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How long till I can bowl after spine fusion?

How long till I can bowl after spine fusion?

Bowling: Given the physical requirements for bowling such as trunk flexion and swinging of a heavy object in one arm, your fusion should be fairly well healed before return to this activity. Lumbar fusions generally require 3 months for early signs of fusion that are needed for return to normal activity. ...Read more

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What exactly is a prominent spine?

What exactly is a prominent spine?

See below: This is not a medical term but in context this would be a description used on the physical exam . Protuberant , standing out , and fullness are similar words . As far as the back exam this would refer to the spine, ribs or scapula. There are several causes and having an orthopaedic spine eval by an orthopaedic surgeon , not saying you need surgery . Hope i was helpful . Thank you. ...Read more

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Living a Long Life (Checklist)

Check the CDC website to see what is recommended.
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Asthmatics, diabetics, dialysis patients should have flu shots!
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The only thing you need to get Shingles is a history of chickenpox.
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Update TDaP every 10 yrs.
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Can anyone tell me what could it be if you are having pain in your spine and numbness on the right side of your body?

Can anyone tell me what could it be if you are having pain in your spine and numbness on the right side of your body?

A"pinched"nerve: There are multiple potential causes, but among the most common is a radiculopathy. This refers to an irritation of a nerve in the spine causing neurological symptoms along the distribution of the nerve. In the neck, this is usually into the arm; in the back it is often into the leg. I would encourage you to be seen. ...Read more

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How long does it take to develop toxic shock syndrome?

How long does it take to develop toxic shock syndrome?

Several days: This depends on several factors and the overall health of the patient. Toxic shock can develop quickly or over time depending on the source, but the average would be a few days. Patient's can present very toxic with severe low blood pressure, acidosis and respiratory failure. ...Read more

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Living with Spine Curvature (Checklist)

stretch the spine
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Low impact aerobics excercise
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Take NSAIDS/Relaxants as needed
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Maintain idealbody weight
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What happens if I eat a magic mushroom and it is a dangerous/deadly one then how long will it take for the effects to kick in?

What happens if I eat a magic mushroom and it is a dangerous/deadly one then how long will it take for the effects to kick in?

What mushroom?: People are scared of the deathcap mushroom especially. It causes liver failure and death within a couple of weeks. See here for more info and identifying features: http://www.anbg.gov.au/fungi/deathcap.html If you think you ate one, go the the hospital right away. ...Read more

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My spine surgeon is sending me for an L3/4 steroid injection. He said if works for a week: fuse if longer great. What if it doesn't help at all?

My spine surgeon is sending me for an L3/4 steroid injection. He said if works for a week: fuse if longer great. What if it doesn't help at all?

Varies: The results from an epidural steroid injection can vary tremendously. Some people do well for even a year, while others may get only temporary benefit. If an epidural steroid injection does not work, there are other alternatives which can be discussed either with your surgeon or an interventional pain specialist. ...Read more

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Nucleoplasty for herniated neck discs. How long will effect last? How long is recovery time after that? Can make spine unstable? Complication? Risk?

Nucleoplasty for herniated neck discs. How long will effect last?  How long is recovery time after that? Can make spine unstable? Complication? Risk?

This is a technique: That is relatively uncommon as most discs indicated for this procedure get better with non operative care. This was initially developed for lumbar discs and is risky for the cervical spine for multiple reasons with little evidence to support its use in the cervical spine. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with ganglion cyst on bottom of big toe. After 1 week cyst is no longer painful & swelling gone down. Will pain come back?

I was diagnosed with ganglion cyst on bottom of big toe. After 1 week cyst is no longer painful & swelling gone down. Will pain come back?

It could, but: It depends on what was the trigger for the ganglion to develop. Often it is from some sort of minor injury or irritation of the area. It also may never return, so there's no need to do anything other than wait and see. ...Read more

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