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Muscle Removed Shrapnel
No: The number of muscle cells have is typically a fixed number--we don't regenerate muscle. Stem cell therapy might be changing that, though, in terms of cardiac muscle, and early studies are promising. Muscle cells do get bigger though, and can compensate for lost muscle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
I need better pain management meds for chronic pain from shrapnel inside me that can't be removed.I currently take tramadol and oxycodone?
Many wish there was: Many chronic pain sufferers wish there were better choices! Medical marijuana is a worthy possibility and - lucky you! It's legal in your state. Other than that - I was trained in a VA pain program in the dark ages and we used hypnosis training, lots of education, individually selected exercises, therapy and it was great! You might find the pieces and create your own program. Wishing you well! ...Read more
Not really: You may have some fibrous tissue trying to fill it as much as possible but not the same muscle ...Read more
Therapy: Ask your doctor how much you are allowed to do immediately after a cast is removed - bone may still be healing. Start with range of motion/stretching exercises. As you start regaining your normal motion, you then can start specific strengthening. As you use your limb more, the muscle strength/bulk will return over time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pectoralis muscles: Actually, this question should read "was", not "is", since we never perform radical mastectomies any more (nor have we for 30+ yrs); removing the muscles never helps treat the cancer. The most common mastectomy for breast cancer treatment is called a modified radical mastectomy. This means that the breast and armpit lymph nodes are removed without any muscle removal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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