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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Dvt at 22 common? I have leg pain after my recent walking/exercise is this DVT or normal leg pains? No risk factors or history?

Dvt at 22 common? I have leg pain after my recent walking/exercise is this DVT or normal leg pains? No risk factors or history?

Rare: Dvt in a healthy person like you are is rare especially after increasing activity. Dvt would be related to long periods of inactivity (like sitting for long plane flights). Medical evaluation to determine the reason of your pain would be necessary. ...Read more

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Injections for severe back pain recommended but scared now of the risk for infection or death?

Procedure have Risks: All procedures in medicine, & medications have associated risks. You have to be fully informed by you doctor & balance risks w/ benefits, before making any treatment decisions. The recent outbreak of fungal meningitis was related to a tainted medication from a specific pharmacy. It isn't any different from e. Coli outbreak from a fastfood worker who fails to wash hands after a bowel movement. ...Read more

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60 yr male with untreated bursitis left shoulder 3mos. Does delaying treatment run any risk other than the pain associated with the condition?

60 yr male with untreated bursitis left shoulder 3mos. Does delaying treatment run any risk other than the pain associated with the condition?

Let me ask you: How did reach of diagnosis of bursitis? One two ways, you diagnosis done by physical exam and followed by mri. If that what was done you could give some time. If you did not do the above how do you your shoulder diagnosis? My answer will be no. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for sciatica? What are the biggest risk factors for developing sciatica? .

What are the risk factors for sciatica? What are the biggest risk factors for developing sciatica?

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Overweight: Being overweight and also being in a job that require constant motion/twisting/bending at the waist, lifting heavy objects etc. Other times it can be as easy as tying your shoelaces or getting out of bed. Best bet is to eliminate or reduce the obvious issues like weight and overuse issues at work. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for growing pains?

What are the risk factors for growing pains?

Restless legs: Growing pains are thought to be related to restless leg syndrome in adults. Muscle pain at night is thought to be due to increased physical activity during the day. Growing pains are common in preschool and school aged children and are slightly more common in girls and boys. Growing pains are not associated with growth spurts in children but are associated with increased running and climbing. ...Read more

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Recent onset of leg numbness on left side not relieved with rest but worse w/ walking. No history of back problems but pain in right hip for months.

Recent onset of leg numbness on left side not relieved with rest but worse w/ walking. No history of back problems but pain in right hip for months.

Glute muscles: You didn't specify where or if the whole leg is numb but it sounds like your glute muscles are tight. Get a deep tissue sports massage or acupuncture to loosen them up. Sometimes the lower back muscles can be involved too. Worse with walking is when when you are engaging the muscles, so it could make send that they would feel worse. Look up stretches too. Do them 2 times a day with good intent. ...Read more

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I'm having more back pain at rest and unilateral knee or hip pain upon activity. Been worked up for RA & Lupus - negative X-rays on all 4 extremities.

I'm having more back pain at rest and unilateral knee or hip pain upon activity. Been worked up for RA & Lupus - negative X-rays on all 4 extremities.

Info: Would recommend office visit to orthopedic surgeon, spine expert if available. At your age (no offense here), Gonococcal arthritis could be in the differential. A thorough history and physical from an orthopedic surgeon is likely to illuminate the etiology. Lots of information is needed to make a sound diagnosis. Happy to consult with you. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for arthritis osteoporosis and injuries from falls?

What are the risk factors for arthritis osteoporosis and injuries from falls?

depends: Not sure what you mean by arthritis osteoporosis. Rheumatoid arthritis and its treatment with steroids decreases bone density and strength (osteoporosis) and increases risk of fractures. Being elderly, having low sodium, family history of hip fracture and excessive alcohol intake also increase risk of osteoporosis and broken bones. ...Read more

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Male. 34yrs old with angiomyolipoma on kidney. Treatment? What it is associated with? Surgery? Risks? Lower back pain intermittently.

Male. 34yrs old with angiomyolipoma on kidney.  Treatment?  What it is associated with?  Surgery?  Risks? Lower back pain intermittently.

See below: It may not need treatment and be just followed by imaging to ensure that it is not growing. If treatment is needed, it need not be invasive surgery, the lesion could be treated by embolizing the blood vessel. See this site for more information on this topic: http://www.urology-textbook.com/angiomyolipoma-kidney.html ...Read more

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Sudden onset: pain radiating out from xiphoid process with back pain at same level and towards shoulders. What might cause this? history back spasms

Various causes: Acute pain in the pit of the stomach with back and shoulder radiation could be due to gastritis, pylorospasm, peptic ulcer, pancreatitis, gall bladder problems, etc. Xiphoid or sternal inflammation or pinched nerve in the rib cage are less likely. If you have abdominal tenderness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal distension or persistent pain, see your physician. ...Read more

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Is their any other type of treatment for arthritis in your lower back and pelvic bone except for pain meds or shots?

Is their any other type of treatment for arthritis in your lower back and pelvic bone  except for pain meds or shots?

Surgery is the last: Surgery is the final option, but there are many medications that can be trialled before going down that road. ...Read more

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Lower right abdominal pain, with hip tenderness accompanied by nausea and radiating lower back pain. Two endometriosis surgeries already and 6 months of lupron (leuprolide). Also had an appentectomy. Is the endo back!?

Lower right abdominal pain, with hip tenderness accompanied by nausea and radiating lower back pain. Two endometriosis surgeries already and 6 months of lupron (leuprolide). Also had an appentectomy. Is the endo back!?

Surg. complication?: It would appear either the original process continues unabated or there is a surgical complication. I suggest you see the original surgeon (probably your ob-gyn doc). ...Read more

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Can pain in ab, sides, lower back & nausa be symptoms of a uti?

Can pain in ab, sides, lower back & nausa be symptoms of a uti?

Sure could: Any burning with urination? That usually goes with it. Pain the back may mean that it is creeping up the ureters to the kidneys. You want to be careful for that. Fever? I would get a urine test done! ...Read more

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Will sitting on a plane for 4 hours cause further damage to dulging disc and annual tear low back aside from pain?

Will sitting on a plane for 4 hours cause further damage to dulging disc and annual tear low back aside from pain?

Not likely: While sitting in one position may indeed exacerbate symptoms from the condition, it is not likely that it is actually going to worsen the underlying condition. ...Read more

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36 M with clean cardiac echo stress and lipids. No risk factors. Pain in lower back and localized pain in upper left chest for 9 mths. Cardiac? Scared

Very unlikely: at age 36 and without risk factors (smoking, high BP, family history, diabetes, high cholesterol) you are at very low risk for coronary blockage. Throw in a normal stress Echo and the fact u have had pain for 9 months without heart attack, chance this is heart is minuscule. Check out my website http://CardioGauge.com for more about heart disease risk. Best wishes.... ...Read more

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Could scoliosis cause back, hip, and groin pain all of a sudden after years of having no problems?

Could scoliosis cause back, hip, and groin pain all of a sudden after years of having no problems?

Maybe, maybe not: Just because you have scoliosis does not mean you cannot develop other conditions. People with and without scoliosis can get degeneration in their backs and have back and buttock pain. Groin pain is more commonly due to hip joint problems rather than spine problems. Consider seeing your primary provider or a hip specialist about that. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more