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Occur Typically Affected
Women, more than 40:
Women and people over age 40 are most commonly diagnosed with costochondritis. You may also be at a higher risk for this condition if you:
- participate in high-impact activities
- perform manual labor
- have allergies and are frequently exposed to irritants
Your risk increases if you have any of the following conditions:
- rheumatoid arthritis,
- ankylosing spondylitis
- Reiter’s syndrome ...Read more
Hereditary: X-linked hypophosphatemia is hereditary and affects males and females equally. ...Read more
Following Epstein-Barr virus, how long does it take for gammaglobulin levels to return to normal range? Are levels typically affected by EBV?
Uncertain: Remember your Epstein- antibodies can be present for many years and1/2 life of gammaglobulins 21 days. In this setting it is going to be in your blood for a long duration of time. ...Read more
See below: Bacterial infections may be local (tonsilitis, pneumonia) or systemic (septicemia). Leydig cells are at risk if you have a bacterial orchitis, but not by an infection elsewhere in the body, and would be an unusual site for the spread of bacterial infection from elsewhere in the body. ...Read more
When aps is left unchecked, where does it typically strike? It has already affected my heart, where is the likely next target? I am on blood thinner.
That is unknown: As you know, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome is characterized by abnormal blood clotting and can affect any area of the body. The key to treatment is aggressive anticoagulation. If you maintain good anticoagulation your chances of developing new clotting become much less. ...Read more
Torn meniscus 7 months ago. Typically If I have surgery will I be allowed to walk on the affected leg right away? Have osteoarthritis also.
Twisting: Movements, especially twisting cause microscopic tears in the collagen fibers (tiny structural elements like the fibers or threads of a fabric) of the annulus (part of the disk). The body has some ability to heal such tears, but there is a limit. When the amount of microscopic tears becomes large, the tears connect, causing a larger tear. Sometimes those tears are painful. ...Read more
Depends on activity: This depends on the activity. Any activity that overuses or puts continued or repetive stress on a single body part or joint can get this. For example, tennis players can get these in the elbows and wrist, runners in the feet, legs, and knees. Factory workers or typists can get this in the wrist or hands. Boxers....Well, you get the point! ...Read more
Ebola Virus: Not sure when you wrote in with this question. At one point - some European Airlines temporarily stopped flights to specific West African countries. In addition, there were a series of screens for people flying out of those countries. At this point there is better control and I don't know of any flight restrictions. Take care. ...Read more
Long-term guilt: Long-term guilt about things we've done can surely affect all parts of life -- including mental health. Guilt can serve a useful purpose when it alerts us to having harmed others; we can make amends and change behavior so as not to repeat the hurt. It requires acknowledging & processing our actions & results inwardly -- perhaps outward apology too. Working with a therapist can help w/this. ...Read more
Could a person's creativity get affected? I can't be creative like an average person? Can meditation help this?
It can be: By a number of ailments. It's important to review this with your physician, if you don't have an organic abnormality/problem with your body, there is an off chance that problems like ADHD could be at play. Remember, these types of diagnosis require an in depth evaluation by a care provider. But are you sure that you're not as creative as the average person, you may be underestimating yourself. ...Read more
My body temperature is typically 1 degree below 98.6. Is this a problem? What symtoms, if any, can occur with this reading?
No problem: Many (if not all) people have normal temperatures that are below the "normal 98.6.". ...Read more
I can't stop thinking about death. I am so terrified of it. This is majorly affecting my life. What can I do to help this? I'm incredibly embarrassed.
Death: At your age this should not be. Focus on other things - perhaps talk to your parents they may be able to help. If that fails then seek treatment with a psychologist. You have to understand that at some point every human has to die. ...Read more
What will make my pain stop? It is excruciating, I can't even sit on the toilet properly and it is now affecting the way I walk. I am unable to lift m
Source of pain?: First step would be to figure out what is causing your pain, then take appropriate action. I'd recommend going to your primary care provider to have someone look directly at the site of your pain, and do a full evaluation. ...Read more
Recently diagnosed w/ crohn's. I suspect misdiagnosis because of mild symptoms & my age. I'm 31; isn't Crohn's typically severe & found @ younger age?
Anything is possible: Yes, you may have been misdiagnosed so if you're worried about this, get a 2nd opinion. But don't second guess your doc based upon severity ; age. Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/crohns-disease/ds00104 ; http://www. Ccfa. Org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-crohns-disease/. Severity varies during disease. Unfortunately, you're still in high risk age group. ...Read more
My sis was diagnosis with MS in her back only, I thought that affected the whole body. How will this affect her since we don't understand the disease?
SPINAL CORD: Some folks have only lesions noted in the spinal cord, and lack lesions in brain. In this case, leg weakness, numbness, and maybe bowel or bladder problems might ensue, but please question the diagnosis, as she might possess neuromyelitis optica, and an nmo antibody study might assist. If it is indeed ms, please start potent disease modifying agent to control inflammation. ...Read more
Varies: Signs and symptoms of syringomyelia depend on size and location of cyst in spinal cord. May affect the back of neck, shoulders, arms and hands in beginning. Other symptoms: muscle weakness and wasting, loss of reflexes, loss of sensitivity to pain and temperature Other signs and symptoms may include spasms and weakness in arms and legs. Bowel and bladder function can be affected. ...Read more
Measles virus: This has nothing to do with bacteria. It is a measles virus, a member of the paramyxoviridae family. Humans are the only known carrier/host. It can be contained by vaccinating all susceptible humans. It has many possible serious complications which include death in 1/1000 cases. ...Read more
Evaulation: Lumbago is a fancy medical word for low back pain. It is diagnosed via performing a history and examination of the patient. Most cases respond within 8-10 days treated with NSAID medication, short term rest (about 24 hrs), and resuming ambulation. Severe cases (continuing pain, leg pains, weakness, neurologic symptoms, bowel/bladder issues) require radiology studies and advanced management. ...Read more