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How does a stress fractured differ from a stress reaction?

How does a stress fractured differ from a stress reaction?

2 different things: A "stress fracture" is an orthopedic (bone) condition: a broken bone caused by repeated physical stress on the part. A "stress reaction" can mean many things, but usually refers to psychological stress that causes a person to be anxious or mentally uncomfortable. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Acute stress reaction leading to psychosis, what happened?

Acute stress reaction leading to psychosis, what happened?

Sounds serious: Psychosis means break with reality. If this is what happened, it is a serious symptom which should be addressed whether it is due to the stressful event or another underlying condition. ...Read more

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Can a heart attack be caused by an acute stress reaction?

Can a heart attack be caused by an acute stress reaction?

Yes: It has to do with catecholamines - stress hormones. I had an elderly lady patient who had a heart attack upon being told that her cat had died. ...Read more

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How to know if a heart attack was caused by an acute stress reaction?

How to know if a heart attack was caused by an acute stress reaction?

Stress on heart: Acute stress reaction due to a major stress can increase blood pressure which can affect the heart.
Other conditions such as Diabetes, Hyperlipidemia are also risk factors for heart attack.
Please follow through with your Cardiologist and see a Psychiatrist for acute stress. ...Read more

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50k vit d weekly x 8 weeks for defiency & slow healing stress reaction. I'm prone to bone spurs. Is it likely spurs will grow or increase with added d?

50k vit d weekly x 8 weeks for defiency & slow healing stress reaction. I'm prone to bone spurs. Is it likely spurs will grow or increase with added d?

Not likely: Healthy bone requires both new bone growth and constant remodeling. Normalizing your vit d will help with all of these things. Your risk of bone spurs should not be any different. ...Read more

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Can the results of a bone scan of hips show the difference between cancer that has spread or if it is stress reaction?

Can the results of a bone scan of hips show the difference between cancer that has spread or if it is stress reaction?

Not alone.: A nuclear medicine bone scan reveals only bone turnover activity. This can come from several causes such as trauma, degenerative change and tumor. While the scan may give some hints such as distribution of "hot" areas other studies will be needed to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stress reaction and a stress fracture?

What is the difference between a stress reaction and a stress fracture?

Severity: Stress fractures develop over time due to excessive demand placed on a bone. A stress reaction is a stage in the development of a stress fracture. ...Read more

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Mri said that I have a mild stress reaction in my ankle navicular accessory. What is it? And what is the treatment? And recovery time?

Mri said that I have a mild stress reaction in my ankle navicular accessory. What is it? And what is the treatment? And recovery time?

A small bone=rest: Accessory bones in the feet are actually quite tiny. Though small, they can be stressed, fractured and bruised. Most of the time, an injury to any of such bones does not require surgery, but rest and immobilization to allow for healing. If this does not prove successful surgery becomes an option. ...Read more

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Diagnoses of failed right hip replacement arthroplasty due to stress reaction in femur mean? What could cause stress reaction, does that mean surgery

Diagnoses of failed right hip replacement arthroplasty due to stress reaction in femur mean? What could cause stress reaction, does that mean surgery

Possible: Stress reaction is from the different stiffness in the prosthesis and your bone with possible prosthesis pushing into you bone. Talk to your hip surgeon or get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Mri shows I have subchondral edema in the medial femoral condyle, mild chondrosis & subchrondral stress reaction. Can it b treated w/out surgery. How?

Mri shows I have subchondral edema in the medial femoral condyle, mild chondrosis & subchrondral stress reaction. Can it b treated w/out surgery. How?

Yes: Yes, without examining you or knowing much history the treatment would be non- operative (touch- down weight bearing w/ crutches, rom and strengthening of knee). Possibly u fell and sustained an injury. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for a medial shin stress fracture vs a stress reaction?

What are the symptoms for a medial shin stress fracture vs a stress reaction?

The symptoms: Can be the same sometimes diagnostic test like X-ray, MRI or bone scan help make e diagnosis. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed w a stress reaction for medial shin pain. I don't think it's the right diagnosis. What are the diff btwn stress fracture and reaction?

Fracture vs. Edema: With a stress fracture, an actual fracture line (crack in the bone) can be seen on an x-ray or MRI. A stress reaction means bone marrow edema (swelling of the inner part of the bone) can be seen on an MRI but no fracture line. Stress reaction is a "precursor" to a stress fracture, is less serious & often has a shorter recovery period. If I can help, join my team- www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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What is marrow stress reaction? This showed on ct scan & bilateral sacroiliits? Also what would be the treatment that is needed have pain back & legs

What is marrow stress reaction? This showed on ct scan & bilateral sacroiliits? Also what would be the treatment that is needed have pain back & legs

Inflammation: The bone marrow usually has a consistent appearance on an MRI or ct scan. A marrow stress reaction in conjunction with sacroilitis basically means that as you look at the appearance of the marrow as you get close to the sacroiliac joints, it becomes much denser. This is usually associated with an inflammatory and/or arthritic problem in your SI joints. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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My son (age 17) was diagnosed through an MRI with a stress reaction (not stress fracture yet)of his L5 and MD said 4 weeks rest. When will pain go away?

My son (age 17) was diagnosed through an MRI with a stress reaction (not stress fracture yet)of his L5 and MD said 4 weeks rest. When will pain go away?

Several weeks: When there is enough injury to a bone to cause visible inflammation, the healing process takes several weeks. It will help your son to remain active, but to avoid heavy lifting or impact activities. ...Read more

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Numbness and tingling/burning in two toes. Had a stress reaction in foot and wearing a boot. Father & grandmother have neuropathy (unknown cause).

Numbness and tingling/burning in two toes. Had a stress reaction in foot and wearing a boot. Father & grandmother have neuropathy (unknown cause).

Multiple causes: Numbness & tingling in the toes has multiple causes. In your case given your age & stress reaction, if your MD gave you a boot, they think you probably have a stress fracture. The altered kinetics are probably causing your numbness or the boot itself. An EMG will help you get the diagnosis. The same is true for your father &grandmother. Most causes of neuropathy can be determined w/a Neuro eval & EMG. ...Read more

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Will mcp capsulitis, moderate bone marrow edema at 1st pisiform, mild edema at 1st metacarpal due to contusion/stress reaction, mild distension of 1st cmc joint capsule effect surgery on trigger thumb?

Will mcp capsulitis, moderate bone marrow edema at 1st pisiform, mild edema at 1st metacarpal due to contusion/stress reaction, mild distension of 1st cmc joint capsule effect surgery on trigger thumb?

Possibly: Suggest you talk these details over specifically with your surgeon doing the procedure. You have a right to a full, open, frank discussion without hurry. ...Read more

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What is a metatarsal stress fracture?

What is a metatarsal stress fracture?

See below: It is a break in one of the 5 long bones that is just behind the toes. Usually happens from excessive pressure or trauma. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stress fractures on the metatarsal and metatarsalgia?

Nothing: The difference is in severity of pain. This is a more common cause of forefoot pain than morton's neuroma. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have metatarsal stress fracture?

How do I know if I have metatarsal stress fracture?

X-ray and exam.: Most stress fractures in the foot will have local tenderness to the bone. An x-ray will usually show if you have a stress fracture or not. If the stress fracture is new it may not show up on an x-ray for 2-3 weeks. In the early period an MRI would be able to show if you have a stress fracture or not. ...Read more

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What should I do about potential metatarsal stress fracture?

What should I do about potential metatarsal stress fracture?

See a podiatrist.: It could be a stress fracture of one of the central metatarsal bones, or just plantar forefoot pain from lack of enough cushioning of the foot. For more cushioning, try spenco standard insoles. If you want the insoles to have arch support as well, use the spenco polysorb cross trainer style. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a stress fracture of the metatarsal goes away?

How long will it take for a stress fracture of the metatarsal goes away?

Approximately 6 week: Pain can go away before this time but on average take 2 weeks in either direction. I am a big fan of making sure vitamin d levels are within normal range after dignosing someone with a stress fracture. Over 90% of the time I fing them to be deficient or insufficient. ...Read more

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For stress injury to 2 out of 5 metatarsal in my foot, how long will I have to wear a cam boot for?

For stress injury to 2 out of 5 metatarsal in my foot, how long will I have to wear a cam boot for?

3-5 weeks: Figure on 3-5 weeks. Be sure to see your doctor at 4 weeks to be sure all is well. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture?

See below: Pain and swelling in area are some signs. See podiatrist for complete examination and evaluation. ...Read more

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How serious is a stress fracture to your fifth metatarsal?

How serious is a stress fracture to your fifth metatarsal?

5th metatarsal: It is important that you see a physician and have a x-ray to determine if you have a fracture. If there is a fracture then treatment options usually consist of crutches, boot/ cast, or surgery. There is a chance that a fifth metatarsal fracture may be a “jones fracture” and have a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly so timely medical intervention is key for an optimal outcome. ...Read more