Ankle Replacement?

Knees, hips, even shoulders; but ankles? Severe arthritis or a host of other conditions can affect ankles: still in their infancy, ankle replacements were developed and are growing more common. The main reason that people need ankle replacements is that they sustained a trauma to this complicated joint-possibly an injury that didn’t heal correctly. Illnesses […]

“Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah; here I am at: Camp Grenadah”

I should have called. I should have written. But no. I just left and I’m sorry about that. But, I had a sound reason; really, I did. I’ll try to explain! I, like @ 50% of lupus sufferers, have Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS). APS is a blood disorder which can cause blood clots. It did. APS […]

Phantom Limb Pain?

It’s not fair. Charlene lived through the car crash, but her left leg was so crushed with broken bones and bruises that amputation was the only option. After a lot of rehab, drive, true grit and support, she is now back to her favorite sport of running. When she wears slacks, you wouldn’t know that […]

‘First, Do No Harm’ and the Opioid Crisis  

That title implies that there is a connection between the Hippocratic Oath the current opioid crisis. What is it? Any chronic illness can be used as an example. Consider ‘lupus.’  Pericarditis, the inflammation of the sac aound the heart is a very painful condition that affects many lupus sufferers. The pain from pericarditis can be […]

Benefits of Avocado!

Author: This guest post is by Emily Pham, a blogger with many years of experience in searching the best natural & effective remedies for health and beauty issues. All content provided is for informational and educational purposes. We recommend you consult a healthcare professional to determine which method is appropriate for you.   Health Benefits […]

Increased Insurance Footprint? Exagen Diagnostics

You ache and it feels like your whole body has a nasty case of the flu. This has been your life for too long, so your doctor orders a blood test, an ANA: it is positive. Because the ANA is positive she would like you to have AVISE® CTD testing-Where CTD=Connective Tissue Disease-for connective tissue disease). […]

A cast saw in common use today

The use of the buzzsaw in orthopedics

Gazing at the cast cutter as a child, I saw an ominous thing that looked like it was going to eat me alive. Guess what? It did! The cast cutter (possibly a buzz saw in a former life) cut my cast off all right; it also cut my skin. It was a tiny cut, but my […]

Ostenecrosis/Avascular Necrosis

What is osteonecrosis? What is avascular necrosis? One and the same. Osteonecrosis or avascular necrosis is a rare and often very painful condition but before I explain it, I’ll explain the names. Quite simply it is a combination of two words: osteo: bone, necrosis: dead. ‘Dead bone’: OR avascular: without blood, necrosis: dead bone: Bone […]

How I celebrated…

No, I wasn’t amongst the throngs of people present to watch any of many fireworks display, rather, I enjoyed celebrating our Independence Day. Normally, I’d be there, ready for the concert and fireworks, but this year was a bit different. Several days ago, I fell, broke the fall with my hands (not the smartest thing […]

Nurses Need Care, Too

When my leg gave way, the natural reflex kicked in: I held out my hands to break the fall and my wrists took the brunt. OUCH, big ‘owie! ‘ Much to my dismay, I’ll be in the cast for @ 10 weeks, but, I manage with the ‘pick and peck’ method of typing. Slow, slower, […]