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My Mother Has Multiple Fractures Does That Mean Anything Significant
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
Bruise: Contusion in the brain is our wording for a bruise in the brain. If she is doing well, she should recover well. Repeated contusions cause permanent brain damage. There is always a future risk of seizures with contusions although seizures are uncommon afterward. Hopefully she will never have another traumatic brain injury. ...Read more
Clavicle fracture: The clavicle is the term for the collarbone. It is a very common bone to fracture and usually does not need surgery unless there is significant displacement. Most fractures heal uneventfully in a sling after 6-8 weeks. Physical therapy is usually started after it heals to prevent joint stiffness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Complex regional pain syndrome (crps) is a chronic pain condition that can affect any area of the body, but often affects an arm or a leg. Doctors aren't sure what causes crps. Some think this is problem with the sympathetic nervous system and others an autoimmune condition. Crps can occur after a minor injury or after nerve damage. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
WBC is 138,000 is their anything that could cause that & is NOT cancer or does that mean she basically has cancer? had her bowel repaired 10 days ago
Elevated WBC: Hi Richard, elevated wbc can come from several sources, including but not limited to infection, inflammation and steroid use. However I haven't seen a wbc count that high due to those reasons. Inflammation can certainly happen after a major surgery. Diagnosing the reason for the elevated wbc in the case that you provide would require additional testing. Hope that helps! ...Read more
My wife's doctor said she has significant number of nerves pinched. What does that mean? Is it serious?
Depends: This is very common in early childhood with ear infections or after tube extrusion & most infants/toddlers self heal over days/wks. Adolescents or adults may chart a different path. As the healing potential of the body slows, a perforation may become chronic & need a patch.This can be an involved surgery & considered after the ENT was convinced it was needed.Followup with your dr & discuss options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have all the health risk for having osteoporosis ,small frame bones ,hypothyroidism and genetics my mother has it , does it means I'll have it too?
A bone density test: would tell. If you have bone pains now, get it done now. If not, wait until you enter menopause. In women, osteoporosis becomes an issue the years after the have entered menopause. As of age 60 a bone density scan is typically covered under insurance, before that if you have risk factors. Your family doctor will be able to tell based on your history. ...Read more
Ear issues: No, this is a benign issue and usually resolves in few weeks. ...Read more
What would cause random/spontaneous bruising all over? My mother is 43 and has had some past health issues but nothing ever like this.
Husband works in health field had testing came back as having antibodies to herpes 1 what does that mean or me he has no signs of anything ?
Past exposure: The vast majority of adults have IgG antibodies to Herpes 1. The odds are strong that you do as well. This just means that years ago, probably in childhood, he (like almost everyone) was exposed to that virus. He may (or may not) have gotten a cold sore. Most people with healthy immune systems keep it in in check & never get cold sores, but some do when under stress. If no symptoms not contagious. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If the: X-ray was a standard chest x-ray then this finding of "minimal enlargement" should be taken with a grain of salt. Clinical evaluation and, if necessary, echocardiography are better indicators of underlying heart disease. Don't put too much emphasis on a one-time chest x-ray finding. ...Read more
What does mean when you have protien in your blood.. My father is having kidney problems does that mean there could be cancer some where ?
No: In general, childhood cancers are often associated with anemia, which is a low red blood cell count. Polycythemia is the opposite, or a high red blood cell count. Polycythemia is common in newborn infants, and usually goes away on its own. If it persists or is found beyond the newborn period it should be evaluated by a pediatric hematologist, although generally for conditions other than cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My dr. Said "interestingly she does have some turbulent sounds in her neck bilateral" what does that mean? ?
My big toes has indentations and hasnt heal in years. what does this mean? i have no ill symptoms.
U mean on the Nail?: or on the toe itself. If you have no symptoms I would not worry. ...Read more
What does it mean when an old adult experiences sundowning, but has no other signs of alzheimer's?
See below: Sundowning is not a normal feature of aging, and can be associated with medication rxtns, sleep disorders, nutritional deficiencies, as well as associations with alzheimer's and other dementias. Need to get this assessed and handled, as could worsen fairly rapidly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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