shoots up the arm can be a sign of other conditions such as fracture, so it is important to consult your physician. ...Read more

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Does sitting up straight help your bowels?

Does sitting up straight help your bowels?

Likely not: Doubtful, but if you want to help regulate your bowel movements exercise can be helpful. ...Read more

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Can carpal tunnel weakness go all the way up your arm ?

Can carpal tunnel weakness go all the way up your arm ?

No: true carpal tunnel only effects the muscles of the thenar eminence in the palm. More proximal weakness can be median nerve related but would be a more proximal level of compression such as brachial plexus, nerve roots at cervical spine, or pronator syndrome. Parasthesias or pain can radiate up the arm from carpal tunnel. Seek care for evaluation. ...Read more

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Will the medication for herpes mess up your kidneys or anything interval organs?

Will the medication for herpes mess up your kidneys or anything interval organs?

Probably not: If your kidneys are normal at the present time taking these medications will not harm it. Some people have taken them for years. ...Read more

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Would cigars mess up your lungs?

Would cigars mess up your lungs?

They can.: Cigars contain the same toxic and carcinogenic compounds as found in cigarettes and are not a safe alternative to cigarettes. ...Read more

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My wrist hand and fingers start to hurt when i'm holding my phone texting or cleaning or forcing pressure while doing something can it be arthritis?

My wrist hand and fingers start to hurt when i'm holding my phone texting or cleaning or forcing pressure while doing something can it be arthritis?

Wrist pain: Wrist pain can be caused by muscle/tendon injury, nerve injury (carpal tunnel syndrome) of the median nerve, arthritis of the joints of the wrist/hand. A thorough musculoskeletal exam with x-rays may be necessary to determine the cause. Sometimes, MRI and emg/ncs testing (nerve testing) are necessary to determine if ligament tear or nerve injury is the culprit of your pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can snowboarding somehow mess up the top of foot muscle and give me arthritis?

Can snowboarding somehow mess up the top of foot muscle and give me arthritis?

I don't believe: Snowboarding in general predisposes people to this. If you are having pain to the top of your foot you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can you get carpel tunnel from twirling your pencil around your fingers over and over and over?

Can you get carpel tunnel from twirling your pencil around your fingers over and over and over?

No: While twirling a pencil around in your fingers over and over might exacerbate carpal tunnel symptoms, it doesn't cause it. ...Read more

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You wake up with your feet, and ankles up to your knees swelled badly. What would cause this?

You wake up with your feet, and ankles up to your knees swelled badly. What would cause this?

Feet swelling: There can be lots of reasons for swelling, such as uncontrolled hypertension, arthritis, lymphedema, etc. Tingling burning pain may be specific to nerve impingement/ pathology. Hope this helped. ...Read more

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What does stretched out tendons feel like in your foot up to your knee?

What does stretched out tendons feel like in your foot up to your knee?

Don't Understand: I would be better able to help if you describe what you are feeling and i can help diagnose the problem. Trying to make a decision first and then choose which symptoms fit is not appropriate format for helping. ...Read more

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Anything i can do to keep spine in perfect alignment? Can psych meds make the patients body crooked leading to lordosis our kyphosis. Muscle stiffnes

Anything i can do to keep spine in perfect alignment?  Can psych meds make the patients body crooked leading to lordosis our kyphosis. Muscle stiffnes

Yes exercise : Regularly, eat a well balanced diet and do not smoke. Certain psychotropic medications can lead to bone density loss which can structurally affect the spine if osteoporosis develops. If being treated for a chronic condition , then bone density should be monitored. ...Read more

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Can an old retainer mess up your teeth?

Can an old retainer mess up your teeth?

A retainer is: Typically a passive appliance, designed to retain the corrected position of the teeth. If one has not worn their retainers for an extended period of time, the teeth drift and move and the appliance is very tight or doesn't fit. The retainer should then be taken to the orthodontist for adjustments or to be remade. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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